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New Admissions Counselor Has Passion for Missions

Andrea Smith
Andrea Smith with some of the children during a mission trip to Guatemala.
Andrea Smith

Smith poses for a photo with one of the children she met in Guatemala. (photos provided)

By Lauren Moye

BPC Staff Writer

MOUNT VERNON— Andrea Smith graduated from Brewton-Parker College with a B. A. in Psychology on Dec. 12, 2013. Almost immediately, she accepted a job offer from her alma mater to become an Admissions Counselor. Smith stated her reasoning for doing so as, “It’s hard to find a job right out of college, and, even though I felt like the job didn’t directly apply to what I majored in, I am still working with people and students who are making decisions about their future.”

She also added that an Admissions Counselor has the unique opportunity to build relationships with incoming freshman before they ever step onto the campus. She said, “A lot of what people don’t realize is that what we do is to encourage a lot of high school seniors and juniors with their college choices. We spend a lot of time getting to know the people who are coming, so when they get here, we’ve already created a relationship with them.”

Smith was born in Byron, Ga. She identifies herself as a small town girl, but admitted she always had a desire to meet people from different backgrounds than herself. In fact, she listed it as something that makes her unique as an individual. “It’s funny to me how I grew up in a small town where it’s not a hobby to focus on other countries,” she said, “But I’ve always felt a propensity towards people who are foreign. It gives me joy to make friends with those from different backgrounds, especially those who speak Spanish.”

This is so much a passion in Smith’s life that she wants to work as a full-time missionary in her future. Her story as a Christian started when she was fifteen years old in Dooly, Ga. Like many children, Smith had been baptized when she was eight without understanding the love relationship that should develop. She said, “I felt like reading my Bible and going to church was something that I had to do to gain God’s approval. I guess it’s like I saw God as a dispenser, like if I did something for him, He would do something for me.” On her conversion at age fifteen, she said, “That’s where I realized that I wanted to do things for Christ because I loved Him, not because I had to. That’s where I gained my passion for the Lord.”

Smith made the decision to come to Brewton-Parker College as a student for two reasons. The first of these was a desire to play soccer at the college level. Smith said, “That was a big reason, but the one that drew me the most was that I saw so many chances for ministry here, both inside and outside the college.”

During her time as a student, Smith has participated in two mission trips to Guatemala. She got involved in a ministry that provides basic needs for families living in city dumps. On this, Smith said, “Creating relationships with the people made me realize how fortunate I am to have what I have and to be thankful for what I have.” She added later, “Christ tells us in Matthew 25 that if we help those who are in need, we are actually serving him.”

In the future, Smith feels called to a mission field that focuses on abused women, teens, and children. She said she felt a particular call to work against human trafficking organizations. Smith has a life motto: “If your dreams don’t scare you, you’re not dreaming big enough.” May her dreams always remain big.

The mission of Brewton-Parker College, a Georgia Baptist college, is to develop the whole student through the application
of Biblically-centered truth to a liberal arts curriculum in a community of shared Christian values.
 
Brewton-Parker College is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges to award associate and baccalaureate degrees. Contact the Commission on Colleges at 1866 Southern Lane, Decatur, Georgia 30033-4097 or call 404-679-4500 for questions about the accreditation of Brewton-Parker College.
 
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March 17, 2014 9:27 AM