By ANDRIANNA MARSTON
Listening to the campus pastors speak is a typical
Tuesday night service for students in Tech’s Chi Alpha ministry, but a guest
missionary delivered the message Oct. 25.
John Koeshall, a European
campus missionary and coordinator of Students for Christ, delivered a message
to Chi Alpha, pushing the group to learn the definition of character.
“The real test of character is when you are doing
something positive, and no one is watching,” Koeshall
Since he established a Chi Alpha program during the 1960s
in his home state of Wisconsin, Koeshall has been
ministering to students worldwide about doing morally admirable deeds.
“We all have the potential to do good things,” Koeshall said. “But how many people do you know will just
go around doing good things unnamed?”
Because of global suffrage and destruction, some students
have decided to go on mission trips around the world, just as he has, Koeshall said.
Jessica Hopkins, a junior early elementary education
major, said Koeshall’s message was reinforcement to
the decision she and her husband have already made to go on a missionary trip.
“My husband and I have decided to do a year of missions,
but we’re not exactly sure where we want to travel to,” Hopkins said.
It is always encouraging to hear inspirational messages
from missionaries, such as Koeshall, who have been
delivering the word worldwide for a long time, Hopkins said.
“Neither [my husband nor I] ever thought we would do
something like this, but we’ve decided to go through with it,” Hopkins said.
Koeshall said people should not
look for credit in return when doing things for the Lord.
“Your act of admiration and observance as well as your
love for God is what should inspire you to do good things,” Koeshall
Koeshall said there are three
rules from the Bible for students to live by every day.
“Try to keep your life, heart and mind set on Christ
every day and not material things,” Koeshall said. He
said he has also learned from experience that “God doesn’t like fake or
Koeshall said he spends months
on the road ministering.
He tries to visit a different Chi Alpha each night of the
week, and one of his most important goals is to make students realize their
God-given potential, he said.
“I try to bring a message that makes students believe
more in themselves and help them build up their self-confidence,” Koeshall said. “My favorite line is ‘Never
give up.’ Believe in God and believe in yourself.”
Many Chi Alpha students felt like Koeshall’s
message was a wake-up call.
Leah Cammack, a sophomore
nutrition and dietetics major, said it is good to have speakers who shed light
on issues happening around the world, not just in the United States.
Sometimes people get so comfortable in their own culture,
they forget about problems that need to be solved and fulfilling God’s purpose,
She said, “To see [Koeshall’s]
hunger about helping people overseas and doing God’s will was amazing as well
as an inspiration.”