Saying that Lincoln Christian University (LCU) sophomore Abbey Akre is an athlete is like saying Associate Vice President of Alumni Services Lynn Laughlin knows people.
For the last two years, Abbey was a starting player for both the Red Lions volleyball team and women’s basketball team. Both teams depended deeply on her talents and abilities. Abby’s maturity and dependability were rewarded as she was named a captain for the volleyball team in her sophomore year.
During the summer of 2015, Abbey will travel to Thailand alongside other college volleyball players from around the U.S. with Athletes in Action (AIA). AIA is an Ohio-based sports ministry that gives young athletes the opportunity to compete and use their God-given talents to glorify God through world-wide mission trips.
Abbey’s enthusiasm bubbles over as she talked about the trip, “Two of the most important things in my life have been my athletics and my constant craving to know God and figure out what He desires for my life. I am excited to have a chance to combine these two loves of volleyball and ministry to help build relationships with athletes, fans, coaches, and officials. I hope to help them accelerate their ministries by sharing the life-changing message of Jesus Christ through personal conversations and group presentations.”
LCU Volleyball Head Coach Dave Donnelly added, “This is a great opportunity for Abbey and I’m sure everyone who comes into contact with her will be blessed by her spirit. This is just another example of what we have seen for her entire career at LCU: leadership and a willingness to step out in faith.”
Abbey is from Lisbon, Illinois, where she attended Newark Community High School.