Hello! I am so excited to be a part of the Azusa Pacific family as a blogger this year! I graduated from APU with a degree in Theatre Arts and Communication studies in 2005. Since then, I’ve completed a Masters Degree from Fuller Theological Seminary and spent the past three years working as a full-time missionary for an organization based in South Africa. This summer, I was hired as the Program Coordinator in the Office of Ministry and Service and it’s been a blast being back! It definitely feels like coming home!
Part of my job involves mobilizing our students through social media – and mobilizing I hope to do. Throughout the year, I’ll be posting different things about the MAS office and the ministries we work with, as well as the different perspectives of our students in the office.
One of the funnest things we do each year is the Orientation Fair, which was held on September 14th. It was a chance for students, mostly Freshman and Transfers, to get to know our office and the different ministries we work with. Breanne Lamphere, one of our Administrative Assistants wanted to share her perspective on the day with you all. Here goes:
This previous week, APU welcomed over 1,000 first year, transfers and new students alike, to initiate them into the APU family. I had the opportunity to watch this whole process unfold when the ministry fair was prepared. I was able to pass out information on the Ministry and Service Office for students to unveil their passions for others. After the session, the students were invited on the walk to sign up for opportunities on campus and begin to develop their journey at APU. I stood at the MAS information table where I answered many questions regarding service credit requirements, ministry opportunities, and how to get involved. Even though the temperature that day was in the 100’s and just breathing took loads of energy, the students were still walking past the tables and signing their names to gain more information. This is my second year helping at this event and the intentionality of the students to follow their passions gets me excited. It’s that feeling I get when I see other people reveal how they want to serve God that keeps me motivated to do the same. After students started dwindling down, all the flyers were passed out, and sign in sheets were overflowing with signatures, the day ended. This day was just the beginning of my job. Every day I work, students come in with these questions about how to become involved. Countless e-mails are answered, reflections read, and experiences shared that impacted these students throughout the year. I am so blessed to be a part of this process.
Sincerely, MAS student Worker”