Two students received the Gary and Diane Heavin Servant Leadership Award at Convocation Aug. 28. Seniors
Tommy Wilson and Audrey Chumchal were each given $1,000 to give to a non-profi t organization of their choice.
The award is for two outstanding students who have given their time and talents as volunteers. They must have accumulated an impressive record of ministry or community service while at the university.
International business major, Tommy Wilson, served in Kenya in missions during his freshman and his junior year.
He has been involved with Reaching Out, a community service outreach program. In the fall of 2007, he took
a group of students to the Beaumont area to clean up and rebuild after Hurricane Ike. He also spent a year in Hong Kong serving as the youth intern for a church.
Christian ministry major, Jonathan Dean, who accompanied Wilson to Beaumont said, “Tommy had a great attitude that led everyone to accomplish their goals. He encouraged us to serve and put the needs of others before ours.”
Wilson donated his money to Build The Village and Operation H2O, two organizations in Kenya. Build The Village establishes schools, houses and churches, and Operation H2O builds water wells.
Wilson said, “…I have personally been there and (I know) the money will be put to good use. I know that through this, the workers can share Christ.”
Audrey Chumchal, a biblical studies major, has helped out in the community since coming to UMHB. She has volunteered for Reaching Out and assisted the Federation of Women’s Club in Temple last fall with their fund raising.
She was involved in Crusader Knights, Gamma Beta Phi, House Council, Stunt Night and also directed and taught sign language for the Easter Pageant. Chumchal has had a continuing role in the Miss MHB Pageant, been a residence hall assistant in Burt Hall and the Huckins Apartments and served as a University Ambassador.
She visited Central Asia this summer for six weeks, worked with missionaries to establish a business platform and built friendships with the people living in the area.
“While I was there, I had my eyes opened to the depravity of the world and the need for the truth of the Gospel.
I also felt the call to suffer in the same way he did for his Kingdom,” said Chumchal.
She has chosen to donate her money to a program called Bibles Unbound, run by the Voice of the Martyrs, which provides Bibles to countries around the world.
Chumchal’s friends have taken notice of her spiritual growth and are pleased at what she has achieved so far.
Friend J Larkin said, “She is a great person (who) has reached out of her comfort zone to … serve God. I have seen her grow in joy, hope and love towards God and people.”