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Reggie Velasco

My name is Regino Velasco and I am recent Impact195 graduate! I want to start by expressing my love for my Impact195 family who has been with me through every twist and turn of this incredible journey that the Lord has taken me on over the last year. You all mean a lot to me and the love and character you all showed me is a testimony of how a family in God should be with one another. I would also like to express my love to my blood family and especially my father. I am blessed to be one of the lucky ones to be raised with the Word of God. Having been born with the potential to be a third generation missionary and third generation pastor, my father taught me the stories of the Bible from a very young age. However, growing up with a family who was sold out for Christ and living a lean life in order to expand the kingdom of God, in my mind, I lacked many of the cool things the kids had back then had. Like the LA Gear Lights, you guys remember those?! Unfortunately, this lead to me being teased and put down at a young age. And although my parents diligently gave me a biblical perspective of the way we lived, it still began to create a lot of insecurities in me. Growing up in church I was flourishing in the youth ministry until High School where the teasing and bullying started getting worse. I began to put my identity in sports and girls. Once I got to college I began to experience discrimination and began to build bitterness in my heart. It was at that point that I stopped going to church and I chose to to put my faith and belief in science. Burying my head in the Self Help section of bookstores and studying physics and biology, I didn’t realize that deep down I was searching for meaning and purpose in my life and design. I began to party with the wrong crowd. All the while, my family was constantly reaching out to me to remind me of who I was in the God. They were diligently praying for me and asking the Lord to protect me. Then the Lord brought me to San Diego on business. I continued to party and began to distance myself from my family, and until recently, not realizing that I was becoming a zombie walking an endless cycle with no purpose having turned my back to God. Then the Lord brought a friend into my life. He was one of the first Impact195 students. He brought me to Rock Church and was very influential in bringing me to this difficult and wonderful school. As I went into my first term here, all of the lessons and paradigms my father taught me from a young age started to come back and make sense. I learned that I am God’s workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand that I should walk in them. (Ephesians 2:10) And like Jesus to the Father, I am to walk as the brightness of His Glory and the express image of His person. (Hebrews 1:3) I realized that I had finally found the purpose and design I was searching for during my time in college. During the second term, I learned about character and how the bible teaches us about true leadership and direction for those who follow Christ. Through the book of Nehemiah and Mark I learned how to be a true leader, how to rebuild the ruins in my life brought on by different circumstances and how to build the team that can help me do it. Through the word, I had finally found the “how to” I had searched for in the “Self Help” Section. Having been equipped with a powerful, knowledgeable design from God, I was equipped with Godly purpose during my third term. Through the book of Joshua, Mark and Acts, God showed me the purpose of my design and commissioned me to go out into the world and make disciples. And now I write these words as a renewed and redeemed vessel, full of Godly knowledge and burdened with glorious purpose, ready, like Caleb in the book of Joshua, to take his mountain.