James is an All-American boy who loves playing baseball and the clarinet (listen for his clarinet solo in the video intro).
So hi, I’m James Casey. I am Catholic, but I go to New Covenant Presbyterian Church with my mom. When I go to Saint Joseph Parish, I am an altar server.
As an altar server, it is my job to carry the cross and bring it to the sacristy. And it is my job to hold the books for the priests, but with COVID now I can’t do that. So all I do is bring the gifts up to the altar, the bowls up and the chalices. I also bring up the plates for the ministers of the sick who bring the Eucharist to those who cannot come to church.
I play baseball. I personally think that I am very talented at baseball and I have a gift. I appreciate this gift and use it a lot in my life.
I do other things to help build myself up because I believe that I’m meant to grow as a person. So I do swimming and play the clarinet and the piano. I’m not very good at the piano, but I am very good at clarinet, I’d say. I practice clarinet and try to get better because it helps me grow as a person.
Another example of how I grow as a person is working to be the best I can in my schoolwork. My favorite class in school is social studies. Right now we’re studying forms of government and politics, which I like a lot.
I have a favorite chapter in the Bible; it’s Mark Chapter 5. It talks about how Jesus was coming back across a lake and came upon a man who was possessed by a demon. The man who was possessed by the demon bowed down to Jesus. It shows how powerful Jesus truly is, that demons who hate him bow down to him begging for mercy. That’s why I really like that story; it truly shows how powerful Jesus is and how much he can do for us.
I was struggling with the decision where I would go to high school because I live in a bad school district, and I don’t really want to go to public school.
I prayed and studied for the high school placement test. If I performed well, it would allow me to get a scholarship. I also sent in a video of me playing the clarinet. I applied to various parochial schools for a music scholarship, a faith and service scholarship, and an excellence in social studies scholarship.
When I got my acceptance box from Saint Marks High School, I found out that I had gotten scholarships for performing well on the entrance exam. I also got a scholarship for playing the clarinet. So, I have the opportunity to go to Saint Marks on a full ride.
Saint Marks was not my first choice of high schools, but when I shadowed there I felt like I really fit in with the students. I felt a very good relationship between the students and the teachers. I felt like it was very faith based. I liked the baseball coach.
So I feel that God really opened the way for me. Relying on Jesus is important because God always wants to guide you to what is best for you: what will help you grow as a person and what fits you the best.
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I remember being in church and going up to the altar and crying. I was so tired of the life I was living. I needed help. I felt a sense of peace at that time and knew that if this Jesus thing can work for some of these other guys, then it can definitely work for me.
I said to myself, “Why should anyone envy me and want to be in my shoes?”
God has led me to amazing places in my life, so let me explain how God led me from South Carolina to Kenya.
We built the first church with great difficulty. We went back to the States and the board asked us to become mission staff with the Outreach Foundation. That was 25 years ago, just about, and we’ve gotten more involved with Kenya as days and years went on.
I am a chef by profession. I’m happy because I do what I love. Now I work at Villadise Tours and Safaris, where I meet so many different people coming from far. Being helpful is just a blessing to other people.
Then God started tugging on my heart. There was a church sermon series that was about taking your God-given dream off the shelf. I was like, “I don’t know what my dream is. God, if you have a dream for me you’re going to have to tell me what it is.”
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