Trevor Anzai

Team Member, Communications
trevor.anzai@cco.ca
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My relationship with Christ grew throughout my time at university when I was asking life’s big questions. I was searching for truth, happiness, and love, which I did not find in my athletic and academic achievements, nor did I find it in partying and pursuit of money. I actively sought out a group on campus to take a Catholic faith study so I could explore these deeper questions.

It was through this faith study that I learned that God loves us personally and that Jesus Christ died on the cross for our sins. I learned that we could experience a loving, perfect relationship with God through his son Jesus. Over the next few years I gave more room for God in my life. One day I decided to step out in faith and place Jesus at the center of my life. It was a decision, much like a couple exchanging vows on their wedding day. In that moment I decided to begin a committed relationship with Christ. I found the ultimate truth, happiness, and love in this relationship. I came to understand my identity as a beloved son – someone who is truly loved by God.

I have been working with CCO for the past 4 years on campus – both at Carleton University in Ottawa and Concordia University in Montreal. My passion is that young men and women would encounter the love Jesus wishes to offer them. After careful discernment, I have now transitioned into National Headquarters for a role in Communications. I will be serving as a marketing coordinator. Our role in the office is to support the campus ministries so they can thrive in the mission of evangelization.

The work we do is exhilarating because we witness God’s love in a tangible way. When I was in Montreal, we had many students involved in our ministry. Several of our students grew in their relationship with God by receiving the sacrament of reconciliation. Other students took on leadership by going on mission trips across the world. And many began to pray everyday.

The highlight of my time in Montreal was seeing the growth in one particular young man named Elias. He was seeking to find God and a community of friends at university. One day, I met him on campus and we had an instant connection. He was open to take one of my faith studies and that semester we met once a week in a small group. We talked about God’s personal love, the effect of our sins, and Christ’s divinity. The lesson that impacted him most taught that Jesus died for our sins and became the bridge for us to get back to God. The result of sin was a raging river of death and separation, only to be restored by the death and resurrection of Jesus on the cross. He was open to receive God’s unconditional and free love. Later in the study, Elias boldly placed Christ at the center of his life and committed to a daily challenge of prayer.

He would later become baptized and confirmed into the Catholic Church, lead his fellow peers in a faith study, and then go to a foreign mission project in Scotland to witness and share the faith with others. I had the privilege of journeying with this man and seeing his growth in holiness and mission. I also have the honour of being his Godfather. It’s really the lives changed that makes me work hard and Elias is just one of those great stories.

ONGOING PRAYER REQUESTS

Please pray for the conversion of Quebec. Please pray specifically for Elias, Austin, Antua, and Ophelia who will be leading the Concordia University Catholic Student Association this academic year. That they would be empowered by the Holy Spirit in their efforts of evangelization.