Welcome to the Crusader Spotlight a quick look at the important accomplishments Crusader alumni are doing in the name of our God Jesus Christ. Our featured alumni is Rebecca Gaida. Rebecca is a 2015 graduate and is currently living in Grand Forks, ND where she attends the University of North Dakota. Her parents are John and Sheryl Gaida whom reside in Victoria, MN.
Although Rebecca is still working toward graduation in 2019 with a degree in Public Administration with a minor in Non Profit Leadership, she has worked full time in the summer. For two summers now, she helps others as a Canoe Guide at Northern Lakes Girl Scout Canoe Base, she is able to lead young girls twelve and up and women how to paddle, pack for a week long camp and portage through tough terrain. As one can imagine, being in nature can lend ample opportunity to share God’s word. Here is what Rebecca says about how MLHS helped her become prepared for such a job:
“Being brought up with a faith based education, means that when the worst storm hits at midnight or the sunniest day makes for smooth paddling, I know how to rely on God. When I’m waiting for winds to die, I have to trust in God’s plan; when I’m swimming after a hard portage, I give glory to God. An education at MLHS has given me the perspective I need to be adaptable and upbeat because I know God is greater than every challenge I face.”
With such a busy lifestyle in the summer it’s hard to imagine Rebecca having energy to volunteer but during school in North Dakota she is on the church council at Wittenberg Lutheran Chapel in Grand Forks and participates in campus ministry where she leads a freshman Bible study.
“It is important to volunteer because our neighbors need our good works. I know that my volunteering does not satisfy God, only Christ’s death on the cross can do that, but my good works bring glory to God because Wittenberg needs my time and Cru (campus ministry) needs my skills. God is working through everything I do for others, and it is not for my glory but His. Having the opportunity to attend a Christian high school means having the opportunity to integrate faith into education, which then prepared me to integrate faith into college, volunteering, and guiding.”
It is through her faith that Rebecca continues to grow as a Christian leader. Without a doubt Jesus’ work is alive in her and will lead her toward everlasting life with Him. As Rebecca so gracefully puts it in her own words:
“I don’t HAVE to volunteer, I GET to. I don’t HAVE to spend my summers in the BWCAW, I GET to.”