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As Asbury students make their way back to campus to begin the Fall 2013 semester, they are bringing with them summer experiences ranging from interning for elected representatives to performing in professional theater. Below is a short Q&A with one of the many students who has made an impact around the world this summer. Madeline Sites ’14 spent the summer teaching in India through the Asbury Initiative grant.

Senior Madeline Sites taught both children and adults in India over the summer.Q: Why did you choose India for your destination?
A: India has always been on my heart. While I was growing up, we had family friends who are missionaries in Delhi. Now that I’ve been there, my love for the Indian culture has grown. The culture is a very family oriented and respectful toward others, and I was treated so well by everyone I met.

Q: What sorts of things did you do on a daily basis?
A: God has proven Himself faithful time and time again. I taught as a lead teacher in Nursery School, which is similar to our kindergarten classes here. When I found out I was a lead teacher, I was nervous. I do not know the native language, and the students were just beginning to learn English. Nonetheless, we learned together, and I loved the children. I taught in English, and we worked on the ABC’s and numbers. 

Q: What has God taught you through the experience?
A: This has been a great opportunity to put my faith in God. My verse is: Now faith is the assurance of things hoped for, the conviction of things not seen (Hebrews 11:1 ESV). This was my encouragement while I was in India. I chose every day to live by faith. I also taught a conversational English class to college students on the campus where I lived. It was a fun class to teach.