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Monday
Apr012013

Campus Ministry Impact - Charlie Hohenstein

Dear supporter of the Point of Grace campus ministry,

I would like to start off by offering you my deepest heartfelt thanks for the support you’ve given to the Point of Grace. The impact the Point has had on the lives of the students who attend is amazing to see. I’ve been going to the Point for just over five years now, and the growth I’ve seen in the people who have joined us in that time has been utterly amazing. I can’t speak for them, but I would like to share my own story with you.

I started going to the Point in February of ’08 when my work schedule went to third shift and I could no longer make it to Sunday morning services. I need to back up. I had somewhat recently moved out from my parents’ house and down to Milwaukee, and the only reason I was going to Sunday morning services was because my grandparents live in town and would buy me lunch afterwards. I went to St. John’s in Wauwatosa, and I was almost completely disengaged by the formal, traditional worship. I’ll concede that sometimes a good Christmas or Easter hymn really gets you going, but weekly services felt like a hassle and I would honestly rather be sleeping.

When I started working third shift, my grandparents suggested I try the Point because their service was more contemporary and there were more people my age, not to mention the night service wouldn’t get in the way of work. I thought to myself, “Whatever. Maybe I’ll meet a good Christian girl there. There’s no harm in trying one service.” So I went and checked it out. It seemed good enough, and they were looking for a drummer to help Mike lead the music of worship. My grandparents had called ahead and gave them the heads up to watch for me and that I was, in fact, a drummer. Long story short, Mike asked if I wanted to bring them over and play along the following week, and I shrugged and said ok.

In the time I’ve been playing drums at the Point, I’ve become much more enthusiastic about my faith, church attendance, how to play different styles of music while still being worshipful, and just all around being a Christian. I’ve grown so much and even in ways I don’t realize but others point out. The community of believers that go to the Point and interact with each other is really great for keeping people together, attached to the body of Christ, and showing each other that, in a sea of unbelievers, we are never alone; we have Christ and our church community to help get us through the tough times.

Those times do get tough, too. In the five years I’ve gone to the Point, I’ve enrolled in college at WLC, lost my dad to a freak heart attack, moved to a new city, been in and out of work and monetary stability, lost my grandpa, and dropped out of college again with even more instability, and that’s just off the top of my head! Words cannot express how much the community at the Point has helped me and been there for me in all these trials. If I would’ve fallen into religious apathy, like I was heading for before I started going to the Point, I would no doubt be in jail from some stupid, liquor-fueled act of desperation. Having that strong base of convictions and support network has been a literal life-saver!

I know the Point has done some drastic changes to their operations and are taking a bit of a new direction, but don’t let that fool you into thinking that we no longer need support. We may not have a building anymore, but we are still touching lives and eternities on campuses throughout the Milwaukee area. We still have functions that bring our church community together, and we still have bills and salaries to pay, and I can tell you first hand that college kids simply don’t have the resources to fund our mission.

Thank you for the support you’ve given us in the past, and please, keep up the good work you are doing to help us further God’s kingdom. Thank you.

- Charlie Hohenstein

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