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Roszalyn Akins Encourages Students at Chapel Speaker Series Event

Submitted on February 25, 2020

The Chapel Speaker Series continued Tuesday morning with a chapel service in John L. Hill Chapel. The featured speaker for this third chapel service of the semester was Roszalyn Akins, an educator in Fayette Public Schools for more than 30 years and Director of Family Life Ministries, Sunday School Teacher, Director of the Women's Ministry, mentor to minister's wives, and Associate Minister at First Baptist Church Bracktown.

Prior to Akins taking to the podium, music was provided by soloist, Linda Gossey and accompanist, Charles Little, who has become a staple of chapel services this semester. After a rousing bit of worship, Akins delivered her message.

Akins focused on the phrase “no excuses,” urging students and all those in attendance to get the job done without excuses. She framed her talk around Kyle Maynard, who was born with congenital amputation, essentially meaning his arms end at the elbows and his legs end at the knees.

Maynard would go on to become a crucial member of his high school football team, a college wrestler, and eventually would go on to climb Mt. Kilimanjaro, the entire time giving the glory to God. “The entire time he was climbing the mountain, he would not look back,” said Akins. “He would only look to the hills ahead of him, and when he got to the top of the mountain, the first thing he did was lift both hands and give God all the praise.”

Akins reminded those in attendance of the blessings given to them and implored them to use those blessings to make a difference. “God does not want our excuses. He just wants results. The result He wants is for us to give Him the best of our service and our best praise.”


The next event in the Chapel Speaker Series is set for March 24th, when Reverend Andrew Brown, lead pastor at Grace Christian in Georgetown, Kentucky.

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