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Not Your Normal Internship

"Some of us drive Chevys, others drive Fords, I drive an elephant."
This summer, CCC student Shaun Stimson, a sophomore from North Wales, PA, spent time learning about ministry as an intern at Calvary Baptist Church in Lansdale, PA. His whirlwind, ten-week internship began with a counseling class at Calvary Baptist Theological Seminary on issues relevant to today’s pastoral staff. “I was in a class with 20 married men who were studying for their M.Div., D.Min., or M.A.,” he said. “It was a unique opportunity to say the least!”

"Oooh yeah! That's the spot!"
[elephant massage]
Following this class, Shaun began a week full of meeting different pastors, youth pastors, and preparing for a mission trip to Thailand with the youth group of Calvary Baptist. Shaun was uniquely blessed with the opportunity to lead a trip to Thailand because of his passion for the country. “This trip was probably the highlight of my summer because I had been to Thailand before in 2008 and that is where I know God has called me to spend the rest of my life as a missionary.” The team spent ten days in Thailand, serving the people, meeting new friends, reconnecting with students, and sharing the Gospel. “It was incredible to see the spiritual growth of the five students I had met on the previous trip who became part of the youth group, got saved, and are now lights for Jesus Christ in a dark country all because of the way God used us back in 2008.”

Stimson and other counselors with campers during camp week
Two days after arriving back in the States, Shaun packed up and headed off to Camp Calvary to be a counselor for twelve 3rd-7th grade campers. After that, he returned to Calvary Baptist and focused on outreach through grounds keeping, hospital visits, and trimming hedges for elderly widows of the church, as well as other odd jobs. But, his summer wasn’t done yet!

VBS followed an already intense summer. Amidst the business, Shaun still managed to find humor in his work. “The theme of our VBS was Joseph’s adventure through Egypt: from prison to palace. I got dressed up and was the “snake kabob” shop keeper. It was fun working with the kids and trying to convince them they were eating snakes not hot dogs!” After VBS, it was back to Camp Calvary for Jr. High week.

A familiar face in Bangkok
The rest of his ten-week summer internship was spent doing random ministry activities. “Everything from serving communion, street witnessing in West Philadelphia, Bible studies, preaching, special music, spreading mulch, sitting in on every single possible meeting a church can have, and having coffee with pastors was interspersed throughout the summer."

Supervising pastor, Troy Gahman of Calvary Baptist Church was very appreciative of Shaun’s help this summer. He said, “Shaun enthusiastically served at Calvary this summer in our internship program, participating in children’s and teen ministries, camp ministries, missions and outreach ministries. It is exciting to see a young man who has grown up in this area and in our church now serving in his local community and church.”

With missionaries Jim and Kathy Hayes
Shaun said, “My summer was about one thing and one thing only. It was about sharing the good news of Jesus Christ with people. It does not matter if the people are in my neighborhood, West Philadelphia, or Thailand. It does not matter if the people are children, teens, or adults. It does not matter what their social, economic, or religious standpoints are. It just matters that they know God. My summer's purpose was to tell people that by building a relationship with them and sharing truth with them.”