Morgan Baker - Senior, 17
Morgan Baker’s youth minister once told him, “If you really want to see Jesus, go hang out with the poor.” And it’s something the 17-year-old says he whole-heartedly agrees with and hopes to devote much of his life to relieving poverty.
The high school senior will be pursuing a double major in theater and Bible at Faulkner University this fall with the intention of becoming either a pastor or an actor. Morgan recognizes the opportunity to help others in both professions and finds satisfaction in using the gifts he’s been given to do just that. “I think through telling stories you can make people think deeper about life, the world and everything in it,” he said. “Through theater I can help do that.”
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My mom has always instilled in me the truth that every person has worth and she’s always tried to help me see that. My dad has encouraged me to be gracious and what a wonderful thing that can be.
Parent Perspective – Christy Smith
A few months ago, Morgan’s mother Christy couldn’t shake the feeling that she was supposed to help a homeless man she kept passing on her way to work. He refused money and asked only for a meal from a nearby fast food chain, so for a while she occasionally would bring him food or something to drink. “I asked him what I could do to help him,” she said, “and all he said was he needed a place to stay.”
The first person she called to help her find someone to take him in was her 17-year-old son Morgan. He didn’t question or hesitate but picked up his phone and started dialing. After several calls he reached the director of a local homeless shelter that was willing to take him in if they could find him a way to get him there.
“Morgan was right there with me every step of the way saying, ‘Let’s go. Let’s act on this and do something,’” his mother said. “We’re talking about a 17-year-old kid that has plenty of other things to do, but he wasn’t going to quit until we found help.”
The issue of getting this man to the shelter is still up in the air. As a mother, Christy’s first responsibility is thinking about her son’s safety, but they haven’t given up, and don’t plan to until the matter is resolved.
Parent to Parent
Keep the lines of communication open at all times. Teenagers need to know they can talk openly without fear of being embarrassed or punished. Morgan is my son, but he is also my friend. Communication is absolutely the key.