Students and alumni share their #STRIDEstories!
How has God blessed you through STRIDE? Celebrate with us and share your favorite experiences on social media using #STRIDEstories and #STRIDEboston. Your story may be featured in our newsletter!
Myrna - Tufts University
When I started Tufts University in Fall 2016, I wanted to explore and grow my faith in God and to learn more about the Bible and the love of God. STRIDE has blessed and helped me throughout this journey because I was given an opportunity to learn more about the Bible while also surrounding me with supportive people. STRIDE has given me a place where I can take time to learn about how I can be grounded in His love, so that I may grow in my relationships with friends, family, and manage stress in my academic life. While I have been growing in my faith, I have also sought to expose some of my friends to God through on-campus Bible studies and other programs hosted by STRIDE. This semester (Fall 2017) I gave my first Bible study, which allowed me to learn more about myself and what it means to be not only listen to God’s message but to also act in faith! Without STRIDE, I would probably not be considering baptism this year. Through the personal attention given to me and the opportunities to share what I’m learning, I am able to evaluate my relationship with God and understand both where He wants me to be and how to get there.
Famien - MIT
During my time here at MIT, STRIDE has provided a community which has helped keep me rooted in Christ and connected to the church. Since my freshman year, people at STRIDE have always been there for me in my walk with Christ and my walk in life. I have been going to Bible studies with Andrew since my freshman year, and they have been a great way to connect with the Word every week and discuss biblical topics with others. Campus church every month has been a great experience, it is really cool how it’s run by us, the students. The workshops and training series hosted by STRIDE (such as Bible Training Workshops and the Prophecy Seminars) have taught me a lot about the Bible, the gospel, and ministry. Going to a secular campus, I am really thankful I had the people at STRIDE to help keep me on the right path as I was exposed to so many different secular people and ideas. STRIDE really helped me grow in Christ and grow as a person. I’m really thankful for the people there, and for the relationships I made with them.
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Rickie - Boston University
STRIDE has given me an incredible spiritual family with whom I can share some of my deepest thoughts and concerns. The support of our student-run group, BU Adventist Christian Fellowship, essentially one of the only safe havens on campus, made me feel truly comfortable being vulnerable. Though I don’t remember the specific lesson, one of the biggest things that I’ve applied from our weekly meetings has been the art of positive thinking. As an exceptionally skilled over thinker, I constantly found myself weighed down by negative thoughts. Through studying the Bible, I learned that these negative thoughts, such as fear and doubt, were a trick of the enemy and that they could be overcome by faith in Jesus and His love for me. Furthermore, I learned that faith and positive thinking are mutually reinforcing actions. I would encourage everyone to donate to STRIDE because it is truly a transformative campus ministry. From the moment I began attending Bible study, I felt at home. I felt a genuine love and presence that I hadn’t gotten anywhere else on campus. This is the beauty of STRIDE.
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Mary - Tufts University
Through STRIDE, I have encountered a community that has taught me so much about God and His Word. Last spring, I attended the 2017 STRIDE spring retreat themed "The Day Death Died.” I was surrounded by the beauty of God's nature and got to reflect on Jesus and what He did for us through His death and resurrection. I also was reminded of the character of God. One example of His love and impartiality is when both Egyptians and Israelites were saved because they put the blood of the lamb on their door posts. STRIDE pushes students to be unashamed and bold about their faith on their campus. During the Collegiate Summit co-sponsored by Tufts Adventist Christian Fellowship, we asked people around campus to write down questions they had for God and what they were thankful for. I had never been a part of something like that before. That experience serves as a reminder that my faith is not only for me, but also for me to share with others. One should invest in STRIDE to help them continue to empower students to grow in their faith as well as share the love and Word of God on their campuses.
Harmonie - Bunker Hill Community College
I first heard of STRIDE in summer 2015. I absolutely had no idea what it was about or what it stood for. That summer, STRIDE had a 10-day campus ministry training program at MIT. I was invited by a good friend of mine to apply to the program and I showed up with no expectations. I wasn’t really thinking about how STRIDE could help me in my Christian journey. At first, I thought the topics discussed didn’t apply to me, but for some reason I kept on showing up.
I was sitting in a circle of college students and the instructor asked each of us to say a word that described the love of God. I remember looking at everybody and finally noticed that the room was full of young people just like me. The difference was they were eager to learn and know more about God, and were ready to accept His mission for them. In that moment I realized what Christianity was really about and took the program seriously.
STRIDE has blessed me and made me understand that I can be a light for others wherever I am. I don’t need to be a preacher, singer, or elder in order to lead people to Christ. With that understanding I started to take advantage of different opportunities to talk about Christ and develop relationships with others - even when it’s outside my comfort zone. I would encourage anyone to donate to STRIDE because we as young people want to learn more on how to minister to others.
Daniel - Harvard University
Watch Daniel's testimony in the video above.
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Mayra - Simmons College
STRIDE has been an invaluable organization in my life. Through STRIDE I have found a community of Christian believers and seekers who have become family to me. STRIDE offers plenty of opportunities to grow in my faith and meet like-minded, college students who are supportive and excited to grow and share their faith. With STRIDE, I know I belong.
Widmaer - Bridgewater State University
I have been growing this past year and it has been a very awakening experience. I felt as if for the first time in my life I was conscious and alive. Within my spiritual life, I have set goals for myself to strive towards improvement. Since being introduced to STRIDE, I have begun to study the Bible more in-depth, which was one of my first goals. I learned how not to just read a passage out loud but understand it. Now, I am also able to sit with friends and family and engage in a Bible study where we harvest the true meaning and context of a passage. I also know that I will have to continually replace unhealthy habits of the past with better, biblical ones. STRIDE has helped me identify those parts of myself that could undermine my spiritual healing process by way of Bible studies and programs like Campus Church. With the help of STRIDE, I know I am getting closer to my goal.