The Hancock-Henderson Quill, Inc.

Meet Your Neighbor

By Susan Galbraith, Quill Staff


Meet Your Neighbor - Leah Nicole Bailey, a full time student, in her freshman year, at Cornerstone University in Grand Rapids, Michigan.

Leah was born July 10, 1988 in Burlington, Iowa, the daughter of Chuck and Gayle Bailey of Oquawka. 

She has one older sister, Bekah, 20, who is a junior accounting major also at Cornerstone University, and a brother, Kyle, 16, a sophomore.

She graduated from high school in 2006 and was home schooled from 3rd through 12th grade.

She has lived her whole life, on a farm at rural Oquawka. When she is home on summer vacation or a college break, she helps dad and mom on the farm.

She enjoys photography and takes "lots" of pictures. She also loves traveling, hanging out with friends, going 4-wheeling, fishing, swimming, drinking coffee with friends, listening to music, going to church and playing the piano.

A memorable family vacation is when her family went on a 3-week camping trip to visit relatives in San Diego, CA. While on vacation they visited Red Wood National Park, Glacier National Park, and Mt. Rushmore in South Dakota. She said the mountain streams were the clearest water she had ever seen. A highlight of the trip was taking a train ride up the mountain to Pike's Peak in Colorado. But she said she will never forget the invasion of red fire ants in their camp!

Leah has a heart for missions and has gone on many mission trips with church friends. She has been to Window Rock, Arizona on two trips; to Mexico on 3 trips to help build churches and helped conduct a Vacation Bible School for children; a trip to West Vir ginia on a work project and also to help with a children's Vacation Bible School; two trips to Seattle, WA to help in church planting, going door to door to witness and inviting folks to fellowship with their group. 

Her latest mission adventure was to Kosovo where she helped with a family camp, Bible studies and various other ministries. She said in Kosovo there was no water for showers or modern conveniences so they bathed in "cold" mountain streams. That alone was a lasting experience. Leah is a servant who loves helping others.