A Servant’s Heart

Joshua's Hands is pleased to announce the recipients of the 2011 A Servant's Heart Scholarship.  In 2004, the organization established the scholarship to reward Loudoun County seniors for community service.  The scholarship is essay based and expanded in 2008 to provide three scholarships.

The essays were judged on composition, originality and understanding of servanthood.  Special consideration was given to essays based on true examples of servant mentors.

Natalie has served both young and old.  In her essay about a trip to the Dominican Republic, she wrote about the things she carried on the trip: her passport, camera, supplies, and more.  She also wrote about what she carried home: “I carried more leaving the trip than the combination of all I had brought with me or carried throughout the trip. I carried a new burden that would last forever: a burden to stop focusing on just myself… I believe one’s life is not measured in personal success or gain but rather, in the prosperity and wellbeing of the lives the person has touched…As I close my eyes, I see the children of the Dominican Republic and am humbled, carrying those chocolate eyes and bright toothy grins in my heart like I carried the children on my back last summer.”

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.

2011 Scholarship winner 
Natalie Wahl
Natalie’s Winning Essay - 20112011_Natalie_files/Essay.pdf
Through love, serve one another.
Galatians 5:13
The real test of a man is not when he plays the role that he wants for himself, but when he plays the role 
destiny has for him.

Vaclav Havel