What I Learned This Summer: Flexibility and Faithfulness
From gaining medical experience on a Mercy Ship in Africa to doing field research on reindeer, Asbury students have a knack for making the most of the summer months. Below is a short Q&A with one of the many students who is making an impact around the world right now. Rising senior Caleb Griffin traveled to Peru through the Asbury University Initiative Grant to work with a local church.
Q: Why did you choose Peru for your destination?
A: I'm a Spanish minor, so I was hoping to go to a country where I could improve in the language. I was then presented this great ministry to work with and knew it would be a good fit.
Q: What sorts of things did you do on a daily basis?
A: One of the focuses of the church I was working with was education ministry. My days usually consisted of teaching English and graphic design in the two Christian private schools the church operates. In the afternoons we would often either attend church or go to one of the 20 "satellite" churches to do outreach in the impoverished areas of Chincha. I also filmed all of this and recorded interviews to make a documentary about the many ministries and good work the Viña del Rey church is doing there.
Q: What did God teach you through the experience?
A: God showed me how important it is to be flexible and faithful in times of uncertainty. There were many times where I had no power, and all I could do was trust He would work things out, and He always did. God also showed me the importance and power of prayer while I was there. Daily I saw how my family and friends' prayer was carrying me from sickness and danger while serving in Peru.