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18 College students you need to meet


North Central University
Aaron Smith
Extreme sports, extreme ministry

Aaron Smith gets good grades; played four years of varsity soccer; served as a discipleship leader, resident advisor and as a student government official; and he has spent the past two summers raising funds for missions projects.

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Northwest College
Christina Pablo
Good company

The only dose of religion Christina Pablo knew was the year she spent at a Catholic school as a child. She spent the rest of her childhood, she says, in an agnostic home. By age 12, her parents had divorced.

“That was the beginning of a downhill slope for me,” says Pablo.

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Southeastern College
Lequient Bethel
When God calls you, He’ll provide the way

Lequient Bethel, 22, sat at home in Nassau, Bahamas, on the first day of classes in the spring 2002 semester. He had arrived home just before Christmas 2001 after leaving Morehead (Ky.) State University, where he drifted through four different majors in a two-year span. He says he was running from God’s will until he decided to rededicate his life to Christ and attend Southeastern College of the Assemblies of God in Lakeland, Fla., in 2002. But he lacked the $5,500 necessary for a new student visa.

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Southwestern Assemblies of God University
Keyanna Barr
Eyes on the future

“I want to make a difference in everything I do,” says Keyanna Barr, a very involved student at Southwestern Assemblies of God University. “When I arrived at Southwestern the doors of opportunity were wide open.”

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Trinity Bible College
Evan Cummins
Evangelism on the road: a family tradition

Music has always been part of Evan Cummins’ life — he’s been playing drums since age 5 — and he hopes it will be the gift that propels his future in ministry. Cummins accepted Christ as Savior in 1997 at age 15 while living at Fort Peck Indian Reservation in Poplar, Mont., where he was born and raised. Within the year, he was traveling to various Indian reservations throughout Canada and the western United States with his family evangelizing and playing guitar in the family band.

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Valley Forge Christian College
T.J. Reid
Reaching a new generation

For T.J. Reid, a shopping mall is not just a collection of name-brand outlets and food courts. It’s an evangelistic field. The 21-year-old junior at Valley Forge Christian College in Phoenixville, Pa., is a youth ministry major, but doesn’t see his future tied to a church’s youth hall.

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Vanguard University
Jessica Lenderman
Motivated and guided

Jessica Lenderman was an activities maven in high school: ASB president, three-letter athlete, active in her church youth group. But when she came to Vanguard University of Southern California, she added something more: spiritual depth.

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Western Bible College
William Jordan
Things have never been better

William Jordan used to do crack cocaine. Today, he is active in church, has a good job and attends Western Bible College in Phoenix. In the early 1990s, Jordan’s life was in shambles. Realizing he might end up in prison or dead, he made a promise: “Lord, if You do something with me, You’ve got me.”

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Zion Bible Institute
Juleen Pataro
No fear: discovering a call to ministry

At 21, Juleen Pataro thought her life was just the way she wanted it to be. The “good money” she made as a hairdresser allowed her to rent her own apartment in Lagrangeville, N.Y. Pataro seemed to be on course for a hairdressing career. But it wasn’t meant to be.

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