In the fall I will be attending Lee University. It is a private liberal arts college associated with the Church of God. Not only is Lee a place to thrive academically, athletically, artistically, socially, and spiritually, but it is also a school that requires community service and cross-cultural travel experience. Not only is this unique for school curricular, but uniquely tailored to my career and life path. I plan to spend the rest of my life managing non-profit organizations and changing the world by bringing water to everyone everywhere.
Water, safe water I might add, is one of the most basic needs of life; one in six people do not have that basic need met. The basic need of safe water only begins with hydration. Clean water is needed for basic sanitation, food preparation, and survival levels of health. Without clean water, disease thrives, malnutrition intensifies, and unnecessary death plagues the world. According to the World Health Organization, a child dies every twenty seconds due to water related causes. This is more prevalent than first trying to give people opportunity to equalize and be educated; this is an epidemic that hinders any kind of peace or prosperity to be made throughout the world. This epidemic strikes more than one billion people. It is of our Christian and human responsibility to cease this epidemic.
I know that the dream to not see people thirst, to not see water as a struggle, is far fetched. I know there are more than 40 organizations dedicated to that same cause- each in a different way. But the God I serve has given me this dream for His Glory; and He has given me gifts with numbers and a creative mind and I know that He intends for me to organize and direct and create a way for His glory to be shown and His people’s needs to be met. And my unique education at Lee University will prepare me for just that.
At Lee University, I will be majoring in business with a management emphasis. But it is not just a basic business management degree; there is a minor in ministry. But it is not just a business and ministry degree. It will be acquired through community service and cross-cultural study experience along with traditional classroom experience. Community service and cross-cultural experience is exactly what my career entails.
On the chance that the epidemic of millions and millions of people not having basic rights to water and sanitation is solved, my next mission will probably involve the right to education. If, for some reason, Lee University’s unique curriculum involving cross-cultural experience and regular community service can not prepare me for my dream, then nothing will. But even if it does not, I will dive head on into my mission and career anyway, carrying my light wherever I go.