BY LAURYN BECKER
Photos Courtesy Faith Little
For communication studies major, Faith Little, reaching out to others in a kind and genuine way has always been the name of the game.
“[I am] getting certificates in Sociology, Leadership Studies, and Entrepreneurship on the side. I hope to work in a ministry or nonprofit in the future,” Little said. “I enjoy reading, photography, longboarding, running and spending time with my friends and family in my free time.”
Little, a member of Christian Challenge, Cross Country and Track and Field, Hansen Hall Scholarship community, a Peer Mentor for the Honors College, Tigers Forever, and International Student Leader with three jobs on the side; has her hands full. Yet; everything she does, she does with a smile. When asked how she balances her time, Little stated that balancing her priorities is how she manages to continue to be involved in all of the organizations and jobs she is in.
On top of everything she is involved in, Little started her own ministry called Wholehearted Ministry. Through the other ministries she is involved in, as well as her own, she has continued to impact peoples’ lives in ways she never thought imaginable.
“Christian Challenge and Encounter have been instrumental for helping me grow in my faith during college, as well as helped me be more intentional with discipleship and prayer. The positive community has been life-changing for me,” she said. “Last year, I felt called to start an online ministry called Wholehearted Ministry. I found myself getting into content creation and decided it would be best to start a separate account. Since then, I’ve used this platform to share everything from a spoken word, to YouTube videos, to blogs, and social media content about the gospel.”
Through this passion for ministry and reaching out to people, Little said that one day she hopes to be remembered from her time at Fort Hays as someone who cares about others, and continuously striving to grow closer in her faith.
“I would like to be remembered as someone who genuinely cared about others and had an
unwavering joy rooting in my relationship with Christ,” Little said.
Someone who has witnessed these traits firsthand is Fort Hays graduate, Anthony Ventura. Ventura graduated from FHSU in May with a bachelor’s degree of science in biology and a minor in chemistry. Ventura and Little were on the Fort Hays track team together and through their friendship, developed a mental health app called MeHe with FHSU students Mark Faber and Ryan Stanley. Little, Ventura, Faber, and Stanley together won the 2020 Kansas Startup of the Year Award.
“Faith is a type of person that goes out of her way to help others. She is an ambitious person in nature that works hard in everything she does. I’ve seen her take on different tasks and stay positive all the time,” Ventura said.
As far as the rest of the year goes, Little has big ambitions for herself, such as breaking school records and taking up new hobbies.
“[My goal is] To break the indoor school record for the 1k for track and to learn to write poetry,” she said.
For Little, being a Tiger doesn’t have a strict set of rules; it’s simply just being yourself and being the best version of yourself.
“Be original. Pursue what you’re passionate about. Live wholehearted,” Little said.