Students making a difference around the world
July 11, 2008
Many students are using their summer break to earn college credit and gain real-world experience by participating in Bryan's internship program. Some examples include Jonathan Barnett at the State Department in the Bahamas; Nathan Horne at the Riverbend Festival in Chattanooga, Tennessee; and 18 students in mission-focused internships in six countries. Here are details on two internship experiences:
Brian Messer, a Bryan senior, is interning this summer at Faith and Action (FAA) in Washington, D.C. Located across the street from the U.S. Supreme Court Building, FAA is a Christian outreach whose mission is “to challenge Capitol Hill with Biblical Truth and change the nation one policymaker at a time.”
During his internship at FAA, Brian has had opportunities to meet U.S. Senator Orrin Hatch, Haitian ambassador Raymond Joseph, Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia, Federal Judge Eric Bruggink, and Founder of Liberty Counsel and Dean of Liberty University School of Law Mathew Staver.
Charles Colson, former Special Counsel to President Richard Nixon and founder of Prison Fellowship Ministries, recently marked the release of his four-session DVD curriculum, Charles Colson on Politics and the Christian Faith. Brian is pictured here with Dr. Colson at a reception following that event held in the U.S. Capitol Building.
On the other side of the world, three current students, Kim Woody, Ben Johnson, and Conner Armstrong, and one Bryan graduate, Joel Trigger, have been working since May at a Rwandan Christian non-government organization MOUCECORE (Christian Movement for Evangelization, Counseling, and Reconciliation).
The interns are developing new tools for getting out the word about MOUCECORE's important work in Rwanda so others may support MOUCECORE through service, prayer, and finances. Their projects include creating a newsletter, brochures, case studies, and a website.
In addition to the office work they are doing, Kim, Ben, and Conner (pictured left to right) have also traveled to many villages and have seen firsthand the positive impact MOUCECORE is having in Rwanda. After a brief stop in Slovakia, the interns will return to the U.S. on August 7.