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Your GIFT Empowers CCS Alumni to Impact Their World

January 31, 2017
By Good2Know Staff Writers

Kelsey (Carder) Parker is a recent graduate making an impact for Christ in her community. After graduating in 2011, Kelsey went on to Seattle Pacific University to study nursing, but God had a different plan for her life.

Through CCS mission trips, and later mission trips as a nursing student, Kelsey was given a broad worldview of public health concerns around the globe. In Mongolia and in South Africa, Kelsey witnessed sickness and miracles, and the Lord’s healing hand on many individuals. When asked how she was able to deal with such critical situations as a young person, Kelsey stated, “I’d heard the Gospel since I was a little kid at Cascade and that provided a strong foundation for me!”

The Christian worldview that CCS provided Kelsey cultivated a strong faith that allowed her to hear God’s true calling for her life. After years dedicated to a nursing degree, she heard God’s call to refocus her life on the issue of public health. Kelsey returned to SPU to earn a degree in global development with a focus on business, economics, and health. Then, Kelsey went to work in community development for REST (Real Escape from the Sex Trade).

Kelsey’s concern for her community grew while she was at Cascade, SPU, and beyond. Now, she gets to live God’s call each day. At 24 years old, she is confident in front of a crowd of 4,000 people, because CCS prepared her. Kelsey remembers giving book reports in the front of Mrs. Collins’ first-grade class at the age of six, and speaking to her graduating class at the age of eighteen. In recalling these memories, Kelsey states, “Cascade prepared me well. I was well-equipped to communicate thoughts and ideas.”

Through her education at CCS and the love of her family, Kelsey is now a light for Christ on a global scale. The passion for her faith that was nurtured in her time at CCS has prepared her for all that God has called her to.

When you give to CCS today, you are investing in students’ lives to impact tomorrow!