My name is Lakeyia Bell. I am twenty – five year old recent college graduate from Cleveland, OH. Prior to coming to Nashville, TN, I served in the Episcopal Service Corps program located in the NJ/ New York area. I worked for a non- profit community action agency called HOPE Cap Inc.
During my internship at HOPES, I gained a lot of experience in social service and non -profit management. My experience with the Episcopal Service Corp, lead me to apply as a Leap year intern. The Episcopal Service Corp prepared me professionally. I asked the Lord to guide me to a ministry where I can use my gifts to minister to the youth in spirit and truth, without restrictions and God brought me to Preston Taylor Ministries.
Through my amazing experience as a LEAP intern, I am learning to be more patient, more relational and more nurturing. I am learning to accept challenges as they come and to allow God to use me to help the youth find their purpose and identity in Jesus. PTM transformed me into a woman who has total faith in God’s ability to provide and use the broken pieces of my life in order to mold together the pieces of other people’s lives.
One piece of wisdom I will take from being a Leap year intern is the knowledge that God allows me to plant seeds and water them. He then sends in the labors to harvest the fruit of the planter. I may not always see the fruit of my labor; however, I am confident in knowing that seeds were planted in the lives of my students. After my journey as a Leap intern is over, I plan on furthering my education by attending graduate school and building up my young women’s ministry, Girl Time.