Alumni Testimonies

Alumni Testimony: Jed Chun

Posted by on Jul 27, 2016 in Alumni Testimonies | 0 comments

Jed Chun, AACF UCI class of 2014, responded to the question, “How has AACF impacted your life? Looking back, it’s hard not to marvel in the amazing ways that God has worked through AACF to get me to where I am today. If I hadn’t met the brothers and sisters of AACF in college I think it would be easy to imagine a life apart from God right now. The loving community that I found a part in really helped me to reconnect with God at a time of my life when I really wanted nothing to do with Him. Thankfully, God had other plans. Through the community at AACF, He helped me to grow and experience both grace, mercy, and accountability more deeply than I had ever experienced before. I really learned what it meant to live in community with other believers and to walk with them every single day. I particularly remember the experiences that I had at LTC, although I don’t quite remember all of the content of the plenary sessions, the experience in it of itself was amazing simply because it allowed me to meet some of the most dedicated Christians from campuses all over the west coast. Thanks to LTC (Leadership Training Conference), I’ve come to know many different believers from many different places who all share a profound love for Christ, which is a reminder of how God’s love can overcome geographical and social boundaries. Through the opportunities that I was given to serve at AACF I also got to hone one my spiritual gifts, hospitality, and saw it tested and expanded far beyond anything I would have ever imagined doing. However, the most important thing that I learned in college at AACF was how to live beyond myself and really put God at the top of my priority list. There are times that I honestly wish I were still in college so that I could continue being built up and challenged by brothers and sisters every single day, but there is a season for everything and, although that season has passed for me, I still cherish and am extremely grateful for all the opportunities that I had to grow and share life with the other believers that I found at...

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Alumni Testimony: Hector Tang

Posted by on Jun 23, 2016 in Alumni Testimonies | 0 comments

Hector Tang, AACF UCR class of 2010, responded to the question, “How has AACF impacted your life? You know, I could spend countless hours telling you of all the escapades my buddies and I at AACF had.  The crazy pranks, the late night LAN parties, the girls we liked, the mindless fun and late night cycling. But we all know that you also share those same stories as you have your own unique and harrowing experiences.  So instead I want to share the impact AACF had on my life by introducing me to people I never would have met coupled with our (eventual) shared experiences and the forthcoming leadership challenges to come. We were so young and yet we’re visionaries in our own right in AACF.  It goes to show that God sees no bounds in being able to use young people.  For example, if you’re familiar with the AACF Joint Nights where multiple campuses come together and worship – Brian Lee (college roommate) and myself came up with that idea during a dinner conversation in 2008. My point here is that AACF gave us the ability to be visionaries for the kingdom, to think big and to grow big in our faith.  Do not lose the opportunity you have to make a big impact on those around you, this only comes around once in a lifetime and you will likely never see it again. One of the drawbacks of AACF is that it makes you miss your friends so much when you graduate – you enjoy these adventures together and now have to go back home?  REALLY?  MAN THAT SUCKS!  The experiences, the growth – it all played a part in helping me fight through the early pains of young adulthood.  Unemployment, minimum wage jobs, and no girlfriend…  Life was tough those first two years!  With lots of faith and patience (as God’s timing is perfect) I went from minimum wage work to financial analysis to software analytics and am now in Human Resources (IT) for Warner Bros. Entertainment. In between all that – I got married to a beautiful Taiwanese beauty queen!  For a Chinese kid who grew up on welfare in East LA to a single mother I want to say that I can’t be richer in life than I am now. Ultimately, you will only get out of this fellowship based on what you put in.  God will work through you but you must allow him to.  Don’t be bashful, don’t be scared, do not be intimidated.  Take the challenge to make a difference, take it head on and you’ll be forever grateful of your AACF experience.  God has a funny way of using everyone we’ve ever met to impact our lives – so let that be the greatest investment you’ll ever make – The people of AACF and the church.  There is no greater discovery seeing God as the author of your...

