Our Interns

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After clicking the link above please select the program area “5120 Support: Internship Program” to donate to the general intern fund. To donate to a specific person please select that same program area then proceed to tell us the name of the intern you would like to support in the “Comments” section. Thank you!

Erika Amezaga

Location: Guatemala

Hi, my name is Erika Amezaga. I am from El Paso, TX. I grew up both in El Paso and Juárez. I have known about the Casas por Cristo ministry since I was young, and I know a lot of people who have been blessed with a home. The happiness and gratitude they express not only to those who go and build but to God is overwhelming. I thank God for this beautiful opportunity. Not only will I build homes and help those in need, but I will be able to express and talk about our God to those who don’t know him. I am sure this will be a great experience, and I hope to serve God how He deserves to be served. All glory to God.


Cayla Davis

Location: Juárez

Hi everyone! My name is Cayla Davis. I am a sophomore at the University of Missouri – Columbia studying Business Marketing. I love photography, being outdoors, and spending time with my family. I had the opportunity to go on my first mission trip with Casas por Cristo during the summer of 2018 and learned about the internship through our team leaders from Casas, as well as from the pastor who organized our trip. Upon returning home, only a few weeks of praying and listening for God’s words of wisdom passed before I knew an internship with this amazing organization was the next journey He was preparing my heart for. I cannot wait to share my love and passion for the Lord with the families through building homes and sharing my testimony.


Jennifer Dobyns

Location: Acuña

Hello. My name is Jennifer Dobyns, but everyone calls me Jen. I’ve had the opportunity to go with my church to Juarez 10 times to build houses for families, and I’m excited to see what God will do this summer with our intern group. Returning every year to Juarez has always caused my faith to grow, and I feel passionate about communicating with the communities we’ll be serving. I’ve studied at the University of Colorado Colorado Springs for a bachelor’s degree in Computer Science with a minor in Game Development, and I’ve also created games using the Unity 3D Engine.


Nan Hammel

Location: Juárez

Hello. My name is Nan Hammel, and I grew up in Wabash, IN. After high school, I attended Purdue University to earn a degree in Agricultural & Biological Engineering. I also ran for both the track & field and cross-country teams. Since graduation, I have been working for the state and federal governments in soil and nature resource conservation. I have also been coaching track & field and cross-country teams at a local high school. I started going on Casas por Cristo trips to Guatemala with the church I grew up in Wabash in 2015. Ever since then, it has been such a gift to go every year to witness the greatness of God and the places that He has for each trip, each team, and each family we serve. I fell in love with it, and I am blown away by what God is doing every time I go. Not only is God working through this ministry to build houses, but He is also working on building His own house made up of his people and those He has called to be His people. Ephesians 2:19-22 is what inspired me to sign up for this summer internship and what keeps me coming back every year!


Nathan Hergett

Location: Juárez

Hi, I’m Nathan. I have had a passion for missions ever since my first trip with Casas in Acuna, Mexico. I have always desired to serve others in any way possible even before I fully surrendered my life to Christ, and now it’s grown into a deeper desire for people to experience the love Christ has for them. I enjoy getting to know how each person fits in the body of Christ and love to hear the unique story God has given each one of us.


Aimee Johnson

Location: Dominican

Hi, my name is Aimee Johnson.  I am from Calgary, Canada and this will be my second time interning with Casas por Cristo.  I went on my first trip when I was nine years old to Mexico with my family and have since had other opportunities in missions in a few Latin-American countries.  It has expanded my perspective and grown my heart for other cultures and how God is at work.  Recently, I have been experiencing God’s kindness and faithfulness in my life, and I look forward to how He will move and what I will learn this summer.


Katherine Kalmon

Location: Juárez

Hi. I’m Katherine Kalmon, and I’m from Eau Claire, Wisconsin. I am finishing my sophomore year at the University of Minnesota, Duluth studying Communications. I have always felt called to serve – I have been on three Casas trips and took a gap year to volunteer with AmeriCorps National Civilian Community Corps before starting college. A little more about me is that I love being outdoors, anything from hammocking to hiking! I am excited to be the hands and feet of Christ this summer and seeing where He leads me on this adventure.


Anna Killen

Location: Dominican

Hi. My name is Anna Killen, and I grew up on a farm near Leonard, Missouri. I went on a Casas trip in the summer of 2016 when I was 17 years old. Afterward, I could feel God calling me to be an intern for Casas. I am now going into my sophomore year at the University of Missouri – Columbia and am working towards a Business degree. I cannot wait for God to work through me this summer and am looking forward to this opportunity to serve and to get to know others.


