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VICKIE STEWART | BALTIMORE, MARYLAND


‘MISS VICKIE’ A ROLE MODEL AT MSU


By Laura Sikes C


ollege freshman Shemaiah Strickland suffered with horrible nightmares when she first came to


Morgan State University in Baltimore. Adjusting to being away from home for the first


time, Shemaiah just wanted to belong, so she went to a university organization fair where she met missionary Vickie Stewart, who was staffing a booth with fellow campus chaplains for The University Memorial Chapel. Shemaiah had prayed to God for help with her loneliness. “I asked God what to do, and He sent me to Vickie,” she recalls.


Vickie gave Sh- emaiah her card and invited her to call whenever she wanted to talk. She made the call and Vickie later led her to Christ. Though Shemaiah had attended church off and on, she says that she never felt that she had a personal relationship with Jesus. She started going to Vickie’s weekly on-campus Bible studies with other young women and says she was impressed right away with the teaching and was inspired with the serious-


ness of the students’ study of the scriptures. Shemaiah remembers telling herself, “I don’t need


church. I could just read the Bible. But then I came here and Vickie brought me to Christ with her teachings.” Reaching students such as Shemaiah is what Vickie Stewart is passionate about.


Simply known as “Miss Vickie,” she energetically moves around campus on mission “to connect,” as she puts it, with students whenever she can. “Not preaching, but connecting and building relation- ships” with them is the key to her ministry, she says. “I might say, ‘Hello, my name is Miss Vickie. How can I pray for you?’ They’ll say, ‘Oh, really, you want


We talk about what it means to love God and what it means to be a Christian,” Vickie says. “Christianity is a way of life. It’s a relationship, not a religion.”


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PHOTOS BY LAURA SIKES


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