The Impact of Community Living

Timmy with the youth team at St. Mark’s!

My name is Timmy Clark, and I’m a student at the University of Texas at Austin. This is my first summer at Project Transformation, and I work at St. Mark’s UMC in Mesquite, TX. What has made my Project Transformation experience special is one of the “three C’s” that I think gets overlooked sometimes – college students. This summer, eighty of the Project Transformation interns are living in fraternity houses at SMU. We work together, but we also spend time with each other away from the sites. We have Friday night and Saturday off, so we end up going out to eat with each other, or exploring Dallas together. Personally, I spend a lot of my time with my teammates outside of St. Mark’s without even trying to! I’ve lived in communities before – I’ve lived in dorms at college and in apartments – but I haven’t lived with eighty people intentional about changing the world.

Working together is an important aspect of living in community. When people work together, they face a lot of the same challenges and share many of the same goals. Many of us are first year interns, so this community is especially important to us who aren’t always sure what we’re doing. We’re Project Transformation interns, which means we come from all over the country, with many different backgrounds and experiences; but the combining force in all of our lives is Project Transformation. I tell many of my friends from school that I’m worried I won’t be able to recreate this community back home. That’s one of the challenges I’ll take with me from this internship – I will be intentional about creating community wherever I am.

 I’m thankful for this internship, and I am forever changed by the community of college students I live in at Project Transformation!

Timmy Clark
Youth Intern, St. Marks UMC
The University of Texas at Austin

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