Nathaniel Murphy, Intern from Johnson University
This summer I had the opportunity to work as an intern with GNPI in Nairobi, Kenya. I was happy to see all of the work being done at this regional center. I was able to be part of producing a couple of public service announcements and a music video. I was very impressed by the preparation put into the productions as well as the quality.
I had some fear going into the internship. This was my first time flying internationally by myself. I had never been to Africa before, and I have heard some pretty horrific stories from my friends about past internships. Yet, I felt God opened a lot of doors and smoothed out the process of the internship for me from initially getting connected initially with GNPI to raising funds. I am so glad I was able to trust God to go to Nairobi this summer.
From the first day I arrived at GNPI-Nairobi, Kenya, I felt very welcome. Everyone on the team was very excited to meet me and to tell me about his or her role in the center. I was also very happy to be trusted with work to do. I heard reports from friends who did internships and said they were never trusted to do any real work and were always given tasks just to keep them busy. My first assignment with the team was to write a script for a Public Service Announcement. Later, towards the end of my internship, I was able to co-direct this same script with the team. We were able to create a story that will impact many people’s lives.
I was not only a part of the team in the work that I was trusted to complete, but also because of the friendships I made. I am typically a pretty shy person, but if I become comfortable around people, then I can be my natural goofy self. In less than a week, the team was able to break me out of my shell, and I had so much fun spending time with everyone! The team really cared about me and my growth while I was at the center, and they even threw a surprise party for me before I left! We shared cake and every person on the team lavished me with compliments (which I did not deserve) and thanked me for spending my summer with them. It was so backwards to me because they had invested in me and taught me so much over the summer, and then they thanked me for letting them do so! Think of Peter’s initial reaction when Jesus began to wash his feet. This is the best way that I can describe how I felt.
There were several ways I saw God working in Kenya. One of my favorite parts about being there was visiting a school called the Liberty Visions Learning Center. This was a school built in one of the slums in Nairobi to provide free Christian education to children from low-income families. The school also provides books, uniforms, food, etc. for the children. Being able to spend time with these kids and see how much the teachers cared about them filled my heart with joy.
Another way that I saw God working was through the doors He was opening for GNPI-Nairobi, Kenya. Because of the quality of work they produce and their new partnerships, they are gaining publicity fast. There is a lot GNPI can do to make a positive impact, and ultimately, share Christ in Nairobi and other places where their media is seen or heard. The team never missed an opportunity to share. When we were casting for a new shoot, we discussed how we should represent Christ because some of these actors didn’t believe in Him. During travel or breaks, on the days we filmed, the team talked with the actors and got to know them. Often they asked what the actors thought of the film we were producing, and it led to really deep conversations. One of the actors I talked to during the shoot was a Christian, and he told me he wants to write books in Kenya. He said the books available about how to live like a Christian are mostly from Western authors who write from the perspective of how to live like a Christian in America. His dream is to be able to write books that could be understood culturally in Kenya and to impact people’s lives in that way.
Overall, my experience as an intern in Kenya with GNPI was incredible. I had the chance to see and experience how God was working in some really cool, non-traditional ways, and I felt l included by the team in making a difference.