Sabrina’s Story

When God Flipped my World

Sabrina Piper
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In October of 2015 the Campus Ministry Israel Study trip was announced, and God placed it on my heart to embark on this once in a lifetime journey. It was difficult listening to God on this decision because the trip cost was 4,000 dollars. And lets be real, being a broke a college student does not really enable me to have that amount of money in my bank account. However, through lots of prayer and endless late nights of sewing mittens to sell, I ended up in the Holy Land of Israel.

Getting to be in the place where creation began was one of the most incredible experiences that I have ever gotten the chance to be apart of. Seeing places such as the Elah Valley where the story of David and Goliath took place or the Sea of Galilee where Jesus walked on water will forever be engrained in my mind. The stories that I grew up reading began to take on a larger range of meaning once I got to see them first hand.

The first place that we visited when we got to Israel was in the city of Tel-Aviv called the Shafala. This site gave us the chance to view an overlook that displayed all the separate parts of Israel. While at this site Stacie gave a talk on listening to the call of God, and she asked, “Why did God call you to come to Israel?” This question hit home with me because I truly had no idea why I was on this trip. All I knew was that God had called me to come and here I was. No recollection of why, but I was hoping it would unfold throughout the two weeks that we were going to be there. However, days went by and I still did not know why I was there. Do not get me wrong yes, it was an awesome experience, and I was seeing God is so many amazing places. Nonetheless, the problem was nothing was sticking with me, and I was becoming frustrated. How was it that I was walking where Jesus walked yet could not comprehend why in the world I was on this trip.

It is crazy to look back and to see God’s plan for my life evolve. I ended up figuring out why I was called to go to Israel a short time after getting back home to the United States. My church was doing a message series called “Plan B”. Through this message series the topics revolved around how my plan B for my life could be Gods plan A. It opened my eyes to what God had been calling me to do for so long, but I had kept putting to the back burner. This idea was Seminary.

Okay let me just give you a few insights to what my college career looked like before entering into this school year. I was going into my senior year of college studying elementary education. Seminary was not in the game plan for my life. I was going to graduate from college, and start my life as a teacher. There was no need to get more of an education because I had already spent so many years paying/studying my way through this one. I bet through all of this God was just laughing. He knew all along what he intended for my life, and I was just too stubborn to open my eyes to see it.

After many other God moments I decided that I needed to let down my barriers, and trust in the plan that God had in store for my life. As of now I have changed my major to Liberal Studies with an emphasis in Family and Children Services. After I graduate in the spring I plan to attend seminary to obtain my masters in counseling degree. It is wild to look back over the last four months and see how God flip my world 180 degrees. I would have never thought that I would be embarking on the journey of seminary, but God knew all along. All along God knew that was why I had to go to Israel.

Aaron’s Story

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Aaron Summers

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If you’ve opened this, there is a good chance you have heard the name “Aaron Summers” around Campus Ministry. I should probably be charged rent for basically living in Cook-Dewitt every weekday, and Campus Ministry has been in my blood for many years.

People often ask me, “Hey Aaron, how come you are so social with others? I love how loud and outgoing you are!” Or, “Yo A-A-Ron, you are one of the most talkative guys I have ever met. Where do you get your energy from?”

Plot twist.

My entire life I have been battling a speech impediment. When I was younger, going to school was a nightmare, knowing that every time I tried talking to someone, my jaw would lock up or I would stutter every word. Having a simple conversation with another person was dreadful; knowing that every word I tried to get out of my mouth left me shaking in fear. My life was taken over by my speech impediment; everything I tried to accomplish hit a roadblock because I simply could not speak. I attended counseling and met Speech Therapists to try and fix my problem, but every time the therapists kept saying my speech impediment was just something I would have to live with for the rest of my life.

Being diagnosed with a speech impediment can damage every aspect of your life. But there was another man who had the same exact speech impediment as me. And this guy wasn’t just any regular dude either:

Moses.

Long story short, God told Moses to SPEAK to God’s people, and he was like, “no way God! I am slow of speech and tongue, they won’t be able to understand a word I say.” (Exodus 4:10).

But then God chose a special someone to take his place because Moses had a speech impediment. God chose Moses’ brother:

Aaron.

Aaron of The Bible was chosen by God to be a speaker for God’s people in a time of trouble (Exodus 4:14). When I first heard this story, I was blown away! God chose Aaron to be His speaker.

A couple days later, I spontaneously shared this story of the speech impediment Moses and Aaron at The Well. 🙂

Oh yeah and when I spoke at The Well, for some reason I spoke crystal clear, no stuttering, an unlocked jaw, for the first time in my entire life! Praise God from whom all blessings flow!

If you are still reading this, just know that there is no impediment, shortcoming, disorder, or anything in all of creation that will ever separate God’s plan for your life. God is fighting EVERY battle for you, you need only to be still! (Exodus 14:14)

Campus Ministry has completely changed my life. Without CM, I would not be following Jesus.

Allie’s Story

Allison Hankins

 

In high school, I lived a corrupt life. I was promiscuous, drank excessively & basically walked in a beeline away from the Lord. I was raised in a Christian family, so I knew that I was making poor decisions. At the start of my senior year, I found out that I was pregnant with identical twin girls. As one can imagine, I was absolutely devastated. I thought it was the end of my young, free life. It was a consequence that I couldn’t just run away from or hide. But God used my pregnancy to get my attention. I looked back at the choices I’d been making, and I could see how sinfully I had been living.

So, I came to terms with the fact that I was going to be a mom. Three months later, I got married to the father of the twins during the winter break of my senior year. I thought that marrying him would somehow make this pregnancy okay, and God wouldn’t be as mad. Three days after the wedding, my pregnancy started to have complications. These complications ended in the loss of my twin daughters.

That was absolute rock bottom.

I hated God. I was furious with Him. He gave me children, and I was ready to accept that challenge. Then He took them away from me. I didn’t understand why He would let that happen. How could He take my children?

It took me a few months, but I got to the point where I didn’t hate God anymore. I slowly realized that He was going to be my only source of healing in the midst of this insane hurt. So, I finally turned to the Lord. I finally started to build a real, genuine relationship with Him. I started to develop my own faith. That was a complete turn around for me. God poured into me in ways I had never experienced before. My heart and my mind did a total 180.

This healing didn’t come without difficulty. About nine months after losing the twins, my then-husband asked me for a divorce. As if I hadn’t taken enough blows yet.

So here I was: 19 years old. I’ve been pregnant, lost my children, married and divorced. Now, after almost two years of loss, the Lord had granted me a complete fresh start. And thanks to our God’s merciful forgiveness, I had a clean slate in His eyes.

But here’s the best part: I don’t deserve any of that grace. God gave me a second chance that I did not earn. I had set myself up for failure, and God pulled me out of it. He saw potential in me, He saw good things in me when I couldn’t see anything good. He gave me a second chance at life, and I did nothing to deserve it. Our God is unending love.