A Servant’s Heart

Joshua's Hands is pleased to announce the recipients of the 2013 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.

Alayna uses her athletic ability and servant heart to serve through the Special Olympics Program.  She is a willing and enthusiastic volunteer.  Her supervisor describes her as “...always ready to jump in with a smile and encouragement and understands intuitively that in the giving is the reward.  Alayna embodies [the] selfless quality of the volunteer spirit.”

About the athletes, Alayna wrote: “These young ladies and gentlemen do not let a disability get in their way.  It is important to build each other up because everyone has something to offer to this world.  Service involves a quid pro quo relationship. It alters the life of the volunteer along with the lives of those being served. ”

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.

2013 Scholarship winner 
Alayna Bigalbal
Alayna’s Winning Essay - 20132013_Alayna_files/AB%20Essay.doc.pdf
Service does not just give one the opportunity to help others. It gives one the opportunity to learn from others.

Alayna Bigalbal
Serve the LORD with gladness; Come before Him with joyful singing.
Psalm 100:2