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South of the border

Tiskilwa resident Hanna Ganther is working as an intern in Mexico during her summer break from college. Ganther will continue to update readers on her adventure south of the border.

Hi my name is Hanna Ganther. I am currently a student at Cornerstone University in Grand Rapids, Mich. Other than the past couple of years when I have been at school, I have lived in Tiskilwa my whole life.

As many of you know, Tiskilwa is not known for being the most exciting place around. I can remember being a kid and wondering and dreaming about what life was like outside this small town in the middle of Illinois. I always had my nose stuck in a book and had my own mini adventures through the different characters and story lines. I could not wait to live my own adventure.  

Leaving for college was the first step in my own adventure. Looking back going to Cornerstone was probably the best thing I could have done. The people I met became some of my closest friends. In the short three years I have known them, we have gone through the good and bad together: Late night laughter and end of the semester stress. These people have become like a second family and have encouraged me through so much. They are excited for me as I go through my next adventure this summer, as I leave to go do my internship in Mexico.

This summer I am going to be going to Tijuana, Mexico, to do my internship at Grace Babies Home. Grace Babies Home is specifically geared toward caring for the needs of newborns until they are potty trained and are able to dress themselves.  

What I am going to be doing is pretty much be a mini-mom to the little ones they have at the orphanage. I am going to change their diapers, give them baths, feed them, be on night duty, and just love of them. I am so excited for this opportunity to go and be able to minister to these babies and the people of Tijuana.   

So why would a college student spend her summer in Mexico at an unpaid internship rather than staying home and working to pay for school? Well partly because I have to have an internship to graduate, and this was the only time I could get that done. 

But more importantly, I feel this is what God wants me to do with my summer. He’s provided in so many different ways that there is no doubt in my mind this is what I’m supposed to do.

Yes there will be times where it will not be fun. The times where I have changed so many poopy diapers that I never ever want to go it again. Or the times when I just want to be at home with my family spending time with them. Or the times where I just want to hang out with my friends and watch a movie. But while those things are all good things, they do not even measure up to how good God is and how bad life would be if I weren’t listening and obeying to His plans for my summer.   

So yes, it’s going to be hard. Yes, it going to be stretching. But its going to be so worth it. So here I go ... on my way to a new adventure. 

Hanna Ganther can be reached at hanna.ganther@cornerstone.edu.

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