Messiah College is a Christian college of the liberal and applied arts and sciences whose mission is to educate men and women toward maturity of intellect, character, and Christian faith in preparation for lives of service, leadership, and reconciliation in church and society. How have you prepared for and how do you expect to work toward fulfilling this mission as a student at Messiah College?
The source of my family’s vision that is instilled in me is from Ephesians 4:12, “To prepare God’s people for works of service, so that the body of Christ may be built up.” I believe that this will be facilitated at Messiah where the professors will instruct and encourage me in the service of God’s kingdom. Since childhood I have been preparing for the mission that Messiah embodies. I am filled with true happiness and utter exhilaration when I am serving the Lord and being his hands and feet. When I was in elementary school, my mother implanted a love of serving as we participated in a dance and drama ministry for underprivileged people in our Tucson community. The move to Germany broadened my horizons as we worked weekly with a population of “at risk” immigrant children to build friendships and lay the foundations for a future church. I have gained a global perspective through attending an international school and experiencing different cultures as I travel through Europe. God has blessed me with incredible experiences, and in return I want to respond by blessing others. To cultivate this, I have participated in two Young Life service trips to Bulgarian orphanages. These children touched my heart through their constant smiles and hugs despite living in such poverty. I felt fulfilled in being able to support and enrich the lives of these children. We may have made an improvement in the lives of those select children for the interim, but the impact it had on me will last a lifetime.The best present I ever received was our 2007 family Christmas service trip to an orphanage in Johannesburg, South Africa. While there, I led Christmas activities for the older children and assisted in the nursery to care for the babies. The founder of this orphanage created The Love of Christ Ministries to rescue abandoned babies and is a model of racial reconciliation. My goal is to return to this orphanage to care for the children and assist in their education. I have been given a fantastic education, and many privileges that I would now like to share with others. After my freshman year, I aspire to return, equipped with an even more solid foundation of Christian faith and wisdom to nourish the children’s souls, and teach them so that they may have the knowledge, confidence, and determination to become future leaders in their country. The opportunity to share ideas and inspirational experiences with other Christian students at Messiah inspires and excites me. It will be invigorating to work with my peers in the community and abroad to integrate social minorities and be an agent of reconciliation. I believe learning from and sharing with Messiah’s students, teachers, and the curriculum will help prepare me for my future as a teacher in international schools. I desire to empower students from diverse backgrounds, so that through my work they may see the wider world. The dream of teaching in international schools in Europe will give me the ability to reach out to students from numerous countries and cultures. In this way, I can take the education obtained at Messiah and pass it on to students who will then hopefully, one day, make a difference in communities all over the world. Ultimately, I aspire to be a high school principal and a leader of teachers. As leadership qualities are a primary focus at Messiah, I trust that the school will help me to achieve this dream. By being a student at Messiah College I believe I will be equipped with the knowledge to not only educate the minds of my future students, but also their hearts.