The Voice: Summer 2003
2003-04 alumni scholarship winners selected
Three junior students were awarded a Dordt College Alumni Scholarship this spring. Each applicant was asked to write an essay describing their personal background, their Dordt experiences and how they were affected by them, and their personal and career goals.
Lindsay Cameron, from Rugby, North Dakota, is double majoring in agriculture and theology.
She wants to help farmers in developing countries expand their agricultural systems. She
writes: Foundational to the training I receive at Dordt is the concept of
stewardship. I am learning to approach farming from a biblical perspective, taking care
of creation according to Gods commands and principles.
In light of this it seems fruitless to try to teach someone the
principles of sustainable agriculture without incorporating a biblical worldview regarding creation, sin, redemption,
and the importance of Christs Lordship over all. I am seeking training in
missions and theology, as well, knowing that I will be required to give
reasons for what I do, whether I live here in the States or
in a foreign country.
Brenda Janssen is a theology major and music minor from Beamsville, Ontario. Graduate
school, mission work, or anything else that fits her gifts are career options
for her. She writes: Prior to the beginning of my junior year, I
changed my major from music education to theology. It was not that theology
was a holier major or that music seemed too easy (it was far
from it!). Rather, it was the sense that theology challenged me and my
faith in a way it needed to be; God was working through me
in theology classes, and I loved these classes enough to know that God
wanted me to enjoy studying the framework of my beliefs. Through a music
major I could have served God and pleased Him, but He left the
choice up to me and I chose theology.
Kyle Van Arendonk is a pre-med exercise science major from Pella, Iowa. He
hopes to practice as a doctor and would like to provide health care
to areas with little or no medical care. He writes: I want my
Christian faith to be evident in all that I do as a physicianin
the difficult decisions that I make, in the way that I treat my
patients, and in the way that I interact with other health care employees.