Serving Your Heart
By Isabel Moya | February 4, 2014 | Leave a Comment
With one of the children I met while on an east St. Louis mission trip
I grew up surrounded by a community that focuses on serving one another. When I learned that Campbell University also shares the same passion for service, I knew I would be in a place where I could continue to serve others. The University has numerous opportunities for students to begin building relationships that will last a lifetime.
As soon as new students get to Campbell, they participate in a service project at Orientation and during the first week of school. Students in the past have packed lunches and helped with Operation Christmas Child packing shoeboxes. There the students have the opportunity to make new friends and meet fellow classmates, as well as help out the community. In my freshman year, I had a professor who also shared a love for serving the local community. We went on a “field trip” to a health clinic, where they provide medical care to underprivileged people who cannot afford to visit a primary care physician or who feel uncomfortable going to the doctor because they do not speak English. At this clinic, we learned how they provide care and what the living conditions are for some of the patients. After this experience, I got involved with volunteering at a local hospice center, participated in Relay for Life, helped out with a food pantry by serving food to the community, and went on a mission trip that forever changed me.
One of the benefits about being at Campbell is that everyone is willing to share the ways they serve to help you find new opportunities to express your love to the community. Other service projects students can get involved with at Campbell are Relay for Life, Operation Christmas Child, Love Thy Neighbor, Operation Inasmuch, and mission trips. It is amazing to see different organizations and students on camps working together for a day of service. You meet so many different people, learn new skills, and through your experiences, you learn how easy it is to love your neighbor. I have learned and grown so much through my experiences of serving others. The different opportunities of service Campbell provides allow you to keep your heart and soul healthy. Service can help you be an individual who has a tender love for others, while providing hope to someone in need. Your smallest actions can leave a mark in the community and forever change the heart of one person.