I am involved in numerous volunteer activities in churches. I am a cantor, the person who leads the congregation in singing, and choir member at Saints Peter and Paul church in Winter Park, FL; Holy Redeemer in Kissimmee, FL; and Saint Brendan’s in Ormond Beach, FL. I have loved being a cantor at these three churches for the past two years. Being a cantor makes me happy because I get to share my gift of music with the congregation and assist in bringing the church together so that we can praise God as a family. In participating in this experience, I have grown tremendously as a person. I have learned that music is extremely important in church because it helps the liturgy come alive and it has the power to bring the church together as a family by allowing them to sing together.
I am also involved in the church by reading the word of God to the congregation as a lector at Holy Redeemer. I enjoy being a lector because it allows me to have the honor of sharing God’s word with the congregation. It has changed me by allowing me to develop my relationship with God through interpreting the meanings of the word of God in preparation for reading it so that the congregation can fully understand what God wants them to understand from His word.
I also volunteer my time by being a chef and server for The Church of the Son, a homeless shelter in Kissimmee, Florida. Every Monday of the month, my family and I make dinner for Church of the Son so that the homeless can have a home-cooked meal. I enjoy doing this because it develops my religion and relationship with God through doing what Jesus would do. It has changed me personally by making me more thankful for all the blessings I have been given in my life and making me want to work harder so that I can be successful enough to support not only my family, but the world around me.
At USF, I am a CRU, a Christian organization, member. This organization allows the people involved to share in God’s word and talk about how He influences our lives today. I enjoy this club because it allows me to see different perspectives from fellow college students on how God has impacted their lives. It has impacted me personally by opening my eyes to signs God might have been trying to give me in my life that I may have missed because I did not share the same perspectives as other members in CRU.