April is graduation month for FaithWorks and the spring class, Class 28. And we invite you all to come to graduation. May is also graduation month for some of our best and most cherished volunteers as they complete their current college course of study. We’d like to say thank you and highlight a few of these wonderful friends who have been such great mentors and assistants this past year.
I wish you could share a lunch hour with Sara Schoultz and Carson Henley, who are Bio chemistry majors on their way to medical school. These two have prepared lunch for our FaithWorks students and friends on a regular basis for the last couple of years. Sara’s specialty is the entrée while Carson’s is dessert (you should taste his pies). They also share their lives with our students during the lunch hour. It was especially exciting this past Tuesday when Sara announced Carson had proposed during spring break and they’re now engaged. FaithWorks has been so blessed with volunteers like Sara and Carson who will go on to carry the FaithWorks story and Christ’s message as they complete their medical and dental school training in Houston and then on to their life careers and exciting future together.
We wish God’s blessings on all of our volunteers who will be graduating soon.
Volunteers like Jonathan Stein, the intern from Highland Church finishing his Master of Divinity degree then marrying his fiancé, Brit’ny Spain, and joining her in Oklahoma as she completes her doctorate in School Psychology as they dedicate their lives together in God’s faithful service . Like John Day, IV, who is in his final semester for his Sociology degree at Abilene Christian University. Like Debora Fahasoavana, a Presidential scholar from Madagascar who interned with us in the office in the fall and is now employed in New Jersey. And Adam Matthews who has been a FaithWorks mentor several times, in between mission trips and church internships, who married AISD elementary teacher Anna Isenhower last week and plan a life of ministry together. These fantastic volunteers have truly blessed FaithWorks over this past year.
FaithWorks has a great tradition of friends who share their lives with us while attending University in Abilene and they go on to great works of service to God through loving their neighbors.
Examples of previous volunteers include Jennifer and Randy Porter who volunteered as FaithWorks mentors and are now serving as missionaries in Peru. Lori Anne Shaw who volunteered as our Computer instructor for 2 years and then served as our interim curriculum teacher before going on to become Assistant Director for Program Development at ACU’s Duncum Center for Conflict Resolution at ACU . And Laura Herridge, who was our Resource Development Coordinator and then went on to finish her Master’s degree in Social Work after her year and now lives with her family in the Connecting Caring Communities outreach home in north Abilene.
These and many others we have been blessed to know during our first 10 years at FaithWorks now serve as ambassadors sharing FaithWorks mission throughout the world. The FaithWorks story lives not only through our own FaithWorks graduates but through the lives of our exceptional volunteers who move on to other callings in Gods Kingdom. Please come celebrate with us on Tuesday, April 24t h, 7 pm at Grace Fellowship, 910 Cypress, as the current class graduates. And while you are there, take a moment to say “thank you” to our wonderful and talented university student volunteers who are also graduating on to new careers and service in His Kingdom.