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Krumm Hang, Denver Rescue Mission PR Intern

Krumm Hang, Denver Rescue Mission PR Intern

My name is Krumm Hang and I became involved with Denver Rescue Mission through my organization, Asian Hope. They have been partners with the Mission for a while now. Asian Hope is also a non-profit and currently they are putting me through college in California at a Christian school called the Master’s College. Asian Hope is changing the future of vulnerable Cambodian kids by protecting and equipping them with an education so they can be empowered to give back to the community. Its headquarters is in Denver, Colorado, but the program itself is in Cambodia.

During the summer, I stay in the States and try to look for internships that relate to my major, communication-electronic media, or something that I am interested in. I have been interning with Denver Rescue Mission for two summers already and this is my third summer here. This summer, I decided to do something that is closely related to my major. This year I am an intern for the PR department (public relations). My first two summers I interned as a Volunteer Coordinator and with the Database crew as part of the IT department. I am doing different internships every summer because I want to explore the different possibilities out there. I have big goals and dreams when I return to Cambodia next year. As of right now, I am exploring the waters and seeing what I can take back with me.

As an international student, at times looking for internships can be a bit challenging. If you do find one, you either have to get a car or some kind of transportation, which I don’t have. With the Mission providing accommodations such a place to stay, meals and bus passes to be able to explore different places, this means a lot to me. They also give a small stipend to spend during the internship.

 

Krumm (left) and his brother Hocklee (right) with Christopher Yuan, author of "Out of a Far Country: A Gay Son's Journey to God, A Broken Mother's Search for Hope" and instructor at Moody Bible Institute

Krumm (left) and his brother Hocklee (right) with Christian speaker and author Christopher Yuan

Krumm (upper left) with fellow Asian Hope international students

Krumm (upper left) with fellow Asian Hope students

Krumm (upper right) enjoying the Denver sunshine with friends

Krumm (upper right) enjoying the Denver sunshine with friends

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

I see this as a God given opportunity for me to learn all that I can and want to do. Through all the internships that I have done with Denver Rescue Mission, I can say I have learned a lot. As a Volunteer Coordinator Intern, I have learned the importance of socializing and building relationships with people. I have learned what it means to have a heart that wants to serve and love others just like God instructed us. Being a Database Intern, I have learned to collect and gather information through long hours of meeting. One must be patient and keep a collective mind in order not to lose sight of important pieces of the conversations. I have not interned long as a PR Intern, but I am currently trying to learn the differences between PR, marketing, and advertising. I am also trying to learn all that I can about photography and the aspect of fundraising. I am trying to put together a portfolio as well.

I will use all that I have learned to go into ministry and eventually start a soup kitchen and start a transitional program. My heart is working with the poor in some way, but I have not figured out what I really want to do just yet. I also want to animate Bible stories in Khmer (the language of Cambodia) and use that as a way of bringing the gospel to the people of Cambodia, both the illiterate and the literate.

If you are interested in an internship with Denver Rescue Mission click here for more information. 

Intern Post // More than 26 miles, More than 520 meals

Written by, Natalie Ziemba, Intern

For George and I, running the Colfax Marathon is more than 26 miles. We set a goal of $1,000 to donate to Denver Rescue Mission. As interns at the Mission, we see the life change that happens, but we also see the great need in our community. Raising $1,000 means 520 meals will be provided to the homeless, but it’s also more than meals. It’s about hope!

In conversation, I asked George why he was motivated to run the marathon as a fundraiser, “Well Ziemba, when people come to Denver Rescue Mission, we try to give them everything they need. They get a place to sleep, a warm meal, but more than that…we give them hope.”

Which is absolutely true, and the value of hope can never be underestimated. In fact, I think hope is essential for daily survival. Denver Rescue Mission provides all kinds of services to address temporary and chronic homelessness, striving to meet the physical needs of the homeless population in Denver (which, at the last count, topped 12,000 people on any given night).

For George, a native from Africa, the reality of poverty, hunger, and homelessness in Denver was completely unexpected. He always tells me that his friends and family back in Africa can’t fathom problems like that in a place like America. In the land of plenty, how can people go without basic needs?

For me, the reality has been there all along. I have had plenty of opportunities to go on mission trips and volunteer my free time to help out in my community, and I always knew that homelessness was a huge and persistent problem. But what could I possibly do about it?

Take action. Ignoring a problem does not make it go away; something must be done. We have the opportunity – and the responsibility – to leave our community better than we found it.  We can all do this. Running a marathon is certainly a challenge, but so is changing the world.

Jesus said, “Do not store up for yourselves treasures on earth, where moths and vermin destroy, and where thieves break in and steal. But store up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where moths and vermin do not destroy, and where thieves do not break in and steal. For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also”.

This is a call for you and me to invest our lives to do things that have eternal significance. Providing meals might solve a temporary problem, but instilling hope is eternal.  Please join us to make this a reality!

To support Natalie and George, click here.

The runners // George and Natalie