Some testimonies stick in your mind like peanut butter on pancakes.
Around 200 IU students came to Hidden Falls camp to get a break from classwork, live in Christ-centered community, and grow in their faiths. Renowned author and speaker Roger Hershey gave four talks on what it means to be a warrior for Christ, and the weekend was filled with games and laughter, food and fellowship, grace and truth.
One student, Justin, shared his story Sunday moring. Justin shared that his dad had abandoned him when he was a kid. That his mom is still addicted to drugs. That he had lived homeless at times. That his Christian grandmother was the only one who took him to church before passing away. That he had tried to take his own life multiple times. That he had resented God for his family background and thought God had abandoned him too.
And then he shared how Saturday night’s session impacted him. Hersh’s talk was focused on Philippians 2:5-11, where Paul says that Christ, “who, though he was in the form of God, did not count equality with God a thing to be grasped, but emptied himself by taking the form of a servant…” Hersh explained how Jesus emptied himself of all he was entitled to as the Son of God: a right to comfort, honor, justice, respect, understanding, life, perfect fellowship, and so on. Because of this, “God has highly exalted him and bestowed on him the name that is above every name.” Hersh echoed Paul’s call to the Philippians that we too should have this same Christlike attitude: yielding our rights to God, and trusting Him to return to us whatever privileges and blessings He chooses.
The message cut to Justin’s heart, and he shared how that night he finally yielded his right to a happy childhood to God. He emptied himself of his resentment, and for the first time in his life, he invited Jesus to be his Lord and Savior.
Hersh came back up after Justin’s Sunday morning testimony. “Justin,” he began, “I have something to say to you: Welcome to the Family.”
Praise God for Justin’s story! Thank you for joining me in His mighty work!
Submitted by Andy McNeely, one-year missionary with Cru at Indiana University