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Thistle Farms Founder Speaks to Students

The Rev. Becca Stevens spoke to students about the fear of failure during the Belmont and Beyond finale event, The Journey to Success, on April 15 in Neely Dining Hall.

Stevens is the Chaplain at St. Augustine at Vanderbilt University and founder of Magdalene/Thistle Farms. She shared her fears and hopes for a sanctuary to help women recovering from trafficking, prostitution, addiction and life on the streets.  Thistle Farms employs over 40 residents who manufacture, market and sell all natural bath and beauty products.

“If you’re on a journey led by your heart, the fears will come again to sit vigil with you at night. But, remember, you are not alone,” she said. “You have to keep going and lay the fears aside.”

Stevens asked students about their vision and encouraged them to walk with their hearts and continue the journey.

She said, “you have a really clear sense of what has happened, assess the present and be wide open when love is coming around the bend.”

She ended her inspirational talk by introducing her son Levi Hummon, Belmont student, who performed a song he wrote, “Leaving the Best Things.

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