Monday, February 14, 2011

youTheology Showed a New Side of Religion

My name is Shannon Shellner and I am a freshman in my second semester at Missouri State University in Springfield, MO. My major is Sports Medicine and Athletic Training. After obtaining my Bachelor’s of Science degree, I plan to attend graduate school on the East Coast and obtain my Master’s degree.

I was in the 2008-2009 year of youTheology. My experience in youTheology was very enlightening even though I may not have showed how I felt all the time. youTheology has impacted my life tremendously by allowing me to enter into a side of my religion that I never knew existed. It allowed me to learn the history of my church that I would have never learned anywhere else. Being in college has put a bit of a halt on my being able to attend church but I read my bible at least three times a week and I pray every day.

Back at home I was the president of my youth ministry and I was always involved with something that the youth were doing. As of right now I am just going to school and I am helping out at the local Boys' and Girls' Club every Monday from 5:30pm-6:30pm. While there, I get to play with my “Little Sister,” get to learn about her and what she does at school and different things like that.

I experience God at work in my life every day because he wakes me up every day without fail. He has allowed me to attend college to pursue a career that I love. Without God in my life I do not know where I would be. I am glad that my parents put God in my life at a young age, because now I have grown into a young woman who believes in God and I know he will always make a way for me and my family.

by Shannon Shellner
youTheologian 2008-2009
youTheology Intern 2009-2010
Loving God, Loving Neighbor

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