Emily Knuckles

Location: Juárez

Hi, I’m Emily. I just finished my bachelor’s degree in Sociology at the University of Colorado in Colorado Springs. I have lived in Colorado my whole life, but I absolutely love traveling and meeting people of different cultures. I currently still live at home with my parents, five siblings, a dog, a turtle, a rabbit, and four chickens. I became a Christian at the age of 10. I grew up surrounded by amazing people who dedicated their lives to the Lord and service of Him. I recognized my need for a Savior and asked Jesus to be the Lord of my life. I have been on nine Casas trips with my church, Vista Grande Baptist Church. My love for the work that Casas does is what really got me interested in the internship. I wanted the opportunity to work with and support the Casas staff, and I am so excited to see how God uses me during my summer as an intern. I can’t wait to share the love of Christ with everyone I encounter.


Olivia La Croix

Location: Guatemala

Hi, I’m Olivia. I just finished my junior year of college. I am double majoring in Psychology and Spanish, and will also be pursuing a minor in art. I hope to one day receive my doctorate in Trauma Counseling. I love hiking, drawing, and reading.


Mike McCabe

Location: Juárez

Hey there! My name is Mike McCabe, and I’m from Troy, MI. I went on my first Casas trip to the Dominican Republic in May 2016 and have had the blessing of being able to participate in five builds since then. Three of the builds have been in the Dominican, and the other two have been in Juárez. I love Jesus, and I love working with my hands, so I figured this would be a great way to combine two of my passions. My first trip had a huge impact on my life. It was the first time I had seen strangers who didn’t speak the same language coming together as brothers and sisters in Christ. I am excited to see what God has in store for me.


Sadie Merchant

Location: Juárez

Hi, I’m Sadie. To be honest, my first choice for the summer was an internship at a nearby hospital as a student nurse. After being rejected from two of them and learning my roommates were both moving out, I had to rethink my summer plans because staying in town was clearly not in God’s playbook for me. A month later I was sitting in chapel, and a group got up and started presenting about their trip with Casas por Cristo in January. I became overwhelmed with emotion, had goosebumps, and immediately knew this was His plan for my summer. I submitted my application the next day, tracked down some references/friends who have also been interns, and here I am! I attend the University of Sioux Falls in Sioux Falls, SD and will have completed my junior year before beginning this internship. I have four baby sisters that I adore with everything in me and two perfect parents (you laugh, but really you should meet them). I’m ready to do whatever I can to help anyone who is willing to receive it.


Abigail Miller

Location: Creative Department

Hi, I’m Abigail! I grew up in Akron, OH and graduated from the University of Akron with a degree in Marketing Management. I have a huge heart for non-profits and missions organizations. I am excited to see what God is going to teach me this summer through Casas!


Shelby Myers

Location: Guatemala

Hi. My name is Shelby Myers, and I am a junior at the University of West Georgia studying Early Childhood and Special Education. I have been on five builds with Casas Por Cristo. After my parents got a divorce, I was searching for something to cope with all of the changes in my life. In the midst of this searching, I was drawn to mission trips through my church, Providence United Methodist. Taking part in any kind of service has brought so much joy into my life, but my trips with Casas have always impacted me in a greater way. I cannot wait to see what God is going to do through Casas por Cristo this summer!


David Nixon

Location: Guatemala

Hi, I’m David. I am originally from Plano, Texas and went to TCU for college where I got a degree in Sports Medicine. While I was in college, I was first exposed to church, the Word, and mission trips. I have always had a strong passion for serving others, and that led me to short-term trips in Africa as well as in Guatemala with Casas por Cristo. For some time now, I have contemplated long-term missions and ministry, and I believe this internship will help in discerning my future. I have been on five Casas builds, and I am looking forward to a great summer. I am currently working as an athletic trainer at a high school in Fort Worth and live with my dog, Honey.


Derek Pruitt

Location: Juárez

Hi, my name is Derek Pruitt. I am from a small town in Missouri called Holts Summit. I grew up with six siblings and was homeschooled until my sophomore year of high school. I am currently a sophomore at a small community college, and then I plan on transferring to a four-year college to major in Criminal Justice with a minor in Bible. I have yet to decide where I am going to transfer. I plan on letting God lead me to where he wants me when the time comes. When I was in high school, I went on my first Casas trip. I loved it right off the bat, but I had never considered doing the internship. I have been on an additional six trips since then. Last summer, I got a chance to talk with some of the interns about their experience. From there, I decided I wanted to try it. I am excited for this summer and what God has in store.


Liz Schrader

Location: Acuña

Hi! My name is Liz Schrader. I’m from St. Louis, Missouri, and I am a member of Webster Gardens Lutheran Church. I just finished my freshman year of college at Mizzou, where I am majoring in Journalism and Spanish. I enjoy exercising, taking photos, spending time outside, and eating fruit. I wasn’t very passionate about my faith when I was younger, but then I went on my first Casas trip to Acuña, México with my church when I was 14. God changed my life on that trip, and I became a lot more connected to Him and to my faith. After that, I went on three more trips with Casas, and I loved each one just as much as the one before. When God gave me the opportunity to be an intern, I was so excited! I can’t wait to see what God does through me and how He grows me this summer.


