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My name is Emily Ardis, and I am 20 years old. I am originally from the Chicagoland area but am currently going to school at the University of Iowa. I’m going to be a junior in the nursing program this fall. My first build with Casas was when I was 17, and I fell in love with the experience immediately. I have been on five builds with Casas since then, and I cannot express how excited and blessed I feel to be able to spend the summer doing what I love and what I feel called to do. I believe that Casas can not only change a family’s life by supplying them with a house, something we so easily take for granted, but I believe that bigger life change can happen by demonstrating God’s love for them. I cannot wait to play my own small role in that life change this summer, and I’m thrilled to see where this adventure takes me!
Hi. My name is Nick Biggs, and I am from St. Louis, Missouri. Next year I will be a junior at the University of Missouri-Columbia where I am studying Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering. I’ve been going on mission trips with my home church since I was a freshman in high school, and over winter break this year, my mom and I went on our first build with Casas in Juárez. I learned a lot about myself and decided that I wanted to return as an intern with Casas. In my spare time I love playing frisbee, playing guitar, hiking, and being outside. I’m super excited for this summer!
My name is Austin Boggs. I’m an IUPUI student studying CEMT (Construction Engineering Management). This is my fourth time serving with Casas. I travelled to Acuña, México; Guatemala; and the Dominican Republic in 2016. I believe God gave me this calling when I was a senior in high school on my second Casas trip in Guatemala where I really felt like this was something that I could see myself doing. Growing up I always worked in and around the construction field, so when the pieces for this internship started to fall together, it really didn’t come as a shock to me. What really blew me away was the money I was able to raise and how quickly it came in. I’m grateful for the prayers and support from family and friends.
My name is Mary Cadarette, and I am from Michigan. I currently attend Northern Michigan University, and I am pursuing a bachelor’s degree in international studies with a focus on Latin America. I was introduced to Casas through my campus ministry three years ago, and I had the blessing of doing an internship with them last summer. People always ask me why I go down to México to build houses with this ministry, and my response is simply – I just really love serving the Lord, and I love the people of México. I love meeting these families and letting them see that the same God who calls me His child has adopted them into His family, as well. I am very grateful that God has given me the opportunity to come back this summer, and I intend to make the most of it!
My name is Alexia (Lexi) Delridge. I was born and raised in Missoula, Montana and am now a sophomore at Montana State University studying Civil Engineering and Hispanic Studies. I went on my first Casas build during the summer of 2015 in the Dominican Republic and got the chance to return in January of 2017. God really put it on my heart to continue serving through Casas por Cristo, so I applied and got placed as an intern in Juárez, México for the summer of 2017! I am beyond excited and really look forward to what this summer has to offer!!
My name is Adam Dresden. I just finished my junior year at Ferris State University in Big Rapids, Michigan. My field of study is Surveying Engineering. I grew up in the church as a kid and was exposed to Jesus and the gospel there. However, I never really felt like I knew God. I knew what to do and went through the motions, but it wasn’t until I was on my own, in college, that I really started to know God through the help of my campus ministry, His House Christian Fellowship. My second year in college I went on a trip to México to build a house with Casas por Cristo. I absolutely loved the trip. I feel that one of the best ways I can serve God is by working with my hands. I also feel like I need to trust God more and be more “risky” with my faith. Serving as a summer intern at Casas is the perfect way to do just that.
My name is Ian Dugger, and I am from Daytona Beach, Florida. I am 19 years old and am currently a sophomore at Johnson University Florida where I am an Intercultural Studies and Bible and Theology major. I plan on one day becoming a missionary with my degree. I was raised in the church and am very excited to serve God this summer.
Hello. My name is Jami Hahn, and I am from Anaheim, CA. Yes, that is where Disneyland is. For the past four years I have been living in Central California while attending California Polytechnic State University in San Luis Obispo. I will be graduating in June of 2017, but until then I will continue to study Architectural Engineering and develop a deeper understanding of the built environment. In the summer of 2015 I went on my first build with Casas por Cristo to Juárez. I was overwhelmed with the feeling that I was exactly where I was supposed to be. Before the trip was even over, I knew that I would have to go back. In 2016 I returned to Juárez for another build and then decided to apply for the internship. I am so blessed to have this opportunity, and I am excited to represent God and Casas por Cristo in this way.
