Alumnus Given Service Award
Rachel Davies presented with Maranatha award
By: Becky St. Clair
Rachel Davies, 2007 theology graduate of Walla Walla University, was awarded the 2007 Young Adult Service Award from Maranatha Volunteers International. The award was given at the inauguration of the Cuddapah Seventh-day Adventist School during the Ultimate Workout India II project in June. It was presented by Don Noble, President of Maranatha, and Steve Case, coordinator of Involve Youth and Ultimate Workout.
The recipient of this annual award is chosen with a list of criteria, such as previous volunteering, notable work, and more. Davies more than fits the bill.
Her first experience with Maranatha was when Davies was thirteen years old. She participated in the Ultimate Workout 7 trip to El Salvador. She has been involved almost yearly ever since. Her trips have included many to South and Central America on other Ultimate Workout as well as family projects.
Davies began being mentored into leadership roles at the age of sixteen. The mentorship inspired Davies to become even more involved, and gave her what she calls the “missions ministry leadership bug.” She credits Steve Case, Involve Youth and coordinator for Ultimate Workout , as being her main mentor and encourager.
“Ultimate Workout played such a huge role in shaping my spiritual life as a teenager,” says Davies, “so it was special that I got the award at the Ultimate Workout India project. What meant the most was that Steve, who has been such an amazing mentor over the years, was able to present it to me.”
Davies is now the youth pastor at Toledo First Seventh-day Adventist Church in Toledo, Ohio. She plans to continue being involved in Maranatha projects.