Headline: MACU Students Spend Summer Serving Christ Many college students might shrug off the idea of spending the summer working, often without pay – but not Ribbin Anderson, a sophomore Bible and Theology major at MACU.
Ribbin is part of a special group of our undergraduates. Rather than enjoying a well-earned break from academia or taking summer vacations with friends and family members, she and other MACU students have elected to serve others during their summer holiday.
Through mission trips, camp teams and internships, MACU students experience unforgettable memories and irreplaceable ministry opportunities – just as Ribbin did when she traveled across the country last year.
“It will always be the summer that I never, ever forget. So many kids were impacted just by MACU students being a part of camp teams and sharing their testimonies. Many teens walked up and said ‘I never thought going to college was anything like that, I thought you just learned’ and I told them ‘No, it’s so much more than that. I can’t tell you the times I went to class and applied the things I learned not just to what was going to be on my next exam, but to my life.’”
Every week, Ribbin leads as many as four Bible studies with her peers and softball teammates. She also works as a tutor in the Student Success center, where she does more than help fellow students succeed in their classes. She spends time in fellowship with them, leading them closer to God and treating every conversation and question as an opportunity to pour into the life and spirit of another individual.
There is no monetary pay involved for the selfless students who choose to spend their summer serving in camp teams or in other forms of ministry and internships. These men and women accrue many expenses during their summer work, then return to MACU in the fall with student bills and other financial obligations to tend to. Without the gracious support of donors, students like Ribbin would never have the opportunity to impact the lives of children during the summer – or even attend school at all.
“Scholarships mean I get to go to school. Sometimes I look at my financial spreadsheet and there is no way it would be possible without these people. I never take that lightly. I pray about it and thank God every morning for the money that allows me to go to MACU. The circumstances I grew up in, the home I grew up in, there’s no way I should even be able to be in school right now or have the opportunity to study what I love or impact people the way I have. I don’t know what my life would be like without being able to go to MACU.”
Will you consider spending some time in prayer and making a monetary contribution to help provide MACU students with scholarship dollars?
These students truly embody the spirit of a servant. They aren’t spending their summers for themselves, but for God and His Glory – and they cannot do it without the help of generous donors like you. When you give to MACU, your gift impacts students like Ribbin and allows countless other young men and women to enroll and stay in school through scholarships.
As you pray over your decision to give, please remember our students who will be traveling this summer to lead camps in Arkansas, Illinois, Indiana, Missouri, New Mexico, Ohio, Tennessee, Texas and right here in Oklahoma.
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