Alumni Monthly Newsletter October 2012
October 11, 2012
Winning Souls at UTSA
"CCS is living beyond the walls of its campus," writes an Alumni parent. How true! We, at CCS, are excited about how God is moving in and through the lives of our graduates. May you be blessed and encouraged as you read this month's Alumni Newsletter.
WINNING SOULS AT UTSA
Alumni Parent Helen Mitchell writes: "The first week of college at UT San Antonio, Ben Mitchell ('12), Jason Groll ('12) and Troy Mason ('12) met Shane. Shane is from Minnesota and didn't know anyone at UTSA. They invited Shane to attend Chi Alpha. He asked what Chi Alpha was and they explained it was a Christian ministry group on campus. Shane said he was an atheist, but he would go and 'see what it was about.'
Over the course of several weeks, Shane occasionally hung out with them along with two other CCS grads - Jonathan Mason ('11) and Daniel Rodriguez ('11). He even attended their small group Bible study a couple of times. Through these meetings, Shane was beginning to question what he believed. He was opening up and asking questions.
A couple of weeks ago after Chi Alpha worship, Shane had some questions about the message the leader had given. A few minutes into the discussion, Ben pulled out his phone and called CCS Bible Teacher Mr Frankio as he thought that Coach Frankio (Yes, we still refer to him as "Coach!) would be able to give Shane a clear explanation.
Late on a Thursday evening, Mr. Frankio talked to a boy from Minnesota he had never met and answered every question Shane asked. Ben said when Shane got off the phone, he commented how cool it was that someone was able to answer his questions in a way he could understand!
Shane recently went camping with Jonathan, Daniel, and other Chi Alpha members. Saturday afternoon, Shane stood up and said, 'I know it's time.' Jonathan and Daniel prayed with him and Shane accepted Christ as his Lord and Savior! Sunday morning during worship at a campsite, one of the leaders baptized Shane.
What a blessing it is to know that our 18-year-old son, away at college, is comfortable enough to call his high school teacher to help minister to a friend. What a blessing it is to have been a part of a school that continues to water the seeds that we as parents have planted.
CCS IS LIVING BEYOND THE WALLS OF ITS CAMPUS!"
Nick Rodriguez ('07)
Nick is attending Sam Houston State University part-time and is almost finished with a marketing degree. He is also a manager at Nature's Pest Solutions.
Josh Rodriguez ('10)
Josh is attending All Nations School of Ministry in Houston. He is very excited about what God is doing in his life through the school. He is also pursuing his personal trainer license. Josh is a member of The Ark Fellowship worship team and plays both the drums and guitar for the team. In addition, he is the owner of College Brothers Lawn Service.
Daniel Rodriguez ('11)
Daniel is attending UT San Antonio pursuing a degree in petroleum engineering. He is very involved with Chi Alpha, a ministry to students on campus. Through this ministry, he has met many committed believers who have challenged him to a deeper level with Christ.
ALUMNI SIBLING SOCCER PLAYERS
The following is an excerpt from an article posted by Sarah Minton on the University of Mary Hardin-Baylor website: "For the Teagues, soccer has always been a family thing. Saturdays were reserved for soccer games and dad was referred to as 'coach.' For Michael (CCS Class of'10) and Ashley (CCS Class of '11), soccer is still a family thing. But now they play at the University of Mary Hardin-Baylor, where dad is just a fan. Michael is a junior pre-physical therapy major and Ashely is a sophomore business management major. Both Michael and Ashley followed their older brother, Austin (CCS Class of '07), to UMHB. Austin played for the Cru from 2007-2010. (Austin is now attending graduate school at Texas A&M pursuing a Masters in Marketing.)
Ashley has been named female athlete of the week and offensive women's soccer player of the week for the American Southwest Conference. Ashley's intensity has been proven this season. To date, she has scored goals in four of UMHB's six games, including two game-winning goals for the Lady Cru.
Michael is exactly the kind of kid we want to recruit here at UMHB," says Coach Bankhead. He is a true student-athlete and takes care of business on and off the field. He is vital to our program through his leadership, work ethic, and attitude.
The siblings, who are just 13 months apart, say they enjoy having one another on campus."
WHITE COATS FOR FUTURE DOCTORS
Two CCS grads recently received their "white coats" signifying the next step in becoming a doctor.
Allie Borkovich ('08)
Allie is attending medical school at the University of Texas Medical Branch (UTMB) in Galveston, TX. She hopes to become a pediatrician.
Christie Gamble ('09)
Christie is pursuing PharmD degree (Doctor of Pharmacy) at Texas A&M Health Science Center Rangel College of Pharmacy in Kingsville, Texas.
MORE ALUMNI NEWS
Scott Potter ('02)
Scott and Brooke Potter are pleased to announce the birth of their daughter, Ryann Sloane Potter, born September 21. Scott and Brooke also have two sons, Ty and Noah. They will be moving back to Houston this month.
Roxy Wisdom VanWinkle ('03)
Roxy and husband, Calvin, are pleased to announce the birth of their daughter, Audrey, born on October 5.
Justin Kirtley ('04)
Justin and wife, Natalie, welcomed baby daughter, Carlee, in July 2012.
Rachel Wrobleske ('08)
Rachel is teaching homeschool English classes for 5th-6th grade and theatre classes at Cypress Academy of Performing Arts. She just got signed by a talent agency and will be pursuing acting as well.
Catrina Beaty ('09)
Catrina traveled to Romania over the summer. She writes,"Romania has a special place in my heart. In June 1991, God used my parents to adopt me - an orphan in Romania - to bring me back to the U.S. to give me a future, an identity not signed with an "X," and a life filled with faith, hope, and love. Twenty-one years later, I was able to travel back to the country of my birth for the first time. While in Romania, our group was involved in several different ministries. One of the highlights of the trip was being able to tell my testimony at VBS. As I was able to share my story of how God saved me not only from physical death as a baby, but also from spiritual death, it was amazing to see how all the children and the moms were completely captivated. To God be the glory! Some of the other aspects of our trip included helping teach an English class to Romanian teens (imagine a group of Texans trying to teach Romanians how to speak English!); putting on a women’s retreat and babysitting their children; spending time with Romanian youth at a youth retreat; and passing out gospel tracts and evangelizing. Going back to Romania was something I never thought I would do, but God’s plans aren’t ours and as my life verse Ecclesiastes 3:11 states...we can’t fully comprehend the full scope of God’s work from beginning to end, and that He has made everything beautiful in His time. I appreciate your prayers, thoughts, and financial support- it is neat to realize that God uses each of us in His good, pleasing, and perfect will!"
Catrina has returned to HBU (Houston Baptist University) to complete her undergraduate degree in History with a minor in Christianity. She will graduate in spring 2013.
Brian Fredrich ('10)
Brian spent part of his summer in Africa working as a research assistant to a team of biologists in Namibia. They were able to capture a leopard and a hyena from the wild to extract DNA samples and run analysis on the populations' health. Brian said being a part of this process was incredible. He is currently a junior at Westminster College in Salt Lake City studying elementary and special education. Brian is doing great in college and has been very active in school and Bible studies. Brian's mom wrote: I've had the chance to visit him a few times and God has blessed me by showing me the growth that Brian is experiencing in so many ways. I give the credit to CCS for giving Brian the chance to blossom that public school did not. I give glory to God for leading us to CCS for Brian to spend those most important high school years!