OCE FALL 2011
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Gordon in Lynn Interns: Amnoni Myers, Ashlie Busone, Chris Mawhorter, Christian Shahzade, Ginny Daugherty, Kayla Schwanke, Laura Donworth, Danielle Gehman, Megan Stark, Lauren Arzbecker, Lauren Burns, Nikki Turk
College Bound Interns: Jess Allen, Kara Fieger, Brian Craig, Megan Grant, Jess Beidel, Sam Senna
Outreach Team Leaders: Aashley Thompson, Matthew Jass, Matti Nightengale, Hannah Bentum, Hannah Strauss, Teresa Boone, Jordan Carr, Lauren Parker, Natalie Carvalho, Nina Voli, Claire Maillefer, Jessica Hunkler
I have really enjoyed working with the KAYA kids this semester. It was difficult at first to build relationships, and it took awhile for them to trust us, but the hard work has paid off. I am going to miss seeing them every Tuesday, but I am excited for the next group of Gordon students that gets to work at KAYA.
Lizzie Vollmer '15
Talking to students, I am struck by how much re-wiring potential there is for their service-learning in Lynn! This ‘renewing our mind’ business…is such a good way to describe what's going on at Gordon - a lot of repairing of harmful, narrow, starved understandings of God and the world. And Gordon in Lynn is such an important part of this process!
Joanna Gallagher '12, OCE student fellow
Through the relationships I built in Lynn, I learned about the blessings one can receive from serving others. I remember my first day serving at Ford school in Lynn and walking into the classroom for the first time. I wore the biggest awkward smile that you could've seen, but then was returned the favor with thirty little smiles. In the small voices of kindergarteners I learned about joy, peace, and justice. Living like Christ and treating people with respect didn't have to be some exuberant action, but could be simple and small like playing with kindergarteners an hour and a half once a week. I am starting to see that God works in the small, simple, and ordinary and I learned this volunteering in Lynn.
Samuel Craig, '15
Not only did I learn a lot about myself [serving in Lynn], but I also learned how to be more compassionate, caring and patient. It's amazing how quickly I was able to connect with these young kids; they began to look up to me! At first it felt weird being in an elementary classroom with all these little kids, but I got used to it and sometimes I was able to feel like a kid again.
Anna Kospetas, '15
I farmed fruits and vegetables for about two hours almost every Saturday. This included planting, harvesting, and sometimes other tasks on the farm such as cleaning out the shed. It was an amazing learning experience that taught me about ethical farming and the importance of knowing where your food comes from.