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Tuesday, December 3rd was a night I had been looking forward to for years, ever since I had experienced a Senior Night at Wesley.
We enjoyed a lovely dinner made by a local church and fellowshipped over the food before Mike (a student) preached that night. He spoke over the topic of revival. The message was wonderful, and unfortunately, I forgot to take notes on it. After he spoke, Leah (our pastor) asked the two graduating senior, James and me, to say a few words about how the Wesley Foundation has impacted our lives.
When I started college 3 and a half years ago, I didn’t have a relationship with God. Sure, I showed up to church on Sundays but that was it. I had never read the Bible before. My freshman year of college, I joined a student ministry but never felt welcomed there.
Towards the end of my first semester of my sophomore year, I went to the Wesley Foundation one night after my friend Julie invited me. From the moment I walked in the door, I felt at home. People I didn’t know were coming up to introduce themselves. Soon, I began going to Wesley every week. I’ve learned so much during my time at Wesley and have become friends with my brothers and sisters in Christ. I’ve made so many wonderful memories, like our mission trip to Nashville and the annual Live Nativity at Christmas. I’m truly going to miss my Wesley family when I graduate.
Then, Leah gave James and me new Bibles. The funny part is, Leah had no idea that my old Bible fell apart and I was wanting a new one. As I opened it up, I realized that my friends had signed the inside. When I miss Wesley, I can just open my Bible and remember that I’m loved by so many people.
James and I knelt down at the “altar” and Leah invited the Wesley members to come up and pray over us. Leah prayed the most beautiful prayer for our futures and that we’ll always keep God in sight. I wish I could remember it, because it was so impactful. Praying over people is a tradition from my small Pentecostal church that I’ve loved but haven’t been able to experience at the larger churches I attended in Murray. Having all of my friends pray over me was so amazing.
I am so blessed to have been a member of the Wesley Foundation. I know that I’ll always be welcomed back at Wesley.