Mary London CarswellHey y’all! I am Mary London Carswell and I am currently a sophomore journalism major at Samford University in Birmingham, AL. I grew up in Gainesville, GA- a small town about an hour above Atlanta. As ridiculous as it sounds, I found out about Choose to Invest through Twitter. I had been praying since the end of last summer about how I should spend the next summer. The Lord made it clear to me that Africa is where I should be. I’ve been to Africa twice and I absolutely love the people there and the simplicity of their lifestyle. Through the interview process, the Lord just kept on confirming that I was supposed to be in Kenya with Choose to Invest. Throughout the preparation process, God has been teaching me that it’s not going to be an easy ride. He has been preparing my heart for reckless abandonment and fully relying on Him. Although it will be challenging, I know it’s going to be an awesome experience. I am most excited about developing a tight knit community with our team as well as with the locals of Kenya. I cannot wait to hear people’s stories about the Lord’s grace and redemption and share mine as well.
Amy Shackelford Hi Everyone! My name is Amy Shackelford and I am from Rochester, IL. I am currently living in Peoria, IL where I attend Bradley University. I am a junior this year majoring in English Secondary Education. I’ve decided to do the Journey Internship because I want to pursue Christ with everything I have. He has placed a desire in my heart for eternity and I want to love, serve, and adore Him with my life. I fully trust that the Lord will teach me more than I can possibly imagine on this journey! I am so excited! As I am preparing for this internship, God has already been teaching me so much! He is sweetly guiding me through everything. I have been constantly reassured of His provision and love. He is teaching me to trust in Him, delight in Him, and surrender to Him through everything. I am so thankful to see His faithfulness as I raise financial support and how He has been equipping and preparing me through His Word. It is so sweet to trust in Jesus! I am so excited about everything! I can’t wait to meet my team, share life with them, and serve with them. And, I am so excited to do the very same thing with Kenyans! It is amazing to me that God is taking me on this journey not only to bring Him glory but reveal Himself to me more deeply. I can’t even begin to explain how excited I am to see how He is going to work, what He is going to reveal to me, and how He is going to teach me. I am greatly encouraged to serve a great God! Let the JOURNEY begin!