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Alaina Stevens: Pursuing a Dream
Transferring to BBC brought Alaina Stevens closer to a dream come true. Her desire is to become involved in a nonprofit ministry organization focused on missions, adoption, or social justice. She looks to use the broadness of the Specialized Ministries program to equip her for any ministry she may encounter.
After two great semesters at BBC, she is heading into her senior year this fall, serving on the executive team of the Student Leadership Council as Vice President. She is eager to use this opportunity to become more intentional in serving the student body.
I was born in Traverse City, MI, and still call it home today. I love the town and its Lake Michigan beaches. I came to a saving knowledge of Jesus Christ as a five-year-old. Although young, I understood the reality that my sin separated me from God and that I desperately needed a Savior. God's unending faithfulness has been the defining theme of my life ever since. God has carried me through seasons of passionate longing after Him and seasons of depression and doubt. I praise Him for His unconditional love.
After my sophomore year of college and halfway through a summer of ministry at Lake Ann Camp, God began prodding my heart to transfer to a Christian college. Even though transferring to BBC initially seemed more like wishful thinking than a possibility, I knew God had undeniably placed a desire in my heart to sit under the authority and teaching of His Word every day and to experience life alongside hundreds of other believing students. After two semesters at BBC, I cannot express the depth of my thankfulness for God's hand in placing me here. It feels like home.
Although I desire to serve God with my life, I acknowledge that part of being wholly available to be used by Him involves receiving training for future ministry. I came to BBC to receive an education that would equip me to fulfill God's purposes for my life. As a student, my desire is not merely to grow in my knowledge about God but to deepen my knowledge of God.
In my opinion, the most valuable aspect of an education at BBC is the genuineness I encounter here. I found real people that live real life and who have permanently impacted me and stirred my affections toward Christ. I value BBC in its commitment not only to commend biblical convictions to students but to also provide students with the biblical basis on which to base their own convictions. As a result, I not only know what I believe but why I believe it.
My professors have far surpassed the role of a teacher or instructor. The depth of involvement with students shown by the faculty and staff of BBC has become important to me as a student and as an individual. The professors, while extremely skilled and proficient in their respective areas of expertise, communicate relationally and personally. I walk away from class having gained understanding and having grown to love my Savior more.
As a student at BBC, I deeply enjoy my involvement in the music ministry at New Life Baptist Church in Scranton. Leading worship occasionally during dorm chapels and devotionals on our floor has been such a blessing, too. On campus, I am blessed to work for Mr. John Jackson as an administrative assistant in the Alumni Department. God has provided other part-time positions, such as banquet serving, child care, and house cleaning. I love playing intermural volleyball, running around the pond, visiting local coffee shops, and helping plan short-term mission's trips.
Serving on the SLC executive team this coming year will mark my first time being involved with student leadership at BBC. I believe God's hand is powerfully working on our campus and my desire is to be involved in that work. This role will enable me to intentionally invest in the lives of my fellow students and join them in efforts to expand our sphere of influence on our community as a student body for the Christ's namesake.
After I graduate, I plan to serve God by working in nonprofit ministry. Involvement with a mission agency, adoption agency, or social justice organization is a personal dream of mine. I believe my major, Specialized Ministries, is equipping me with a wide range of skills that will prove so useful in a non-profit setting.
Camping, kayaking, salmon fishing, and traveling are among my interests. Drinking coffee, singing, reading Charles Spurgeon, writing, guitars, pianos, real conversations, driving down open roads, and country music are more. These are a few of my favorite things.
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Posted on: 5/9/2014 9:20:38 AM