Intern Appreciation Day

  • By: Joni and Friends
  • July 9, 2016
  • Christian Institute on Disability, Cause 4 Life

KelsieIn honor of Intern Appreciation Day, we’d like to introduce our Cause 4 Life corporate intern, Kelsie! This summer, Kelsie has been interning with multiple departments at the International Disability Center, and we’re excited to share with you some fun facts about her!

Where did you go to school?
I graduated from California Baptist University in December of 2015.

What was your major?
Public Relations

Where are you originally from?
I grew up in Pennsylvania, but my parents and I moved to California 2 years ago.

Why did you sign up to intern at the Joni and Friends International Disability Center?
This is a simple question that has a loaded answer. I’ve been connected with Joni and Friends since I was 11. We lived in Pennsylvania and became very connected with the Greater Philadelphia office. After seeing all the support that Joni and Friends gives, a lot of which my family were the recipients of because I was born with cerebral palsy, I wanted an opportunity to give back. I've also always thought that it would be an incredible learning experience! I really wanted to understand the inner workings of the ministry and all that goes into its success. Being someone that hasn't had a ton of work experience, I felt Joni and Friends would be a wonderful place to learn and grow.

What do you hope to learn from your internship?
EVERYTHING I POSSIBLY CAN! I am so excited! I feel like there is so much I don't know about what it takes to run a non-profit. Also, I want to learn more about my skills and how God might have me use them. I have truly appreciated being in an environment where I can do tasks at a pace that works for me. I am learning that I have skills that I didn't know I had and that having to do something at a slower pace doesn't mean you’re bad at it. I have only been here two weeks and my world has gotten so much bigger. Things are getting me excited that I never thought would get me excited.

How would you like to be serving in 5 years?
If I am being honest, I would love to serve with Joni and Friends. With that being said, I am aware that God may have other plans. I am doing my best to remain open to his path and not become too stuck in my own desires. He knows me best. I see that even with this internship, being given the opportunity to try new things. What has transpired is better than I could have ever imagined and ultimately my desire is to serve Him in whatever way He wants.

Tell us a fun fact about yourself:
My favorite color, pink, has been the same for my entire life.

Favorite worship song(s):
I can't possibly pick one so here are three of my favorites:

  1. Our God - Chris Tomlin
  2. Forever - Kari Jobe
  3. Keep Making Me - Sidewalk Prophets

Will you help us appreciate Kelsie today? Please leave her a note of encouragement! And if you’d like to find out more about interning at Joni and Friends, please visit our Cause 4 Life page.


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God will bless you and He will show you the path that he has for you to follow.
  • Nov. 1, 2016
  • 11:03 a.m.
  • Glenda
God bless you kelsie . May he use you for His glory and His service Enjoy your summer
  • July 22, 2016
  • 3:40 p.m.
  • Maureen
Kelsie, Congratulations! May the Lord guide and direct you along this very fulfilling path He has chosen for you. God bless and keep you strong in Him. (I think we may have met you at JAF Family Retreat at Spruce Lake in 2003. I have a pic of you and my daughter Clarissa).
  • July 16, 2016
  • 12:25 p.m.
  • Lauri Thompson
Kelsie! This is absolutely fantastic! I am ssooo happy for you..and a little green, I have to say. You're getting to work around such High Caliber for Christ people! express your self incredibly well in writing! Prayers for hearing God's leading in your life to come.
  • July 13, 2016
  • 1:20 p.m.
  • Joan Lokker
Hi Kelsie :) You do wonderful and important work. God bless you in everything you do! It would be good if many young people would have such vocations. Praying for you specially today. Much love, Marja
  • July 12, 2016
  • 10:45 a.m.
  • Marja Poutiainen
Thank you for your Intern work, Kelsie. The blessing of the Lord be upon you in your future work for the Kingdom.
  • July 10, 2016
  • 5:38 a.m.
  • Mary Ann
Thank you Kelsie for being so open about what God is doing in your life in your internship. I hope He will direct your path and give you the desires of your heart!!! You Rock!!!!
  • July 10, 2016
  • 5:23 a.m.
  • Charlyn Kelley
Kelsie - It is so encouraging to see the Lord directing your steps...and even giving you the desires of your heart. I am confident He will do amazing things in and through you as you seek first His kingdom and righteousness. ~Richard Desmond
  • July 9, 2016
  • 11:02 p.m.
  • Richard Desmond
Hi Kelsie, my name is Kelsie too. I am a believer with a 15yo sister with Down Syndrome. Been getting on Joni and Friends to glean some encouragement for our family. It has been hard having very little community that understands how to help her and us with her. I hope she can reach far one day as you have. The Joni and Friends ministry is so needed seeing that there are few ministries seeking to encourage Christian families connected to disability. I hope that, if the Lord wills, you will be able to excel in taking part in a ministry like this.
  • July 9, 2016
  • 10:18 p.m.
  • Kelsie Meadors
So happy you're being recognized. I grew up with your Dad and he's very proud of you. Wishing you a very successful internship!
  • July 9, 2016
  • 9:36 p.m.
  • Joy Kennelly
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