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Meet Kellie!

*Over the next six weeks we are going to introduce you to this year's SEND Staff Interns.  Wanna get to know our SEND Staff Interns better?  Head on over to our SEND Facebook page and ask them a question!*


Name: Kellie Elizabeth Emery

Age: 20

Hometown: Arcadia, Florida

Favorite Color: Blue... actually kind of green.


How did you first hear about REACH?

A former pastor of my church went through the YES program.  He recommended both REACH and YES to me, and after looking into them both I decided to go through REACH.


Where did you go while you were in REACH?

I went to Granada, Spain.  We spent our time doing a lot of friendship evangelism, helping Spaniards with conversational English, and supporting RMM's other long term workers there.


What has been the best part of being a Staff Intern so far?

Getting to know the other interns has been pretty great.


What about your Staff Intern term are you most looking forward to?

Probably going through REACH DTS again and getting to know everyone and sessions and getting to know everyone.  I really like it.  I think the sessions is what I'm most looking forward to so that I can hear them a second time and really get to hear them again and continue to apply it.  Also for the weather to get warm.  I'm a Floridian so, it's... cold.


What is your least favorite part of cleaning the RIC?

Bleach fumes in the bathroom.


If you could be any animal, which one would it be and why?

Umm... maybe an elephant.  Because who doesn't like elephants?  They're big and fun.


If you were a country singer writing a song, what would the title of that song be?

 "I'm Fixin' To"


What is the secret to understanding girls?

Listen to what they have to say and know when it's appropriate to hug them.  We like hugs (sometimes).

The Little Things

Hello from the wonderfully cold, currently sunshiny, and not so snowy Columbus!

    We have been here for just a little over a month now and it has been somewhat of an adventure. Kellie has already told you a bit of what each of us does here at the RIC on a regular basis, so I will just fill in you a little bit on what we have been doing in the past few weeks.
   The first few weeks here were a little overwhelming in the sense that we didn't really know what our job responsibilities were. I can't say we all have it down yet, but we are definitely well on the way. I think things are coming together for all of us slowly. The great thing is we are all new at this and learning together. It makes it quite fun at times.
   One of the things we as a staff are doing is taking a few classes. The first class is Public Speaking with Ken Davis. It a course on DVD that we watch once a week and then we prepare speeches on assigned topics. It is an interesting course and has already shown each of us a few things we need to work on. The second class is Perspectives on the World Christian Movement or just Perspectives for short. It is a 16 week course that we will be receiving certificates of completion for.  We have required reading and homework to complete each week. At the end of the course we will also have an integrative project to be completed before we can receive our certificates. In addition to the weekly readings, on Wednesdays we also have 3 hour classes to attend, with a different speaker each week. 
   One thing God has really been showing me since being here is how I need to trust Him in every aspect of my life. Yes, I trusted Him in the BIG things, to Africa and back, and I trusted Him enough to change my plans for this year and come here. But am I trusting Him in the seemingly little things too? This week especially God has been addressing the fears I have in my life. The things I am holding onto that are holding me back from trusting Him completely. Fear has been something I have dealt with most of my life, but I thought I had gotten over it when I went on REACH. God is really showing me the areas in my life I am holding back, because I am afraid to just let go in faith. The verse that has been running through my mind all week is 1 John 4:18, "There is no fear in love. But perfect love drives out fear, because fear has to do with punishment. The one who fears is not made perfect in love." That's my prayer. That God's love will drown my fears and I will be able to trust Him completely in every little part of my life. I'm sure it's not going to be easy and it kind of scares me if I'm being honest. That's my desire though. That in every part of my life I will be able to live confidently for Him, secure in His love. Thankfully, I am surrounded by people that are full of God's love, and are walking beside me in life. I couldn't do it alone.

Meet Kristyn!

*Over the next six weeks we are going to introduce you to this year's SEND Staff Interns.  Wanna get to know our SEND Staff Interns better?  Head on over to our SEND Facebook page and ask them a question!*


Name: Kristyn Nicole Byler

Age: 24

Hometown: Selinsgrove, Pennsylvania

SEND Staff Intern Role: Hospitality Assistant

Favorite Color: Green.  Not quite neon green, but close


Where did you go while you were in REACH?

Malawi and Kenya.  Both.  We were in Malawi for the first three months, but due to complications with our outreach coordinator we moved to Kenya.  We helped out the local church and missions.  Mostly we did friendship evangelism and spent our time hanging out with young adults and some kids.


What has been the best part of being a Staff Intern so far?

Hanging out with the other staff interns (at least so far!). 


Tell us about the outreaches you're involved with here in Columbus:

On Wednesdays I go to the Dominican Sisters of Peace nursing home.  We help the residents play bingo, and then we reminisce with them about days gone by.


What's your all-time favorite food?

Pizza.  I like all pizza, because you could eat pizza every day of the week, and it could be different, so you would never get tired of it.


What has God taught you in the past month?

His plans are better than mine. 


Where can you be found on your day off?

I don't really have days off... but you'll probably find me at a coffee shop or reading a book.


Who is your favorite author?

Ted Dekker.  I like how he incorporates the battle between good and evil into all of his books, and the way that he ties his different series' together.


What is the secret to understanding girls?

Don't ask me that one.  Nope.  I got no answer, except the secret to understanding girls is realizing that you will never understand them.

Meet Rachel!

*Over the next six weeks we are going to introduce you to this year's SEND Staff Interns.  Wanna get to know our SEND Staff Interns better?  Head on over to our SEND Facebook page and ask them a question!*