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 Hello Everyone,

     As you may or may not know, Summertime is here and that means that we have a brand new batch of interns! The individuals that we have had the pleasure of bringing on board are all truly stellar in their own right, and each one of them possess skills, talents, and dreams that I believe will  benefit our community in substantial ways! As you read through their bios I hope that you too will feel inspired and will join us in praying for our interns as they serve this Summer.

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Morgan Erickson

I have been blessed with the opportunity to serve as the Neighborhood Engagement

intern for Kingdom Causes this summer, and I am incredibly encouraged and excited for what

this summer holds. I am currently heading into my third year at Westmont College, where I am

studying Psychology and English and running Cross Country and Track.

I just returned home from a study abroad program in Israel/Palestine, Jordan, and Egypt where I studied much of the political conflict going on there, met some of the most wonderful people, and was immensely challenged to pursue a life that advocates for those whose voices are not heard and pursues justice wholeheartedly. I don't know exactly what form this will take in my future career, but I am looking into Social Work and Human Rights Activism.

That being said, I am thrilled to intern at Kingdom Causes this summer because of the

way they pursue these values locally. While I loved being abroad and having my passions

sparked, I also think it is essential to work toward these goals in our own communities and see

the needs of those living right around us, as well as their gifts and strengths.

I admire the way Kingdom Causes humbly works to better the city of Bellflower through the

gifts of its own people and remind all people of their value and capabilities. I am excited to work

in a place that pursues justice, love, and grace locally and be a witness to Christ and His

Kingdom.

As the Neighborhood Engagement Intern, I will be working at the KCB Summer Sports

Camp as well as working around the office on different projects, and learning more about social

work. I hope to be challenged in this process as I know there is a lot to to learn, but I also hope

that I can be encouraged through the interactions I will get to have with people and the program

as a whole. I hope to learn ways to translate my compassion for people into meaningful and

impactful work. I also hope to build relationships with the kids at the camp, and leave with a

better understanding of what community development looks like and how to love people in my

own community better. I am incredibly grateful for this opportunity and for what is ahead, and

excited to see where it will go.

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Natalie Alvarez

Hello! 

My name is Natalie Alvarez and I am 23 years old. I decided at about the age of ten that I wanted nothing more than to help people. I am a CSU, Long Beach graduate who will soon begin my final year with the teaching credential program. In a years time, I will be a credentialed elementary school teacher! My bigger dream is to one day open a shelter for families who need a temporary safe haven. As a future educator, I hope to run a tutoring or teaching program out of that same shelter so that parents can work or do what they need to do without having to worry about their children. I want to be someone who can inspire others to pursue their dreams despite the obstacles they may face in life. God and my faith have played such a large role in my journey through life, and I would not have made it to where I am without that faith. With my husband so far away on deployment, I hope I can make him proud through all that I will be doing. I am grateful for all of the support I receive from both my husband and my family for they are my inspirations and biggest supporters.

I am excited to be joining the KCB intern team as it allows me to be a bigger part of the community that I have spent 10 years of my life in. I pray that this internship opens doors for me in a way that helps me grow as a person and educator. The next 10 weeks are going to challenge me in every way that it possibly can, and I am up for that experience. Thank you for this opportunity, I can’t wait!

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Drake Steele

Being the first child in my family I was always really observant of others actions, especially of those who were older than myself, admiring traits that had caused them to be confident with their actions, caring, open-minded, and fully transparent with others not discriminating in any type of way that they were superior than one another. It also gave me many examples of what not to do allowing a smaller margin of error  already knowing how certain actions would play out. Having this mindset with the many environments I went through at a young age, and up until now, has molded me into the person I am today allowing myself to take a completely different route than most at nineteen years old.

Ever since I was a young child I've witnessed many people struggling with mental and physical health problems that not only affected their lives but as well as others that loved and cared for them.  This has compelled me to take action within my family, friends, individuals in the surrounding community, and anyone who is willing to seek help or in need of an example trying my best to mirror the same influencers here on earth as well as God up above allowing me to get to where I am today. I want to make it clear that my purpose on this earth is to benefit the people by spreading love everywhere in any way shape or form to bring all of us together. Keeping this on the forefront of my goals the work I hope to obtain while doing the homeless outreach and housing solutions are already described in the title of my work and I only hope to maximize the work to its fullest potential  infiltrating the communities  helping  as many people as we can.

The reason I chose to take this internship with Kingdom Causes in Bellflower was definitely because of the location you guys were based out of  and  hearing the staff talk about their job’s  at the event thrown at Neighborhood Christian Fellowship seeing that they were truly there to help others who are in need. I hope to gain a new outlook on life as I take on this intership only wanting  to add more value to the team and continue to see Kingdom Causes growth in helping the community. I’m excited to see the transition of myself and the team as we tackle objectives within these next couple of months.

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Alicia Chavez

Ever since I was a little girl, I wanted to give back to my community. From working with shelters, homeless feedings, and community outreach, I knew there was a greater purpose out there for me. God has blessed me with the love for Biology and the love for helping our homeless neighbors. I hope to grow in this internship with Kingdom Causes and get to see the community grow with my input as well as the other interns.

Working along side with OPHS, I want to engage with strengthening the lives of the people who live in the community and reach out to those in other neighboring cities. Also, I will be working with the St. Johns Mobile Clinic and hoping to gain experience with the medical field and community outreach as I engage with the community.

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Through all this, I hope my walk with the Lord continues to grow. Not only does this internship reflect on my help towards others, but also personally. I want this internship to mold me into the woman that God has called me to be and to be the light in the world that doesn’t stop shinning for others.

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