Welcome back, Samaritan’s Purse interns of 2013!

January 31, 2014

Sixteen young Canadians from across Canada return from serving overseas with Samaritan’s Purse

In the last moments of Carolyn Truong’s seven-month internship with Samaritan’s Purse in Cambodia, she reflected on some of her favorite experiences—from the green rice paddies during rainy season, to haggling and open air markets, to the readiness of the Cambodian people to return a smile to friends and strangers alike.

Carolyn was part of an internship program that is offered in partnership with DFATD (formerly CIDA), through which Samaritan’s Purse has sent over 130 young adults overseas to serve in more than 20 developing countries.

The majority of those interns have helped our partners in the field provide impoverished people with safe, clean water. Others have provided critical agricultural training to rural communities in need.

Many of these young people have gone on to serve overseas with Samaritan’s Purse and have helped us serve the millions of people worldwide who suffer because of war, disaster, persecution, and disease.

Last week, 16 interns returned from working in countries as diverse as Cambodia, Uganda, and Nicaragua. Let me introduce you to them:

Those who served as interns with our Water Projects in Cambodia:

Anh Nguyen from Calgary, AB


Ben and Hannah Wideman from Calgary, AB



Carolyn Truong from Toronto, ON


Karissa Noselski from Airdrie, AB


Nicole Jones from Airdrie, AB


Those who served as interns with our sustainable agriculture projects in Indonesia:

Jessica Draper from Montmartre, SK (far left) and Meagan Thiessen from Edmonton, AB (far right)

Jessica D And Meagan

Those who served as interns with our Water Projects in Kenya:

Jessica Oh from Toronto, ON

Jessica O

Michelle McIlveen from Okotoks, AB


Simolen Tala-Jumbam from Edmonton, AB


Ying Mao from Toronto, ON


Those who served as interns with our Water Projects in Nicaragua:

John Griffin from Vancouver, BC


Jonathan Leyenhorst from the Niagara Falls region, ON


Those who served as interns with our Water Projects in Uganda:

Sandy Kim from Vancouver, BC


Kaitlyn McDonald from Oshawa, ON


In the months to come, we look forward to seeing the choices this group of young people will make.

We are excited to see them use the skills and life experience they’ve gained through the Samaritan’s Purse internship to find fulfilling employment.

But even more so, we pray that they will use their experiences to serve others and be living examples of Jesus’ call: “Love your neighbor as yourself” (Mark 12:31, NIV).

Interns AP