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May 2, 2013
By Julie Payne
Ariton Baptist Church
Dale Baptist Association
Favorite Bible Verse: Jeremiah 29:11
Favorite Hymn: Revelation Song (not a hymn, but I do love it!)
Hobbies: Reading, playing intramural sports, directing dinner theaters
Family Status: Youngest of four
Maggie Walsh, 21, is a graduating senior at Troy University majoring in broadcast journalism and minoring in communication studies. One of her extracurricular activities is acting as regional representative for The Alabama Baptist newspaper, a role she began in August 2012. As regional rep, she networks with Dale County Baptist Association pastors and leaders to learn about what God is doing in their churches and communities. She then relays that information to The Alabama Baptist, sometimes getting the opportunity to write an article about an event in Dale County. Walsh also had an internship with the newspaper in the summer of 2012. As an intern she had various duties such as formatting wire stories and writing articles.
Q: What influences in your life pointed you to Christ at the beginning of your faith journey?
A: My family has been a very strong influence in my faith journey. The youngest of four children, I remember seeing something in my siblings that was different about them, which is what made me first realize my need for a faith like theirs. I have always looked to my siblings and parents as examples of how real faith manifests itself.
Q: When and how were you led into your work with The Alabama Baptist?
A: I was looking for a summer internship in the spring of 2012 and was getting disheartened because I wasn’t hearing back from anywhere that I had sent a resume to. One night in March, I finally told God that it’s all in His hands — I’m not going to keep trying to force something that He has complete control over. Once I let go of the reins, God showed me the application for TAB’s internship the very next day. The rest is history.
Q: What does this work demand?
A: Writing demands that I take initiative and actively search out stories and information from sources and organizations. It makes me step out of my comfort zone and grow more confident as an individual and, hopefully, an established writer.
Q: How do family members support you in this work?
A: My family is so encouraging. Anytime my confidence wavers or writer’s block invades my mind, all I have to do is talk to any one of my family members to have my confidence restored and the block obliterated.
Q: What difference will this work make for you in the future?
A: I see my writing as a tool to serve others by providing them with uplifting stories, informative articles and knowledge for their everyday life. My goal is to become the kind of writer (who) has a positive impact on the lives of everyone who reads their work. I know I’m not there yet, but I try to consciously work to improve my style and delivery to become the writer God desires me to be.