WARSAW — “I do so much. I don’t know that I get bored, but when I do stuff in repetition, I’m ready to move on to the next thing,” explained Alyssa Lowe, 38, Warsaw. “I never just have one thing, which really fits me. I need variety.”
With so much to do and so many opportunities, picking one instrument or activity or outlet is impossible for someone like Lowe. Instead, she plays the drums, guitar and piano. She plays on the praise team at her church, coaches basketball at Lakeview Middle School and still finds space to spend quality time with her three children.
Even when it comes to traveling, she’s been to a variety of areas.
Having attended a conference in England and choreographed a dance for Easter services at a church in Ireland, traveling exposed Lowe to new people, ideas and ways of life. Through New Life Christian Church, she’s also traveled to Mexicali and Jamaica multiple times for missions.
“We take a youth group to Jamaica. There isn’t a language barrier, which is great for first-time missions,” said Lowe. “First timers go, thinking they’re going to change people, then they come back to speak in front of the church and how they’ve changed.
“It keeps in perspective as to how good we have it here. Coming from poverty growing up, I understand and it’s a good reminder that even our poverty isn’t comparable to anywhere else. Those trips taught me that I can bring people to Christ anywhere — the grocery store or a gas station — because you’re on the street doing it.”
It may be difficult to pick one person who has shaped Lowe into who she is today, as she’s picked up things from the different people in her life — from her grandmother and mother to the families she stayed with in foster homes.
The one who stands out among the rest is her husband of 14 years, John Bryan Lowe.
“He’s amazing. I’ve got a good head on my shoulders, but there are times where a situation comes up and I may overreact. If I run it by him, he gives me a different perspective and helps me calm down. People always say we’re like a one-two punch,” Lowe laughed.
Being able to see potential in those around her and witness them reach it is what fulfills and inspires her. Seeing an inner change in someone is an indescribable experience, especially when she has a hand in it.
As director of development at Combined Community Services, Lowe can flourish in her position, which gives her opportunities to meet and work with all kinds of people — from donors to marketing to fundraising.
Despite being born and raised in Warsaw, she still discovers new things in and around the town.
“A lot of young people think that they can’t wait to get out of this town because it’s so small. Even when I was younger, I remember thinking, ‘I like it here.’ We live in a very blessed and amazing community,” Lowe elaborated.
“What you see online and on the map is not the full impact of Kosciusko County. When you come here, it’s like a hidden jewel that you fall in love with. It’s unique, in a good way. I’m excited to be a part of this community.”