Intern Spotlight: Evan

Meet Evan, our Spring 2017 Intern!

Evan is a senior at Cornerstone University, soon graduating with a major in Kinesiology and a minor in Psychology.

Hailing from Port Huron, MI, Evan was led to Grand Rapids primarily by the CU baseball program, having played as an outfielder for the past four years. When he’s not in school or playing ball, Evan enjoys music and art, exercising and playing frisbee.

Evan hopes to pursue the field of strength and conditioning in the short-term with hopes of one day working as an occupational therapist. Evan is extremely thankful for his time at David’s house and is grateful for the experiences he’s had.

What led you to work at David’s House, Evan?

I was looking for an opportunity to learn more about the field of occupational therapy and had an interest in learning about people with special needs. Paul Wiersma actually reached out to me last year about applying to David’s House. On top of that, I was able to connect with Brooke, a classmate and former David’s House intern about her experience here. After visiting and going on a tour with Paul, I was sold!

What were your responsibilities as an intern?

I split time between houses 1, 2 and 3 and assisted several of the residents with a variety of activities, including things like strength and coordination exercises, stretches, walks, and other fun activities such as board games, coloring and ping pong. I also spent time getting to know them and showing them love!

How did the Gospel or God’s character become more clearly known to you through your time here?

I’ve been impacted by the servanthood aspect of Mark 9:35, in which Jesus says, “‘If anyone would be first, he must be last of all and servant of all.'” I see this lived out by the staff at David’s House. They have great servant’s hearts.

Also, the story of David and Mephibosheth in 2 Samuel 9—the foundational story behind the name of David’s House—was first explained to me by Paul. I think it’s a beautiful depiction of true love and sacrifice for those in need. I see this displayed at David’s House on a daily basis and it says so much about their mission and intentionality toward caring for people with special needs.

We’ve so appreciated your involvement and commitment to the mission and vision of David’s House, Evan. Come visit us soon!

Interested in an internship? We’d love to talk with you more about it.

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