Humans of Southwestern - Jason Fuller
Originally posted Spring Semester 2017
"I didn't even know about Seventh-Day Adventists until this past summer. I got baptized when I was ten but then I left the church. I remembered who God was and who Jesus was but I never really prayed or went to church much. High school came, I started drinking and smoking every single week, then every single day. Parties happened every weekend. It got to the point that I brought these things to my home. I started smoking and drinking not because it was a social thing but because I needed it. My mom tried to give up drinking. She would tell me, "Hey i'm giving it up!" Yet a week or so later alcohol would be back in her life. Without my friends I would've failed high school. God was watching out for me every step of the way. Even though I didn't know it, He gave me the right people to be around. My grandma was the reason why I was a Christian growing up. Yet, when we moved away from her, we all fell apart. When my friends headed off to college, I decided to take a year off. The questions that always seemed to be on my mind were: Who am I? Why am I here? What am I supposed to do? I still smoked every day but I wanted to know the answers to my questions. I wanted to know where I was supposed to be. My family encouraged me to play football. They said I had a talent and I should use it. So I asked God about it. In April, I went to a seminar that had answers for the questions that I had been asking. The seminar speaker was actually a student from Southwestern. Besides Jesus, he is probably my greatest friend. He is the person who brought me to Christ. God's timing is perfect! The seminars were held in a church across the street from my mom's work. So every day after work, she would walk across the street and go to the seminars. My mom actually gave her life to Christ as well. She tried to get sober again, this time not on her own strength but through Christ's. Christ cleansed her! A week before the seminars I had been fired from my job. God had a plan. Since I was fired from my job, I had nothing better to do, so I went to the seminars. The power of God is just beautiful! I want to do this for the rest of my life. Traveling and sharing God's love as an evangelist preacher. I'm really thankful for my mom. She had worked all by herself to take care of three kids. She looked for satisfaction in a bottle of alcohol but now, she finds her satisfaction in the word of God."
Jason Fuller, Freshman Theology Major