Service and giving back to others are just a way of life for Rudy Christianson. A junior at Logos School, a private Christian academy located in Moscow, Rudy grew up seeing his parents and grandparents actively serving others and that naturally became a big part of his life as well. “My parents have always been very hard workers and that was ingrained in me,” says Rudy.
I took a leap of faith and just went for it...
During the summer, Rudy volunteers as a “buddy” at Camp Special Friends, a summer camp for adults with developmental disabilities located on the Washington coast. While serving at camp, Rudy was paired up with a special needs camper and the pair went swimming, zip lining, made crafts, and did other camp activities together. “It’s tiring and you’re exhausted at the end of the day, but it’s also so fun,” says Rudy. “My favorite part of camp happens at the beginning of each day. The campers come running through and we all clap and cheer for them.”
Rudy became interested in serving at the camp after being encouraged by the youth pastor at his church. “I took a leap of faith and just went for it,” he says. Not only was the experience a fun one, it was also an eye-opening one. “These campers have so many interests and talents and are really unique,” he says. “They can really teach you a lot.” Rudy has served at Camp Special Friends the past two summers and plans on going back again this summer and is looking forward to reconnecting with old friends and making new ones.
Service isn’t just limited to summertime for Rudy. Currently he serves as the junior class president at Logos where he organizes fundraisers and class activities. He also volunteers locally with senior citizens and serves regularly at his church. As if he’s not busy enough, Rudy also runs cross country and track and is learning the Mandarin Chinese and Spanish languages, which may help him in his future endeavors. “I want to study abroad,” he says. “Perhaps even teach English overseas.”
As Rudy finishes up his junior year and prepares for his senior year and beyond, his love of people and passion to serve them will surely remain a big part of his life wherever he goes and whatever he does.♦