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Alumni Testimony: Traci Matsushima

Posted by on May 11, 2016 in Alumni Testimonies | 0 comments

Traci Matsushima, AACF CSULB class of 2014, responded to the question, “How has AACF impacted your life? Many of us think that college is the time where we learn the most about ourselves—I know I did. Going in as a freshman, I thought that college would be the place where I discover myself. I went in thinking–this is my new start. This is where I learn about my passions, my interests, my strengths. This is where I will be molded, equipped and encouraged to embrace who I am, to pursue my dreams and to pave the path for my future. This selfishness even manifested itself when looking for a campus fellowship. I went in with the same mentality—does this ministry fit my needs? Does it meet my expectations? What I brush off as just being my individualism and introversion, was ultimately my pride. It was this deep-seated pride that narrowed my concerns to my own immediate wants, desires and problems, cutting me off from seeing the value in community. The Lord was so gracious and patient as He began to humble my heart in revealing to me His truths through the Word. I remember reading through the gospels and being so convicted of how Jesus did ministry. He had compassion on people, He walked and ate with people, He taught people, He surrounded Himself with people. I remember thinking—if God is a relational God, and He created us in His image, then we are inherently relational people. In fact, the very foundation of community in our Christian lives rests on God’s Trinitarian nature. So how can I claim to be a follower of Christ and not invest in community? I admit that it was uncomfortable adjusting to AACF at first. I often had to fight the urge to make it about myself. But it was in this discomfort that God was refining me to see beyond myself and look to the needs of others, to quit focusing on myself and start focusing on Him. When I submitted my own agenda and pride to God, that’s when I found the most peace and joy. Seems like such a basic concept, but it’s honestly something I need to ask the Lord to refine me in daily. AACF became a place where I grew in my knowledge and reverence of who God is. It was a community that completely widened my perspective of ministry. In AACF, I experienced the kind of fellowship Paul talks about in Philippians 2:1-4 as I served alongside brothers and sisters and as we carried each other’s burdens (Gal. 6:2). It was in this true fellowship that I saw the heart of God. It spurred on a deeper intimacy in my own relationship with the Father as I saw how sweet our calling to participate in the richness of fellowship with God and others is. My freshman year, I wanted to learn about myself. God sure did teach me about myself —that I was a fearful, prideful, ignorant, self-seeking, destitute little human. This was the greatest thing I could have ever learned about myself. What a beautiful promise that is in the Christian life—we learn the most about ourselves when we begin with the One who created us....

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Alumni Testimony: Kelly Lee

Posted by on Apr 5, 2016 in Alumni Testimonies | 0 comments

Alumni Testimony: Kelly Lee

Kelly Lee, AACF UCSD class of 2006, responded to the question, “How has AACF impacted your life? I first started coming to AACF during my sophomore year in 2004. I remember hesitantly signing up for Winter Retreat and feeling nervous about going because I didn’t really know anyone. However, after a rough freshman year and really hitting rock bottom in my relationship with God, I had promised Him and myself that I was going to recommit my life to Christ and make my relationship with God my priority. Throughout the rest of my college years, AACF was an extremely vital part of my growth as a Christian. Even though I had grown up in a Christian home and went to church all my life, my time in college and at AACF is where my faith became genuine and my own. For the first time I actually longed to read the Bible and felt like God was giving me insight to understand His Word. I learned about how sinful I am and what an offense it is to a thrice Holy God, yet out of His mercy He still chose to save me and give me the free gift of salvation. I began to pray more and more and learned that not only does God delight in our prayers, but He is faithful to answer them in His own way and in His own time if we will trust in Him. Not only was I challenged and blessed by the teaching I received there, but I also met many other genuine believers who to this day are still dear friends of mine that encourage me in my walk with the Lord. When I look back on my college years, my best memories are from AACF. I am so thankful that God led to me a fellowship that I could call home, and a place where I could truly grow and deepen my relationship with Him. My years at AACF were truly integral to the growth and development of my faith and I will always be forever grateful for this campus ministry. And for the icing on the cake, God also allowed me to meet my husband at AACF. It turned out that he was my driver for the Winter Retreat that I had been so reluctant to attend. He is a godly man who encourages me in my walk with the Lord and who daily shows Christ’s love to me. We’ve been married for almost seven years now and will be welcoming our third baby come October. God has truly been so good and gracious to a sinner like...

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