Meet Erin, our summer intern!

June 6, 2018 7:17 pm Published by

This year’s summer intern is Erin M., who first visited our flagship campus last summer with a school group from Tulsa, OK. Erin has just completed her freshman year of college, and was anxious to get back to Tanzania! We asked her to write a blog about why she wanted to be an intern for Mainsprings and what she is most looking forward to this summer.

I’ve been counting down the days, counting down for months, and it’s finally here! I leave at the end of this week to go back to one of my favorite places on the planet and I could not be more excited! I visited Mainsprings’ Kitongo Campus during the summer of 2017 and completely fell in love with the people there and with their mission. Mainsprings’ residential, educational, agricultural, and medical programs are so fantastic and each one moves us towards alleviating extreme poverty in rural East Africa so efficiently. I had heard about Mainsprings every year since I was in middle school and always had a desire to go, so I was ecstatic to have the opportunity to visit last summer. I never could’ve imagined the impact it would have on my life after coming back home.

In the fall of 2017, soon after my visit to the campus in Tanzania, I started my freshman year at Abilene Christian University. College students and graduates I’m sure would agree that those first few weeks in a new city, around all new people, can be really tough, but the idea of returning to Mainsprings was one of my biggest motivations for getting through my first year at ACU. I turned in my application to be an intern in September, even though it wasn’t due until the end of December. I spent those four months in fervent prayer, asking the Lord that if it was His will for me to return to Mainsprings, that He would put everything in place. Since the day I was offered the internship in January, that is exactly what has happened. I am beyond excited to get back to Tanzania in just a few days because I know it’s what the Lord has been planning for me. I can’t wait to see each of the residential girls that I’ve missed so much. I can’t wait to meet and get to know the new girls who have moved into Bibi Mimi’s since I’ve been gone. I can’t wait to watch groups that will come over from the states and get to know the people that I so quickly grew to love last summer. I can’t wait to learn more about what education looks like at the Joseph and Mary Schools, as I’m studying to be a teacher. I can’t wait to stand in the dining hall at 6 pm every night for prayer, worshipping the greatest God with some of the best people I’ve ever known. I can’t wait to see what the Lord has in store for this summer, because I know it’s going to be incredible!

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