Lisa Burns, ELCA World Hunger Fundraising Intern
My name is Lisa Burns, and I am a rising senior at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. I am studying global health with a focus on the regions of the Middle East and Latin America. As such, I have studied both Spanish and Arabic and the university level. In the fall of 2014 I plan to further my knowledge of the Arabic language and culture through study abroad in Amman, Jordan. I am passionate about social justice and health issues, especially as they pertain to women and children. In the future, I hope to pursue a career in nonprofit work with an international focus. Therefore, I am very excited to have the opportunity to work with ELCA World Hunger this summer. I will be working on the fundraising side of the appeal and interacting with donors. I expect that I will learn a lot from my colleagues and my experiences here!
I was born and raised on the south side of Chicago and love the city. I have three sisters and a brother (who is getting married this summer!) In my free time, I enjoy reading and listening to and playing music. I play classical piano and a smattering of guitar. I like most music, especially when it's live, and books about almost anything. In the past, I have done volunteer work at hospital emergency rooms throughout the state. I also spent several semesters volunteering with a program in Champaign that sends books to prisoners in Illinois state penitentiaries. These volunteer projects really helped to spark my interest in social justice. A fun fact about me is that I have two differently-sized pinky fingers!
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Megan Flowers, ELCA Malaria Campaign Intern
Howdy! My name is Megan Flowers and I am a senior community development major at Texas A&M University. This summer I am working as an intern with the ELCA Malaria Campaign. I am thrilled to take part in helping to eliminate preventable diseases. Lately I have learned a lot about caring for people with all you have, especially for those who are in the margins and vulnerable populations.
Through the ELCA campus ministry at Texas A&M, known as Treehouse Ministries, I have grown passions for poverty, hunger, homelessness, and health. As Team Leader and Office Assistant for Treehouse, I have had several extremely transformative years where I have grown in my faith, servant leadership, justice mindset, and meaningful relationships. This ministry has been a place I can call home, a community of the most loving people you could ever imagine. Yet, it is a group that continues to challenge each other to learn and change and grow. I am excited to take part in leading this ministry again as the fall approaches; for I know it will be another amazing adventure.
The last two summers I have worked at Ebert Ranch Camp, a part of Cross Trails Ministry, in Harper, Texas. As Adventure Coordinator I facilitated the high and low ropes courses, archery, and outcamp (outdoor cooking and camping). Camp was a bit of a scary adventure for me. Initially I had no idea what I was getting into. I had never even climbed a ropes course, and it was one of my first experiences with a ministry of the ELCA. And yet, I absolutely I fell in love with it. For the way camp impacts campers, staff, families, and all those involved, it will always have a special place in my heart.
This summer I hope to learn to love even more, to have a special place in my heart for the ELCA Malaria Campaign, the City of Chicago, and all the new relationships I will make on the way. I am overjoyed to see what the summer brings!