Payne, Etress, Marshall interned in Queens this summer
August 10, 2009

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Left to right:  Cedarville University intern Lacey Lear,
Jess, Bryan alum Rhea Brown, Bailey, and Charlee
Three Bryan students--Bailey Payne, Jessica Etress, and Charlee Marshall--were among a dozen students from across the U.S. who interned this summer at North Shore Baptist Church in Bayside, NY. Each intern lived with a family from the church whose gracious hospitality provided the students with housing and meals for the summer. In addition to their church-related assignments, each student also worked a second job. And, of course, being only 15 minutes by bus or subway from Manhattan, the students also enjoyed being tourists in the big city when their busy schedules would allow.

Senior Bailey Payne (Christian ministry major) had assignments in the nursery on Sundays, children’s ministry on Wednesdays, and youth ministry on Thursdays. She also discipled three girls from the youth group and helped with miscellaneous church activities such as bridal showers, youth trips, VBS, July 4th in Central Park, church cleanup, and beach baptisms. Her second job was working at McDonald's, which gave her opportunities to build relationships with her co-workers.

Left photo: Bailey with Payton, one of the girls she taught on Wednesday nights in children's ministry.  Middle photo: Bailey with some of the VBS children.  Right photo:  Bailey with Savannah, following Savannah's baptism.  Savannah is one of the girls Bailey discipled throughout the summer!

Bailey was very enthusiastic about her time in New York, “I loved being intimately involved in the working of the Body of Christ. As a resident assistant and student athlete, I do not have time during the school year to serve the church. So to be able to do so for an entire summer was refreshing for my spirit. The common grace on which we stand in Christ is the greatest foundation for relationships. I loved the people I worked and lived with and ministered to and also felt so loved by them.”

Junior Jessica Etress (exercise science major) worked in the same ministry departments as Bailey and also discipled several girls from the youth group that she plans on staying in touch with throughout the school year. Her other summer job was at Rockefeller University, a world-renowned center for research and graduate education in the biomedical sciences, where she cleaned thousands of mice, rat, and rabbit cages a day in the CBC Animal Research facility.
Left photo: Jess holding little Sarah in the Nursery.  Middle photo: Sisters Sarah (left) and Rebecca pictured with Jess.  Sarah was one of Jess's girls to disciple.  Right photo: Jess, pictured with CBC Animal Research coworker Jason, is in full PPE (personal protective equipment) to keep her from getting diseases from the animals.

Jess commented, “At Bryan we learn how to not only hold to a Christian worldview but to apply it in our everyday lives, to genuinely live out our Christianity everywhere that we happen to be. I was able to do this both at NSBC and at work, which couldn't have been more opposite of places, and even on the buses and subways. Through this internship I learned that our mission field as Christians is not only in the Church or overseas but everywhere that the Lord places us. I thoroughly enjoyed this experience and I will miss all of the amazing people that I met.”

Junior Charlee Marshall (music ministry major with piano concentration) served the church in similar ways as Bailey and Jess. In addition, she volunteered at the local Pregnancy Council Center and worked at McDonald's (a different one than Bailey).  Charlee was also able to use her piano skills by playing for the summer choir as well as for several Sunday morning and Wednesday worship services. Her favorite assignment was organizing a girls’ youth event.

Left photo: Charlee in the nursery with Macie (front) and Sarah.  Middle photo:  Enjoying s'mores at the youth event Charlee organized.  Right photo:  Charlee and Melissa, one of the girls Charlee discipled this summer.

Charlee said that God used her summer to teach her about servant hood. “My view of how I can serve Christ used to be very narrow; but with His help, I have developed a deeper understanding of how God can use me for His glory in whatever way He sees the need. My eyes were opened to what God expects out of me as I pursue to serve Him one day as a church music director.”