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Called to help others

Morgan Harris loves music. She attended performance arts schools all her life but said the birth of her talent started at church. She sings and plays the piano and flute.

Her home church, Jones Memorial United Methodist Church in Houston, Texas, also lifted up her faith.

"The United Methodist Church has been a great support system and foundation to the values I have in my life," she said.

Harris recently completed her undergraduate studies at the University of North Texas at Denton, where she was a leader on campus. She served as a peer mentor and volunteer tutor. She is currently pursuing medical school.

      Field day with kids in the surrounding Denton area.

"I am known to be a headstrong, motivated person who likes to help others. I take the time to listen to people and make them feel that their voice is heard. I love to see when people can unite together to improve the health and successfulness of society. That is why I want to be a doctor; I naturally care for the wellbeing of all people," she said.

She hopes to become a pediatrician one day and said she'll rely on her faith as she carries out her calling.

"My faith is my foundation to help me interact with my patients as best as I can. When my patients are faced with health irregularities, we will address them head-on to understand why they have those problems, and what we can do to change their lifestyle — not necessarily change their religious views, but take the time for them to reflect on their lifestyle. Once they reflect, their mindset will help them reach their healthiest state," she said.

A World Communion Scholar, Harris urges United Methodists to continue to give generously on World Communion Sunday so that more students like her can pursue their calling without the financial burdens. Many first-generation ethnic and minority students are able to attend college thanks to these scholarships.

In addition to gaining knowledge, these students are overcoming life's obstacles and growing in their faith.

Harris remains active in her church, and she's also returning to her musical roots. She recently joined a singing group that practices weekly at her church. She hopes to continue with her music as she pursues her medical degree.

"I know that with my faith in God I can endure anything."

Julie Dwyer, general church content editor, United Methodist Communications

One of six churchwide Special Sundays with offerings of The United Methodist Church, World Communion Sunday calls the church to reach out to all people and model diversity among God's children. The special offering provides World Communion Scholarships, the Ethnic Scholarship Program and the Ethnic In-Service Training Program.

When you give generously on World Communion Sunday, you equip gifted, qualified students from around the globe to become the world changers God created them to be. Give now.

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