A Visit to the Hospital

Andrew Nobauer
My call to work for CCO staff started with a simple visit to the hospital. I first met CCO in the fall of 2006 where I filled out a survey and was given a free bag of chips. Clearly CCO knows the way to a student’s heart is through their stomachs! I put the survey out of my mind until I got a phone call a week later asking if I could meet up with a CCO missionary on campus. After my meeting, I started to get more and more involved with CCO. I took the Discovery faith study and I started to attend events that were held on and off campus. Then one day I had to be taken to the hospital for an emergency surgery. I thought that my involvement with CCO was over at that point, but God had a few surprises up His sleeve.

The first day that I was in the Hospital some CCO staff came and visited me. Then on the second day and so on and so forth, until I got discharged from the hospital. The staff though, did more than just visit me and make polite conversation. They welcomed me into the CCO family and showed me a glimpse of God’s personal love for me that week, even if I didn’t recognize it at the time. In fact, it was during this time that I first felt the desire to join staff.

After my time in the hospital nothing could keep me from attending CCO events. I went to their New Year’s conference in Quebec City where I finally recognized God’s personal Love for me (He loved me!). I continued my involvement in my region. Now, however, I wasn’t coming to CCO events because of an invitation or because I was friends with the Staff. I was going because I loved God and wanted to learn more about Him. As time went on, I had a desire to share this love that I was experiencing with others. I saw thousands of my peers searching for meaning and purpose in their life and I knew what it was that they were searching for. So, I applied and went on three mission trips with CCO. I traveled to Australia with CCO for World Youth Day and then I went to Saskatoon and Calgary in the summers of 2009 and 2010 respectively, for the Impact mission project.

In my last year of post-secondary education, I was thinking and praying about what I should do for the rest of my life. To be honest though, it wasn’t hard. Ever since getting involved with CCO the thing that brought me the greatest joy was sharing Christ with others and there was nothing that I wanted more than to do that. When I took the time to think and pray about it I knew exactly where God was calling me. He was calling me to work for CCO and spend my life sharing the Gospel, and it all started with a simple visit to the hospital.

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