When I left Massachusetts, I really didn’t know how I was going to stay strong in my relationship with God. I was concerned my faith would become stagnant or even start declining without the support of faithful men and women around me holding me accountable and supporting me. Thanks to God’s providence, it wasn’t long after I arrived in Columbus that I found SPO and was welcomed with immense love and kindness. Immediately, I could tell that this was much more than just a student group, it was a community of young men and women who were following Christ’s call to follow Him and bear witness to the Gospel.
I had been involved with several ministries in high school and in college. Those ministries served me well, but they all had an ending point. In high school things after I graduated. I was involved in several ministries during my under grad studies, but they too ended after I graduated.
When I came in contact with SPO I soon realized something was different: With SPO there's no ending point.
SPO's target outreach is to college students, but its goal is to build up people in their faith for life. Through the Households and small men’s and women’s groups, young adults are being transformed by Christ through SPO into men and women of deep spiritual maturity and commitment. And these men and women have blown me away.
Because of God’s work in my life and my involvement with SPO, I am finding that I can live out my Christian vocation of being a Missionary better because when I share the message of Jesus Christ with others, I can now offer them a group of people who want to live that message with them.
A concrete example of this is my women’s small group. Every other week, I meet with a group of amazing women. These women ask me about my prayer life, about how I am handling the pressure of the world, about how my relationship with my fiancé is going. They hold me accountable to the goals that God is calling me towards, and they help me see the wonderful ways that Christ is working in my life when it’s hard to see it on my own. It’s difficult to keep running in the direction of our God when so much of what’s going on around us is pulling us in other directions. But I receive so much encouragement and strength from these women to live as a woman of virtue and put my identity in nothing else but being Nicole — Daughter of God. Their encouragement, the witness of their lives, and their prayer for me has been an incredible support for me and I cherish the way that God has worked through them to help my love for him mature
As I move towards my vocation, I am confident that, because of the commitment of my brothers and sisters in SPO to Christ and one another, I will be a better wife, a better mother, and a better nurse. It's such a blessing to have a whole group of people who are running the race and striving for holiness with me, supporting me, encouraging me, holding me accountable, and helping me to be the self gift—totally outpoured for others—that Christ is calling me to be.
In the model of iron sharpening iron, these men and women who are being formed by SPO have challenged me to live more faithfully, more deeply, more completely in love with God and to serve Him with all of my life for the rest of my life.
There's no graduation day to loving God, and there's no graduation day to the kind of life we are living in SPO. Through building and sharing life together, SPO is raising up mature Christian men and women, men and women ready to serve Christ and His Church, men and women ready to challenge and change the culture—men and women ready to lead others into a life of Christian discipleship.