Lawson is the granddaughter of Hilda Lawson and Frank Lawson of Cleveland. She is the niece of Randall Lawson.
Lawson is a 2012 graduate of Sequatchie County High School and a rising sophomore at Truett-McConnell College of Cleveland, Ga.
At Truett-McConnell, Lawson is a member of the basketball team. The team, coaches, a college professor and a Score International representative took the eight-day trip to Costa Rica.
Lawson, who had never been out of the U.S before, said she “was certain that God had special plans for this trip.”
The Truett-McConnell group played basketball with several Costa Rican girls’ basketball teams and led basketball clinics for several elementary teams.
“We taught drill sand induvial exercises to improve their basketball skills,” Lawson said.
Lawson noted one of the clinics was played in pouring rain.”they wanted to play so we played with them. It was as much fun for us as it was for the girls.”
The team also visited a transitional home and temporary orphange for children under 12.
“Each child was so happy and loving. They just wanted to be held. It was heartbreaking to know that these kids had been hurt and taken form their families at such young ages,” she said.
One boy, about 2 or 3, wanted Lawson to carry him. She carried him the “entire time.”
“I didn’t understand a word he of what he said and he didn’t understand what I was saying. We had a special bond,” she said.
The group also visited a single-women’s ministry. Lawson said a woman named Isabella “started the ministry with one sewing machine teaching single mothers how to sew clothes.” She also shared Jesus with the women.
The Truett-Connell team purchased rice beans, sugar and oil to give to Isabella to help in the ministries.
Lawson said after every game or ministry visit, they would share their testimony and the Gospel of Jesus.
Lawson said, “the most touching and heartfelt parts of the week were the nightly devotions and heart-to-hearts we had as a team. God showed us so much...”
She said the theme verse for the week was Ephesians 3-20. “Now to Him who is able to do above and beyond all that we ask or think according to the power that works in us.
“God planned for us to go to Costa Rica. We thought it was to change the lives of others, but He wante dto change the lives and hearts of the group of people he sent on the trip,” she said.