POINT LOOKOUT, MO. — Dr. Kathy McReynolds, director of academic studies for Joni and Friends Christian Institute on Disability, spoke during a convocation at College of the Ozarks on Feb. 15, 2016, in the Jones Auditorium.
Joni and Friends is an advocate for the sanctity of human life. To that end, Joni and Friends established a key department, The Christian Institute on Disability (CID). The CID is aggressively promoting life, human dignity and the value of all individuals — despite their disabling condition — from a biblical perspective.
Last Friday evening, McReynolds partnered with College of the Ozarks for Night to Shine, a prom event sponsored by the Tim Tebow Foundation and held on the campus for guests with special needs.
During the event, McReynolds helped to ensure that not only were the guests experiencing a night of a lifetime, but the caregivers were pampered as well.
“The event was amazing,” McReynolds said. “It was uplifting and encouraging, and everyone had a wonderful time. They could not stop talking about how excited they were! It was a hit in every way.”
During the convocation on Monday evening, McReynolds spoke to the students about servant leadership.
“Servant leadership is important for a number of reasons, but mainly because as Christ Followers this is what we are called to do,” McReynolds said. “Servant leadership means that I put myself in a lower position to serve others… that I am vulnerable as Christ was and allow myself to be seen so that empathy and self-sacrifice are authentic. This is extremely difficult to live out consistently!”