My name is Isaac Hogle, and I am 19 years old. I currently attend the University of Louisville as a freshman. I have traveled to Guatemala four times as a volunteer with Casas por Cristo, spending a week out of my spring break each year of high school serving. During these trips I was able to get to know God more and see the works He could do through me and my brothers and sisters in Christ. These trips led me to be more grateful for what I have and the blessings God has given me. I would not be here today without the support of my family and friends.
Hey, I am Jael Kulp, a junior in accounting at Iowa State University, and the joy of the Lord is overwhelmingly present in my life. He has blessed me with an incredible family, a campus ministry that has grown my faith and knowledge of the Bible exponentially, and friends who point me towards Christ. After getting back from a trip to Guatemala with Casas this March, full of the satisfaction of knowing God, I felt like the best way to express my joy and enthusiasm was in a tangible way that will exhaust my body but fill up my spirit, which is what led me to apply for the internship. I believe strongly in the mission of Casas to fulfill a physical need as a way to communicate the incredible love of Jesus Christ. I am honored and blessed to have the opportunity to serve Christ and the people of Juárez with all that I have this summer!
Hey! My Name is Weston Lott. I am 30 years old, and I am originally from Berea, Ohio. I attended The University of Akron on a track and field scholarship, and I competed in the Decathlon. After graduation with a BFA in Graphic Design, I worked as a Graphic Designer for several Akron area design firms. Most recently, I held the position of Marketing Specialist at the Akron-Canton Regional Foodbank. I have had the chance to take part in two Casas por Cristo house builds, my first being in Ciudad Juárez and the second being in the Dominican Republic. Each time I went on a trip, I felt a tug on my heart that this could be a path God may be calling me to explore. Recently, I decided to leave my job at the Akron-Canton Regional Foodbank and join the Casas team as an intern in the Dominican Republic. I am extremely excited to see how God will move this summer.
Hello. My name is Andrew McBurnett. I am a student at Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University majoring in electrical engineering while minoring in business administration. I went on my first Casas build when I was 10 years old, and ever since then I have been in love with the organization and its impact on the community. I have been a part of 8 house builds since then, and cannot wait to dedicate this summer to helping the families of Juárez have homes and know the love of Christ.
Hi! My name is Joseph. I’m from Wabash, Indiana and attend Huntington University. I have been going to church my whole life, and was baptized when I was a sophomore in high school. I went on my first Casas por Cristo trip the summer after my junior year of high school. I fell in love with the ministry they were doing. I loved the culture and talking with the family we were building for and other families from the community. I’ve always loved working with my hands and working outdoors, as well, so I decided to go on another trip when I was a freshman in college. After than trip, I felt God calling me to take the next step and intern with Casas, and that’s what has led me to San Raymundo this summer.
Hello. I am Brendan Noerper. I am from St. Louis, Missouri, and I just graduated from Ranken Technical College in St. Louis with an associates in applied science and a certificate in diesel technology. I went on my very first mission trip with my youth group in 2015, and we built a house for a family in Acuña with Casas por Cristo. Over this past new year, I had an opportunity to go on my second trip to build for Casas. I went to the Dominican with a group from Illinois, and by the end of that week, I knew that I wanted to spend the summer interning for Casas. Everything came together smoothly, and I cannot wait to see what God has planned!
Hi. My name is Josiah. I’m 20 years old, and I’m from Colorado Springs, CO. I’m an incoming junior at the University of Pennsylvania where I am studying business, most likely with a concentration in finance. My first house build with Casas was nearly four years ago, and I have returned for several trips since. I absolutely love the ministry of Casas and jumped at the opportunity to spend a summer doing God’s work through the internship program. I’m looking forward to a summer full of service, spiritual growth, and the privilege to share God’s love with the people of Juárez and the teams I work alongside. I’m so excited for what God has planned this summer!
Hi, everyone! My name is Katy Schiefelbein, and I’m excited to intern at Casas this summer! I’m originally from Eau Claire, Wisconsin and am a student at the University of Minnesota. I have a double major in International Business and Marketing and a double minor in Business Law and Spanish. I had the opportunity to intern with Casas the summer of 2015 and am excited to be back. I love this ministry and the people it serves. I can’t wait to see what God has in store for this summer!
