On the Hill: Emily Chadwick

By Morgan Jackson, Features Editor

For all students, the road to deciding what to do after high school is different. Junior family science major Emily Chadwick never expected to be where she is today.

“What lead me to OBU?” Chadwick said. “That’s a funny story. I never had any plans of ever going to college.”

Chadwick was working as a nanny for her brother in the area when they decided to move away.

“I needed to figure out what I was going to do in the next season of my life,” Chadwick said. “I wasn’t really sure what I wanted to do. I was friends with a bunch of OBU students, and they were all like ‘Why don’t you come to OBU?’”

Chadwick had all sorts of excuses for not wanting to come to OBU.

These included claims about not being smart enough, or not having a high enough ACT score to be admitted into the school.

Chadwick’s thinking flipped after she found the determination with-in herself to want to be at OBU to learn and grow.

Chadwick was familiar with the OBU community because of her friends and family.

“I’ve always been amazed at and in love with the professors here,” Chadwick said. “Because all of my siblings previously at-tended OBU, I already knew some of them, and I knew that I liked them.”

Chadwick decided on a family science major during her time at OBU.

“I love family science because I love talking about people,” Chadwick said. “I want to know everything about people. I want to know why they do the things that they do, and what they want to do.”

Chadwick has a love for people and making relationships.

“I want to continue to learn and grow myself, while also helping those around me to learn and grow in healthy ways,” Chadwick said. “One of the biggest reasons I love family science is being able to learn about people and how people affect people.”

In the future, Chadwick is thinking about pursuing counseling as a career, though she is currently undecided.

“I really like hearing about people’s problems,” she said. “I like to love on people and listen.”

Chadwick currently works at the Hope House, a Youth and Family Resource Center in Shawnee. Her job involves making sure that kids are doing what they are supposed to be doing, like homework or another activity.

“It’s like babysitting or parenting,” Chadwick said. “It’s a very fluid job. You never know what is going to happen next.”

While the job is often demanding or challenging, Chadwick sees the reward in the eyes of the children she is caring for.

“The most rewarding thing is seeing that the kids are loved and cared for,” Chadwick said. “So, we have two little kids right now, around the ages of eight and nine. They have started asking for hugs. When they first came, they were afraid to ask. But now, they come up to me and look at me and say, ‘I just need a hug.’ It is the sweetest thing, and sometimes it makes me want to cry.”

Chadwick often looks for small ways to share the gospel with the people around her, and often does this by showing love to whoever she is around.

Junior biblical languages major Chloe Stokes has seen firsthand the qualities Chadwick displays. They attend church together at Temple Baptist Church.

“Emily has the unique ability of making everyone feel welcome,” Stokes said. “No one can feel alone when they are around Emily.”

Stokes also appreciates the way that Chadwick affects the people that she is around.

“Emily brings all of the energy to a room!” Stokes said. “Her laugh is contagious, and she is always laughing. Her love for everyone is evident, her friendship is invaluable, and she brings light wherever she goes.”

OBU students volunteer at Hope House

Mya Hudgins, Faith Editor

When trying to define the word “home” it can be hard. Everyone’s home, parents and situations are different. A home to many people is where they find safety and comfort, surrounded by family and love. On the other hand, many people do not find these things when they go home. Instead, they go home to some place they hate or are uncomfortable with.

Victoria Widener, a junior at Oklahoma Baptist University, is a part of a ministry that helps young youth as things at home might not be good at the moment.

Hope House is a youth shelter in Shawnee for kids who are either waiting to get placed with the foster care system or for their parents’ situation to become more stable,” Widener said. “In addition, the shelter functions as a non-profit organization that welcomes a Christian influence.”

As this ministry is found locally in Shawnee, it gives students at OBU to help be mentors and show the love of Jesus.

“The most important thing we seek to do is love on the kids,” Widener said. “Every night looks different depending on the amount of kids there or what they’re going through at that moment. We get to know them on a personal level and try to show that we care whether that’s joking around with them, playing card games or basketball, or listening to their stories. At some point in the evening we come together for a student-led Bible study and snack and end with praying over the prayer requests they give us.”

This shelter has been a home to many Shawnee kids, and it is the students at OBU that have not only given up time but want to be an impact on someone’s life. When sadness is seen in the eyes of the kids, new knowledge is gained in students own life.

“First of all, I would say, it’s not about what you can get but what you can give, and when you are giving that is when you realize what a blessing it is to your own life spiritually to be involved in the ministry,” Widener said. “You also gain a new perspective on your own life when you see what other kid’s that are younger than you are going through.”

Loving on someone can go a long way. When a child comes from a home that is broken, they might not receive that love that they desire.

“The staff at Hope House has told us on multiple occasions how much the ministry and Bible studies have influenced the kids there,” Widener said.  “We’ve seen kids go from being completely closed off to the gospel to actually asking us questions about salvation. But even if you don’t ever get a positive response from a kid, you are planting the seed of the gospel in their hearts and being Jesus to them in a hard time.”

The group meets on Monday nights at 6:15 p.m. in the lower GC to carpool to the shelter. Widener says the community needs people to share Christ and encourage these kids.

“Hope House provides an immediate solution in emergency situations in the community involving kids,” Widener said. “The shelter is also a tremendous opportunity to reach kids who are hurting with the love of Jesus right in our own backyard.”

As the Bible talks a lot about helping others, Widener shared Matthew 25:35-40, which she believes goes best with helping at the Hope House.

“For I was hungry and you gave me something to eat, I was thirsty and you gave me something to drink, I was a stranger and you invited me in. I needed clothes and you clothed me. I was sick and you looked after me. I was in prison and you came to visit me.’ “Then the righteous will answer him, ‘Lord, when did we see you hungry and feed you, or thirsty and give you something to drink?  When did we see you a stranger and invite you in, or needing clothes and clothe you? When did we see you sick or in prison and go to visit you?’ “The King will reply, ‘Truly I tell you, whatever you did for one of the least of these brothers and sisters of mine, you did for me.’”