Welcome to the Crusader Crux where readers can see how God is alive in MLHS alumni. Let’s meet Julie Willis a 1989 graduate. She is the daughter of Don and Arlys Willis and her home town is Brady, Texas. She currently works for the Good Samaritan Society nursing home in Arlington, MN. Having been there since 2015, she enjoys the smiles that the residents bring to her face.
“I am excited to come up with new activities for them whether it be a craft, trying a new recipe to make, or coming up with new bingo games. I started a bible study with them a few months ago which they love and have told me they get a lot out of it. As do I.”
Julie also brings her love of Christ to her work by doing a daily devotion and playing Christian music. Of course there are some things that make Julie’s job harder but she embraces the challenge of getting new residents involved in the creative and soul nourishing activities that she leads. When asked about how MLHS prepared her for such a calling Julie said this:
“My teachers were always kind, always helped me when I needed it. They were patient and listened. I came to LHS not knowing anyone. I had a very negative experience with middle school and LHS was the complete opposite. I learned how to relate to people in a positive and caring way, and I feel that I have brought that to not only this job, but previous jobs as well.”
Julie appreciates the opportunities that a Christian education has afforded her.
“LHS was the best thing that has ever happened to me. My father passed away when I was young and we moved to MN from TX shortly after. I was not accepted in school. I was called names, beaten up on a daily basis by my peers, even the teachers said horrible things to me. I came to LHS scared, broken and hurt. The love of Jesus that was shown to me in the 4 years I was there was amazing. I wasn’t the best student, didn’t have a lot of friends and wasn’t popular but what I learned beyond math and science is a treasure I carry every day. My mom couldn’t afford to pay for my tuition, but somehow it all worked out. I am so incredibly thankful I had the opportunity to attend LHS. It means the world to me, and I am very proud of the high school I attended.”
Knowledge of Christ can be humbling to us all but Julie believes in honesty and it too is a skill that MLHS taught her.
“I will never forget when Mr Aurich mistakenly gave me too many extra credit points on a project. I debated whether or not to tell him. I ended up telling him. He announced the situation to the whole class and said “Honesty is the best policy”, and let me have the extra points. I think about that quite often when I’m in a situation where I need to be honest.”
Thank you Julie Willis for reminding us that Christ’s work can changes our lives and will continue to touch all whom we meet. That truly is honest living.