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Giving Thanks for Our Intern: Emily Gryder

Emily with Edgardo Avila pastor of the Spanish church
Emily with Edgardo Avila pastor of the Spanish church

Our intern, Emily Gryder has served with us since July 7th. She will be leaving this coming Friday. The Lord has used her to connect with many of the Hispanics that we are working with. We are so encouraged by how Emily has served.
We started the summer with our first intern, Zach Lutz. Zach did a great job as well, and he opened the door for many of the things that Emily is now doing.
Zach and Emily started up a weekly VBS for neighborhood kids in City Heights. Emily has kept that going with an after school kids club.
Another area where Emily has really helped us is with our English as a Second Language (ESL) classes. She has been our main teacher over the last several months. Oliva, who I wrote about in a recent post, came to Christ through Emily opening the door with ESL classes, and then inviting Oliva to the Spanish service.
Emily has also befriended and discipled, Hilary, one of the youth in the church.
She’s had numerous experiences such as building a home for the homeless, building a church, feeding the poor, etc. You can catch up on more of Emily’s exploits on her blog: Chosen by Grace.
Emily with Oliva and Elizabeth
Emily with Oliva and Elizabeth

I’m amazed that Emily has been able to do so much at her young age. She’s still a teenager herself.
Dawn and I believe in the importance of building into young people, and giving them opportunities to serve in missions. Their time on the border gives them a broad and unique experience.
We do give thanks for Emily, who’s been living with us since mid-September. When Emily first came Ray and Michele Call spent a lot of time with Zach and Emily. We are grateful for all the time and energy they gave to both of our interns. We are also thankful for Tom and Debbie Steller, who provided housing for Emily until we arrived.
Join us in thanking the Lord for Emily, and praying for her as she heads back to her family in North Carolina. Pray also that the Lord raises up more workers as we work to see a renewed San Diego-Tijuana border.
In His Grip, Dave


  • By Naphtali
    Posted November 24, 2012 at 10:11 am

    Wow! it seems like she just got there! good work guys!

    • By diasolifeontheborder
      Posted November 24, 2012 at 9:06 pm

      I agree it’s hard to believe her time with us is coming to a close. It’s been good and she’s made some good friends here.

  • By Debbie
    Posted November 25, 2012 at 1:11 am

    It is so encouraging hearing about Emily and what all she has been doing! What a blessing and how amazing to see someone that young serving like she is! Yay Jesus . .Yay Emily! God bless you as you bring others along side you, to bring His hope and light to the area!

    • By diasolifeontheborder
      Posted November 25, 2012 at 7:24 pm

      We are thankful and we pray that The Lord will raise up other young faithful servants.

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