Finding a Path

This summer’s Children, Youth, and Family Intern is Anna Monsrud, a member of Zion and a social work student.

Her earliest memory of Zion is her family’s first Easter here.

I remember it was so packed that we had to sit where the choir would normally sit. My fondest memory of church is going to Green Lake Bible camp the summer before 3rd grade. I loved the people and my counselor and made so many friends, many of whom I’m still friends with to this day. We became members after that when I was in 3rd grade.

As a student, Anna participated in Zion Day Camp, vacation Bible school, and Sunday school on Sundays till 6th grade. While she was away at college, she enjoyed coming back at Christmas to sing with the Christmas Eve choir.

Anna’s grandma has had a big impact on her faith.

She is always open to talking about different ideas and helping me with discovering my faith. She recently moved to Buffalo and is now a member of Zion as well.

Zion is not just a church to Anna, but a family who was there during her senior year of high school through the challenge of her mom’s breast cancer diagnosis.

I was already stressed with basic senior things like where will I go to school next year, when is that assignment due, what should I wear for homecoming and prom. It was the first week of soccer tryouts and also Montrose Days week. I just wondered why He would do this to her and our family. She fought hard and beat it, but there were many hard times throughout the year from her losing her hair to her being hospitalized in January because the chemotherapy had taken its toll on her body. Zion made sure we knew someone were there for us if we needed anything. Zion always made us feel welcome and had arms open to receive us. She beat it and has been in remission now for almost two years.

Anna’s favorite psalm is Psalm 119:105:

“Your word is a lamp to my feet and a light for my path.”

I have had a hard time with deciding what I want to do for the rest of my life and one day I just opened my eyes and He had led me right to my path without me realizing He had. He led me to my fiancé who has been a true blessing. For the longest time, I was looking for my path and looked right past this one, but he never gave up on me he just kept steering me right back to where I am.

After high school, Anna attended King’s College in Wilkes-Barre, Pennsylvania, for two years.

Originally I was playing ice hockey out in Pennsylvania, that’s what drew me to King’s. I also continued to sing in the choir out there as I have been doing since the 3rd grade. I was a part of the service sorority where I enjoyed the many service projects I got to participate in and I wrote every once in a while for the school newspaper. I love to take photos and write poetry and have had work published in the literary arts magazine at school.

This fall she will continue her education at St. Cloud State University.

When I went into my freshman year of college I thought I wanted to be a teacher, but through the year a new path became clear to me. I have decided to study Social Work and my dream job would be in a crisis center or a hospital. This way I can help as many people as possible regardless of age.

Anna’s summer position at Zion includes working with Zion Day Camp, Vacation Bible School, Summer Stretch, Bible Camp, and working with CYF staff.

I wanted to be an intern at Zion because it’s a way to give back to a church who gave my family so much love and support. I also love to work with people and help them out with whatever they may need. I’m most excited for working with the kids in Zion Day Camp. I love children’s minds and how they are constantly full of new ideas and how creative they are. Family and children’s ministry is important because children are the hope for tomorrow. They are the ones we leave the world to. The family unit is the base of everything. We must teach children how to be good Christians so they can leave the world a better place when they are gone as well.