I came into college with the preconception that I would find a great church, seek out the love of my life, and discover what seemed most important at the time, my dream job. I was ecstatic to be a freshman and to plug into a church just like mine at home... but 3 fellowships later, I started to lose faith and fell further away from God. In my time away from church I sought out my other goals of acquiring my future husband and a good major, but nothing seemed to satisfy my craving of a Christian fellowship. After a summer at my home church I was determined to try again and by the grace of God, Acts2Fellowship just fell into my lap. As I got more involved, I quickly saw the staff's hearts to serve and how deeply I wished to be the same. I started to see how much I was growing in my faith in just one year than I had in my whole life as a Christian. Now as a senior, I am nowhere near tackling all my freshman preconceptions, but I can safely say that I have accomplished one, what is now the most important one, and I am excited to see what else God has in store for me.
I came to A2F thinking that I would be attending a party. But instead, A2F became that place where I experienced God in a way that I never would have imagined. For the first time, I felt convicted of my sins. This was a scary thought, to know that I am not the "good" person that I always thought I was, and I kept wondering how God would forgive me for all that I've thought and done before. Why would someone so righteous and holy ever do anything for me, much less love me? But God is always good, and through many prayers and quiet times with my spiritual leaders, I learned much about God's agape love. I can now confidently say that I am totally forgiven and I am truly loved, entirely washed of all my sins, only because of Jesus Christ.
I grew up in the church, but somewhere along the way, I hated it. I experienced a church split; I saw the hypocrisy in others; church itself became mundane and irrelevant. Needless to say, coming into college, I wanted none of it.
When I first stumbled upon Acts2Fellowship, to be honest, I was skeptical. But as I saw how the staff and upperclassmen tried to live their lives with honesty and integrity — and saw how much they tried to love me (even while I was stiff-arming them) — that was enough to give Christianity another shot. And I'm so glad that I did.
I grew up going to church but didn't think much about it — it was part of my weekly routine, where I sang songs and was lectured about things that are morally good to do. But I didn't really try to connect with anyone there.
Going into college, I was worried that I was going to be lonely and wouldn't be able to find any friends to hangout with, being so far away from home. I came to Acts2Fellowship expecting it to just be another place where I may potentially find friends. However, what I found was a community of people who are wholly dedicated to living out lives as described in the Bible, and they did it with such joy. I never expected that living out all these moral lessons I learned each Sunday would bring such joy. The staff were more than willing to help you live out that kind of life, learning to glorify God with joy. I found it refreshing to find a community where people truly cared about each other and lived a life filled with such joy.
I grew up going to church, but there were many intellectual questions which I felt too scared to ask others or lacked the opportunity to voice them. But coming to A2F, I had the time and space to ask questions, as well as a group of people to ask such questions with.
What made me stay at A2F is a genuine group of Christians who seemed very different from the rest of the world I knew. They actually seemed to genuinely care for one another and took the Bible seriously and tried to live it out to the best that they can.
I'm thankful that I got to ask questions about Christianity openly at A2F and received answers to those questions both through studying the Bible and through the lives lived out by the very people I met here.
When I came to college, going to church was the last thing on my mind. I was actually trying to avoid Christians and churches because I had some bad experiences growing up. However, after a friend's persistent and repeated invites, I finally decided to give A2F a try.
And I'm glad that I did. The people were so genuine and inclusive, which was such a foreign experience for me. But that was what drew me in. And then from there, I had a chance to learn about the Bible and what it said about who God is, who I am, what the Gospel entailed and how I should respond to it.
I had very little church background before coming to A2F. I had everything I wanted, but when my grandfather passed away, I started to question my purpose in life. During move in day of college, I stumbled upon people from A2F. Everyone was so welcoming, and friendly. More than the warmth of the people, however, the messages were what really drew me in. Every week, I felt so personally addressed by God's word. I never knew the Bible had so much to say about my life. I was amazed by how it gave voice to longings that I didn't even know how to express. I knew then that I had found a place where I could start my spiritual journey to seek answers.
I've always asked big questions in my life, but it wasn't until facing difficulty in high school that these questions became relevant. Coming into college, I wanted to find joy and authentic purpose. But in my search, I found a group of people who weren't just looking for truth like me, but people whom I could call friends for a lifetime. When I finally found the truth in Jesus, I also found life and a spiritual home at Acts2Fellowship. I now serve at our UW campus hoping to find other truth-seekers find the truth of Jesus.