Joshua’s Hands was established in 1999 in memory of Joshua Guthrie, who was an enthusiastic community volunteer. Joshua’s years of service were cut short by his death at the age of 16. Joshua’s Hands seeks to continue to be his hands of service in the community and to encourage others to serve.
In addition to teen safe driving education, an annual Fall Festival that is free to the community, community service and heritage education programs, the organization offers A Servant’s Heart Scholarship. The scholarship is essay based and has the potential for three winners.
The 2012 recipients are from varied backgrounds with diverse interests. Somok Yoo (Freedom High School) is a cellist. She will attend the College-Conservatory of Music at the University of Cincinnati in the fall. As a pastor’s daughter, Somok was involved in ministry from an early age. Unkind words and lack of appreciation hardened her heart toward people and their needs. Her father’s persistent example as a servant and his words of wisdom renewed in her a servant’s heart. She remembers him saying, “The humble servant does not pick or choose his work. The patient servant does not complain about what others say about him. He can only be grateful that he was chosen to be a part of giving glory to the Father by doing his work to the best of his ability.”
Amber Bryant (Broad Run High School) will attend the College of William and Mary this fall. Amber has served others through organized efforts and taken the initiative to organize help where none existed. Her hands have ministered to the invisible among us, and she has learned from them. About a Valiant Warrior, wounded in battle, who needed help with his home, she wrote: “I was blessed by the music of my new friend’s laughter. Our eyes met with the deepest understanding humans can share. I had given him a restored home and hope; he had given me the faith I thought dead within my soul.”
Ben Baker (Loudoun Valley High School) served others for many hours and in many ways before actually developing a servant’s heart. By his own admission, his motivation was self-serving until he saw the way his service could change someone’s broken world. He wrote: “Homeless children, the impoverished, people battling mental illness – these are the people who inspire me. These are the people who live by faith that their worlds will change for the better. These are the people who remind me every day how blessed I am and how serving them is not a choice but a calling.” Ben will attend Christopher Newport this fall.
Joshua’s Hands proudly announces a $1000 scholarship to each of our three winners. We are also pleased to announce summer heritage camps and our Valiant Warrior Quilting Event to make quilts for our wounded warriors – preferring to call them Valiant Warriors. For more information about the organization, summer camps, the Valiant Warrior Project or A Servant’s Heart Scholarship, visit the website: www.JoshuasHands.org