Meet Derek Engle


Why are you a RISE intern?

I was pretty active in RISE and Brother2Brother before becoming an intern, so when they encouraged me to be one, it seemed like a logical next step.

What do you do as an intern?

My focus as an intern is the Brother2Brother program at RISE, which provides boys living in bad situations positive role models and activities to do every other Friday night. These kids live in a trailer park, and many of them just need an adult in their life to listen to them and love them, so that's what we do.

How do you feel about raisins?

As a civilian, I'd never seek out raisins or eat them. However, the raisins that come in MREs (meals-ready-to-eat) are actually pretty good, and along with the dried cranberries, they're actually one of the better things that come in MREs. But you do have to remember when you're eating MREs all the time your standards have already been lowered, which makes it difficult to say with certainty whether MRE raisins are better or worse than civilian raisins, or worth eating when civilian food is available.

What's your favorite song to dance to?

That's impossible to answer because I have a lot of favorite songs, and a lot of favorite artists. When I listen to music it's like Lays potato chips, you can't have just one. When one song finishes, I want another, even though it may be time for bed or what have you. And even worse is stopping a song before it finishes. So anyway, I'll just list a few of my favorites. Walking on Water by Lecrae is pretty awesome, as is Andy Mineo's The Saints. From Group 1 Crew we have Freq Dat, and Capital Kings gives us Ready for Home. Tobymac just has too many good songs to even attempt picking a best one. JP Sousa did an excellent job with The Stars and Stripes forever, and from the Baroque comes GF Handel who served up the Royal Fireworks Musik for King George II. Finally from Glenn Miller we have the Pennsylvania 6-5000 straight out of the 1940s.

If you could pick three heroes, who would they be and why?

My first pick would be General George Washington. He turned an assembly of undisciplined, brawling, slovenly, and otherwise repulsive people into an army capable of defeating the greatest army in the world at the time. He had to do everything at the start, even ensuring the proper construction and location of latrines. Then, he persevered through many defeats, but never gave up, and always kept the army intact. Plus the whole war he had to deal with a congress which would not pay his men, or even get them necessary supplies such as food and weapons, while still expecting him to perform unreasonable feats such as defeating the British when outnumbered 5-1 and holding the city of New York with no navy. All told, he managed to win an impossible war where he received more help from lazy British generals than the country he was fighting for, and at the end he relinquished his power rather than take the kingship they offered him.

My second pick would be General Creighton Abrams. Like Washington, he was a man of unbreakable integrity and character. As a tactician, he was able to defeat the heaviest German tanks with outclassed American medium tanks (who were weakly armored and whose main weapon could not penetrate the German panzer's front and side armor) using brilliant flanking maneuvers. He later went on to clean up red tape and bureaucracy in the Army.

My third pick would be all of the soldiers who fought, struggled, bled, died and otherwise sacrificed so much for this country. The soldiers of the Revolution struggled against impossible odds, cold, hunger, and endured throughout the most wretched conditions imaginable, but never quit, and set the standard for the rest of us. The soldiers of 1812 and all the other little wars before 1860 served a government that barely respected them and treated them poorly, but were essential to securing our new freedom. The soldiers of the Civil War kept this country united and ensured the power of the federal government to end slavery and later legislate civil rights. Those of WWI survived the most depressing war in history, while those of WWII stood up against great evil and overcame it. In Korea and Vietnam they fought the evil of Communism and its constant companion Genocide, then in the Persian Gulf defeated a crazy dictator who invaded an innocent country and used chemical weapons on his own people. The latest generation of soldiers responded to the worst terrorist attack in history, and in the process made the lives of Iraqis and Afghans better as well.

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What are your hopes and dreams for RISE?

I think the amount of service RISE does in the community is amazing and definitely sets us apart from other churches (at least in my experience). So my dream for RISE is for that to continue strong, and to continue to grow. Also, I think it would be great if we could get more of the Sunday crowd involved.