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Sep242013

What about people not attending a college? - Phil Sebald

I’d like to take a minute to tell you my story with The Point of Grace.

Last year I attended the Gathering at Marquette not expecting much. I was surprised by how interesting the presentation was. The presenter was talking about popular TV shows like The Walking Dead, and American Horror Story, how Christians should view them. Despite not knowing much about the TV shows, I found it the presentation interesting and encouraging. The focus was that in these television shows, there is little hope for a future, whereas Christians have eternal hope through Jesus. One thing that attracted me to TPOG was the fact that I could have fellowship with my peers. I had been feeling out of touch with my home congregation, so TPOG was a great alternative. When Mike pitched the Collegiate Council idea, I was on board. I thought that the idea was great because the new direction included outreach to people in my situation. I still live at home and attend Technical College and felt left out of campus ministry, even though I am in the age group. Since the idea was hatched, I have been the representative for what we are calling the “non-campus campus” group. It has been a little difficult to reach out to this group because everyone is so spread out and busy. It has been a slow start, but we are confident that it will continue to grow.

Since I graduated high school I have changed my mind a lot on what I want to do as a career and where God is leading me. I first attended technical college for welding, got laid off from my welding job, volunteered at Camp Phillip for a year, moved home and worked for a year and now back to technical college for maintenance. Through all these changes, ups and downs in life, I have learned just how faithful God is. Whatever path I chose, God was always there to provide. A passage that someone reminded me of the other day from Proverbs talks about this exactly. “In their hearts humans plan their course, but the LORD establishes their steps” (Proverbs 16:9). I find this so comforting because I know that wherever this life leads me, he will always establish my steps.

I am thankful that I have gotten involved with TPOG. I am excited about the direction and the potential of growth in the future. To know that we have a hope for a future through Jesus, and to be able to spread that hope throughout campus is such a blessing.

Your Brother in Christ,
Philip Sebald

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