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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 spends the majority of our time in East Asia meeting college students and sharing the gospel with them. We have the opportunity to study the Bible with students who are believers (many new believers) but have little to no Church community. We also get to teach students how to share their faith, so that they feel equipped as God sends them out after they graduate from their university. I have had the privilege of serving in East Asia since 2018. Through my time on university campuses, my team and I have gotten to share the gospel with many students, even many who are minorities in our city and are from unreached (or barely reached) people groups. It has been an incredible picture of the Lord reaching every tribe, tongue, and nation. The end goal of our ministry is to create a self-sustaining college movement that is run by nationals.