My name is Corey Sirmans. I was born and raised in Georgia. I have been in church my whole life, and my home church, Corinth, has had a huge impact on me. My youth group has been on two trips with Casas, one to San Raymundo, Guatemala and the other to Acuña, México. These two trips have shown me the need to share the love of Christ to everyone in every way we can. Last spring break during my trip to Acuña, Nick and Pete, our Casas missionaries, both encouraged me to intern with Casas for a summer. I have spent time in The Word and time talking to God about what I need to do and His plans for me. I am very excited and am looking forward to this internship and what God will do in my life and more importantly in the lives of the families that will be helped this summer.
Hey there! My name is Estefania Soto. I was born and raised in El Paso, Texas, and I currently attend The University of Texas at El Paso studying Civil Engineering. I enjoy playing basketball, skiing, and really anything outdoors! I came to know the Lord in November of 2015, so it’s been a little over a year now. Growing up Catholic, I knew about God, however, it wasn’t until college after someone shared the Gospel that I became interested in having a relationship with Christ. Having to drop a relationship in order to follow the Lord, I made the best decision of my life. I am heavily involved on my university campus as a leader of the Baptist Student Ministry where I get to disciple students and serve the Lord through the different activities we host. This past summer I got the privilege to go to New York City as a church plant intern. Because of my gifting in engineering, I am beyond excited to serve as a 2017 summer intern with Casas por Cristo. This summer will consist of three of my favorite things: being outdoors, building, and investing in others in hopes that they find Christ.
Kyle St. Amand
My name is Kyle St. Amand. I am a 23 year old firefighter from Alabama. I was born in Massachusetts and lived in New England for 12 years before moving to Alabama in 2006. I have been on seven builds with Casas since I was 16, and every year I have wondered what has been stopping me from doing the internship with them. I always put my career in the fire service ahead of everything else, and it has caused me to delay God’s plan for me by several years. After being blessed enough to go on two different Casas trips in 2017, I finally decided it was time for me to apply for the internship. The feeling that flows through me when I get to watch the reaction of each family when they get to go into their house for the first time is better than any other feeling I know how to describe. To show the family that God cares about them enough to send people from another place to give them shelter is incredible. I look forward to getting to work with all the groups that come through Guatemala this summer.
Bethany Van Alstine
Hi. My name is Bethany Van Alstine, and I’m incredibly excited to be working with Casas por Cristo for another summer as an intern! This will be my second summer with Casas, and I’m thrilled to be returning to Guatemala. After this summer, I will be entering my final year of my undergraduate degree at Northern Michigan University. I am double majoring in Socio-Cultural Anthropology and International Studies with a Global Concentration. Once I graduate, my goal is to work in community development in impoverished areas of the world!
Hey, I’m Seth Wilson. I’m 21 years old and grew up in New Cumberland, Pennsylvania. I just finished my junior year studying nuclear engineering at Georgia Tech. I interned for Casas last year, and throughout the summer I started to get the impression that God’s plan for me consisted of going into industry and using my resources to support missionaries around the world. This by no means meant relaxing, because God calls everyone to mission work, including at the office and in our own communities, but it is a big change from international mission work. However as this summer approached, I started to get this feeling in my gut that I had unfinished business with Casas, which I think was God’s way of calling me back. Right now, I have no idea what His plans are for my future or why He specifically wanted me back with Casas this summer, so I’m just trying to trust Him and enjoy this summer as much as I can while growing the kingdom!
My name is Kayla Young. I am from Las Vegas, New Mexico, but I am currently living in Canyon, Texas where I study graphic design at West Texas A&M University. The first mission trip I was ever a part of was with Casas por Cristo when I was 13. Over the last ten years, I have participated in several builds and seen how Jesus used the practical things, like a home and food, to show people a small glimpse of his love. This February, I got to go to Guatemala with Casas por Cristo and realized that if I was going to do an internship for my degree I wanted it to be something bigger than just education for myself but to serve a purpose. I’m excited to be part of this team and to see what Jesus does with the summer of 2017!