Summer ’14: Bekah Harshberger, Leah Rekow, Breanna Mars & Emily Owens


IMG_2657Summer 2014 interns

IMG_0724exploring the Cristo, one of Cochabamba’s local tourist attractions

internsPairumani (another nearby Cochabamba attraction)

dscf2022The Center church family

One of the main activities the Center interns were in charge of during their time at The Center was putting on a week long VBS program for the kids during winter break.  They organized games, crafts and a special lesson each day.

P1010575Leah w/ kids at VBS

dscf2259Breanna instructing a craft during VBS

img_20140620_1054021painting faces at VBS










EmilyEmily w/ 3rd graders she worked with

Jonathan & Ashley (July ’13-August ’13)


Jonathan and Ashley were only with us for less than 2 months, but their impact at The Center was tremendous.  They brought so much life and passion to their work with the kids, and poured their hearts out.

DSCN7644Jonathan worked with one of the third grade classrooms, connecting with the boys in the class and especially one of the kids in particular.  Hernan was really struggling with division and acting out more than usual in class when Jonathan arrived.  With Jonathan’s patience and persistence, by the end of the two months, Hernan was dividing on his own and had settled down significantly in the classroom.

DSCN7651On Jonathan’s last day, he prepared Bible verses for the kids to choose from and then illustrate to help them understand better what the verses meant.  The kids were really into the activity and the pictures were amazing; the kids got a lot out of the verses and really seemed to understand the biblical concepts on a deeper level.


Ashley worked with the 2nd graders, helping Laura, the 2nd grade teacher.  The second grade class has some of the most challenging students in the whole Center and her help was invaluable in allowing Laura to teach effectively.  Ashley also prepared the snack for each day, cooking the daily milk and healthy grains and serving up snack for over 70 kids.

“All can drink of my cup”

During worship at The Center church, Ashley would paint a passage from Scripture, sometimes with one of the Center students, Simon, painting alongside her.   It was a powerful way for the kids (& adults!) to connect with Scripture and the sermon.

Valor & Betsy (June ’13-July ’13)

IMG_5635Valor and Betsy worked with The Center for about 2 months.  During their time with us, they washed hands, served snack, helped tutor 2nd and 4th graders, and planned a fantastic VBS program for the first week of winter vacation.

IMG_5701Betsy worked with the kids to create a craft each day that reflected the week’s theme of “God is Love”.  Valor ran the games each day that also tied into the theme of love.  Both did an incredible job organizing the whole week, and The Center kids had a great opportunity to grow spiritually and learn more about God’s immense love for them.


Shelby (August ’12-July ’13)

Shelby started at The Center in August 2012 and went back to the States in July 2013.


Shelby helped the kids wash their hands when they first arrived at The Center every day, prepared and distributed snack each day, and worked in the 2nd grade classroom both in 2012 and 2013.


Shelby also spent a significant amount of time at the construction site each week and was instrumental in preparing the classrooms for use and many major construction projects at The Center.


Scott (March ’13-July ’13) & Brittany (May ’13-June ’13)


Brittany worked with The Center for a month and a half, and brought a lot of life to our team.  She helped the kids make a craft for Mother’s Day, tutored in 1st grade and helped out with countless other little jobs that helped The Center run smoothly.  Her smile and go-getter attitude was a morale boost for the whole Center!


During Scott’s 4+ months with The Center he tutored lots of third grade kids one-on-one, worked construction weekly, helped with the worship music at The Center church on Sundays, and served and delivered snack to each classroom every afternoon.  He was especially helpful with the troubled kids who needed lots of individual attention.