Q&A With Students in the Missions Field

College is a missions field. It is made up of a particular population that needs to hear the Gospel of Jesus Christ! We stress this to our students, and we’re so thankful when they get it! I got to recently ask two of the students I coach some questions about their lives, a recent retreat they went to and about prayer needs they have. Read on!

Jeffrey Sanchez (right) and Joe Angotti (left) both go to Montclair State Univ. I get the privilege to coach them!

1 – How did you come to know JESUS?

Jeffrey:

I was raised in a church going home by two Christian parents. Since childhood I was exposed to the reality of Christianity but didn’t understanding what it was until later in my life. I would say once I became a part of the youth group at my church at 13 years old was the appropriate time I would exposed to who Jesus was. My youth leader at the time served as an example for me because he was a man who truly sought after the Lord. At the time I didn’t understand why he was so passionate about serving God so it made me curious to find out why.

My freshman year of high school I was 14 years old at the time; I had made up my mind that pursuing Jesus was something I desired. I didn’t want to be like all the other youth at my church that were merely spectators and didn’t desire God. So I would say at 14 I came to know Jesus as my Savior of my sin and my Lord of my life

Joe:

I grew up in a Catholic Church for most of my life, up until I was about 8 years old. Then, I accepted Christ when I was about 10 years old, but only did it because I saw my dad doing it. I rededicated my heart to Christ when I was 15 years old on my very first youth retreat, only this time, it was my decision, not anyone else’s.

2 – What has Cru on campus done to help you grow in such a dark environment?

Jeffrey:

The Cru on my campus has taught me the importance of community among believers in this dark environment. Coming into college I was praying that God would put a stable circle of believers that would hold me accountable and would push me to pursue Jesus more. The design of Cru helped me get to know more people that today I call friends, in a deeper way than just surface relationships. Through a strong community I was being built up more effectively in my personal relationship with God and I was also put in a position to encourage and help strengthen others.

Joe:

Cru on Campus has allowed me to persevere through the various trials that I am experiencing with my health. It has taught me to never give up on serving The Lord, no matter what the situation is. It also shown me that Jesus Christ is always with you, no matter what you are experiencing.

3 – What was fall retreat like overall? What happened? What did you experience?

Jeffrey:

Fall retreat was a refreshing and wholesome experience for me. Recently I have been very busy with work, school and serving in Cru leadership. I felt even a little overwhelmed at times because of the many things on my plate. Through my time at fall retreat I was able to communicate these things to students and staff and they were willing to talk about them and pray with me. I was able to have time to relax and have some serious alone time with God. Overall I’m very pleased to have made the decision to go to fall retreat and really just allow God to strengthen me and teach me.

Joe:

Fall Retreat was simply amazing! The worship and teaching, free time, men’s time, and the talent show were all so much fun. I loved it so much! I definitely experienced a powerful move of The Holy Spirit, and I am looking forward to coming back again next year.

4 – How specifically did fall retreat grow you?

Jeffrey:

Specifically I grew in my seriousness of sharing the gospel. Over fall retreat the speaker spoke about how through the power of the Holy Spirit we as God’s people are called to go against the things that oppose God. The reality is God entrusted his people to share and to hold fast to the hope we have in Christ with other people. As a follower of Jesus persecution and rejection is expected but it shouldn’t stop me from sharing this great news. My mission is to share the work of Jesus at the cross with all people and in turn God will transform the hearts and lives.

Joe:

Fall Retreat helped me grow in the calling that God has given me to lead worship. Throughout the Retreat, God was really confirming to me what His calling is for my life, by placing so meeting so many like-minded people who were multi-talented as well. What an awesome opportunity we have all been given to serve the Lord.

5 – What things can you bring from fall retreat as motivation for reaching your campus?

Jeffrey:

This weekend I was reinforced with the reality that God can do the impossible. The reality is as God’s people we have all security in an all-powerful and all sovereign God is. God can and will use his people to share the hope we have in Christ. Knowing the truth of God’s character is what will motivate me and others to reach my campus.

Joe:

I really learned how to trust in The Lord by living a life of sacrifice, and a life of faith. In order to go against the grain of the common culture at my school, I need to live the life that God wants me to live, being on mission wherever I go. It helped me to know that not everyone around is Christian, and there are spiritual that take place, whether we like it or not.

6 – What prayer needs do you have?

Jeffrey:

I need prayer to stay focused on the Lord and to be content with him. I need prayer that I would hate sin and that I would strive for holiness and purity. Lastly I need prayer that I would always give thanks to God daily and that I would love and encourage my brothers and sisters in Christ.

Joe:

One specific area that I need prayer for in my life are my breathing issues. Ever since I was three months old, I have had breathing problems in my lungs, throat, nose, chest, sinuses, you name it. Over the past year or two, it has gotten severely worse. However, as bad as it is, God has remained faithful, and in a weird sort of way, I know that I have to be thankful, because He still allows me to lead worship, and it helps me not get so puffed up with pride. Also, please keep my Aunt Theresa in prayer as she is still battling Brain Cancer.

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