Luke Stavely

Location: Guatemala

Hello friends. I’m Luke, and I am 35 years old. I work with a small construction company in Fayetteville, GA. My first Casas trip was in the summer of 2017 with Southwest Christian Church. I enjoyed it so much, I signed up for another trip in February 2018. I then decided to sign up for the internship program in the summer of 2018. Serving with Casas fills my heart with joy, and I look forward to what this summer will bring in Guatemala.


Andrea Stock

Location: Juárez

Hi, my name is Andrea Stock. I’m from a small town called Troy in northeast Kansas. I grew up on a small farm with my parents and two sisters. I love riding horses, kayaking, and eating at Chick-fil-a! Currently, I am working on a Bachelor of Science of Nursing and will start nursing school this coming fall! I have wanted to do an internship since my first mission trip to Mexico! I am a firm believer that the best way to tell someone about the love of Jesus is to show them.


Noah Tidwell

Location: Guatemala

Hey guys. My name is Noah Tidwell, and I am from Houston, TX. I knew instantly after my one and only trip with Casas that I was called to be an intern. Seeing the love, compassion, and impact of this ministry showed me that God truly is making the difference even in the less fortunate countries. I love how Casas acts as the hands and feet of Jesus in a very practical way. I love sports – baseball, football, basketball, and volleyball. I currently work with a pest control and pool company where I assist in treating for bugs, clean pools, and I work in construction and landscaping as a salesman.


Kaitlyn Upton

Location: Acuña

My name is Kaitlyn Upton, and I am a vet student at Texas A&M pursuing a career in zoological medicine. I am originally from Corpus Christi, Texas. I grew up going to Laity Lodge Youth Camp which is where I found the Lord. Through this camp, I went on my first mission trip to Haiti when I was 16, and it changed my life. After high school, I went to Texas Christian University and graduated in 2017 with a degree in Biology. After graduation, I went on the World Race, an 11-month mission trip to 11 different countries (Colombia, Ecuador, Peru, Indonesia, the Philippines, Vietnam, Cambodia, Thailand, Ukraine, Moldova, and Spain). During my time at TCU, I was introduced to Casas por Cristo through my church and campus ministry. My first build was in 2015 in Guatemala, and I have been building in Acuña, México ever since. After going on the World Race and starting professional school, I felt like the Lord was leading me to apply for the Casas internship. I had first heard about it in 2015, but it was never the right time. I absolutely love this ministry, and I am excited to spend the summer serving as well as practicing my Spanish!


Natalie Uribe

Location: Guatemala

Hello, I’m Natalie Uribe and I am from Atlanta, Georgia. I am working towards a Masters in Art History at Georgia State University. I first heard of Casas through my younger brother after his first trip with his school. We did a family build in the summer of 2016, and I have been returning ever since! I have a love for the Guatemalan people and culture and am thrilled to be sharing Christ’s love with them. I am excited and blessed to have been chosen to serve God’s people with Casas this summer in San Raymundo, Guatemala, and I look forward to the growth opportunity I will be given through this ministry.


Fernando Uribe

Location: Guatemala

Hi, I’m Fernando. I am a full-time student at Georgia State University and will soon be transferring to Kennesaw State University to finish my engineering degree. I began going on trips with my high school, Greater Atlanta Christian. So far, I have been blessed to have the opportunity to be a part of seven builds in Guatemala. I have really grown to love this ministry and what it does for families in need. I thought it was very special to be able to give something tangible to a family that would significantly improve their day to day life. God has really put it in my heart to serve, and I really love serving with this ministry. I can’t wait to see what God has planned for this summer!


Michael Vo

Location: Juárez

Hi, my name is Michael Vo. I interned with Casas in the summer of 2016. I told myself I was going to come back for a second internship, but I ended up going home and getting involved with my home church’s youth group! I served as a small group leader for middle school boys. I felt like I was needed at the church, so I decided to stay home and not return for another internship with Casas. I played college baseball for a year and a half, and while that was going on our youth pastor left, and the youth group fell through. Not knowing which direction to take, I spent a lot of time in prayer and community. At the same time, Casas por Cristo kept appearing in the back of my mind. I realized that from the time of my first internship until now, I was ignoring God’s call. I can tell you now with confidence that I am here to serve this organization with all of me!


Carla Walquist

Location: Acuña

Hello! My Name is Carla Walquist, and I am from Little Falls, Minnesota. I currently attend the University of Sioux Falls in South Dakota. My first trip with Casas was in January through my school and a local church. It was the first trip I had ever taken that was service-based. It was such an amazing experience, and I loved every bit of it. I have since decided to step out of my comfort zone and intern with Casas. I couldn’t be more excited to continue touching lives and serving others with this amazing ministry. I cannot wait to see what Christ does in my life during this experience.