• Laura Alyssa Platé

Derby City

Updated: Jul 16, 2019

Apr. 13, 2019

Well friends, I have some great news that I am excited to share, and I figured it’s about time I let the cat out of the bag.

On Feb. 6, the youth director texted me in the middle of class to ask me if I would be interested in an internship this summer. The opportunity would take me out of state for ten weeks. I surprised myself when listened to my never-present impulsive streak and agreed to apply. Without giving myself a chance to accumulate enough anxiety to talk myself out of it, I filled out the application. About two days later, my anxiety caught up with me, and I had a full on panic attack while I was at the store because it hit me that I might be about to leave home for the first time. If I got the internship I wouldn’t have the safety net of being an hour away or the comfort of seeing my Smoke Rise Family on Sunday mornings. Thankfully, the children's minister had my back. She told me that if I was scared it meant I was about to do something really, really brave. I thought about that as I interviewed over spring break, and I thought about it again when I opened the email congratulating me on receiving an internship through Student.Go.

Nearly seven years ago when we landed at Smoke Rise, I had no idea where all the Cooperative Baptist Fellowship would take me, but this summer, it is taking me to Louisville, KY to serve in the Children’s & Youth Ministries at Crescent Hill Baptist Church. I am thrilled that I will be able to go and spread my love of God with all new people, love on all new Tiny Humans, and be inspired by all new teenagers. At the same time, it is bittersweet because I will miss VBS and Messy Art Night with our own Tiny Humans, and I won’t be around to tease the youth that I love.

I am so incredibly excited to see what all God has in store for me this summer in Louisville. In the meantime, I ask for your prayers, your love, and as many hugs as you can give me before May 31 (and as many as you can give my mom after). It is going to be a great experience, and I am so grateful I belong to a church that believes in me enough to send me, a family that empowers me to go, and friends that encourage and push me into doing the things that scare me.

“Here am I Lord, send me.” Isaiah 6:8


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