interns: summer 2009
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Kristina, Marketing/Communications


University of Cambridge

Favourite Food

Anything Thai. Or chocolate...

Favourite Verse

2 Corinthians 4:6-7 'For God, who said, "Let light shine out of darkness," made his light shine in our hearts to give us the light of the knowledge of the glory of God in the face of Christ. But we have this treasure in jars of clay to show that this all-surpassing power is from God and not from us.'

Why Malawi?

 I went to Tanzania three years ago on an EI summer team and have been trying to get back to Africa ever since. Reading the Bible, we see over and over that God's heart is for the poor and the voiceless, the victims of the system, and there are a lot of them in Malawi. But there is also so much Malawians have to teach us - about caring for family, about helping our neighbours, about true community. I've learnt more than I've been able to teach during my time here.


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05 August 2009. The Rich Foreigner

One of the features of life here that I'm still adjusting to is what to do when people ask you for money. Cambridge's huge homeless population has taught me to give people food rather than money wherever possible, but that sort of principle just doesn't work here in the same way. The problem is so much larger than the small minority in the UK who are homeless.


30 July 2009. Drr & Me

I've been out on field visits for the last 2 days, (yesterday 8.30-2.00, today 8.30 - 6.00) which have wonderfully coincided with the times when the power has been on. Yesterday's power outage from 2.00 til 10.00pm was the longest we've experienced so far. Our house has an electric stove, so we're really lucky that Helen's managed to find us a propane stove (looks like a massive camping gaz and smells like one too!) to cook on.


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