- Letters to Editor
BY: JACQUELINE THACKER
Shane Terrell, pastor of Grace Presbyterian Church in America, in Danville, visited Eastern Tuesday night, April 9, as a guest speaker for Outreach.
Outreach is a college ministry that brings students together to learn and worship Jesus Christ.
His discussion was based around biblical manhood and womanhood. Terrell said that sin affects the lives of women in three ways: the tongue, the drama and the desire for control.
“Women create drama to draw us in,” Terrell said. “It’s a craving to be in the middle of things.”
Terrell has daughters of his own and said he knows all about their drama.
“The most important relationship on Earth: a man and a woman,” Terrell said.
He said he strongly feels that men and women were created to complement each other.
Men are supposed to be strong and courageous to embrace the responsibilities of life but also have a sensitive and compassionate side to engage in the relationships of life.
“Biblical womanhood is to be a life giver not a life taker,” Terrell said.
Terrell compared women to spaghetti, stating that they have so many thoughts at one time, they don’t know what’s going on. He referred to men as waffles, everything in their life is compartmentalized. This got the audience laughing, and many shared stories of their own lives.
The overall theme for the night was the relationship between a man and a woman. While Terrell emphasized how a biblical woman and man should be, he did enforce that it is not about being perfect, it is about doing your best, and giving all the glory to the Lord.
Laura Rogers, 20, from Lexington, said she tries to attend outreach whenever she can. Speakers like Terrell, really motivate her to try and make it out every Tuesday.
“To hear about how God loves me and is taking care of me really gives me strength to push forward,” Rogers said.
Kristen Frauenhoffer, 20, from Danville, has been a long time member of Terrell’s church and is now a junior at Eastern.
“Those three points that Shane spoke on about women really are the things I struggle with the most,” Frauenhoffer said. “So, along with just a pure love for people I continue to go back to Campus Outreach to help me grow in my faith and relationship with The Lord.”
The large audience was very enthusiastic and receptive to Terrell. Many even stayed after to talk to him. His personality really showed through his enthusiasm for the topic.
“I could have spent a whole year on these topics,” Terrell said.
Terrell was born and raised in Alabama. He grew up playing football and going to church, but it wasn’t until college that he says he really found God. Before becoming a pastor, Terrell worked with Outreach for 17 years.
Outreach meets every Tuesday at 9:15 p.m. in Herndon Lounge, located in Powell. Anybody is free to attend and students are encouraged to bring a friend. Any questions you have can be directed to their Facebook page, Campus Outreach EKU.
Outreach also has a summer project coming up in Sandusky, Ohio where students can stay for nine weeks. They will work a full time job while attending bible studies and other ministry trainings.