Why Full-Time Campus Ministry?
This is one of the major questions people ask me whenever they learn about me and what I do in life.
I can still remember I was about 12 yrs old when I recognized my “discontent” about the kind of “Christian” life I was living. That time I knew that I am saved through faith in Christ Jesus and I even remember personally praying with my mother together with my other siblings, accepting Jesus as the Savior of my life when I was about 6 yrs. old!
And yes, I grew up attending “Sunday Schools”, I went to church weekly with our family and was quite active in serving our local church but there was just something lacking within me. My purpose for living was not clear, I have no cause to live and die for, and things were merely becoming mechanical.
Some months after this our parents decided to move out from our local church and try attending other Christian churches. It partly hurt me because I was getting “busy” in the music ministry of that church and feeling valuable (though I was spiritually “dying” inside). So we went on for a season of “dating churches”. Yet still I can feel the discontent within me. I still had no sense of purpose and direction in this life.
Then came High School. I tried other applying for other schools but God’s providence led me back to the Christian School where I spent my preparatory level through thru Grade two. During those times there was a spark of a new desire to get to know this Jesus of Christianity. I started reading the Bible beginning with the book of John and I was blown away by the truths about this God who became man, and lived a life with a seemingly worthy cause! It was during those times when I understood about what the Bible teaches about being “born again” etc.
It was here during my days as a teenager when my sister invited me to join this group called “Youth on Fire”. I was “culture shocked” the first time I entered one of their Friday night gatherings! There was about 500+ students and young people who were so passionate for Jesus! I honestly felt weird about it but something in me kept me coming back every week. They were jumping and singing from their hearts and during the pastor’s preaching, many would respond and repent of their sins and give their lives to Jesus!
It was here where the spark that Jesus did, caused me to give my life to Him in absolute surrender. I repented of my sins and put my faith in Jesus and gave my life for His cause! This was the time where I said: “You’re Saving Grace is so Great and Amazing! I can’t help but to give my whole life to you in absolute surrender!”
Fast forward my high school season, I found myself helping my friends in High school know and follow Jesus too! I did it through one on one with them and gathering them together. I really enjoyed doing this that I considered doing it as a “career”. I found our group growing and soon even some of our batch mates were helped to follow Jesus by my other friends! We even had an opportunity to coordinate a high school wide event about SEX and RELATIONSHIPS with the help of some student life coach from our church.
The turning point happened during a national student youth conference that happened in Baguio called “Campus Harvest Asia“. It was there and I was about age 15 where I dedicated my life for full-time ministry still not even know how to prepare for it. I just kept on following Jesus together with a small group of young men & helping my friends follow Jesus. Then After high school, my father who is also in full-time Christian work, encouraged me to try entering a Bible College for me to better get equipped and grounded in the Basic Biblical truths.
I never planned continuing for another four more years in the same college. But step by step I know God was with me. There, I was exposed to a lot of other Christian ministries- hospitals, drug abused, provincial missions, street children, orphans, and even teaching values to students among campuses (which is my favorite) I did my OJT in San Francisco High School which I really enjoyed!
Then came last year when I graduated last March, I was back with my home church in Victory-the people who helped me in my teen years to live for a worthy cause and love and follow Jesus!
So why am I in full-time campus ministry? It’s because of the “spark” that I believe God did in my heart as a teenager who has no purpose to live for. He gave me Jesus, the only Person from whom I have found my identity, purpose, value and worth! It was He who chose me and loved me first that now I was able to chose and love Him passionately and live for His cause of helping people know and follow the Jesus of the Bible esp. with the students who are in campuses! I just want to pass it on! 🙂 They may not become a full-time Christian work, but as long as they “get it” and live for the cause of Jesus in whatever vocation God calls them to be, I’m happy and it’s job well done for me!
And this year I am very excited to be a part of a national campus conference called “Ignite”
This will be another year where I believe God will be calling out more young people in this generation and make plain to them the cause they are to live for and even die for! 🙂 I know each of us has his/her own story. Yet all I desire is to see young people love Jesus and His Story and Make History all for God’s greater fame and glory generation after generation!
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