Chelsea Long, a junior at the University of Missouri Columbia, is passionate about telling people's stories. With an emphasis in strategic communication and a love of theater, her special set of skills reveal a young woman who strives to share everyone's unique story. So it's no surprise that she decided to serve in the Communications and Marketing Department this summer with One Mission Society.
Chelsea grew up in a Christian home with a family of strong believers. She was plugged into church the minute she was born, she jokes, but when she was old enough to finally join the youth group, the beloved youth pastor left. Unfortunately, the new youth pastor focused more on growing numbers than growing the faith of the people [who] had been there." By her sophomore year in high school, Chelsea joined a new church and youth group where she happily connected with a great group of Christian friends. But, after several issues, the friend group dissolved only two years later, leaving Chelsea feeling isolated and alone, like she had no one to lean on or pour into her spiritual life.
When it came time to choose a university, Chelsea chose one that everyone warned was a huge party school, effectively causing her to worry about falling in with the wrong crowd of people. So, the minute she arrived on campus, she dedicated herself to finding a good group of Christian students. It just so happened that soon after her arrival, she was invited to play ultimate frisbee with a group of fellow Christians. Chelsea’s first thoughts were, “Yes, friends! Boo ultimate frisbee!” Despite the fact that she firmly hates ultimate frisbee, she went in order to invest in and cultivate relationships. She reflects that this group of friends has been instrumental in "building me up, strengthening my faith, and teaching me how to live out my faith, especially in a very secular school."
With the summer quickly approaching, Chelsea actively sought an internship that was either nonprofit or focused on ministry. This led her to accept a summer position with OMS, a decision she does not regret.
"OMS gives you great experience in your specific field of study, while also helping you build your faith while being surrounded by a great group of believers."
This is our fifth in a series of five blogs about our summer interns. We hope you enjoyed learning more about them. If you, or someone you know, is interested in an internship at OMS, email firstname.lastname@example.org.