Ally Bartlett: In Her Own Words

Called, Committed and Growing.

My name is Ally Bartlett, and I was created with a purpose by a perfect
God.

I am a junior at Eastern University, majoring in Business Administration with a minor in Christian Thought. I’m from Galax, Virginia, which is where I owe my accent and love for sweet tea. Since, I moved to Downingtown, Pennsylvania. I also enjoy good conversation, spending time with friends and family, and learning. I love Jesus more than anything and have a passion for serving others.

I have been blessed with many opportunities to learn and grow in response to a calling to ministry. Two examples are my role as a Campolo Scholar as well as serving on staff at Hopewell United Methodist Church as Coordinator of Young Adult Ministries. I am excited to see what God does in the future at Eastern University and through these opportunities, but I am also ready to celebrate every moment in life with the Joy of the Lord in my heart.

As summer fades and fall begins, I find myself reflecting on the past few months, which have been filled with beautiful and challenging opportunities. With each reflection, I am struck by the way God has stretched me and enabled me to grow.

I have learned how to dig deeper into the Word, rooting
my heart and mind in His own. I have learned how to be filled by God and
others, and how to use that to pour into the lives of others effectively. I can
now testify to the expression, “blessing follows obedience,” which I grasped in
a tangible way while serving in Nicaragua. I have witnessed God’s faithfulness
and grace in exponential ways that I will carry with me for years to come.

While the summer was truly incredible, it was not without challenges. These challenges molded me into a better disciple. One of the most prominent and yet difficult blessings has been leading so many people of varying ages, backgrounds, and stances: from teaching Bible stories to 400 kids at Hopewell’s Vacation Bible School program to leading and learning from my peers; from leading devotions for middle schoolers at a summer camp to preaching and helping youth through a difficult and exciting time; from discipling four wonderful young women to connecting with individuals with far more wisdom and life experiences than me.

It has been surreal to be able to step into a role I felt
called to, regardless of my gender or age, both of which would have prohibited
me from doing so at a different point in history. Throughout all of these challenges
and opportunities, I am only more eager to use what I have been equipped with
this summer. The reality that I can step deeper into a call to ministry as a
Campolo Scholar and be trained by such gifted individuals, is a blessing I
don’t take for granted.

I am honored to be even a little part of God’s perfect plan and purpose. And I am grateful for how the Campolo Center for Ministry is helping me to become as fruitful as possible… to help change the world in the name of Jesus.

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  1. William Baldwin on November 8, 2018 at 10:03 pm

    Your words are encouraging and engaging. God has a special place for young ladies like you. Many blessings as you pursue his purpose and destiny for your life

  2. Lehman on November 10, 2018 at 11:21 am

    What if all the Colleges produced ladies of that magnitude? The world would be a better place to live until out Savior returned.

  3. Sheila Key on November 13, 2018 at 2:01 am

    Very inspiring, Ally! Prayers that you’ll always listen to Jesus and follow His plan for you.

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