Who is a female role model in your life and why? Without a doubt, my mom is the number one female role model in my life. I have never met a woman with more love, strength, wisdom, and conviction. She does everything with passion— loving Jesus, caring for her children, loving other people...the list goes on and on. She is a beautiful example in my life of a strong woman who lives solely to glorify the Lord.
How can you be strong and vulnerable? I think the rawest form of beauty is found in being being both strong and vulnerable. Actually, to be vulnerable is, in a sense, to be strong, because it takes courage to be vulnerable. Someone who is vulnerable says, “here I am, here are my weaknesses and flaws, here are my struggles and fears.” And someone who is strong says, “there is hope found on these other side of these fears, and I am not afraid to look these fears in the face and work through them.”
Madeline’s Intentional Acts of Kindness
How did you use your $100? I gave the money to two different missionaries who are also my personal friends. The first missionary is a 19-year old named Timmy, who is a missionary in the United States with YWAM, specifically with a branch called “Circuit Riders.” The goal of Circuit Riders is to travel around the whole U.S. and preach the gospel and ignite hope and a passion for Jesus amongst high school and college students. The other missionaries are actually a married couple named Brian and Stacey. They are also local missionaries, living in Washington state, through an amazing organization called Fellowship of Christian Athletes. Their passion is for preaching the gospel and showing the love of Jesus through high school sports ministry.
I continue to be incredibly inspired by all three of these missionaries and I also deeply value their friendship. With a desire in my heart to use medicine as an avenue for ministry, I am continually challenged and encouraged by the sacrifice that Timmy, Brian, and Stacey give in order to put their faith and love for Jesus into action. They also fiercely trust the Lord with their finances, so I am thankful to have used this opportunity to financially support them.
What was the "Intentional Act of Kindness" process like for you? It was such a sweet experience. What a gift to be able to take another gift and pass it along, in order to bless and encourage someone. I think this process is exactly what the Holy Spirit desires of us— to be intentionally kind and to intentionally give.