Intern Appreciation Day

  • By: Joni and Friends
  • July 9, 2016
  • Christian Institute on Disability, Cause 4 Life

KelsieIn honor of Intern Appreciation Day, we’d like to introduce our Cause 4 Life corporate intern, Kelsie! This summer, Kelsie has been interning with multiple departments at the International Disability Center, and we’re excited to share with you some fun facts about her!

Where did you go to school?
I graduated from California Baptist University in December of 2015.

What was your major?
Public Relations

Where are you originally from?
I grew up in Pennsylvania, but my parents and I moved to California 2 years ago.

Why did you sign up to intern at the Joni and Friends International Disability Center?
This is a simple question that has a loaded answer. I’ve been connected with Joni and Friends since I was 11. We lived in Pennsylvania and became very connected with the Greater Philadelphia office. After seeing all the support that Joni and Friends gives, a lot of which my family were the recipients of because I was born with cerebral palsy, I wanted an opportunity to give back. I've also always thought that it would be an incredible learning experience! I really wanted to understand the inner workings of the ministry and all that goes into its success. Being someone that hasn't had a ton of work experience, I felt Joni and Friends would be a wonderful place to learn and grow.

What do you hope to learn from your internship?
EVERYTHING I POSSIBLY CAN! I am so excited! I feel like there is so much I don't know about what it takes to run a non-profit. Also, I want to learn more about my skills and how God might have me use them. I have truly appreciated being in an environment where I can do tasks at a pace that works for me. I am learning that I have skills that I didn't know I had and that having to do something at a slower pace doesn't mean you’re bad at it. I have only been here two weeks and my world has gotten so much bigger. Things are getting me excited that I never thought would get me excited.

How would you like to be serving in 5 years?
If I am being honest, I would love to serve with Joni and Friends. With that being said, I am aware that God may have other plans. I am doing my best to remain open to his path and not become too stuck in my own desires. He knows me best. I see that even with this internship, being given the opportunity to try new things. What has transpired is better than I could have ever imagined and ultimately my desire is to serve Him in whatever way He wants.

Tell us a fun fact about yourself:
My favorite color, pink, has been the same for my entire life.

Favorite worship song(s):
I can't possibly pick one so here are three of my favorites:

  1. Our God - Chris Tomlin
  2. Forever - Kari Jobe
  3. Keep Making Me - Sidewalk Prophets

Will you help us appreciate Kelsie today? Please leave her a note of encouragement! And if you’d like to find out more about interning at Joni and Friends, please visit our Cause 4 Life page.


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I am so proud of you Kelsie!!! Meeting you almost 6 years ago, you were and are an inspiration. I remember how feisty you are and you had so much spirit. I loved being with you and working with you. I am so proud to see you with such a great organization! I love you! Enjoy your experience!
  • July 9, 2016
  • 9:13 p.m.
  • Noelle Tabor
It has been my pleasure to know Kelsie since she was about 11 or 12. She & her family hosted us in Pennsylvania as we served on the same mission board. It has been amazing to watch Kelsie grow & push herself to learn in many new ways. She has allowed the Lord to guide her & grown so much. I loved visiting with her & seeing her express her enthusiasm for life. Way to go, Kelsie.
  • July 9, 2016
  • 9:10 p.m.
  • Harriet Caldwell
So proud of you cousin and excited to see what wonderful things God has for you! You are an inspiration to me !
  • July 9, 2016
  • 9 p.m.
  • Mary Buzzell
Hey Kelsie. Nice to see your beautiful face in action! Your story here is encouraging hearing you share a) your desire to learn more about an organization that provided for your family and b) the personal growth your are achieving in your internship. Love you girl!
  • July 9, 2016
  • 8:50 p.m.
  • Lorrie Larity
Kelsie, It was so encouraging to read your interview. I love this: "I am learning that I have skills that I didn't know I had and that having to do something at a slower pace doesn't mean you’re bad at it." A friend of mine use to say "My mind is like a tractor, slow but powerful." Thank you for sharing!
  • July 9, 2016
  • 8:30 p.m.
  • Michelle
Hi Kelsi, you have a very pretty smile!😊 I think you have a great calling in leadership. Always believe in everything you want to achieve and you will be a blessing to everyone around you! 😊 And you already are!
  • July 9, 2016
  • 8:20 p.m.
  • Susan
What a heart for God you have Kelsie! So inspiring to see the commitment you have and the courage to follow where He leads you!
  • July 9, 2016
  • 7:42 p.m.
  • Jenny Wentz
Hi Kelsie! It was such a pleasure to read this interview. I was anticipating that something would be posted because of your mention of the interview last week, but wasn't expecting to see something so soon! I am praying for your stamina as you complete these next several weeks. Wondering what has been your most enjoyable experience to this point, but imagine you will say you can't mention just one. Am I correct?! Enjoy the Lord's Day! Blessings, Dr. Tucker
  • July 9, 2016
  • 7:40 p.m.
  • Dr. Tucker
Kelsie, I love reading about what God is doing in your life. We miss you on the East coast but are glad that you are where you are supposed to be.
  • July 9, 2016
  • 5:16 p.m.
  • mike wolcott
So proud of you, Kelsie. I miss you dearly, and someday, we'll sing together again! :)
  • July 9, 2016
  • 4:11 p.m.
  • Amy Gardner
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