Faithful Provision Amidst Instability
An Interview with Trace Shroyer, Alum Class of 2020
Q. Can you share how Campus House influenced your relationship with the Lord during your time at Purdue?
A. Jesus tells us that the greatest commandment in the entirety of Scripture is, “‘Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind.’ This is the first and greatest commandment. And the second is like it: ‘Love your neighbor as yourself.’ All the Law and the Prophets hang on these two commandments.” (Matthew 22:37-40) College presented a uniquely challenging time in my life. Being completely on my own for the first time, I was forced to decide if my love for Christ was something that I would continue to pursue, or allow it to fall by the wayside amidst the new distractions that Purdue had to offer. Additionally, I came to the quick realization that there were lots of people at Purdue (myself included) that were extremely difficult to love. What I found in my four years at Campus House was a body of believers committed to loving Jesus and serving the community around them. Through the staff and fellow students, I was shown how to love God, encourage others, and be held accountable.
Q. How did your participation in the Body of Christ at Campus House equip you for life beyond Purdue?
A. Campus House and the people that I had the privilege of being in community with and discipled by on a consistent basis taught me that sin does not occur as a result of your geographical location, current occupation, or the different types of people that you interact with on a daily basis. Rather, sin and its consequences exist in the hearts and lives of each of us individually. Because of this, as a believer I can accept and show other people the incredible amount of grace that Christ has to offer us through his death on the Cross. This is a truth that has endured in my life beyond Purdue.
Q. What is the Lord currently teaching or revealing to you?
A. Psalms 117:2, “For great is his love toward us, and the faithfulness of the Lord endures forever. Praise the Lord.” I cannot express how much God has taught me about his love and faithfulness towards [my wife, Martha, and me]. He has been faithful in providing us with a new church community to call home. He provided a way for my transition into grad school and Martha’s transition into a new job to happen despite the COVID restrictions. He provided us with friends who opened their home to us and included us in their family for the six months between leaving Purdue and finding a home. And in numerous other ways, God has shown his faithfulness to us. All that I can say is praise the Lord!
Q. How would you encourage Purdue students in their pursuit of Jesus in this challenging season?
A. Do not put off living out the purpose that you feel Jesus calling you toward simply because the world that we currently live in seems chaotic. Amidst COVID-19, Jesus is Lord. Amidst racial tension, Jesus is Lord. Amidst a presidential election, Jesus is Lord. Amidst your broken relationships, difficult classes, failed exams, and various other situations causing stress, anxiety and hardship, Jesus is Lord. In a sea of instability, keep your focus fixed on the only thing that is truly constant: Christ’s enduring love for you. Lastly, never be afraid to ask challenging questions when it pertains to your faith and the times within which you live; be unrelenting in seeking out answers and truth. We serve a God that is all knowing, and you are surrounded by an awesome Campus House staff that wants more than anything to connect with you and help answer your questions.