For the majority of the semester I volunteered at the Christian World Mission weekly. There were about 4-5 students that came regularly, and about 7-8 “leaders”, if you will; so 1-1 interaction with the students was a challenge. The usual routine was to come in from the van and eat a snack. After that they recited the prayer and motto. One of the biggest take-aways from this time spent with the kids is the importance of intentional conversations. I remember trying to think of questions to intentionally ask about their day, and I saw firsthand how some of the other leaders questions developed into friendship. The kids are open, and they just want a friend. I got to see how intentional the staff is with the kids, and how each student admires each staff member. Intentionality means everything, because if the student sees that you care about their personal well-being, then they will be extremely more willing to be intentional in learning from you.