“What is life but change?”

Maya Gonzales. A lover of avocados. A lover of Miranda Sings. A lover of cheese.

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“What is life but change?”-Maya

Change hit Maya hard in June of 2010. It was her first summer to work at a summer camp. As she was working the zip line one afternoon, her finger got caught and it ripped her thumb off (P.S. If you want to hear the full story feel free to ask her about it! She would love to share).

It was a really hard time for Maya because she had to have three surgeries, and it was difficult losing part of your body and learning how to cope with it. She wanted to go back to camp so bad but she was not able to as she was taking time to recover. That summer this extreme change helped Maya mature. She grew up a lot and did it very quickly.

Throughout this whole experience, Maya really learned about the provision of God and what it meant to trust Him in everything. They did not have to pay one single medical bill because insurance covered it all. Maya also said that this experience has been a great conversation starter.

If you could change one thing in your life what would it be?

Maya said that she would want to experience other people’s experiences but still keep her memory and her life. She would want to go through some of the other cool things people have gone through but still be Maya Gonzales and all the experiences that have brought her to today.

Also, Maya says, “I want constant access to perfectly ripe avocados and sharp cheese.”

3 things Maya is thankful for today:

-Naps

-Lovely sun

-Coffee

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Change Around the World

IMG_2980 copyBecca Pittman. A lover of Jesus. A lover of popcorn. A lover of sarcasm (especially with Jacob Kirby).

Becca’s story is one of pure adventure but a lot of change. One of the biggest changes she has ever experienced was when she moved from Turkey to the United States just a few months before she embarked on her adventure at Gardner-Webb.

She said that it was super hard. It felt very lonely and out of place. She looked like she was supposed to belong here but she didn’t. Also, her parents lived in Black Mountain  so went she went “home” it felt like she was going to a random house.

As always, God proved himself faithful. Becca was able to redefine the word “home.” She found that her home was wherever God had placed her. Gardner-Webb provided her with some remarkable friends, and she was really able to become her own person and define herself.

If you could change one thing in your life, what would it be?

“Make flying cheaper.”

3 things Becca is thankful for today:

-roommate coming back after being gone for a week

-church at home celebrated 15 year anniversary

-Sunshine