Natasha McClain has a special story. We are very pleased that she will serve as an intern this summer. She will be in Estonia, helping at Sunbeam and then working at Camp Gideon before joining a mission team that will run a summer camp for children with disabilities. 

Here are a few words from her:

Christmas 2013Hello, my name is Natasha and I am excited to help with the Sunbeam ministry this summer!

I was born in Russia and raised in a Russian orphanage. In 2008 I was adopted by an American family and now live in Georgia. I graduated from high school last year and currently attend college. Life here has been a really awesome adventure of learning new things in a new culture.

When I was in the orphanage, I had some ideas that there was a God and someone called Jesus because missionaries would come visit our orphanage. After coming to the United States, my parents brought me to church every week and explained the scriptures to me. Three months after I was adopted I received Jesus as my Lord and Savior.

NatashaI have Moebius Syndrome, a condition where some of my facial nerves don’t work, so I am unable to form facial expressions and can’t smile, among other things. I love to care for people and help them. I am eager to share with the children at Sunbeam how much God has helped me as I face daily struggles with my disability, so I feel like I should come and help in the name of the Lord.

I still speak and write fluent Russian. I believe God has orchestrated all the pieces to allow me to serve at Sunbeam this summer.

I like music, the color yellow and I love animals and take our dog on frequent walks. I like my cat except when she wakes me up early in the morning! I can’t wait to see what the Lord is going to do this summer!