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Senior Andrew Guthrie gave his testimony during chapel, Jan. 22.

Senior Andrew Guthrie gave his testimony during chapel, Jan. 22. Guthrie shared about the trials he has endured throughout his life. He specifically spoke about his junior year when his mother and three of his grandparents passed away. Guthrie encouraged the crowd to lean on God’s strength during difficult times.

Quebe: Was this your first time sharing your testimony? If so, why have you not shared it before? What was going through your mind?

Guthrie: Yes, I have never actually given a testimony like that before, mainly because I never thought anyone would care to hear it or be affected by it. But while speaking, I realized that it was making an impact by the responses I got from others in the school, so that helped me keep talking.

Quebe: What was the one thing you wanted people to remember about your testimony?

Guthrie: I wanted people to realize that although I’m not necessarily done with my struggles, I have seen how amazing God’s help had been over these past several years, even if they were small things at the time. The little helpful actions can drastically help later.

Quebe: Why do you feel that is something important to remember?

Guthrie: Sometimes we want a huge change, or are overlooking the small steps God has for us to reach a much better place. Overlooking these small steps will leave you stuck behind.

Quebe: What is your encouragement to someone going through similar struggles?

Guthrie: That there is some good in all the bad you may be facing. God has strengthened me through the struggles I have faced, and even though I have had a difficult 2014, I am stronger and better built in Christ.

Quebe: Do you think going to FCS helped you at all to get through life’s struggles? If so, how? Who is one person you feel had a major impact on your life? How?

Guthrie: Yes, I think FCS has helped me through my struggles and has strengthened me immensely by providing a place where there are people who want to connect and be together.

Sometimes we want a huge change, or are overlooking the small steps God has for us to reach a much better place. Overlooking these small steps will leave you stuck behind. –Senior Andrew Guthrie

Quebe: Who is one person you feel had a major impact on your life? How?

Guthrie: Someone who has greatly reached out to me and been like a brother is Jordan Castro, who always gave me a different view on my issues so that I can see them as God strengthening me, not hurting.

Quebe: Do you think you will ever share your testimony again? Why or why not?

Guthrie: Yes, I would share it over and over if it helped even one person. I don’t expect my story to be any more powerful than others, but it is sincere, and I think people need to hear true stories from those they can relate to.

Please feel free to comment about what you took away from Guthrie’s testimony.

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