Asbury Alum Serves With Love
WILMORE, Ky. — When Caitlin Woodward ’07 came to Asbury University, she experienced the love of God in a way that transformed her life and relationships. She remembers Asbury as a place where she learned to love people — and today, God is using that love to transform others’ lives as well.
As an intervener at the Atlanta Area School for the Deaf, Woodward is responsible for adapting material and working one-on-one with students to meet their varying needs. She’s thankful for a job that allows her to show love on a daily basis and to make a positive difference in children’s lives.
“My full time job is to influence kids,” Woodward said. “We have about a hundred high schoolers and 35 middle schoolers, and I love that I’m able to be an influential supporter in their lives.”
Woodward is also active in global missions. She recently returned from Uganda, where she reconnected with church plants she’s been involved with for the last two years and volunteered at a school for the deaf. Serving internationally is one more way Woodward shares the vision of community she experienced at Asbury.
“Asbury showed me that, relationally, I can’t do it by myself,” Woodward said. “I thought I could do everything on my own strength. The Lord showed me that impacting the world is being part of the church, and the church is about people.”
Asbury’s Tumbling Team, Summer Ministry Team and residence life all contributed to Woodward’s personal growth, and she says Asbury’s culture of service encouraged her to express God’s love in tangible ways.
“There’s constant opportunity to serve at Asbury,” Woodward said. “Even if students have no clue, they can jump on the bandwagon, and that can help catapult them to being a servant-minded person. It’s in the culture — how do we help others?”
In less than two weeks, Asbury will welcome the Appointed Class of 2021 to campus. Woodward hopes this newest addition to the Asbury family will experience the same transformation she did, and she encourages them to follow love as their rule of life.
“Love God, love others and have fun,” Woodward said. “That’s my life motto.”