Tracie Thompson: Leader Dogs for the Blind

Tracie Thompson: Leader Dogs for the Blind

Tracie Thompson is more than a dog-lover. She has a unique ministry raising puppies. Her puppies go on to be seeing-eye dogs at the Leader Dogs for the Blind in Rochester, MI. Tracie Thompson

A 1991 graduate of BBC, Tracie is currently serving in youth ministry at First Baptist Church of Rochester, MI. Her husband, Mark, also a BBC alumnus, is the student ministries pastor. They have been serving in youth ministry for over 20 years.

Originally from Lancaster, NY, Tracie came to BBC to study Elementary Education. After graduation, she taught at a Christian School in NY and served in youth ministry in NY, PA, and MI. Tracie continues to impact students of all ages because of her love for God's Word and His people.

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Insight Questions

What led you to BBC?
I attended a Christian high school where I had amazing, godly Christian teachers. Several of them had come from BBC. I wanted to go there, too, to learn His Word and learn to influence lives the way my teachers had.

What program were you in and why?
I majored in Elementary Education. I wanted to be able to teach children and be a godly influence on them. I graduated in May 1991. I was involved in several things on campus, including intramural sports and music. I was also a Resident Assistant in Vibbard Hall and served as a senior class officer.

What ministries have you been involved with since your time at BBC?
I taught at Horseheads Christian School in New York for one year. I have also been a substitute teacher. I have been a youth pastor's wife for 20 years.

What or who influenced you the most at BBC?
I loved hearing fantastic chapel speakers. Dr. Jim Lytle's Principle of Bible Study class, and my dorm parents, Mel and Peggy Walker, were very instrumental.

What is the most valuable thing about your BBC education?
It is very relevant to real life. The professors and staff cared about me as a person and that made the education extremely valuable as well. The professors helped equip me to minister to others. I was grounded in the Word of God through the Bible classes and chapels.

What are some of the things you are involved with currently?
My husband, Mark, is the Student Ministries Pastor. As his wife and a youth sponsor, I am involved with Wednesday Youth Group and AWANA Journey program. I also teach junior high Sunday school, and I lead small group girls Bible studies. I love being able to influence the next generation to come to a personal relationship with Christ and to desire to serve Him. It is so hard just knowing the balance between family and ministry. It's a job that is never done.

What do you do with Leader Dogs for the Blind and how you are involved there?
Leader Dogs for the Blind is a school in Rochester, MI, that raises and trains dogs to help enhance the lives of the blind and seeing impaired. Students receiving these guide dogs come to the school to be trained to work with these dogs. I am a volunteer puppy raiser. I am currently raising my third puppy. As puppy raiser, I am given a seven-week-old puppy for one year, teaching basic obedience and socializing the puppy to new situations to prepare the dog for a life of service.

What kinds of opportunities have you had because of Leader Dogs?
Being involved with Leader Dogs for the Blind has allowed me to be part of my community. I have been able to connect with a whole group of people I would never have otherwise met.

What is your favorite thing about being involved with Leader Dogs?
As a family, we are able to do something selfless for others. I really enjoy the relationships I have established with others that volunteer at Leader Dogs for the Blind.

What is your least favorite part of that role? House training. I should buy stock in paper towels.

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Posted on: 5/3/2011 10:51:20 AM

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