Moments that Matter – Doctoral student, Kellie Roberts, McKenna School of Education dedication speech

Moments that matter. Those moments when time freezes and you know that there is something different about this situation. The Seattle Pacific University team spent the past week talking with the students about their moments that matter. What moment sparked their desire to attend Immanuel Business School? Which moments inspired their passions? These are stories I will not forget any time soon.

About one year ago, I was sitting in a class at Seattle Pacific University. It was this Thursday night in October, when time froze and I felt a strong push within me. This was my moment that mattered. David Goodnight introduced the class to a school in Hyderabad, India. He painted a picture of a relationship that we could have with Immanuel University. In that moment, I knew I wanted to be part of this. I didn’t know when. I didn’t know how. But, I had this strong conviction that someday, I would be part of this relationship.

All of you sitting here today, whether directly or indirectly, played a part in this moment that mattered. Now here I stand, just over a year later, at Immanuel University.

I’ve been humbled by the faith of pastors. I’ve had the joy of playing with kids who make it so hard to say goodbye. I’ve shared in the excitement with students as they realized they are leaders. I’ve learned what it means to lead with grace and serve with joy. I even had the opportunity to learn crickett and somehow, hit a six.

Some of you may be thinking that I’ve closed a loop. I felt God’s call to go to India and now, here I stand. I thought this too as I stepped off the plane in Hyderabad. However, this could not be further from the truth.

All of you here today are the reason this loop is not closing. Your kindness, joy, hospitality, hope, faith, passion, laughter, and conviction have sparked countless moments that matter to me in this past week. You are the reason I will return to India. You are the reason this loop will remain open.

- Kellie Roberts, Doctoral Student at Seattle Pacific University

* Speech given at the dedication of the McKenna School of Education in Hyderabad, India.


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