Growing up, I was raised in a Christian church and went to a private Christian school. I always knew who God was, but I never really understood what it meant to truly follow Him and live out His calling. Going into high school, I experienced a lot of doubt and developed a hard heart towards religion. I went off to college at the University of Tampa thinking I was going to have the time of my life for a whole bunch of selfish reasons.
During my first weekend on campus, I was walking to the bookstore to return a book, and I got stopped by a campus minister. His first question was if I believed I would go to Heaven when I die. At first, I was giving him all the right answers that I learned when I was a kid: “Yes, I believe in Jesus, etc.” We exchanged numbers to set up a time for a Bible study. My doubtful mind first told me it was just a fluke and this stuff probably happens on every college campus. I continued to walk, and I prayed to God, saying, “Alright God, if this was You, give me a sign.” I was then stopped by a different campus minister, asking me to complete a survey. I took the survey, and the first question was about Heaven again. I took that as the Lord answering me. I ended up coming to the Bible study the next week and surrendered my life to the Lord.
Since then, I have become really involved in Cornerstone Christian Church and the ministry on campus. I have had the opportunity to share my testimony numerous times while sharing the Gospel on campus and even at a worship meeting on campus where two other men responded by putting their trust in Jesus. Along with some other students from UT who are with Cornerstone, I have started a Christian student group on the University of Tampa campus that is dedicated to reaching other students with the Gospel through Bible studies and other fellowship events on campus. The Lord has done a great work in my life.