Giving Tuesday: Abigail Ryan

October 30, 2017

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Abigail Ryan

Major: History; Minor: Biblical Studies

Thanks to generous donors like you, Abigail is making a difference through the Bryan College Break for Change and other trips. Join her and others by donating to the Bryan College Scholarship Fund this Giving Tuesday. Together we can make a difference for Christ!

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Why did you choose Bryan College?

I chose Bryan College because when I was here for scholarship weekend Dr. Legg and Mr. Palmer spoke at the banquet. Dr. Legg talked about the missions opportunities that Bryan offered and from that point on I knew I had to be here.

What impact did scholarships have on your ability/decision to attend Bryan?

Scholarships have been a huge part of me getting to come and stay at Bryan College. Without them, I don’t know how I would have been able to afford to be here learning and growing so much in the Lord these last three and a half years at Bryan.

What does the Bryan College mission statement mean to you?

Bryan’s mission statement is something that is taken very seriously on this campus and in the lives of students. We are provided with so many opportunities to serve and to learn to serve well. And I think the best part about that is we are not left to walk through that alone, because we are surrounded by people that want to help and pour into our lives the knowledge and skills that they have to help us be successful in everything we do in order to bring God more glory.

How has your time at Bryan prepared you “to become a servant of Christ to make a difference in today’s world”?

Being at Bryan has prepared me in so many ways to serve God throughout the world wherever I happen to find myself next. For example, I have been able to learn and refine skills that include time management, and different kinds of organizational skills that include working with a group of people to plan events or setting up a calendar and plan to complete all of my assignments on time. I have also learned how to think more critically about the why’s and how’s of the world. Not only have I learned skills, but I have been blessed with a network of people that love and support me and pour into my life that I will carry with me forever.

How did the trips you participated in make a difference in your life and the the lives of those you served?

By being able to be a part of several Break for Change Trips, two of which were to Opelousas, LA, one to Houston, TX, and this year I am excited about being able to go right after graduation to San Diego, CA. I have found a passion for helping organize trips, and I might pursue that as a career. My trips have also allowed me to come into contact with people that I would never have gotten a chance to meet and share a meal or a conversation about hard topics like the refugee issue, human trafficking, poverty, homelessness. It has also given me the opportunities to learn how to approach those issues with a compassionate heart to be able to build lasting relationships with people.

What has God taught you through your trips?

God has taught me so many things through being involved with Break for Change. I’ve learned that it’s okay to be vulnerable with people, and it’s okay not to have all the answers. I’ve learned that you can fit Jesus in so many places without anybody ever knowing. I’ve learned that sometimes showing love to someone is painting a house, sharing a meal with someone, listening to them without saying a word, helping a kid with a math problem, reminding someone that there’s a meeting tomorrow, taking tons of pictures, setting up fundraisers, talking people into a trip that they may not want to go on. Loving people well never looks the same. It’s different for every person in their own situation. And we’re definitely called to love people the best we can, and who knows, we may find out that in the end, they were the ones teaching us.

Abigail Ryan Group Trip PhotoWhat additional activities/organizations are you involved in on campus?

I’m involved in Student Government Association, Students Stopping the Trafficking of Peoples which partner with Blazing Hope Ranch to provide to them encouragement and helping hands, and I am an Admissions Ambassador.

Why should others give to the Bryan College scholarship fund?

The reason people should give to the Bryan College scholarship fund is to allow opportunities to those less fortunate to be able to grow and learn the skills necessary for the great things that God will do with their lives.

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