Sam and Katie Orr
Danny, Meredith, Harper, & Paton Myers
Born: Atlanta, GA
Birthday: March 12
Degree: B.S. Middle Grades Education from Georgia Southern University
Collegiate Societies: Pi Kappa Phi, Executive Counsel-Chaplain
Interests: sports, coffee, the Braves
Favorite Book: Salvation Belongs to the Lord
Testimony: I grew up in a Christian home but, there wasn’t a change in my heart until college. I could say and do the “right” things, but there was no difference in my heart. When I got into high school I began following the wrong crowd and getting involved with the wrong things. On the outside everything looked good because I was succeeding in every area of life that brings success, but on the inside I was lonely and empty. When I went to Georgia Southern I met a guy playing flag football who shared the Gospel with me. I studied the Bible with him for about 5 months. At the annual CO Christmas Conference I heard a seminar dealing with the life of a Christian. The main point was that you could be assured of your salvation by the things that are in your heart. I saw very clearly how I had been living for myself and not the LORD for the first time. I became a Christian in December of 2004 and since then have been asking the LORD to show me daily what it looks like to live for Christ and make Him known!
Born: NewArk, DE
Birthday: October 27
Degree: B.A. English Literature & Philosophy from Georgia Southern University
Collegiate Societies: NCAA Cross Country/Track, Omicron Delta Kappa
Interests: running, books, coffee, brunch
Favorite Books: One Thousand Gifts, Cry the Beloved Country
Testimony: I became a Christian at a young age after watching the way my dad met with the Lord & hearing about who Jesus is at church. I knew that I was sinful & did wrong things & I learned at home that there was a God who loved me & created me. My dad shared the Gospel with me often & taught me that Jesus was God in flesh & God’s son & that he was offered as a sacrifice for my sins. I started asking my dad a lot of questions about what it means to have a relationship with God & I remember watching him read the Bible & trying to read it for myself. My understanding of the Gospel at this time was very simple, but God made it clear to me that it was truth & I surrendered my life to Him as a child. I have learned over the years that I need the Gospel everyday, not just on the first day I believed it. I thank God for the ”depth of the riches of the wisdom & knowledge of God” & even more that ”we have the mind of Christ” through Jesus’ life, death & resurrection (Rom. 11:33, 1 Cor. 2:16).
Born: Royal Oak, Michigan
Birthday: October 31
Degree: B.A. Public Relations from the University of South Carolina
Collegiate Societies: South Carolina Honors College, The Gamecock Pantry
Interests: Reading, drinking coffee, being outside, watching sunrises
Favorite Books: To Kill a Mockingbird, The Lord of the Rings
Testimony: I grew up in a Christian home; my parents love Jesus, and as far back as I can remember, would talk to my sister and I about the gospel and what it meant to be a Christian. Even though they made the gospel so clear to us, I was very focused on my works and tried hard to fit into the mold of what I thought a Christian should look like. Before my freshman year started, I found out about Campus Outreach from a friend. The first couple weeks were kind of lonely, so I decided to send an email and see if I could go to a meeting or something. I ended up meeting with a staff member that week for lunch, and she shared the gospel immediately. Even though I’d heard the gospel so many times before, for the first time it clicked that knowing Christ was not about doing enough good things to earn some sort of status, but that Christ had paid the entire price of my sins when he died on the cross. Because of what he did, and not because of my works, I could have a relationship with him that would last forever. I contemplated this throughout the semester, and then in December attended a New Year’s conference where I realized for the first time that I had a testimony to share and could articulate how Christ had worked in my life. I also went to a seminar that discussed how if we are in Christ, we are new creations (2 Cor. 5:17). This was just such an amazing realization, and it made me want to tell others about Jesus and his amazing love.
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