Advocacy and the Love of God Angelo Soto, freshman Campolo Scholar from Ann Arbor, MI.
This summer God led me through a period of growth and renewing of my spirit. An example of this was in June, when my aunt took me on a trip to Spain for graduating from high school. Throughout high school, I faced a lot of adversities. But even though I went through many challenges, including discrimination, that trying time shows that I can face difficult situations. I had a blast in Spain. I am very happy that I was able to go. I flew first class, which I wasn’t expecting, and I felt blessed to arrive safely. I was able to have a fun summer. This trip was an important time of rest and joy in my life in Christ.
Angelo Soto on Eastern move-in day with Campolo Center Executive Director, Robert Gauthier.
The second example of God’s working in my life is my acceptance to Eastern University. About four or five years ago, I came here for one week for a youth camp called MFUGE. I fell in love with EU. Looking back on this now, I realize that I have always hoped to go to a college that is in line with Gods plan for me. I was accepted to five or six other universities, but Eastern University was the very first one. I was ecstatic to learn that I was awarded a $35,000 scholarship to attend, but I still had a bit more financial need. I had applied for the Campolo Center of Ministry about a month or two prior to that. I was happy to receive a call from the CCM about my acceptance to the program as a Campolo Scholar and the accompanying $8,000 scholarship. My total scholarship funds given for school tuition amounted to over $43,000.
God has already set a plan into motion for me and I will follow it. He already knew what was going to happen before I was born on this Earth. I was created in Christ Jesus to do good works. Because of this, my vision for ministry upon graduating is to help people who are broken and to see God’s light shine into their cracked lives.
In summation, I am very blessed to be able to use the talents that God has blessed me with to show God’s love – those of a servant’s heart, helping others by acting according to His will. As we read in Ephesians 2:10… “For we are his workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand, that we should walk in them.” Christ created a miracle through me. I look back on my life and realize that when I was born prematurely, God could have said, “It’s time for you to come home.” Instead He said, “You have a purpose in this life. You were meant to live out your story and for my kingdom.”