New Video Series: "For the World"

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We’re excited about our video series titled, “For the World.” These videos introduce individuals that have recently graduated from our ministry, they explain what that individual is doing post college and more importantly, why they’re doing it. We’re excited to capture these stories and show them because these individuals deserve to be celebrated and the next generation needs to see examples of people making intentional decisions to prioritize Christ and his mission!

Culture tells each of us that what one does after graduation should be determined by whatever sets him up for the most personal and professional success and stability. However, Jesus modeled during his lifetime something completely different. In Matthew 9 we read a great summary of what he spent his short life on earth doing,

"Jesus went throughout all the cities and villages, teaching in their synagogues and proclaiming the gospel of the kingdom and healing every disease and every affliction. When he saw the crowds, he has compassion for them, because they were harassed and helpless, like sheep without a shepherd. Then he said to his disciples, The harvest is plentiful, but the laborers are few; therefore pray earnestly to the Lord of the harvest to send out laborers into his harvest.”

-vs. 35-36

One obvious observation from these verses is how Jesus didn’t spend his time building up his earthly success and comfort. Rather, you see him having compassion for people, spending his time helping them and proclaiming to them the good news of eternal life! This is what you’re seeing from these individuals in this video series, not perfectly of course - they are not Jesus, but we celebrate them for the choices they are making to walk like him! We’re excited to document and show these stories in order to show the next generation of students a picture of what living like Christ post college can look like. As Hebrews 13 says,

"Remember your leaders, those who spoke to you the word of God. Consider the outcome of their way of life, and imitate their faith.”

-vs. 7

We’re praying that these videos would cause other students to consider and imitate their faith and the way they are choosing to live their lives. 

I’m continually reminded just how plentiful the harvest is. You don’t have to go very far to see just how needy and broken the world is. Jesus tells us in Matthew 9 (vs. 37) that what the world needs most is laborers, laborers that are convinced of what Jesus said, “It’s more blessed to give than to receive” and are committed to what Paul said in Acts 20, “I do not account my life of any value nor as precious to myself, if only I may finish my course and the ministry that I received from the Lord Jesus, to testify to the gospel of the grace of God” (vs. 24)” Please join us in thanking God for the lives represented in these videos as well as praying with us for God to raise up and send out more of these individuals for the world!

-Daniel Hill, COG Regional Director

[You can watch the first video on Aaron Markham in Kenya by clicking the link, going to the “Video” section of this website, or by going to the “CO Greenville” Youtube channel.]

STAFF PICKS: BOOK EDITION

We are starting a new series where we ask our staff, students, and alumni what books, music, and more they would recommend to others. In this edition, we asked some of our staff what book has stuck with them recently, and this is what they said.

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Jackie Greenhall: Your God Is Too Safe

This book breaks down the unhealthy ways we view God and helps us give application on daily habits that will help people walk with a bigger view of God.

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Alyssa Trail: The Cure

The book deals with guilt and shame. It’s the best book I have ever read on this topic, and it is transforming my relationship with the Lord every day.

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Brian Trail: How People Grow

I loved this book because it revealed my love and appreciation for authors who can share and unpack Biblical truths as well as show how clinical data reflects and displays those same truths.

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Will Baird: The Explicit Gospel

This book was really instrumental for me in grasping the depth of the gospel and the staggering implications of God sending His Son to take our place on the cross. Even after walking with Christ for a while, this book helped me to see the gospel in a whole new light, and has helped me tremendously in understanding and being able to explain it in a clearer and deeper way.

Super Senior: Matt Aurednik

Matthew Aurednik
Wofford College
Environmental Studies, Soccer team

HOW DID YOU BECOME A CHRISTIAN?
I was raised in a Christian home, but I never understood what it meant to have a relationship with Christ until I got to college and surrounded myself with guys and mentors who loved me and kept me accountable. I struggled freshmen year with identity and eventually hit rock bottom during the middle of spring. It was over spring break that year that I rededicated my life to Christ and started thinking with eternity in mind. I committed to Leadership Project, and for the last three years my life has been changed because I know Christ and He knows me.

HOW HAS YOUR TIME IN COLLEGE SHAPED YOUR FAITH?
When it comes to my faith, college has provided everything that I needed, starting with community. I found a core group of guys early on in freshmen year who began keeping me accountable. When I became a true follower of Christ, I was surrounded by like-minded individuals who were passionate about their own faith as well as aiding the walks of those beside them. Together we learned about how to read scripture, why it's important to pray, how to steward our time, how to share the gospel, etc. I have learned to think more eternally not only for myself but for others.

WHAT IS YOUR VISION FOR YOUR LIFE AFTER COLLEGE?
I want to find community as soon as possible and use whatever platform God gives me to share his love with those around me.

WHAT ADVICE DO YOU HAVE FOR YOUR FELLOW STUDENTS?
Find a solid group of girls or guys who will walk with you throughout college. Be vulnerable, serve wholeheartedly and don't waste your time on trivial matters. We are not here for very long, so make the best of it!

Super Senior: Forrest Rogers

Forrest Rogers
Clemson University
Food & Nutrition Science

HOW DID YOU BECOME A CHRISTIAN?
I became a Christian when I was 5 and was raised in a Christian home, but once I got to college I just started doing what I wanted to do. My freshman and sophomore years were not spent living out the faith. Junior year, I met Landon Tucker who is on staff with CO and started to get involved with his bible study he was starting up. With the combined efforts of small group, reading the Bible, and a few major personal events, I finally realized that I could not be living a double life any longer. So I decided to be all in for Jesus in November of 2015, and I have been walking steadily with Him ever since.

HOW HAS YOUR TIME IN COLLEGE SHAPED YOUR FAITH?
Over the past year, I have grown so much in my faith. This has come from a combination of small group and community, going to New Years conferences and Leadership Project, and leading my own small group of freshman boys. I now see the realness of the gospel and the need to spread it to my friends; I also see the need to lead young Christian men in the pursuit of their relationship with Christ. Finally, I see life as a selfless pursuit of what God wants, which has affected many different aspects of my life (what I spend my free-time doing, relationships, post-graduate life, etc.).

HOW ARE YOU THINKING ABOUT LIFE AFTER COLLEGE?
Life after college is going to be tough. I currently live in a house of believers, surround myself with Christian community throughout the week, and have CO staff that I can go to when I need insight or counsel. The issue is that when I leave college, I will soon realize that the world outside of Clemson is not saturated with people of my similar age and likemindedness. I will need to get plugged in with a local church and seek community there. I know that it will be harder than what I am used to here at Clemson.

WHAT ARE YOU DOING AFTER GRADUATION?
I will be attending physical therapy school at either Western Carolina in Cullowhee, NC, or The Medical University of South Carolina in Charleston.

WHAT WENT INTO YOUR DECISION?
I have known that I wanted to do PT since freshman year. As far as school choices, both Western and MUSC have Campus Outreach programs that I can get plugged in with while I am there for 3 years.

WHAT ADVICE DO YOU HAVE FOR YOUR FELLOW STUDENTS OR THOSE ENTERING COLLEGE?
Don’t wait to get involved with a ministry, whether that be Campus Outreach or another campus organization. I waited until my junior year to get plugged in, and that was a huge mistake. The Bible teaches on the importance of community all throughout the New Testament. We are not meant to go through this life alone. Commit to a group and the people within it, and I guarantee that your spiritual life will grow.