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On Kailey Spivey by Meagan Roper

Article to be published in the LU Commuter Newsletter:

Kailey Spivey spends every Saturday morning with a bunch of excited and rowdy children.

“Can we sing the ABCs again?” She asks a four year old girl clinging to her finger, walking through the low-income neighborhood of Birchwood in downtown Lynchburg.

Kailey is not a mom or a babysitter. Kailey is a commuter student at Liberty University who likes to dance and hang out with friends. She just happens to have a passion for reaching the lost.

Kailey is the site leader at Birchwood. She is a part of CampusSERVE, a community service ministry that consistently goes out on Saturday mornings to fulfill the Great Commission through showing Christ’s love.

“It helps us get out of the Liberty bubble and fulfill the missions calling in our own community,” Kailey said. “That way we’re not just receiving from Liberty but we’re also pouring back into people in the community as well.”

Kailey started CampusSERVE during her second semester at Liberty, and has been a leader at Birchwood for a year now.

“I instantly fell in love with it. The best part is developing relationships with kids so that they expect you to be there every week.” It is these relationships, says Kailey, that allow students to make connections with the families they serve and share with them in incredible ways.

Two weeks ago on a Saturday morning at Birchwood, two of the regular kids walked away from the group during the weekly lesson. Kailey followed them over to the swings where they were sitting off by themselves.

“Are you okay?” She asked Amara, 3.

“I miss my daddy,” the little one replied. She explained that he was in jail and she wouldn’t get to see him for a long time. The other little girl, Destiny, 7, said that her father was also in prison.

Kailey responded by sharing some of her testimony, and explaining that God is our Heavenly Father, and He never goes away. Amara hugged Kailey and prayed an earnest three-year-old prayer:

“God, will you come around me and be my daddy?”

Another boy came and joined their group, sharing that he too has an absent father.

“The four of us prayed together,” Kailey said. “I asked God to make himself real to her.”

Moments like these are the goal of CampusSERVE. “If I didn’t have a relationship with those girls they wouldn’t have said that to me. It’s a continual going that builds those relationships.”

This summer Kailey plans to spend a month in Costa Rica, doing the same ministry she does in Birchwood—building relationships with families and sharing the love of Christ with those who don’t know Him. Kailey is graduating in 2010, majoring in psychology.

CampusSERVE has a blog where you can view photos and read stories about the incredible things God is doing in Lynchburg. To find out more about CampusSERVE, check out the blog at CampusSERVE.wordpress.com or email campusserve@liberty.edu.

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your story: 02/21/09

Every weekend stories happen. Most of them are just experienced and never told. Here is your venue to tell what happened this weekend.

Comment on this post and share your story; good or bad, salvation or frustration, coming back or never again.

Every story is fair game, but please be respectful and keep confidentiality in mind, if appropriate.


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Perspective by Adam Long

Being a site leader can have its down sides, especially when you have been at a site for four years. The kids know you, and sometimes try to exploit you. It seems that, more than not, the things I get frustrated with are the same things God can get discouraged about in my own life. I see these two kids fighting about something ridiculous and think, so this is how God must feel when I quarrel with others. I see kids running around during a lesson time and think, so this is how God must feel when He has something to tell me and I ignore it. I try to show love to a kid and play with him and then he punches me and says, “I hate you,” and I think, so this is how God must feel when after all He has done for me, I just spit in His face. I see that a kid won’t share his football that he is not even playing with and think, so this is how God must feel when I keep all things to myself. A kid gets mad because I don’t have the cookie he wants and think, so this is how God must feel when I want more from God, even though I don’t deserve it.

So who is CampusSERVE for? The students at Liberty? The kids? The families in the community? It’s for God, to do what He wants to do and teach who He wants to teach in all walks of life, in all situations, in all circumstances.

Adam Long

Dearington Site Leader


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“foto” CampusSERVE by Jeffrey Ianno

Campus Serve is not just about going out and making an impact in the communities. It's about going and making a difference in each life. For us, it's about going into Langveiw and investing a little part of our lives into kids that over time we may get to know. We work to make a difference in the lives of the children as well as the parents.

CampusSERVE is not just about going out and making an impact in the communities. It's about going and making a difference in each life. For us, it's about going into Langveiw and investing a little part of our lives into kids that over time we may get to know. We work to make a difference in the lives of the children as well as the parents.

Campus Serve is not just about going out and making an impact in the communities. It's about going and making a difference in each life. For us, it's about going into Langveiw and investing a little part of our lives into kids that over time we may get to know. We work to make a difference in the lives of the children as well as the parents.

CampusSERVE is not just about going out and making an impact in the communities. It's about going and making a difference in each life. For us, it's about going into Langveiw and investing a little part of our lives into kids that over time we may get to know. We work to make a difference in the lives of the children as well as the parents.

Campus Serve is not just about going out and making an impact in the communities. It's about going and making a difference in each life. For us, it's about going into Langveiw and investing a little part of our lives into kids that over time we may get to know. We work to make a difference in the lives of the children as well as the parents.

CampusSERVE is not just about going out and making an impact in the communities. It's about going and making a difference in each life. For us, it's about going into Langveiw and investing a little part of our lives into kids that over time we may get to know. We work to make a difference in the lives of the children as well as the parents.

Don’t forget to submit your “fotos” that capture the story and meaning of CampusSERVE the best.  E-mail them to CampusSERVE@liberty.edu and I’ll post them on here.

Winner gets a free CampusSERVE leader t-shirt!  But, you’re really doing it because you’ve got awesome stories to share.


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your story: 02/14/08

Happy Valentines Past!

Every weekend stories happen. Most of them are just experienced and never told. Here is your venue to tell what happened this weekend.

Comment on this post and share your story; good or bad, salvation or frustration, coming back or never again.

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“foto” CampusSERVE by Brianna Crockett

Here’s an incredible story about a gentleman at The Summit.  We need some more CARE representation in this competition!

The man in this picture is Calvin Bailey. He had a stroke and is now partly paralyzed and has very broken speech. He kept taking our hands and saying, hand...feet...Calvin Bailey...stroke. Then he would say man...woman...ONE GOD! He kept trying to get across that he believed. He wanted so badly to communicate his love for God, and without even being able to put complete sentences together we still understood. Calvin used to be a muscian in the 50's and is unable to play anymore. It was beautiful to see him touch the strings and try and ask how much chords cost. We do Camupus Serve to make people's days brighter like this. Praise God for letting us be apart of his work.

The man in this picture is Calvin Bailey. He had a stroke and is now partly paralyzed and has very broken speech. He kept taking our hands and saying, hand...feet...Calvin Bailey...stroke. Then he would say man...woman...ONE GOD! He kept trying to get across that he believed. He wanted so badly to communicate his love for God, and without even being able to put complete sentences together we still understood. Calvin used to be a muscian in the 50's and is unable to play anymore. It was beautiful to see him touch the strings and try and ask how much chords cost. We do CampusSERVE to make people's days brighter like this. Praise God for letting us be apart of his work.