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Testimonies

The following are some stories from some of the students in CA that have had various encounters with God.  We hope you find them as encouraging and as insightful as we do!  Our God is extremely faithful and shows His power in some of the most amazing and unexpected ways.

Have you ever encountered God?  We want to hear about it!

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Grady’s CA Testimony

At the second meeting of the 2012 fall semester, Grady graciously shared with us about how He came to be a Christ follower and his story about getting involved with CA and ministry on campus!  It was an entertaining, humble and beautiful moment for us all, and Grady brought several points of wisdom for anyone listening!  I encourage you to listen for what God wants to say to you through his testimony!

Testimony given 9/4/12.

Grady Testimony at CA

Posted 4 years, 2 months ago.

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Prissilla Issa: Praise Report about a Prayer Request!

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Nadime [left

On the night we discussed one of the aspects of Christ’s love, I noticed that Prissila’s “Family group” took an extra long time to pray before rejoining the rest of us.  I knew something was brewing!  She shared later that they were praying about two very difficult family matters for both her family and her sister Nadime’s boyfriend’s family.  This is the testimony she gave about how those prayers were answered and what God did!

Just a little teaser…God not only answered their prayer, He showed off His perfect timing, and amazing power to move mountains!

Prissilla’s praise report about prayer request

Posted 4 years, 2 months ago.

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Grady on Phileo [Brotherly Love]: “Deigo and the Black Pants.”

Just before the night we were to discuss brotherly love, “Phileo” in the greek, Grady had an experience with a classmate. He rushed to tell me that he just had an experience that was a great example of Phileo and he had to share it!

I’m Glad he did!  It blessed us all and set the tone for a great discussion on what it means to be a brother or sister to each other!

Shared in September 2012

“Diego and the black pants” By Grady Picinich [and Jesus]

Posted 4 years, 2 months ago.

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Kristi’s Testimony

To start off the semester [fall 2012], our Vice President, Kristi Lacetti brought an open, transparent, humble, and powerful piece of her story!  Thank you Kristi for sharing and sending such an encouraging and motivating message of redemption through struggle to us all.  Thanks for motivating those who might not feel comfortable being at a Christian group on UAlbany campus, to feel welcome and to keep coming back, despite the struggles!

Kristi’s Experience with CA

Shared on 8/28/12.

Posted 4 years, 2 months ago.

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Nathalie’s Thoughts on the E100

The E100 Challenge has been a very exciting and interesting activity for me so far. Usually we think of reading the bible as a long process and hard to understand, but through this E100 challenge, we were able to read the essential stories of the bible and go deeper on what is being read. This has helped me and many others grow in Christ and really understand the things we read in the bible; making the experience of reading the bible all the more enjoyable.

In our small groups, we go over the weeks assigned readings, and have very in-depth conversations where we express questions and answers and great insight, deepening our growth and knowledge. I really enjoy this and can not wait to continue this semester!

Posted 5 years, 8 months ago.

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Dennis Zeng’s Story

The first semester of college was a fun semester but a rough one for my spirit. I did things that God would never have approved of, nor would he be proud of. Leaving for college was one of my highest priorities in high school. I wanted to get away from my parents, the drama and even possibly from God.

When I was finally out of high school and on my own, I couldn’t wait to live my own independent life. My parents were out of sight and out of mind. I lived a life like a non-believer. I did go to church occasionally but was up late all night partying. I would wake up and go to church the next day with the same clothes I went to the party with. Looking back at it now, I laugh at what a hypocrite I was. Continue Reading…

Posted 7 years ago.

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Francesca’s Infusion Experience ‘09

I was not even sure I was going to ‘Infusion’ this last May. Stephen and Kim had mentioned it to me.     I wanted to go but I did not want to deal with the pressure of feeling the need to walk around with a       fake smile plastered on my face, pretending to be happy. Because the truth is, I was not happy. I was     struggling with all sorts of questions and doubts. There was an intense anger burning in the pit of my   stomach because I didn’t know what to do with knowledge about the Bible and God. I thought, “I           know about God and about the Word and all that, but what the heck am I supposed to do with it?”

There is so much I wanted to do with my life, and still do. I want to make a practical difference in           people’s lives. I want to be a friend not a judge, and to give. I thought the Bible required me to be a judge, but I wondered, “How could I judge anyone when I was such a sinner myself?” My struggle was taking me all over the place intellectually and emotionally. I didn’t know how to be me and be a child of God at the same time.

I felt like an impostor to everyone. To my non-Christian friends I was Continue Reading…

Posted 8 years ago.

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Jessica’s Story

During my summer before college I went to my first “party”. I had come to know Christ as my Savior when I was eight years old, but I had entered a temporary period of straying from my faith. When I got to college my friends and I would go dancing or to parties on the weekends. It was a lot of fun, but not necessarily what I wanted to be doing all the time. It was hard to stop, because my friends would always want me to go out with them.

I tried to fill my time with other things so I would have a good, legitimate reason why I could not go out. I started going to other school events; and I joined CA and Impact. I made many new friends with people who had other interests besides drinking. I began to hang out with them more often, so that I would not be tempted to go out. Just like my step-dad said, “If you want to succeed in life, surround yourself with successful people”. Proverbs 13:20 instructs us that “he who walks with the wise grows wise, but a companion of fools suffers harm”.

I wanted to have a stronger relationship with God, and to be better example for others and better representative for Christ. With that in mind, I have been surrounding myself with spiritually strong people with similar values to mine. It was not easy at first, Continue Reading…

Posted 8 years ago.

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Dexter’s Story

Dexter at the Annual Phileo Party Dexter at the Annual Phileo Party

Growing up I had what now might be called an “ordinary” religious background. When I was young I went to church with my parents. I didn’t really understand what was going on at that point. All I remember now was communion, and all I knew about that was that I walked up the aisle and kneeled down at the altar to get some flat bread and juice. I got baptized when I was a toddler and never really understood what it meant. When we moved from that neighborhood to our next house we didn’t find a new church to go to. When we moved to the house after that we still didn’t go back to church. My family and I would often feel uncomfortable and maybe even guilty when others talked about their regular church attendance. Now that I’ve started to branch out and learn on my own I realize what I’ve been missing out on.

God reached me in a way that only He could. Last October I was sitting in the Cooper Hall common area reading one of my favorite sci-fi novels. It had gotten to a part where the characters were talking about God when I thought “I really need to get back to God.” If I had been left to myself I probably would have just sat there and never followed up on that thought.

As soon as I had finished that thought, I saw two girls going around in costumes. Continue Reading…

Posted 8 years, 1 month ago.

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