Lydia Lorenson’s spiritual guide died of cancer when Lydia was 12 years old. That guide was her mother.
“So in middle school and all through high school, I was just wandering, living in the world and not seeking God,” said the senior from Maryland. But during her senior year in high school, God broke through when relatives invited her to church. “That’s when I turned my life around,” Lorenson said.
With a new life in Christ, she needed new direction. Relatives who were CIU alumni recommended she enroll at their school.
“I saw that CIU has a Psychology major. I excelled in that,” Lorenson said. Now Lorenson wants to assist those who are experiencing the same kind of hurts that she experienced growing up and give them hope through Christ-based counseling.
“I have a heart for counseling, for people being led to the Lord for healing,” Lorenson said. “Spreading the word that God and His love is so much greater and more fulfilling than anything else this world offers. God gave me a testimony to speak that boldly.”
“I would not be (at CIU) today if God had not instilled in me the faith that I needed my freshman year and provide an incredible amount of money for me to stay here,” Lorenson said. “My junior year, I did not need to take out any loans.”
To the scholarship donors, Lorenson adds, “Thank you, thank you, thank you, thank you. A hundred times, thank you.
“I have nothing to give back, but I can promise my commitment to the Lordship of Jesus Christ. I want to be used by Him in any way. I am immersing myself in what CIU has to offer so I can take that to the world."