Meet the Team!

Posted Apr 22, 2010 by 4 Comments

As hard as this is to believe, the 2010 World Next Door Summer Internship is already just around the bend!  Last year we had a fantastic team and this year that trend looks like it will continue.

And now, as we begin our preparations for the summer, I’d like to introduce you to our team of interns and give you a way to support them yourself!

Chris Cambell

Chris is a graduating senior majoring in Communication Studies at Moody Bible Institute in Chicago. While we are in Ukraine, he will be working with a ministry called Last Bell.  Their mission in the city of Zhytomyr is to be an advocate for orphaned children who are at major risk of falling into drugs, alcohol and prostitution once being released from the ineffective  government orphanages.

Chris Cambell

Chris will spending his days with the orphans in Last Bell’s Shelter and Haven programs, writing articles focusing on the issues of cultural stigmas attached to orphans and the mentality of abandonment.

I am personally thrilled to see how he will capture the stark realities and unmistakable hope that exists among that community of “at-risk” teens…

Lauren Schneider

Lauren Schneider

Lauren is a sophomore Journalism major at Samford University in Birmingham, Alabama.  She will be spending her summer working with our partner ministry, Mission to Ukraine. MTU helps disabled orphans and provides crisis pregnancy counseling to stem the extraordinary tide of abortions in Zhytomyr.

Lauren’s focus for the summer will be on women’s rights in a post-soviet culture. Part of this will include a focus on Mission to Ukraine’s work with pregnant teens, but will also include their work with spousal abuse, widows and financial insecurity in single-parent homes.

It’s exciting to think about how Lauren will open our eyes to what real life is like in Zhytomyr and how God is working there…

Krystallin Baker

Krystallin Baker

Krystallin is a junior Communication Studies major at Moody Bible Institute in Chicago.  She will also be spending her summer with Mission to Ukraine, but her focus will be on their work with physically and developmentally disabled children.

From physical therapy sessions to home visits to trips out to the Romaniv Disabled Boys Orphanage, Krystallin will be focusing in on the plight of this incredibly ostracized community and the amazing dignity they are receiving through the work of Mission to Ukraine.

I can’t wait to see what new aspects of the kingdom of God will be opened up to each of us this summer!

Want to be a part?

Now, do you want to be a part of these interns’ experiences for the summer?

Right now, each intern is in the process of raising $5000 to cover their expenses for the summer.  For a poor college student, that’s a lot of money!  But you and I can help make this internship a reality for the team.

I have already supported each of them financially (I wasn’t going to pass up the opportunity to invest in these fantastic young leaders!).  Now would you consider doing the same?

Please head over to our Give page and donate now!

Or, if you’d like to receive support letters from Chris, Lauren and Krystallin, please give us your address below and they’ll mail you their letters.

Thanks for thinking about investing in the lives of these three awesome people!!!

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About the Author: Barry is the founder and Executive Director of World Next Door. A storyteller, traveller and giant nerd, he lives to compel suburban Americans to get engaged with social justice and find their place in God's kingdom revolution. His ultimate dream is to adopt a pet monkey named Kevin.

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  1. Bonny Yegon said... 


    April 22nd, 2010 at 11:58 pm  

    this is great Barry, i know this fearless influencers will come back with amazing stories and experiences..they will share in what you normally go through and see the world from a different perspective. on a lighter note, maybe they can finish they journey and have a break in maasai mara

  2. Kris Schneider said... 


    April 23rd, 2010 at 2:16 pm  

    I’m so excited for your team and all that God will be doing in your lives this summer! p.s. take good care of Lauren. :)

  3. Jim.M said... 


    April 23rd, 2010 at 10:57 pm  


  4. Mary Ann Gifford said... 


    July 21st, 2010 at 8:14 pm  

    I just met Krystallin last week at her host family’s home, who just happen to be good friends of mine. She is being blessed and being a blessing in Zhytomyr, where she is working with special needs kids. Internships like this will give you a whole different perspective on life. It is a great gift to offer to others. God bless….

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