This experience made me realize I take a lot for granted. It has made me more thankful for what I have in my life," said Tori Swenson of Yoder, Kan.
"My perspectives of the poor changed, and I realized it is the little things that really help," said Vance Stegman of Lyons, Kan.
Swenson and Stegman are both first-year education students at Sterling College who took Cultural Diversity in Education with Professor Spencer Wagley this fall. They made the above comments after a trip to the Christian Soup Ministry in Hutchinson, where the College students prepared, served, delivered and cleaned up the noon meal. The purpose of the experience, according to Professor Wagley, was "for the students to put feet to their faith. They were able to help those less fortunate and to see that poverty does not discriminate. Since the soup kitchen serves people from many different backgrounds, the students were able to observe true diversity and see they can make a difference in someone's life."
The students' responses reveal they learned these lessons. "I used to believe if a person had little money they couldn't perform as well as people with money," said Stegman, "but seeing (one of the patrons playing the piano) changed my perspective. This man