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Student Spotlight - Andrew

posted Jul 5, 2012, 8:21 AM by Kelton Shipman

“Who’s King David?  What’s he all about?” Andrew stopped and asked me after I had mentioned the well-known Bible character in the conversation we were having while taking a break from the strenuous manual labor.  After the tornados came through Arlington, Andrew volunteered to come and help with the tree removal and cleanup at Shauna’s parents’ house.  Here is his story in his own words:    

“Before I came to UTA, I had never read the Bible all the way through. One night, I happened to walk by a worship program run by one of the major Christian communities on campus. As I listened, I decided that I should read the Bible for the first time. As I read, I learned a lot of tough lessons. I learned that we live in a fallen world that is filled with broken people who have to fight temptation every day. I learned that God has been a positive influence on my life more than I ever gave him credit for. He taught me the importance of treating others well. He taught me that you should do good things for people without expecting rewards. God has shown me the importance of controlling what I say so that I do not injure others. Thanks to Chi Alpha, I’ve been able to understand the Bible and understand why God acts one way or another. It has been a privilege and a joy to be a part of a community that I consider to be like a second family. If it were not for them, I would have lost my faith.”