July 18, 2011
"I would describe my experience at MACU as being life changing. When I first got here I was reserved, shy, unsocial, now I guess I would consider myself as outgoing and energetic. I have been able to meet hundreds of people, travel around the eastern US and around the world. I've had so many memories in the dorm that I can't remember half of them but the videos are priceless. I am a different person from when I first got here and I can honestly say that I've grown and have changed for the better. I have no clue where I would be without my education here and the relationships that have been built the past few years with the faculty, staff and students."
"I was only in Indonesia a month but I was in Thailand for 10.5 months. It changed and affected my life in that I was able to experience and learn about a culture that was totally different than mine. I had to learn about what they value, what to do and what not to do. It has helped me to better understand Asians in general. I have a much better understanding of different cultures and have learned how to adapt no matter where I go. It has also affected me in that, I know that we, as Americans, can do without a lot of things; half of the things we have or think we need are unnecessary."
"I was a youth intern at a church in VA Beach and was able to help there for 2.5 years. When I came back from Asia, the youth minister, David McCants, told me that he was going to help in starting a new church in New Bern, NC, because there is no actual independent Christian church there in the city. Then he asked if I would consider being the children's director. I had never had the desire to go into children's ministry, my passion and second focus under cross-cultural missions is youth ministry. After 2 months of praying and thinking about it, I knew that that's where I should be for the next few years."
Editors Note: Krystal Strawderman is a recent MACU cross-cultural missions graduate. We talked with her at length about her life changing experiences at MACU and her unexpected call to children's ministry.