Victoria is a third year studying chemical engineering. She enjoys God, music, and doing homework while lying on the couch. She apologizes in advance for terrible memory and for writing that probably has not improved since age 10.
Praise the Lord, for He has had great mercy on me! God graciously placed me in a church-going family since birth. By “church-going,” I mean going to church every Sunday and nothing more – no prayer, Bible reading, or conversations about spiritual matters at home. But it also meant I was exposed to the gospel from a very young age and continued to hear it often on Sundays. I don’t think I ever doubted what I was taught in church as a child, but my understanding was shallow and I did not apply it to my life. Knowing the Gospel did not cause me to turn from my sin. I had no desire to obey God’s word, except in an effort to earn praise from others.
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Alyssa is a first year Physiological science major whose hobbies include collecting stationery, doing crafts, and playing soccer. She also enjoys eating ice cream and going on boba runs.
God has blessed me tremendously throughout my entire life—none of my words or praises could ever amount to the glory and honor He deserves. Nonetheless, I am so thankful for His sovereign hand and providence! I was born and raised in a Christian family, and I was even more blessed to attend a Christian school for thirteen years. Looking back, I believe God placed these little details in my life for a specific reason: to redeem a soul lost to sin by the power of His love and grace.
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Will is a Sophomore Materials Science & Engineering major. He has a tendency to pick up endless amounts of hobbies; most recently getting interested in drawing, knitting and raw denim and currently on the hunt to find a shoe that can accommodate his wonky left foot.
I was raised in a Christian home and went to church all my life. Through my time at church as a child, I passively accepted the teachings of Jesus, but they didn’t affect my life beyond the fact that I believed the Bible gave a bunch of rules that I should follow. So I attempted to fight my sin and read the Bible by my own power and of course I failed. Eventually, at the end of my junior year of high school I realized that my life didn’t reflect that of a born again Christian. I didn’t love God or hate sin. I was indifferent to both and was ready to walk away from the faith. Thankfully, a friend of mine who truly cared about my soul implored me to keep looking for God and since I had to keep going to church so my parents wouldn’t know about my unbelief, I figured, why not try to find some faith. And that’s the mentality I had going into GOC — let’s find some faith.
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Jessica is a first-year, undeclared, life science major. Jessica enjoys swimming, playing the piano, watching cooking shows, eating good food, and learning more about God through His Word.
I am very thankful for and humbled by this opportunity to share my testimony and how God is continuing to grow me by His amazing grace and love. I am so thankful for my parents, sisters, friends, mentors, small group, and other GOCers who continue to challenge and encourage me in my walk with the Lord.
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I grew up in a non-Christian home but was sent to a Christian school. When I was there, I was taught that in order to be right with God and not have to go to hell, I have to confess Jesus as Lord. I had no awareness of why I needed to be right with God or why I was being sent to hell, all I knew was that if I want to escape hell, I have to profess Christ. I did that in the 3rd grade but that profession did not have a lasting impact on my life. Over my childhood years, I would be rebellious towards my teachers, bully my classmates, and had no desire in learning or being a discipline student. In the midst of all my sinfulness, I still called myself a Christian.
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Sophia c/o 2017 enjoys hearing people ramble about their interests, says “dude” way too much, and eats a surprising amount of fruit each day.
This is a story of God’s grace from beginning to end.
God providentially placed me in a Christian household, and so I grew up going to church. Every week, I was exposed to Biblical truth – Bible stories, Bible lessons, and the gospel. This is quite the uninteresting beginning: like most church kids, I am not sure when I believed and I cannot present you with a radical, exciting transformation story.
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Jireh is a third year applied mathematics major who enjoys recreational powerlifting, studying, long walks, theology, discipleship, and finding seemingly disproportionate amounts of joy in little graces.
I was born to believing parents who homeschooled me with the desire to raise me up in the discipline and instruction of the Lord. I grew up learning the content and commands of the Bible, but I processed it all as legalistic parameters, masterfully dishing out all the right things to say and conducting myself in such a manner so as to impress parents at church or earn rewards. I went to church and excelled at its activities as my only means of socializing and because even if singing praises for all eternity sounded exhausting and boring, whatever heaven was like sounded a whole lot better than hell.
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Davin is an electrical engineer and loves work. He is terribly introverted and surprisingly talkative. He loves to observe things and blurt out lyrical references. He is kind of weird.
I was born into a Christian family and I went to Church somewhat regularly with my family in Hong Kong. I would have said that I was a Christian, but I didn’t understand what was being preached and I didn’t like going to Church. The whole ordeal felt like a waste of time. Later in secondary school (high school), I learnt to skip out on Church by arriving at Church right before service ended. I would just wait outside the building at my family’s usual meeting spot and pretend I had just walked out. It worked out until I left for college, although I remember my mom testing me once and asked who preached that day. (Un)fortunately, I guessed correctly and my truancy remained hidden.
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Diana went to UCLA for undergrad and loved languages so much she majored in Linguistics & Chinese. She currently serves on staff and enjoys all kinds of raw fish, action movies, and hanging out with her weird friends.
I didn’t grow up in a Christian home, even though my parents professed to be believers. We would go to church a few times a year, but we never heard the Gospel being preached and after a while, my family stopped going to church altogether.
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Chasia is a second-year Chemical Engineering major who enjoys building her archives of anti-humor, reading books of Puritan persuasion, sampling rare and exquisite cheeses, such as those found in Mac N Cheese and string cheese, and feasting on the Words of eternal life.
Firstly, I am so unworthy to expound on God’s immeasurable grace in my life—there are no adequate words and so meager an understanding in my heart of that inexhaustible and infinitely glorious Gospel which has somehow fallen upon my foul soul. Ephesians 1:3 wondrously reveals that God has blessed us in Christ with every spiritual blessing in the heavenly places; and though my heart is exceedingly far from fully glorying in—let alone comprehending—the riches of this blood-bought gift of eternal life, I nonetheless pray that we can together reflect on the following paramount theme of God’s love, of which I am the most unworthy recipient.
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