[Note: The following is an interview with Charles Akinbola and Eric Hudson, two recent Purdue graduates who joined KSBC in their final semester of college.]
Q: What brought you to KSBC?
Eric: I came to Christ as a freshman in college, and some of my friends involved with Campus Outreach went there because the teaching was centered on truth. So I joined them and never wanted to leave.
Charles: During my freshman year (within the first couple weeks) a group of student leaders in our college ministry and I were looking for a home church while at Purdue. The student leading our group at the time, Drew Kirk, proposed that we attend KSBC. We attended and instantly fell in love with the body, the preaching, the worship, and the great fellowship. We've been joyfully attending ever since.
Q: Why did you decide to become a member at such a seemingly strange time, in the final semester of college?
Charles: After one of Pastor Whipple's sermons I felt convicted about not serving and loving the church the way that Christ Jesus did, does, and always will. I saw that I was taking advantage of the opportunity without giving back to the wonderful body of Christ. Week after week, I came into church and left filled with truth and excitement. However, I've seen that we are called to have a bigger role in the church than to basically be spiritual leeches. I observed the men, women, and children that I have grown to love and respect in the congregation, and I decided that I wanted to link up arms with them and help serve the church as well as stand beside them in every way during my last few weeks. Though I only had a few weeks left at Purdue, I realized the importance of taking this step to both serve now and practice what I hope to practice the rest of my life, namely being a healthy and active church member for God's glory.
Eric: Even though it was about time for me to graduate, I wanted to be a part of the church and give any encouragement I could and serve in any way that I could in response to what Christ has done for me. Charles and I wanted to see what it looked like to pursue membership in a solid church, hoping that it would set the foundation for the rest of our lives. I don't regret it for a second either because I learned so much and realized how much of the body I really missed out on.
Q: How have you been able to plug in and become a part of the community?
Eric: Paul Briggs got us started with a Bible study on baptism and then many other people helped us along the way as well. Once we were baptized and became members, Tim helped plug us in with the children's ministry. We just shadowed the real teachers, but we got to see what it looked like to serve the church in that way. We were also convicted to meet more people and not just stick to the group of people we know, and it was so cool and encouraging to meet so many believers at different stages in their walk.
Charles: I have had the opportunity to observe some of the children's worship classes. Both the helpers and the children have been a true blessing! I see the Lord's grace every time I observe a class. I also had the wonderful opportunity to share my testimony in one of the children's worship sessions. It was a great pleasure to meet the children where they were at and share truth with them.
Q: In what ways has KSBC ministered to you and encouraged you in the gospel?
Eric: The sermons every Sunday are greatly appreciated. I love the focus on the nations as well. The leadership and elders there tremendously helped me through the whole membership process and did nothing but display the love of Christ. The body there has done nothing but love me and point me to Jesus as well. I have been encouraged beyond what I ever thought possible in my one month of membership because of God working powerfully through KSBC.
Charles: I have seen the importance of consistent evangelism. I hear about it during Whipple's sermons, during the college Sunday school group, and even children's worship. It has been a wonderful reminder of the joy it is to share the beauty of Christ with others. I long to never forget the importance of being a laborer in the Lord's harvest!
Q: What's in store for you now that you've graduated, and how can we pray for you as you move on?
Charles: I will be working in Indy with a Non-profit organization called, "Dream ALIVE." I will be mentoring students in the inner-city, doing that full-time as the lead Site-Director at Harshman Middle School and/or Shortridge Magnet School in Indy. Please pray that I will continue to share the gospel daily, both this summer and this next year (and frankly, the rest of my life). Also, please pray that I will meet with God consistently and grow in patience and into the man that God desires me to be.
Eric: I am currently at a summer camp called Marannook in LaFayette, Alabama. I am learning to dig really deep into the word, and pretty soon there will be campers here and I will be one of the counselors. You can pray for my leading and loving of them and that Christ would work through me, that God would save the unbelieving campers and grow the believing campers. Also pray for my time in the word, that I would understand the love of Christ that surpasses knowledge and be consumed and controlled by the gospel. After the summer, I will be moving to Edwardsville, IL to find a job to pay the bills, and when I'm off work I will be going on the campus of SIU Edwardsville everyday (for the most part) to meet students and share the gospel with them. This is a campus that Campus Outreach is pioneering and we are trusting to see God start a movement there. Pray that God would provide me with a job that will help me pay off loans and also that would be flexible so I can maximize my time on campus. Pray that God would raise up laborers from nothing there, and that He would multiply my life. There will be 2 full time single staff members there, and a married staff couple leading the movement. I am very excited, and I am trusting God to open and close doors for my future, as well as for Him to show me what I'm passionate about and what His will for me is. Pray that would become clear to me and that I would step out on faith and trust Him. I am excited to see what God has in store!