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An Indian Summer

An Indian Summer

Devon Carroll, a junior at Northwest University, spent her summer serving with Bombay Teen Challenge (BTC) in Mumbai, India. She was selected as an intern through The Home Foundation, a non-profit charitable foundation that is dedicated to eradicating human trafficking in the U.S. and abroad, founded in 2005 by singer/songwriter Natalie Grant.

For the past few years, Northwest University students have been raising money for The Home Foundation and joining in the fight against human trafficking. Devon applied for the internship after hearing Natalie Grant speak in a chapel service at Northwest University. “What she had to say combined with the mission’s focus of Northwest really touched my heart and I knew that it was an organization that I really wanted to get involved with.”

Devon had the chance to go to India in the previous summer of 2008 with a team of students from Northwest University, where they served alongside Bombay Teen Challenge. She saw the internship as a great opportunity to return to India and continue to build the relationships she had made on her first trip to India.

One of the highlights of her recent trip was a day spent with BTC’s outreach ministry in Mumbai. Devon, and a fellow intern, joined two of BTC’s leaders that sought out drug addicts to tell them about Jesus. “This was the most tangible act of evangelism that I have ever seen. They literally were climbing across train tracks to get to garbage dumps in order to reach these men and we had the privilege to tag along. I will never forget the moment we prayed with a group of young drug addicts. God became so much more real and personal.”

Devon recently started her junior year at Northwest University and will continue to be involved in the fight against human trafficking as part of the social justice team on campus. When asked what she would say to someone considering an internship in India, Devon said, “There is really no way to describe India. It is a tough, hard, broken, and beautiful country where God is moving in powerful ways. Your life will be completely turned upside down, but at the same time miraculously transformed.”

If you have a heart for people and a desire to serve God in a new way, you can apply to be an intern with The Home Foundation. Applications and other information are available at

Posted on Friday, October 23, 2009