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While I’ve been a believer for most of my life, God used my college years at UNC to transform my life with the gospel. He has been teaching me about my identity in Him and the gravity of His grace and salvation. He has been teaching me about His will for me on this earth – an ambassador for Himself, God making his appeal through us. He has been teaching me about His heart for the nations – that His salvation is for the world and He uses his children to spread it.
I’ve witnessed first-hand the way that God uses the pivotal and transitional college years to draw students near to himself and then send them out to make disciples outside of college.
WHY EAST ASIA
While I was fortunate to spend four years on a campus with numerous churches, ministries, and individuals to walk alongside of me in my faith, I also had the opportunity to travel to a country in which less than 2% of the population is Christian. I spent my time with college students facing similar pressures and struggles to those I was familiar with, yet almost none of these students had heard the name of Jesus (much less the gospel). The ideas of grace and of a personal relationship with one’s creator and savior are radial ideas in this culture, but ones in which many students are fortunately receptive to hearing.
My team will spend the majority of our time in East Asia meeting college students and sharing the gospel with them. We will have the opportunity to study the Bible with students who are believers (many new believers) but have little to no Church community. We will also be able to teach students how to share their faith, so that they feel equipped as God sends them out after they graduate from their university. The end goal of our ministry is create a self-sustaining college movement that can is run by nationals.