August 31, 2010
Andrew Funderburk, a Freshman at BCOM, describes his experiences and first impressions of Bethany.
When I told people that I was going from Mississippi to Minnesota,the looks of shock that crossed people’s faces were quite amusing. I mean,what fresh-out-of-high-school eighteen-year-old actually does things like live eighteen hours away from what he calls home? Wouldn’t it be difficult to live so far away from everything you knew? Yes, it could be, but I knew that God called me here.
The transition of actually going from way down south to way up north was always on my mind. I mean, I seriously have gone from super hot to crazy cold. Snow in Mississippi comes like only every few years (if that), and when it does snow, it’s like a mere frost.
Homesickness was on my mind a little bit. When I got up here, I was so afraid that I wouldn’t be accepted or I might get homesick. Was I ever wrong! Ever since I stepped foot on this campus, God has just blown my mind away.I’ve had utter peace despite being the farthest from home I’ve ever been before.
Bethany might be a college, but it is way more than that. It is truly the body of Christ and the family of God coming together and accepting you no matter where you’re at in your life. You constantly have people lifting you up in prayer while you’re here. The love for God these people have is absolutely incredible.When I read on the Bethany website about experience, I didn’t give it much thought, but in my daily walk with God, BCOM has become an amazing experience that He’s placed along the way.
If I could sum up my transition from what I call “home” to BCOM, I would sum it up with what I told one of the other students here, “If I could, I would never want to graduate from here because of the amazing experience I’ve had.”