Melissa Robinson, one of the Temple Tech students participating in Beach Reach 2014, provided this first-person account of the impact of Beach Reach ministry.
Beach Reach is an incredible opportunity for college students to minister to other college students. My freshman year this trip was the first time I shared my faith. It has been awesome to see the growth over these past two and a half years in my walk with Christ and the burden that he has given me to share his love with others.
God has really been moving here in Panama City, and it has been so humbling to be a part of it. Last night we picked up a group of 8 people and one guy sits beside me in the van. His name is Vassily and he’s from Africa, but is attending school in Maine. I asked him if there was a religion in Africa and he said yes he was a Christian.
He said that he has fallen though, after coming to college and getting involved in the wrong activities. He said he wished he had a group like us to help him grow in his relationship with Christ.
I told him that something he didn’t need people for to help him grow was to read the Bible. He said that it’s hard for him to do that because he doesn’t really understand what everything means and it confuses him. I then mentioned to him about commentaries that help explain passages, but most importantly as Christians we have the Holy Spirit living within us to help us understand scripture.
I then asked him if he believed that he had the Holy Spirit and he said no. I then asked if he thought that he was really a Christian. Being a Christian means being a Christ follower, so I asked if he felt like he was following Christ and again he said no. I asked him if he wanted to change that and he said yes, but he was afraid about messing up again. His big struggle was giving up the lifestyle he is currently living. He finally made the decision that if he had to choose between living his life for The Lord or for those earthly temptations that so easily entangle, he would choose The Lord.
He got down on his knees in the front row of the van, long after we arrived at his hotel and his friends left, and accepted Christ into his life. Pray for Vassily that he would depend on The Lord to resist the temptations put in front of him and use his life to witness to his friends. Pray that he would find a family of believers in Maine to provide accountability and help him grow in The Lord.