Meet the Interns: Katie

Name: Katie Rutherford

Age: 21

How long is your trip to Thailand? I was originally a 3 month intern, but now I will be staying for 6 months total.

How did you get involved with Life Impact? I met Mariah, whose Dad is on the Life Impact board, on a missions trip to Cambodia last summer. She told me  a lot about her trip out her two years ago and she shared with me the vision and after hearing it I had to come!

What’s your favorite part of your work here? Teaching in the Muslim Slums.

What do you miss most from home? My family, mainly my dad. Also Three-D the young adult church I attend.

What’s your favorite Thai dish? Well considering I really haven’t eaten much Thai food since I’ve been here, I only have a couple things to choose from. I’d have to say Pad Thai.

What can you be found doing on a day off? Usually I am spending my day at Hazel (a local coffee shop) catching up on all of the homework I have put off during the week.

What’s your favorite Bible verse? We are assured and know that [God being a partner in their labor] all things work together and are [fitting into a plan] for good to and for those who love God and are called according to [His] design and purpose. Romans 8:28

If you could have lunch with any person—living or dead, real or fictional—whom would you choose? I would have lunch with my Grandma Jean. When I was growing up she had advanced Alzheimer disease, so I never had a chance to get to know her. I am told continually how much I am like her, so I would love to spend time talking to her and getting to know her heart.

What’s your favorite holiday tradition? On Christmas eve my family all receives new pajamas and then we have a pajama racing contest to see who can get theirs on first. Then we open our stockings and watch a couple of movies together as a family (which doesn’t happen often because my brother and I are both not living at home)

What have you learned from your experience here? I have just learned so much about the journey that my relationship with God is. There is continually room for change and improvement. His love and grace are relentless. God has shown me so much about how important it is for me to show that same love and grace towards others, no matter who they are or what they have done. He has given me more pieces to the picture of the vision He has for my life. It has been so wonderful for me to see my calling to teach and my calling to missions come together. There is nothing that brings more joy to me than knowing that I am in the perfect will of God. When I handed my heart over to Him, He filled it with desires that I never imagine would make me feel like this.

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