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Home Away From Home

Hello, my name is Tyler, and I am graduating this year. As I think about the past 5 years I have been at college, I wonder about what I am going to miss the most from my time here. Was it the classes, the teachers, the students, or the community as a whole? I believe it is the community. I enjoyed the community the most at Baptist Campus Ministry. When I came to NIU it felt like that piece of home was missing. The church is a big part of my life, and it felt like it was missing when I came to Northern Illinois University. I finally found a church home away from home. My friend, Yvonne invited a couple of mutual friends and me to game night. The event was not in a building that looks at all l

My Religion

Church was never forced upon me growing up; it was always an option. My sisters and I loved going to church with our mother, and at the age of 7, I got baptized. When I was in middle school, I began volunteering as a small group leader at my church, teaching kindergartners and 1st graders about God. At this point in my life, I considered myself a pretty religious person. It wasn’t until high school that I realized what religion means to me. Starting in my junior year of high school I suffered the loss of a friend. I began to view the world through a new lens. Suddenly, I was very aware of all the scary, dark parts of life. Typically, for someone of my age, this rude awakening would throw a p

A Home of Healing

Although my family and I believed in God, we never actually participated in any religious activities other than praying. With that being said, we never attended church on Sundays or went to bible study during the week when I was growing up. My father never saw the point in doing so because he believes that God is everywhere and that we do not need to go to a special place to worship him. It didn’t help that kids from my school would bully my brother and me just because we didn’t do religious things like them so that only pushed me away from the church even further. For the next few years, I only saw the church as an inconvenience and a place where I wouldn’t fit in with everyone. A place whe

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