February 2, 2013 I had the opportunity of a life time. In the rotunda of the Alabama State Department of Archives and History, I, along with a fellow Judson student, Jessca Weller, and Ms. Mary Amelia Taylor (Marketing/Web Communications Specialist at Judson College) had the opportunity to join in both voice and fellowship in a unique event known as a Sacred Harp “Singing”.
Now, what is Sacred Harp you may ask?
Restoration, a week-long community service opportunity hosted by Judson College’s Faith-Based Service and Learning Office, took place from December 12-18. Judson students chose to stay on campus for the first week of Christmas break to complete various service projects.
This year’s restoration team learned one of the most important lessons when it comes to serving, the importance of small details. Students feel that unless they are doing something rather difficult, then they aren’t really serving. We forget that the big things don’t happen unless there are people in the background handling the little things. As a former Sowing Seeds of Hope intern, I was at times disappointed during my internship because I felt I wasn’t making a big enough difference. One day Susan Jones (Director of Faith-Based Service and Learning) said to me “It’s not about making the world 100 percent better. You’ll kill yourself trying to achieve this. It’s about making the world one percent better. Focus on that one percent and allow others to do the same.”
“I am a creature of God, and he has an undoubted right to do with me, as seemeth good in his sight. I rejoice that I am in his hands.” Anne Hasseltine Judson penned these words years before she would marry and leave for Burma. However unintended, these words would become the exact sentiment of Burmese students who would two centuries later study at a college named in her honor.
Airplane ticket CHECK
What else do I need?
…And the count down beginnings. I can hardly believe that in a few weeks I will be boarding a plan to Uganda. Wow, looking back at this whole situation, who would have thought that a friend recommending me to this program would turn in to this. I’m truly humbled and thankful for all the people who have supported me financially and spiritually. This journey would not have been possible without y’all.
I needed to raise over $13,040. That's a lot of money and I knew that if I wanted to go, I would have to work hard to earn the money. God is such a good father. He placed jobs in my path, grants/scholarships. Not to mention all the people who have donated. I look back over the past couple months, and I notice God’s blessing and favor over my life. It makes me speechless. I really didn’t realize the favor over my life till Thanksgiving. I had just got the shots that I needed to enter Uganda.