He is There When No One Else is
And call upon me in the day of trouble: I will deliver thee, and thou shalt glorify me. (Psalm 50:15)
Hey yall, my name is Ethan Green, and I graduated from Appalachian back in 2015. I attended App my junior and senior year, and earned my Bachelor’s Degree in Political Science. College was never something I wanted to do, but chose to carry through with it for its future benefits. I attended a community college in my hometown for two years before transferring to Appalachian.
Boone was about two hours away from where I lived, and being away from where I had grown up for 20 years did not seem appealing to me. I will never forget the day I moved-in with three complete strangers and watched my family drive away to leave me in a whole new world to adjust to all alone. Due to my Christian upbringing and conservative values, I found myself spending all my time alone. I desperately wanted my family but that was a desire that couldn’t be filled. So, where did I turn, I turned where I had always been taught to turn; I turned to the Lord.
How was I going to fit in? What would I do to pass the time? Well, I began praying and asking the Lord to help me in that very moment. I told Him that since I didn’t know where to begin in a new place, that I was His; to use me for what He wanted. So, as I rose from kneeling at my bedside I had no idea what the Lord was going to do with that prayer. That move-in weekend, right before school started, I decided to look into how I could get involved with the college. Thus, I began looking on Appalachian’s website to see what clubs were available.
I knew I wouldn’t fit in with Greek life, so I chose to look at finding a Christian club on campus. As you can imagine, there is not a plethora of Christian based clubs on a secular campus. However, I did find one or two, and from there it was choosing which one to try and attend for the first time. In that moment, I asked God to show me which one he would have me to try, and so I chose the one called Collegians for Christ. They had their first meeting of the new school year that coming Tuesday, and I decided to attend.
When time came for me to go, I can tell you my nerves were off the chart. This was my first major step out on my own at a college university. Well, to make a long story short, I instantly, and I mean instantly, fell in love with Collegians for Christ. I began attending every week, and never missed a Bible study the entire two years that I was at App. While attending CFC, I got involved in attending Wednesday night church service at the church that supports Collegians for Christ in Boone, and again I fell in love. The amount of hospitality, love, and the real, correct, and insightful biblical help that came from attending Bible study and church turned my walk with Jesus Christ into the greatest thing I have ever experienced. Words literally cannot describe how much Collegians for Christ means to me and what it has done for me.
I went on to become the Vice President of CFC and became involved with church and campus outreaches like I never thought was possible. Collegians for Christ is responsible for turning my relationship with Jesus Christ into one that is not only personal, but intimate, convicting, and absolutely full of life! I got to watch and be a part of lives being changed and a college transformed for the better.
What’s funny is God had this in store for me the whole time; I just had to realize that when no one else is there, your Saviour, your Redeemer, the one who is your Strong Tower, your Rock, He is always there! The best way I can summarize what He done for me starting on that lonely day when I moved to Boone, what he accomplished in my life through CFC, is to just simply say, To God Be The Glory Forevermore!