Asbury Student Follows Call to Serve Community
January 13, 2016
With two years of experience under his belt, Asbury University senior Carson Childers has some valuable insight on ministry to those with developmental disabilities: it’s easier than you think. It just takes a little bit of practice and a lot of love.
A full-time student, Childers also works 10 hours per week at Lord’s Legacy Life Ministries (LLM), a Nicholasville, Ky. organization providing care for individuals with intellectual or developmental disabilities. At LLM, Childers joins a community of people who believe service is not just a job, but a calling — a perspective that has been reinforced at Asbury.
“There’s a constant emphasis on a Christian worldview at Asbury,” Childers said. “Taking classes like New Testament, getting into the nitty-gritty of Christianity, has helped reaffirm that perspective.”
During his two years at LLM, Childers has mostly worked with a single client, assisting him with leisure activities, working on social and safety awareness and helping him develop skills like ordering his own food and recognizing correct change. With time, ministering through LLM has become “easy and fun,” Childers says. Most importantly, it has been an opportunity to build a friendship based on mutual trust and respect.
A Media Communication major and an accomplished bass guitarist, Childers is passionate about music and production and hopes to put his skills to work in a church after graduating from Asbury. In the meantime, he sees his job at LLM as a way to impact the world for Christ while he’s still in school.
“The missions and callings of Asbury and LLM really overlap,” Childers said. “We don’t serve just because we’re getting paid for it, or just because we like it, but because we’re told very plainly and specifically that we are called to serve these people. It’s about serving from a Kingdom perspective.”