Christina, one of our student leaders, shares:
“I first met Annika on Monday morning, the first day of the Relevant Series, while I was standing outside of Robarts library with a giant whiteboard asking a single question: Does God exist? Annika, like many other students that day, was walking by as I called out for her response. Unlike many students who just simply walked by, Annika took the time to stop and speak with me. Her response was conflicted. She could not answer with certainty that there was a God, though she had a Christian background, because of the trials she had experienced in her life. A simple yes or no question became a 30 minute conversation where I got to share a bit of my testimony with her and invite her to come out to some of the talks. We exchanged contact information and I checked in with her throughout the week to invite her to talks, as well as follow up with her.
As the week went on, I started to become discouraged as my attempts to meet up with Annika continued to fall through. This all built up to Thursday, when I heard from Annika that she could not meet up with me because she was being examined at the hospital.
The next day, I reached out to her to see how she was feeling and was able to invite her to come to our very last talk: ‘Why Would God Die for Me?’ She was determined to come and stayed for the entire talk. At the end, I introduced her to Michelle Tepper, the speaker, and as we began to talk, Annika began to tear up and become extremely emotional. It became clear that though she still had unanswered questions, she knew she needed God in her life. Annika then prayed to recommit her life to Christ!
The joy in her eyes as she has returned to Jesus is infectious. Since the Relevant Series, I have met up with Annika to attend church services, eat together, and study the Bible. She remains full of hope and excitement as she develops her relationship with Christ and is looking for different ways to get involved in campus ministry in the fall.
Her enthusiasm and unshakeable faith that God brought us together so that she could be brought back to him has been so encouraging; reminding us that God knows our needs better than we do and that he is always at work, even if we can’t perceive it immediately.”