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Financial Stewardship for Students with Financial Coaches Dan and Rebekah Allen

(Rebekah and Dan Allen)

(Rebekah Allen presenting on the 'Rule of 72')

This past Monday, January 29th, we were blessed with the opportunity to host and learn from Dan and Rebekah Allen on the topic of Financial Stewardship. Dan and Rebekah are Eastern University Alumni, who found themselves in quite a predicament after college. They were in huge financial debt with no clue how to approach it. No matter how many extra hours of work they took on they were still living paycheck to paycheck, this is when they decided it was time to seek help from a financial coach. After turning their financial situation around, they themselves decided to become financial coaches as well.

As college students, most of us are accumulating debt in some shape or form and a lot of us have no idea what to do about it.  It was relieving to hear hope from former students who were in the same position and to take practical steps to become financially stable. Dan and Rebekah based their discussion on a book called How Money Works. They went further in depth about how to attack financial debt through debt stacking, basic funds applicable to everyone, life insurance policies, how to properly invest your money, and the importance of time. They discussed ways in which we can take action in the present in order to pay off our expenses in the long run, such as creating a budget and paying yourself after every paycheck. They stressed that saving money at an early age is crucial because time equals money and the longer money has to grow with a good rate of return the more money you will have in the future.

We were extremely grateful to have this power couple share their knowledge with us. Rarely, has anyone taken the time to talk to us about what is to come in the near future financially and how to overcome the financial battle. 

(Students listening attentively to Dan and Rebekah Allen)

The Dust Dances Too: LFP Forum with Filmmaker Jonathan Stutzman

Jonathan Stutzman, an acclaimed filmmaker and children’s book author, spoke at the third and final LFP Forum on December 5, 2017. He presented to the the 32 students in attendance the notion that everyone has the potential to be creative and the distinct reasons as to why he thinks that it is important to create. Stutzman shared stories from his childhood and adolescence when he developed a passion for writing children’s books, poetry, and film. He went on to study film at Messiah and earn his MFA at Temple University in an effort to pursue his dreams of becoming a director, filmmaker, and screenwriter. 

Through Stutzman’s studies and work in film, he realized that he wanted to start using film to tell more personal stories. He began focusing on the struggle with insecurity that so many people face, often centering his films on topics like body image and pressures from the media to be perfect. He said that through these films, he was able to connect with people because everyone has experienced brokenness, and everyone can relate to and understand what that feels like.

Stutzman ended his discussion on an image of a child mimicking his father. He related this to our relationship with God; we are children looking upon our Father and trying to be like Him. One of the ways that we can show God how much we love Him is by trying to be like Him. In an attempt to mimic God as our Creator, we have the ability to create as well. Creativity is also an opportunity to bring wholeness and hope to brokenness, pain, and suffering. These are the reasons why Stutzman lives his life as a creator and encouraged us that we could all do the same.

Jonathan Stutzman's short film "Thornbird" has won numerous awards at film festivals internationally.  His first book was published while collaborating with actor Joseph Gordon Levitt on the Tiny Book of Little Stories (Volumes 1,2,3).  Stutzman (#thedustdancestoo) has recently  signed four major children's book deals (see below) and is anxiously awaiting there printing.


Special thanks to Molly Kulp '18 for reporting on this event