Hi my name is Adam Parks. I am 19 years old and was born and raised in Cincinnati, Ohio. I recently completed my freshman year of college at Lipscomb University in Nashville, TN. I will be majoring in Theology & Ministry: with an emphasis on youth ministry. The journey that lead me to college is a little different than most. I grew up in a classic Chrisitian household. I am the oldest of four kids in my family. I have 2 younger brothers and one younger sister. Church was a part of my life but it was never a part of my heart. My life radically changed in junior high when my parents seperated. My faith was pushed and pulled like it had never been before and I had no other choice but to lean into the presence of Jesus. I was saved in 7th grade at a summer camp and continued to overcome hardships through my faith and the community I surrounded myself with. After my parents seperation things were never the same financially for my family. My mom now had to provide for herself and 4 kids. This is partly the reason why I am now on my own for paying for my college. My family is always so supportve of me but financially I am resposible for my own education. Throughout Junior High and High School my faith was always a large part of who I was. I was planning on becoming an engineer and seeing my talent create things that I was passionate about. I had a seemingly wonderful plan for my life. As the spring of sophomore year of high school rolled around, I became confused on what I wanted to do with my life after highschool. This created anger in me towards God. I had felt a certainty of what I was going to do but for some reason I felt God pulling my heart away from that plan. Over the course of that spring I felt God showing me that my calling was found in youth ministry. I struggled with this calling for about a year and never really was confident that I was really meant to do that. Throughout my doubts, God made it clear to me that I was to answer his call and follow him despite my fear. As college desicion times came around I had a few that were options for me. In the end it came down to me picking between Liberty University(in VIrginia) and Lipscomb University(in Tennessee). I had only visited Liberty and I felt like that was the school for me. I was not familiar with Lipscomb and had never even been to Nashville before. I paid my enrollment fee at Liberty and kind of stopped thinking about Lipscomb all together. But as senior year of high school was ending I began to feel God shift my heart yet again. I vividly somehow knew that God was leading me to Lipscomb. Some stuff fell in the right place and before I knew it I was scheduled to go to orientation at Lipscomb July of 2017. I started freshman year of college with having never visited my school and I had only been to Nashville and on campus for my orientation. I immediately saw why God had brought me to Lipscomb. I was growing spiritually in ways I never had before. I was able to meet people that taught me things that God was trying to speak to me. Lipscomb is a place where I was able to impact people that I usually was not able to reach out to. God placed me at Lipscomb for a reason. I am still discovering more of those reasons every day. Every day I dream about the day where I am able to recieve my degree and begin to work in a church youth ministry. My hope and passion is to work in a high school ministry where I am able to preach to students and be a friend in their stressful lives. Now you may be wondering, If everything went so great last year what went wrong that you may not be able to go back this fall. Well I took out a loan that I am not able to take out again and it comes down to me having about 9-10 thousand dollars for each year left of school. I have some money already saved up and I am working this summer to earn as much as I can before the fall rolls around. I am making this campaign as an additional way for God to provide a way for me through community. If you feel that God is leading you to give financially, I am so very grateful for you. I appreciate whatever amount you can give! If you are reading this I would ask that you pray for me. Pray that I would have a heavenly peace over my heart and that I would continue to trust God when all seems lost. Pray that God's will be done in my life and that I would be his provision for the plan he has laid out for me. Thank you for your time! God bless you! You are loved!