Alyssa Caccavaro is a junior in high school and serves as a volunteer in Grow Zone at our New Bern campus. Several weeks ago Alyssa had the opportunity to serve with a team from PC3 New Bern that traveled to Pinetops, NC, partnering with Samaritan’s Purse to help those whose homes were devastated by Hurricane Matthew. Here is Alyssa’s story about taking a bold stand for Christ at her school:
“As I was writing my persuasive speech for English class about how people should go out in the community and serve, I used my service with Samaritan’s Purse, a Christian organization, as my background and examples. While planning my paper out in my head, I decided that for the conclusion I would quote one of the homeowners when she told us that she’s using this devastating event to show her 6-year-old daughter that all of their stuff is just that – “stuff.” She said that even though they have to almost completely start over, and that at times it seems like their lives are awful, God was, and always is, with them. I was then going to wrap it up and talk about how God calls us to live like Jesus: to serve and help others just as he did.
Then I began to think that maybe I shouldn’t do that; maybe I shouldn’t talk about God. I wondered how my teacher and peers would react to this. I thought maybe my teacher would take off points because of it or because it wasn’t what she asked for. Or maybe, even though they know I’m a Christian, my peers would think I’m “that Christian” – the one who always talks about God, as if that’s a bad thing. As all these thoughts went through my head, I thought about the song “Guilty” by the Newsboys, specifically these lyrics:
“Guilty of being a voice proclaiming
Your ways, Your truth, Your life
I’ll pay the price, to be your light”
I decided to include God in my speech… and in all that I do. While I’m not the Christian I want to be, and while I make many, many mistakes, I hope that I can be the light for someone. Personally, I wouldn’t be the person I am today if it wasn’t for the amazing people in my life. My church isn’t just my church; it’s my second home and my family. While I’ve had many people come and go in my life, each one of them has played a special part in my life. I’m beyond thankful for my Church family. You guys will never know just how much you mean to me.”
Story written by Jennifer Alcock.