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(COURTESY PHOTO) Autumn Parker, left, paints a young girl’s nails at a Hope Center, a place for children to receive food, in Corinto, Nicaragua. Parker is interning with the faith-based non-profit Little Ones Ministries for the summer.(COURTESY PHOTO) Autumn Parker, third from left, prepares to climb the tallest volcano in Central America with the other interns serving with Little Ones Ministries this summer. The interns assist missions teams serving in Nicaragua for a week with Little Ones Ministries.(COURTESY PHOTO) A brother and sister pose for a photo at one of Little Ones Ministries’ Hope Centers in Corinto, Nicaragua.The two received food for themselves along with their families.

Duncan grad interns in Nicaragua

Many college undergrads spend their summers at home working at seasonal jobs or taking summer classes, but Autumn Parker is spending her summer in Nicaragua interning for and ministering with Little Ones Ministries.

The 2014 Duncan High School graduate  who is attending Oklahoma Baptist University and majoring in elementary education  is one of seven interns working in Nicaragua until Aug. 7. Little Ones Ministries serves impoverished children, physically and spiritually, by spreading the love of Christ and giving them two things they need: food and hope. The faith-based nonprofit serves in the United States, Mexico and Nicaragua, but Nicaragua is the only place at which the organization's interns and mission teams work at.

Parker was elated when she learned she would be serving in Nicaragua for the summer.

"Around this time, I was praying a prayer that comes from 1 Chronicles 4:10, which says 'Lord, bless me and enlarge my territory,'" Parker said. "So when I was offered the internship, I knew that it was in God's will for my life to follow this opportunity regardless of the challenges that would come."

She found out about the internship while involved with the planting/restarting of South Lakes Southern Baptist Church in the southwest Oklahoma City/Moore area. The pastor of the church was her high school youth pastor and he introduced her to the opportunity.

"It turns out that one of the guys in charge of the interns attends our church when he is in the States," Parker said. "So my pastor got us both together and I heard about all that I would do as an intern. Something that really stood out to me was the fact that I would get to work with kids while also helping American teams serve the Lord."

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