Meet Stephanie and Edgar! Theses two have been college buddies, both taking on big roles helping to run our club at CSUSB, and they have also been a great community group leadership team meeting out in the Redlands/San Bernardino area. This week we asked them a couple of important and fun questions so that you guys could get to know them a little bit better:
In a few sentences, how did you come to the Lord?
Edgar: I grew up in a Christian home, but it was not until the summer of freshman year that I gave my life to Christ. That summer I recall attending Sunday night service at Harvest. While sitting under the teaching of Pastor Steve Wilburn I felt convicted over living a lukewarm Christian life, and I asked the Lord to change me. I have been following Him faithfully ever since.
Stephanie: I was actually pretty young. When I was six years old, my parents took me to a Children’s Christmas play, and the gospel message was shared at the end. I knew I wanted to have Christ as my Lord and Savior, and decided to go forward and make that commitment, and establish a relationship with the creator. Needless to say it is the best decision I ever made. Through the highs and the lows of the later years to follow, that commitment still stood and stands today. I can’t imagine my life any other way, but serving, and loving God, and his people.
What’s your favorite food and why?
Edgar: Fish! I enjoy eating anything that has fish! There is such a great variety in flavors and styles of fish that it taste different every time. Not the biggest fan of raw fish, but it will also do the job.
Stephanie: This is quite easy… Mexican food! My mom is from Mexico City, and my dad is from a city called Jerez, Zacatecas (and they both love to cook) so let’s just say I get the very best authentic Mexican food straight from my own kitchen! I get the best of both worlds, and that’s just my parent’s, my aunts are also the best cooks around. What can I say it runs in the family, well at least I hope so haha! I’m still waiting for it to rub off on me.
What person (other than Jesus) who is alive or dead, has had a huge impact in your life, and why?
Edgar: My brother. He has been the person who has encouraged and been with me throughout my life. He knows me more than anyone else and sympathizes with me. He always looks for my best interest even if it means sacrificing his own interest. His friendship and mentorship has had a major impact in my life.
Stephanie: I have more than one, my parents for one, are by far a huge impact in my life in their marriage, and relationship with Christ, but Heidi Sommers, and Michelle McCauley have impacted my life through their friendship in my high school, and college years in my personal walk with Christ. They both welcomed me, and challenged me in ways I never had before. Their friendship means the world to me, and I could only hope that I too am an impact to others the same way they were towards me through their constant love, encouragement, genuine character, and testimony.
What is your favorite verse of the bible and why?
“Behold, the virgin shall conceive and bear a son, and they shall call his name Immanuel” (which means, God with us). Matthew 1:23
This verse means so much to me. It shows me that Christ is God in human form, not just another inadequate savior. It also means that He is with us. God is with me all my days no matter the situation. God lived as a man and still dwells among us which gives me great comfort. To know that God is with me makes me know that he loves me and sympathizes with me.
Stephanie:There’s so many, but if I had to name one it would have to be in Esther 4:14:
“For if you keep silent at this time, relief and deliverance will rise for the Jews from another place, but you and your father’s house will perish. And who knows whether you have not come to the kingdom for such a time as this.”
Mordecai responded to Esther by declaring that she would not escape when the rest of the Jews were being slain. If she refused to act, someone else would arise to deliver God’s people, but she would be destroyed. And he finishes off by saying that perhaps this opportunity to save her people was the reason she had been distinguished to the throne. I like the way my commentary bible put it, “Though few of us will ever be in such a position as Esther’s, each believer has an essential role to play in the ongoing plan of God.” Therefore, I love this passage because Its humbling, and incredible to grasp His grace and constant love towards us despite our undeserving nature. The fact that He has uniquely placed each one of us where we are, to play a role in his plan blows my mind. It also encourages me to trust Him and live according to His will in my school, career, home, and anywhere God places me in life.
What are a few things you love to do?
Edgar: I like to read non-fiction books on philosophy, religion, or history. I also love eating, buying watches, and discovering new music.
Stephanie: I absolutely love to spend my days at home, hanging out with my family. Yeah, I know cheesy, but what can I say I have been blessed with the best. My brother is literally my best friend, so I tend to grab coffee with him or anything that involves us spending time together. Also, were both college students so coffee, and studying is all we do these days.
What is your occupation or what are you hoping to do as an occupation one day?
Edgar: I am currently working full-time for a trucking company. I work on daily operations within the office and in the field. I graduated from Cal State San Bernardino in Political Science and will be starting law school Fall 2016. I hope to serve in government and one day hold a public office.
Stephanie: I am currently a fourth year, about to graduate with a B.A. from California State University, San Bernardino. I am a Liberal Studies major in hopes of becoming an Elementary School teacher. I plan on pursuing my credentials once I graduate, while working on my Master’s degree as well. Fun fact, I actually was working at Bass Pro Shops a year ago, but because of their constant work schedule cutting into my school schedule, I left the job to not let it get in the way of my studies. I will say however, that store lives up to its hype, and was pretty fun to work in.
If you were stranded on a desert island and could only bring one item from home (other than the bible) what would it be, and why?
Edgar: I would bring music! Some sort of musical device such as a guitar or trumpet (what I play). A deserted island is by definition not necessarily filed with people therefore music would be a great source of company. How awesome would it be playing music with the monkeys and animals around you!
Stephanie: I bet this is probably the most random of responses, but I would bring freeze dried fruits to snack on from Costco or Trader Joe’s. They are seriously delicious, and possibly my weakness as of now.
We hope you have enjoyed getting to know these two a little better. As mentioned above, Edgar and Stephanie meet up with their community group every week on Monday evenings at 7 pm in a home in the Redlands area. Of course, if you are not in a community group sign up now by clicking the button below!