Meet Katherine Lutz
Like most high school seniors, she’s got a lot on her plate right now: papers, finals, senior projects—not to mention the prospect of college looming in the fall. And oh, one more thing: she’s going to Malawi for the summer. At 18 years old, Katherine is about to become our youngest intern ever.
Katherine found out about Esther’s House through a friend, Melanie, who lived in Malawi for two years, working for a different nonprofit in Lilongwe. “Say I were to go to Malawi,” Katherine asked Melanie in December. “Where would you say I should go? Who would you say I should work with?” Without skipping a beat, Melanie replied: “Esther’s House.” She knew it was a place where Katherine would be safe and could really have an impact.
So Katherine looked us up and she read about our Borrowed Talent internship program. Even though the program is specifically geared toward college students, she decided to reach out and see if there was a way for her to serve with us for the summer. And well—it became pretty apparent pretty quickly that Katherine was no ordinary high school senior.
She’s been on missions trips to Honduras, Guatemala and (would you believe it?) Malawi. She leads multiple Bible studies in her school and youth group and she has a desire to serve Jesus as a full-time missionary overseas someday. She’s hoping her summer at Esther’s House will give her a clear vision for what gifts God wants to develop in her and how He specifically wants to use her as an adult.
Katherine will be working closely with one of our full-time missionaries, Ashley, in teaching pre-school. She’s always loved working with kids and she has a feeling she might want to study education in college. “But I’m really going to get to dabble in all the areas of ministry,” Katherine said. “The missionaries have been great, they’ve said they want to help me explore and get an idea of what I might like to do full-time someday.”
That’s really what our Borrowed Talent internships are all about: they’re about challenging young people to discover their gifts and put them to work for the Kingdom of God. Our internships can be as short as a summer (or even part of a summer!) or as long as a year. We have positions in education, nursing, accounting and communication—but as members of a small team, our interns end up dabbling in a little bit of everything.
Follow along with Katherine on her journey through her blog: https://missiontomalawiblog.wordpress.com/