United Methodist Student Day Special Offering: November 25, 2012
On Sunday, November 25, 2012 we will have the United Methodist Student Day Special Offering. Meredith Leigh Paul is eager to help developmentally challenged children find their voice and communicate with others. She wants to give them what she has received from the United Methodist Student Day offering: the gift of hope.
“I want to work with children with special needs as a speech pathologist; that’s what is on my heart,” says the 20-year-old college student from Raleigh, N.C. She is a recipient of the Rev. Dr. Karen Layman Gift of Hope Scholarship, funded by the churchwide special offering.
The scholarship aids United Methodist students at accredited colleges who have shown leadership in their church. Indeed, they become gifts of hope for a denomination in dire need of more young leaders to chart its course into the future.
Paul studies speech pathology at the University of North Carolina at Greensboro. When she was 15, she began helping children with special needs, working after school and during summers in local parks and recreation programs.
“I learned patience and endurance, how to encourage them and recognize progress,” she recalls. “The longer you work with these children, the stronger the emotional bond you build, and communication is a huge part of it.”
Paul has been a youth leader at Windborne United Methodist Church in Raleigh for several years. She says she feels “blessed and grateful” for her scholarship, especially when many other students have had to surrender their academic dreams because of rising costs and shrinking financial aid.
“It’s nice to know your church is there for you. It strengthens my faith.”
Your gifts to United Methodist Student Day help students like Meredith Paul continue their education and their faith journey as they strive to make a difference in the world and discern what God has planned for them. For more information click here.