#1 You’re likely the youngest intern at World Vision-how does it feel and how does that affect you?
I am, in fact, much younger than all of the interns here at World Vision this summer. I graduated just a few weeks ago from high school back home near Dallas. This was a huge worry on my mind coming into things. How much more will they know than me? How much more experience than me will they have? Will I even fit in with all of these older interns? These were all questions racing through my mind before I started my internship. However, on the first day of orientation, all of these worries seemed to just disappear. We started off the day with a short devotion from a long time employee here at World Vision. She gave us a puzzle piece and then began to tell us that we are all a piece of a puzzle whether that be, a corner piece, an edge piece, or simply a center piece, and that we are all here to fit that hole that only we can fit.
We are all here on God’s plan and he doesn’t care that I just graduated high school. He put me in this role with the Famine team for a reason and I am beyond stoked to see how he plans to change me throughout this summer.
#2 You’ve seen the field and now you’re seeing the business side-what’s that like?
I went on the 30 Hour Famine Study Tour to Bolivia in 2010 and just got back from meeting my sponsor child in Katito, Kenya a little over a month ago. Seeing those places and comparing them to the US headquarters is really hard to explain. It is just a completely different culture here in cubicles compared to what it is like out there in the fields. But don’t let that fool you. Everything that is done here is just as incredible and important as the work done there. They both go hand in hand. There is one huge similarity that I have noticed though. God is so present within the organization, no matter what country or continent you are in! It is truly incredible to see so many people in so many places all joining under one name and one God to better the lives of children.
#3 You drove up here from Garland, TX…any crazy roadtrip stories?
I think I could say that the whole trip in general would be a crazy road trip story! It was a total of thirty-three hours on the road from Garland to Seattle, and honestly it wasn’t as dreadful as most would think. It was a really beautiful drive through the mountains. I just popped in some good tunes, such as m83 and Radiohead, and sang like I’ve never heard myself sing before (not necessarily in a good way). However, I did have to stay an extra day in Idaho because of car trouble, AND I got pulled over in Boise for my license plate cover not being the right size. I think it is fair for me to say that I am not a fan of Idaho and will be changing the route on my way home to just miss the state in general.
#4 One weird thing we must know about you.
Once you get to know me, there are plenty of weird things to pick up on. One big thing that is most apparent is the fact that I have a huge blonde streak down the side of my head. I suppose you could say that I generally have something funky going on with my hair. I’ve had a big fro, a mullet, a Jedi braid, and now a blonde streak! What will be next? I am open to suggestions!
#5 What are you most excited about interning for the Famine?
There is a huge list of things that I am excited for while being here as an intern. The thing that most excites me though is actually getting to be a part of the creative process from the inside. I have participated in the Famine for years and led it in my youth group at my church, but this is completely new and a totally different view to the entire event.
#6 Do you have a list of things you want to do while in WA? What are they?
Yes, I do! I want to go into Seattle a lot and just experience the life there, visit a lot of coffee shops, go to a Mariners game when they play the Rangers (GO RANGERS), check out a Seattle Sounders soccer game if I can, and if I have the time, I would really like to drive up to Vancouver and check Canada out a bit!
#7 How has the Famine impacted you / why is it important to you?
I have done the famine four times with my youth group now, and don’t intend on stopping there. The Famine has been the most impactful event in my life yet. Thanks to the Famine, my eyes have been open to so many things that I never would have thought possible. Things like going to Bolivia on the Study Tour, meeting my sponsor child in Kenya, making life long friends on both trips, and now I am sitting at a desk interning for an organization I have fallen in love with. It makes me wonder what other incredible things are in store with the 30Hour Famine group. God truly grabbed the steering wheel and took my life for a spin, simply because I decided I was going to go 30 hours without food.