In the spring of 2014, Christine Correa, junior Worship Studies major from Sacramento, was faced with a devastating realization that she might have to drop out of Vanguard because of finances. Because she is the first member of her family to attend college, she hoped and prayed that funding would become available so she could complete her education. Fortunately, she was able to receive enough aid to continue.
“God is faithful! He is always looking out for His children. It helps me to remember that God is always with me, hears me and takes care of me.”
Christine has flourished because of the whole Vanguard Community. “Every time I come on campus it just feels like home. I have never been to a place that is so welcoming and has made me feel so loved. Sarah Scott, head of Worship Studies took me under her wing as a daughter and prayed over me, encouraged me and fought for me. She believed in me when I could not believe in myself.
“Vanguard to me means a second chance. When I first came here, I was broken wanting to give up because I saw no worth in myself, but now all I see are endless opportunities. God completely changed me. I now see the beauty of my story, and know that I can do all things through Christ. Above all, I want to use my life to bless and serve others.”
Each year, performing in the Christmas Fantasia concerts is a highlight of students’ musical arts experience at Vanguard. “It’s so exciting for us to share the gifts God has given us and bless those who come.” This year, Dr. James Melton, director of the Music Department, had the honor of presenting Christine with a special scholarship during one of the performances.
“It is because of your spiritual gift of giving that allows students like me to not only attend college, but to be able to study the arts. I am so thankful from the bottom of my heart to those who invest in our education. You all have been a true blessing to the lives of every student–thank you for believing in us!”
Gifts to the Annual Fund at Vanguard help fund scholarships to deserving students like Christine as well as support needs in the different departments like Music. Thank you for your generosity that makes such a difference in our students’ ability to realize their God-given potential.
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