October 21, 2014

Strengthen Your Faith

By Tiffany Wallace

This club is very diverse; it consists of 50 active members who come from different ethnic backgrounds and different Christian denominations such as Catholic, Pentecostal and Seventh-dayAdventist.Student life has a variety of clubs for students to attend and be able to interact with one another. Intervarsity Christian Fellowship is a club that helps lead students to Christ.

They host small group discussions, large group fellowships and breakfast events, where they distribute free breakfast to students.

Alex Griffith, a senior who has been the president of the club for two years, said, “It enhances my Christian life a lot, because they have a lot of conferences you could attend that develops you spiritually and personally.”

Their last small group  was in late November. Students shared their testimony on why they have faith and believe in God. They also discussed how their faith has grown every time they faced trials and tribulations.

The topic of this discussion was the power behind prayer. Why is prayer important and why is it hard to pray?

“Sometimes people are in a faith and don’t know why and sometimes they do know why and their faith is not the way it should be and conversations like that could inspire people to keep following God till they get to a certain place where they know him for himself,” said Joseph Parker, a senior and also a member of the club.

Parker says he joined the club for the reason that school was more of a secular environment and his spirit did not connect with other students. “it’s not to say that I’m better or I don’t make mistakes, it’s just more of a comfort zone, because there is more people that are like me,” said Parker.

“It provides a space for you to just be positive, I think if people from John Jay come and learn about Christ and who he is, they could take a lot from that page and apply it to their lives and be able to function a lot better,” said Griffith.

They end their group discussions with everyone praying out loud at the same time, which sounds like a million voices talking in your head.

During this closing, people are crying, some thanking God for all he has done for them, others sitting patiently waiting on everyone to finish.

Yasmine Iniesra, a senior, said, “There are a lot of people who get lost sometimes in college and people who used to be more spiritual, or more towards their faith and kind of lost their course, or want to go back to it, I know I did, I think if they join it could help them find their way again.”

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