Andrew's Personal Testimony
When I was only four years old, I began my walk with Christ, my personal Lord and Savior. My older sister helped walk me through a special prayer one evening in my Southern California bedroom. I was too young to truly understand the full impact of what it might have meant to invite Jesus into my life. Months later, my family moved to Nairobi, Kenya, where my parents had been called by God to teach and train pastors through Campus Crusade for Christ (Cru).
Growing up there, I attended church regularly and was one of only a few white boys in the congregation. My father was head of the Sunday school and I helped out whenever it was needed. I attended a private missionary school, participated in Bible-study classes, and went to chapel every week.
During a visit to the US, I was baptized at the age of 14 in our home church, Trinity Evangelical Free Church in California. By then, I fully understood the meaning of having a relationship with Christ and regularly had quiet times with Him. After returning to Kenya, I attended small youth-group meetings in my school and joined a prayer group.
But my walk with Christ didn't begin to make significant progress until I went on a mission trip in northern Kenya during my freshmen year. I went to share the good news of Jesus Christ and His impact on my life with a remote tribal group called the Turkana. This was the first time I remember feeling my faith become my own as I tried to figure out what I really believed. As I shared the message of the gospel, I felt my own faith begin to be renewed since I no longer had my parents’ beliefs to rely on. I began to understand God’s great plan and how I could be a part of the Great Commission.
Two years later, I went to Rwanda on my second mission trip. I was able to hear the Holy Spirit working through me to share my faith with the Rwandese people. God used me to help bring three Rwandese people to Christ. This was the first time I remember feeling the Holy Spirit working through me. And it wasn't I speaking, but Him. I remember first praying then feeling the presence of God and His power within me. At this point in my life, I had a strong relationship with Christ and was excited to have been able to bear fruit.
In 2002, I graduated from high school and arrived at UC Davis, a bit curious to see how my faith would continue to take shape at college. I got plugged into an amazing Bible study through College Life (an on-campus Christian group) and I was able to grasp a deeper meaning of Christian principles. I co-led a guy's Bible-study for two years, which helped me stay in the Word and encourage other men to do similarly.
During my freshmen year in Davis, California, God impressed upon me the desire to return to Kenya to lead a mission trip to an unreached people-group. This involved a huge amount of faith; God opened the doors for me to go on three mission trips to Kenya over the next three years. I felt so blessed to be a part of God’s work raising funds, buying land, building buildings, and, in the end, helping bless a national Kenyan missionary. God used those mission trips in 2004, 2005, and 2006 to show me His great love for an unreached Islamic people-group. Currently, I'm willing to go anywhere and do anything for Christ.
God raised me up in Kenya for a purpose. Today, I await His guidance for me returning there and working wholeheartedly for Him.