Jazzmin Absi

Campus Missionary, University of Saskatchewan
jazzmin.absi@cco.ca
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I was baptized and raised in a Maronite Catholic family and really felt like the Church was my primary home and I treated Jesus like my best friend — I would talk to Him daily, I’d consult Him on all decision whether big or small, and I always left a little bit of space for Him on my bed in case He wanted to rest His head for a little while. You could definitely say that I had a very personal and intimate relationship with the Lord from a very young age. However, there was a period in my life where, for years, I hid this friendship from my peers due to relentless and severe bullying. Because I started hiding my faith, I eventually stopped practicing my faith altogether. I was completely miserable and felt as though there was no purpose in life. But in this moment of hardship, the Lord found me and fought for my heart. I was invited to a retreat weekend called Challenge where I admitted in my heart that God was real and that He loved me even though I denied Him and was embarrassed of my relationship with Him. In that moment, I vowed to enter into a friendship with God again, and to begin investing in this relationship. I realized that God’s heart desires to have a relationship with me, and that, through denying Him and turning my back on Him, I broke that relationship. However, I am eternally grateful that the Lord pursued me and showed me His love by His dying on the cross and by inviting me once again into that personal relationship with Him that has changed my life for the better.

I will have the privilege of working at the University of Saskatchewan (CCO’s founding city!) as a full-time campus missionary. I will have the opportunity to proclaim the Gospel to university students and to invite them into a personal and dynamic relationship with Christ. I will also get to journey alongside students in their walk with Christ and to provide them with all of the tools they need so that they, too, may be confident in proclaiming the Gospel to their friends, family, and co-workers. I have been blessed to see so many lives change through CCO, from people who had never heard of Jesus’ name (literally) who were open to learning more about Jesus and who eventually fell in love with Him, to people who openly disliked God who, after taking a faith study, chose to enter into His family, and even to people who had a deep sense of faith and love for God who then learned how to proclaim His Gospel to others.

Getting to work on this particular campus brings me so much joy because it is known for its teaching program. I’ve wanted to be a teacher ever since I was little because I wanted to change lives and help people realize their potential. As I grew older, I realized that I also wanted to be a teacher so that I could proclaim the Gospel to students in a clear and simple way in order to invite them into a relationship with Christ. For this reason, it brings so much joy to my heart to know that I will have the privilege of not only proclaiming the Gospel to future teachers, but to also equip them to proclaim the Gospel to their students in an effective and impactful way.

ONGOING PRAYER REQUESTS

Please pray for all the people I will encounter — especially the future teachers — that they may encounter the Lord’s love for them, that they may desire to share the Gospel with others, and that they may be bold and confident in doing so.

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