Rachel Serdahl Schei Clarks Grove, MN Class of 1997 (MA '99) Occupational Therapy
Tell us about the work you do: The most important thing I am working on outside of my home is Shy Ministries. Shy Ministries is a group of people using their God-given talents to share God's word and love through music and missions. It is founded on Luke 19:10: Jesus came to seek and to save those that are lost. We feel we are to do the same. Shy Ministries performs Christian music at community events and we have started an annual day camp for kids with special needs who live in the Azacualpa, Honduras area. This year we had a 10-member team including a bilingual speech therapist, an art teacher, two St. Scholastica occupational therapy students and our family, who provided many fun, exciting, learning experiences to seven children with special needs. Our vision for the future is to have more college students in a variety of majors included on our team; it is a great learning experience.
A source of pride in your life: My family; Jeff and I have been married for 14 years and we have three wonderful children. Rebecca is 11 years old; she is active, gracious and always up for a new adventure. Madeline is 9 years old; she is caring, curious and always learning something new. Josiah is 3 years old; he is loving, boisterous, funny, and loves his trains, trucks and dirt. Jeff is working as the worship pastor at our church. It is wonderful to see him use his God given musical talents each week.
Best St. Scholastica memory: There are too many to choose from: meeting Jeff (my husband), making wonderful lifelong friendships, Mayfest, long nights studying in Tower Hall, the many snowball fights we had each winter, and so many more.
Significant influences: I think the people who have had the biggest influence in my life would be my parents and my children. My parents have been wonderful examples of giving, loving and hard-working individuals who put others before themselves. I strive to be the kind of parent to my children that my parents are to me. My children have taught me patience and to take one day at a time, you never know what life will bring you.
Other achievements: As a result of our trips to Honduras, parents of kids with special needs were able to meet each other, share experiences, and learn from each other for the first time. They have now created monthly meetings where they can discuss any issues they are having and the kids can play together. This is the only time some of these kids get to play with other children.
Family ties: My husband, Jeff, graduated from St. Scholastica in '97 and my brother-in-law, Jared, graduated in '99.
Philosophy: "Love the Lord your God with all your heart, and with all your soul, and with all your strength." Deuteronomy 6:5
Impact of the Benedictine values: I think that learning in an environment that encourages and teaches the Benedictine values produces individuals with these values guiding the choices they make every day.