Featuring: Tommy, Student at UNH
Written by: Susie Richardson, Cru Senior Writer
Of all possible future careers, Mission Work was not even a blip on the radar screen for 18-year-old Tommy.
Quite the contrary. Driving the final stretch of 1-95 to UNH back in August 2010, the Florida transplant determined to reinvent himself over the next four years -- whatever it took to wield power over others, to be the envy of all those around.
These plans met with a roadblock, however, when Tommy showed up at a Cru meeting his sophomore year: "They were talking up this Epicenter Conference, and even though I felt uncomfortable, awkward, and suspicious, I wanted to go. I guess I really like road trips."
So that's how Tommy found himself in Albany, NY, January of 2012, where he began a journey that looks quite different from his previous plan.
"At Epicenter I heard news too good to be true - that Jesus wanted me, in spite all the crap I'd done . . . that my life had value." Another student helped Tommy internalize this Good News. "Brian said that if the Holy Spirit was moving me to salvation I wouldn't be able to resist. That night I brought everything to the foot of the cross."
Partying, drinking and a three-year impure relationship were displaced by a hunger of God's Word, growing through discipleship, and church involvement. Last week at Epicenter 2014, Tommy announced to those gathered that Cru had approved him for STINT Mission Work in the Middle East following next year's internship with Cru at UNH. Tommy's road trip to Albany has now ricocheted into crossing oceans and cultures!
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