A Servant’s Heart

Joshua's Hands is pleased to announce the recipient of the 2007 A Servant's Heart Scholarship.  Elizabeth Nesbit, a senior from Loudoun Valley High School, plans to attend Rice University and has dedicated her life to service.  She received a $1000 scholarship from Joshua's Hands to be applied toward her educational expenses. 

Elizabeth’s essay about a young boy named “Precious” touched our hearts and won the scholarship for her.

In concluding her essay, she wrote: “I haven’t wanted to be a doctor my entire life, but I know now that a place like St. Gabriel’s Hospital in Malawi, Africa is where I belong. I know now how fortunate I am to have the opportunity to train my hands to heal, so that I can help those like Precious who will never be presented with that opportunity.

When I left Africa after a month of volunteering with my mom, I made a vow to never forget those people, to never forget Precious in all of his suffering. I gave my heart to those like Precious, who are crying out for someone to heal them. When I return to Africa I will be more than just a 17-year-old “azungu” [or white man]. I will be a doctor, and I will use my hands to heal.”

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. 

The organization established A Servant's Heart Scholarship to reward a Loudoun County senior for community service.  In 2008, the award was expanded to a potential of three $1000 scholarships.

2007 Scholarship winner elizabeth nesbit
Work hard and do not be lazy.  Serve the Lord with a heart full of devotion.
Romans 12:11
Elizabeth’s Winning Essay - 20072007_Elizabeth_files/Winning%20Essay%202007.pdf
No man has ever risen to the real stature of spiritual manhood until he has found that it is finer to serve somebody else than it is to serve himself.
Woodrow T. Wilson