Thursday, May 21, 2015

A Word from Our Summer Interns by Kristian King and Christopher Ashburn

A word from our summer interns:


My name is Kristian King and I am the female intern for the Southeastern Youthreach this summer! Just a little bit about me: I was born in Alabama, but I spent my high-school years in Nashville. I am currently a bible major at Lipscomb University. My passion is to work with children of all ages, but especially the underdogs-those who feel like they don’t belong. God has always spoken to me by breaking my heart, just as he did in Uganda, Africa last semester with the parentless children I encountered. There I discovered my dream is to create a home for orphans wherever God calls me. As for now, however, God has led me to Southeastern and I cannot tell you all how excited I am and how absolutely blessed I feel. Already I have been so warmly welcomed into the congregation!


My youth group growing up was a majorly instrumental part of my faith. The close community that I experienced from the older teenagers as well as the adults who acted as mentors to me really shaped my perception of what it means to be a Christian and live a life for Christ. Because it was so important for me, I am excited to come alongside Chris and Christopher this summer to help make Southeastern a place where the teenagers can take part in the fellowship that only Jesus can bring.


I see so much life and energy in this group of teenagers; I cannot wait to start experiencing Jesus’ love with them. I am eagerly anticipating the plans the Lord has for us this summer and where He will take us! As excited as I am to get to work with the teenagers, I am equally excited to get to be a part of this congregation, so please don’t hesitate to introduce yourself! 





Hi all!  For those who haven’t yet met me, I am Christopher Ashburn and I am excited to be here as one of the youth interns this summer.  And for everyone reading this, I just want to tell you a little bit about why I decided to come here.


I grew up my whole life in Huntsville, Alabama, and spent most of these years at Central Church of Christ.  Though I may have been a bit shy in my elementary and middle school years (okay, that’s a bit of an understatement), I began getting very involved with the youth group at the end of my eighth grade year.  That in my mind was the greatest choice I ever made.  I consider my high school years to be the best four years of my life, ultimately concluding with the summer of senior year being the best three months of it all.


During the last two summers, one of our interns lived at my house.  Needless to say, we became very close, and I’m happy to consider him one of my best friends and mentor to this day.  Though I didn’t get to spend as much time with my other interns, each one of them was a blessing to me and I still keep in touch with many of them.  I also had two youth ministers during my seven years in the youth group, both of whom are still good friends of mine and people I feel comfortable talking with for just about anything.


And all of that brings us to why I am here now.  The reason why youth ministry is so special to me is because of the impact it had on my own personal life.  I find it important that others encounter similar joy and support during this time span.  And now, here at Southeastern Church of Christ, I hope that I can continue to be a part of that same joy and support.

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