Culture shock and difficult transitions sometimes make life uncomfortable; however, they are often the most transformative experiences of our lives. As it is for many incoming freshman, college life was a bit of a culture shock for Joe Helton. Never before had he studied at a private Christian school, let alone college. As a sophomore looking back on his freshman year at PBA, Joe shared how many different experiences impacted his personal growth.
One of those experiences came while he was a co-leader for PBA’s Spring Break mission trip to Honduras last year. During the preparation and the mission trip itself, Joe said he learned what it meant to be a leader. Directing an 18 member team taught him to be relational with each person. The opportunity taught him to look past himself and his own interests, and, as Paul says in Philippians 2:4, to look “also at the interests of others.”
Through his time both at PBA and in Honduras, Joe had “his weaknesses exposed,” which allowed him to “learn what his strengths were and have them strengthened.” After changing his major multiple times, he is currently a Cross-Cultural Studies major and is examining the potential of doing long term missions in the future.
Joe would like to encourage incoming freshman to “Get Involved.” Look for any and every opportunity to allow God to use you - because He will.