Asbury Selects Recipients of Initiative Grant 2014

WILMORE, Ky. — Asbury University recently announced the recipients of the 2014 Asbury Initiative grant, awarded for servant leadership internships in international development.

This year’s recipients and their countries of service are Kelsey Adams ’14 (Costa Rica), Mackenzie Burke ’14 (Burundi), Shannon Daum ’15 (Honduras), Elijah Friedeman ’15 (Papua New Guinea), Rachel McGarvey ’15 (Moldova), Katherine McMahon ’15 (Uganda), Sean O'Connor ’14 (Argentina), Ashley Polson ’15 (Ethiopia), Phoenix Skye ’14 (Guatemala) and Tyler Wilson ’15 (Peru).

Asbury University Initiative Grant
Madeline Sites taught English and kindergarten material to students in India through a grant-funded trip in Summer 2013.

The grant encourages internships for juniors, seniors and graduating seniors to volunteer in the areas of international community, social and economic development, public wellness and treatment, literacy and education, and other public services in developing countries. In the past, grant recipients have volunteered graphic design skills for non-profit organizations, taught community music lessons, filmed documentaries and assisted in non-profit medical facilities, among other activities.

For example, Madeline Sites ’14 traveled to India in the summer before her senior year for an “educational” experience as a teacher.

“I was in charge of a class of 36 students,” she said. “My students were 2- and 3-year-olds, and I had come to teach them kindergarten material. …I was also able to teach a college class in the afternoon at the college where I was staying. I taught conversational English to students my age. My class morphed into an Elementary English grammar class because the students needed the basics of English grammar. It was fun transitioning from 2- and 3-year-olds in the morning to 20-year-olds in the afternoon.”

Asbury University Initiative Grant
Through the Asbury Initiative Grant, Cato McKenzie was able to work with children in Ecuador.

The Asbury Initiative has awarded grants to more than 120 students who have served in more than 40 countries since 2004. While the students are making a positive impact in the communities in which they serve, their service is also helping them become more aware and motivated world citizens. As Cato McKenzie ’12, a 2012 grant recipient, said of his trip to Shell, Ecuador, “God taught me so much about what it means to have a servant’s heart and how I can be an example for Christ no matter where I am. I gained a better world perspective on the Kingdom of God and a love for the Ecuadorian people. God used the kids down there to affect my life in probably a bigger way than I affected theirs. I am so grateful for the trip and am truly blessed to have known those wonderful children and workers.”

For the grant to continue to impact the lives of students and the people they meet overseas, the University needs additional supporters to support the vision of globally minded students impacting the world for Christ. To learn more about the Initiative grant or make a gift, contact Asbury University Advancement at (800) 888-1818, x2104.

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