Interns for Africa!

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Interns for Africa!  

Throughout the months of May - August, six young people from the USA converged on Africa to follow God's call to missions. As TWR Interns, Shane, Ryan, Arrie, Matt, Daniel and Susanna dug into ministry areas complimenting their training in engineering, journalism, photo journalism and intercultural studies, they found out what overseas missions is all about. TWR's Craig Bosman caught up with three of them:
Ryan Baker

Study Focus: Junior in Electronic Media Communication at Northwestern College.

Why TWR?: I felt the need to use my education to do something other than make money. I wanted to share Christ and follow God's leading.

Why Africa?: I want to serve where there is a need.

Role: Presenter/Producer - "doing whatever I'm told!"

What you want to get out of your internship: A better understanding of Christian radio ministry and a deeper relationship with Christ.

Favourite verses: Jeremiah 29:13 - You will seek me and find me when you seek me with all your heart, and Deuteronomy 6:4-5 - Hear, O Israel: The LORD our God, the LORD is one. Love the LORD your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your strength.

Likes & dislikes: I love theology, motorcycles, playing guitar and hanging out with friends. I dislike vegetables and my sinful flesh.

Shane Bell

Study Focus: Photo Journalism and Fine Arts Major at the University of Montana.

Why TWR?: I strongly felt I had a purpose in a particular place.

Why Africa?: Africa has a deep place in my heart and I thought South Africa would be a good place from which I could travel to various African countries.

Role: Media & Journalism.

What you want to get out of your internship: I wish to improve my journalistic skills which I can channel into a life calling of international journalism and politics. More importantly, I want an experience through which I can learn more about God and people.

Personal mantra: "One person matters." If I can help one person using journalism, then coming to Africa was worthwhile - to make an eternal difference on earth!

Likes & dislikes: I abhor bats and poor manners, especially when people chew with their mouth open. I love maps and geography, as well as reading and talking politics. I've been known to like High School Musical as well, but I plead the 5th! 1

Arrie Keith

Study Focus: Seminary student at Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary.

Why TWR?: I am currently in seminary pursuing a Master of Arts in Intercultural Studies, which is a degree that focuses on missions. I am seeking God's guidance on where He wants me to serve after I finish in May, and believe an internship with TWR is the best way to know whether or not God is leading me here.

Why Africa?: South Africa has a special place in my heart; I have been here several times and am really drawn to the people, the culture, and the languages. I believe God is at work in a special way in South Africa and I want to be a part of what He's doing.

Role: I am working in the HCY department (Health, Children and Youth).  I will be learning how the department works, and assisting in different HCY projects, including HIV/AIDS, Malaria, and Open Schools.  

What you want to get out of your internship: I am praying that God will show me if He wants to use my gifts in mass media.

Personal Philosophy: I constantly remind myself that God is in complete control. He is in the details, working everything out according to His purposes. Knowing that keeps me going every day.

Likes & dislikes: I love being outdoors, laughing, culture, and mint-chocolate-chip ice cream. I don't like liver and onions!


1. This is an American colloquialism which basically means, "I have the right not to explain myself!"

Published 28 July 2010     
Interns Shane bell, Ryan Baker and Arrie Keith ahead of then opening match of the Fifa World Cup.  
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