My name is Maddie Miller and I am a rising junior at Harpeth Hall. This spring, as summer was quickly approaching, I knew I wanted to stay busy and have a job or internship that was full time this summer. Since sixth grade I have volunteered sporadically with Preston Taylor Ministries. At first I was introduced to Preston Taylor through my church, First Presbyterian Church. Then I volunteered some with my school, and as I grew older I began to volunteer on my own. This past year I made it more of a priority to volunteer after school and to get involved in afterschool programming. I loved volunteering with Katelyn at the Mt. Nebo branch and working with Abbie and Josh at PTM Life. My involvement with PTM has been critical in my spiritual growth as an individual. Because of this impact, I knew I wanted to continue to volunteer this summer.
The highlight of my internship thus far has been taking a group of kids to the spray grounds. I love working with elementary level kids because of their excitement and energy. It does not take much to entertain them. At St. Luke’s Community House there is a large Latino and Vietnamese population, and in those cultures there is a large focus on family. My favorite small moments have been seeing the siblings interact in programming. Usually the older sibling is protective and loves to help the younger sister or brother.
I’ve loved watching the many elementary kids grow spiritually in their walk with Christ. Before PTM many of these kids did not know His word and His greatness. Along with the kids, I am still learning and curious about God and the plan He has for me. This internship has allowed me to devote a time routinely in my day to pray and talk to Him. I am excited to continue this internship these next three weeks and see what God has in store for me. And lastly, a random fact about myself is if I could travel anywhere in the world I would want to go to Thailand. I’d love to see the beautiful green gardens and eat authentic Thai food. The culture and history of the country interests me.