Date of Award


Document Type




First Reader

Dr. Amy Sonheim

Second Reader

Dr. J. Scott Duvall

Third Reader

Professor Ferris Williams


After working at camp for six weeks during the summer of 2011, I was exhausted. I had great expectations to love the camp counselor life, but God was continuing to shape exactly how I would serve Him with my life. Driving home from camp, I was confused. I felt Called to minister to children and so badly wanted to be a "camp person." I wanted to be that awesome camp counselor, full of energy and fun, but I had discovered I was simply not. Like God often has, He spoke strongly to me when my pride was broken.

I had a dream of writing and illustrating books for children, but at this point, the idea was still my dream. While I drove home to Houston, God stirred something withing me that was not my own. I felt overwhelmed by His grace as I heard Him softly whisper that He wanted to use me... being me. I became excited about the fact that God would and could use my introverted, quirky, nerdy self for His glory. During my car ride home from camp, my dream to be a children's author and illustrator turned into vision from the Lord to share the gospel with children through picture books.



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