Interview With Catherine Morton

  • Sept. 22, 2015
  • #8712

Serving as an intern allowed Catherine to bless others, and to receive their blessing in return.

Interview With Catherine Morton

JONI: Hi, I’m Joni Eareckson Tada asking “Do you want to be one of our interns?”

Well, I hope you do and someone here to convince you of that is Catherine Morton. Catherine thanks for coming to the studio.

CATHERINE: Thank you very much.

JONI: Well, absolutely. And Catherine, what I think is so cool is how you responded to our call for more Cause 4 Life interns to serve at our International Disability Center. How did you find out about our internship program?

CATHERINE: Well, one of my friends that goes to school with me, (her name is Danielle) last summer she was an intern here and she was telling me just how much it was a blessing to her. I have always had a passion for disabilities and for writing and it was just really cool to see how God was able to bring my two passions together.

JONI: Oh, super! And you are doing a good job serving as intern in our radio department helping me write some things down and compose some scripts. Catherine, you mentioned your school, that’s Pensacola Christian College, but you have gotten more of a story than just being your average college student. You really understand; you are well acquainted with disability. Do you want to tell us a little bit about your own experience with disability?

CATHERINE: When my mom was pregnant with me (it was me and my twin) and my twin died, which caused me to have a stroke. It was really rare. So the stroke affected the right side of my body and my speech so I stutter. Growing up I had to have speech therapy, physical therapy and occupational therapy, and growing up things were a little more difficult for me to do, but me and my mom have a favorite verse we always said. It was Philippians 4:13 which says, “I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me.” It is actually in my room across my wall.

JONI: So looking at that verse that really helps you manage your stuttering well. What keeps your spirit calm?

CATHERINE: That verse, and actually when I was taking speech therapy there was a little trick that my speech therapist taught me. She said, just pretend I am a turtle going up a hill and talk slow and steady, like a turtle.

JONI: I like that! Well, are you enjoying your time serving as an intern with us?

CATHERINE: Yes, I really enjoy it and I want to thank you so much for this wonderful opportunity and for the blessing you have been to me.

JONI: Well, I know that there might be a lot of other students who are listening in and what would you tell them about maybe signing up as one of our interns?

CATHERINE: It is a wonderful opportunity. You get to work with great people. You go to be a blessing, but they are a blessing to you.

JONI: Absolutely. Well, friend if you are listening and you are studying disability in college, perhaps special-ed or physical therapy, or maybe you are a young student who deals with a disability in your family, it could be your own handicapping condition or perhaps a sibling who has a disability. Catherine and I want you to sign up for our next season of internships here at Joni and Friends. Catherine, thus far what has been the highlight for you serving as an intern with us?

CATHERINE: Well, actually it was when you had dinner with us, and that was just a very special time because we got to know each other a little better, and at the end when we sang and prayed together. That was really special.

JONI: You have a good voice.

CATHERINE: Thank you.

JONI: Has there ever been a time when you have been deathly frightened of speaking in public?

CATHERINE: When I was a senior in high school. I went to a small Christian school and our class size was about 10 and we each had to give a speech for graduation. I knew that I don’t really talk well in front of people so I was really nervous. So about three months ahead of time my senior class and I every day would pray that I would stay calm and that God would help me, and I wouldn’t stutter as much and if I did I wouldn’t get overwhelmed but I would just stutter and let it be. But I got up and stuttered a little bit, but it wasn’t bad and it was great.

JONI: Well, you know there are probably many friends listening right now who deal with stuttering in the family, whether it’s a parent or child and I think you have inspired us all.

CATHERINE: Thank you very much.

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