2: Tell of a past event that has influenced your faith the most.
"The most" is a difficult condition because my relationship with Christ is a whole collection of various broken pieces scattered throughout my life. I will say that depression/self harm/pornography addiction throughout middle school and high school played a major role in how I understood God’s love, Christ’s sacrifice, and the very personal aspect of my relationship with Christ.
3: Who is your Christian role-model?
My mom, hands down. I didn’t realize this until I came to college and met many different people who didn’t grow up in the church and who come from many different types of family situations and issues - but I am so blessed to have a mother so strongly rooted in Christ. I am so blessed to have a mom who led me to Christ and discipled me in him all the way up until I left home for college, who taught me almost everything I know about the Bible, who taught me how to read and think critically about God’s Word. Not a lot of people are fortunate to have someone like her. And so I am thankful that I do.
6: If you were to participate in short-term mission trip, where would you like to go?
The last short-term mission trip I went on was through iGoGlobal (a fantastic organization - if you’re looking into short-term mission trips, iGo is great. Jamie Lee Gainey does her job so well and faithfully). I went to Paris, and it was an amazing 9 day experience that changed my life and attitude about the church body, not just locally, but as a global vision. I’m not really interested in short-term mission trips at this stage in life, but I’d love to do a long(er) one, like for 3 or 4 months, or possibly when I graduate and take a gap year before hopefully going into med school. Places - Tokyo (that city has such a need for God), Taiwan (definitely the same), the Middle East, Russia.
9: What are your top three worship songs?
"Be Thou My Vision"; "Holy Spirit" (by Bryan and Katie Torwalt); 10,000 Reasons by Matt Redman
16: What is a prayer of yours that God has answered recently?
You know what’s sad? From this question, I’ve realized that I haven’t been in prayer very much lately. And it makes me sad because by not being in prayer I am missing out on all the great blessings and promises and encouragement and advice and correction God has for me, just by being in communication with him. I’m going to get back to this and answer this question again in a week or two.
17: What do you feel God is really teaching you right now?
"Nevertheless, not my will, Father, but yours, be done."
27: Name your top three favorite Christian bands, from any Christian genres.
Resonate Church does some really great hymn covers; All Sons & Daughters; Penny & Sparrow (and like ten million others)
34: What is the best thing someone has done to encourage you spiritually?
When I first started going to the church I go to now, I was a scared little freshman who hadn’t been to another church in 15 years. And I didn’t have my mom or dad to wake me up on Sunday mornings to remind me to go to church. And I had to walk 10 minutes and almost a mile to church. I went every Sunday morning, sat in the back, liked the worship, liked the sermons, hated the 5 minutes of obligatory hi-how-are-you-what’s-your-name-what’s-your-major-are-you-a-freshman. But then this lady on the church staff, Jenni, noticed me. She took the time to get to know me. She baked a week’s worth of chicken parmesan (plus the noodles) for my roommate and I during finals week. That’s an act of kindness that I’ll never forget, because I haven’t stopped going to this church since.