by Haylee Haynes, Spring Teacher's Aide Intern
What I love about teaching is you can find the joy in the smallest moments, and here at the learning center those moments are all around me. The love and joy that the students have for learning and reading is eye opening. They are eager to learn new things and treasure that knowledge as if it was all they had. They long for deeper meanings, more understanding, and insight of how to become more of themselves. Students want to learn, but having an established purpose for each lesson gets them excited to walk through the door everyday to learn something new.
Not only has it been great seeing joy from the students, but the staff included. They pour their hearts into their jobs and their students. When a student is struggling and finally has that “light bulb moment” joy is expressed all around.
Each day has been a learning experience. I see my outlook and teaching change in the midst of a city that has children who take ahold of every word I speak. That is something that I pray that carries with me when I go back home to teach. That God speaks hope to every student that walks through my door, because if their hope isn’t already found in Jesus, the words spoken from me will be from above and there they can find hope and purpose. I pray for everyday to be a joyful and purposeful day for my students.
by Emma Wells, Spring Social Media Intern
I first heard about MADE IN THE STREETS over the summer while attending Campus for Christ at Auburn University. During the conference, many organizations and colleges had booths set up. The members of MITS were giving out bracelets during a break. They were so cute, so I had to get one. While filling out an information card, I learned a little bit about internships offered for college students. Later that afternoon, a short video was played explaining the work MITS did in Kenya and their mission. I saw how children's lives were being changed, and I knew that was something I wanted to be a part of. As a social media intern, I am not in direct contact with the children, but I still can make an impact. I do that by sharing our story of how we are changing lives and showing the love of Christ to people all over the world.
MADE IN THE STREETS is very easy to get involved in. They offer many different internships to match your level of adventure. I knew traveling to Kenya would not be a good step at this point in my life, so I looked for a way to get involved at home. I encourage everyone to get involved somehow. For some people that might be applying for an internship but for others that might just be making a donation to help support our work. No matter what you choose, you will be affecting the children we work with.
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