I was born into two religions.
Coming to a Christ-centered university was not my plan. I wasn’t a Christian so coming to a Christian college was really tough for me. I feared not being accepted by my classmates because I did not believe in their monotheistic system.
Until recently I followed the religious practices of hinduism and sikhism but I struggled to truly understand or make sense of who God really is.
During my time as a highschool student I was encouraged by mentors and friends to apply to Jessup. Living in the area for over 18 years I knew of Jessup, but discounted it because I wanted to leave and start fresh somewhere else.
Overtime I felt compelled to apply and soon after, I received an acceptance letter. One of the main reasons I said “yes” despite my hesitancy was the generous scholarships that would allow me to complete my degree debt-free.
These scholarships opened the door for me to attend Jessup. Though I struggled with attending Jessup, I did have a desire to attend a religiously based institution because I wanted to know truth. I wanted to know who God really is.
The first semester was difficult because I was not a believer, but to my surprise my classmates and professors were understanding and loving. During my first semester I had two required classes that introduced me to Christ. Through these courses I learned who Christ is, what He did, and why it all mattered. As you can imagine I had so many questions about Christianity.
In my second semester our campus pastor was leading a spiritual formation group called Questions about Christianity. The leadership and this group were instrumental in my journey. They helped me build a strong foundation of Christianity. For over a year, the Lord continued to speak to me through the campus pastor, students, faculty and staff.
I began seeking the Lord in new ways. I was reading the Bible, I did devotionals and I frequented the prayer chapel on campus. On October, 17, 2017 I told our campus pastor what God was doing in my life, and right there he and I prayed and I put my faith in Jesus that day. On December 5, 2018 I was baptized in front of all my peers, professors, coworkers, and friends who inspired, encouraged, prayed, and blessed my walk and relationship with Christ.
This was an adventure where the Lord left the 99 to come after the 1. I now see the Lord’s hand as he paved a path for me to know him by attending Jessup.
I had plans, but He had a better one. He used generous men and women, like you, who made it financially possible for me to attend. With two other siblings in college I needed scholarships to attend Jessup. Because of your generous investment, I am no longer born under two religions, I am born again, to a new life in Christ.
Now, I am a new creation experiencing Jessup, my education and my future with new eyes. I have the opportunity to learn from wonderful professors who truly care for their students like family members. These professors are equipping me to achieve all that God has for me in my future career as a surgical physician’s assistant. Beyond that, they are encouraging me to stand boldly in my calling for His glory.
I have been working in the university development department for two years and am privileged to see first-hand how your generosity changes lives. The joy you have in your giving and the sacrifices you make to support students like me is a tremendous blessing.
Would you consider making another gift before June 30 to The Jessup Fund so those who are deciding whether to come to Jessup right now can say “yes” to Jessup like I did?
Harpreet Chumber (’20)
Bachelor of Science-Biology