Flavor of the Month: Jeremy Rocha

2012 Jeremy RochaThis coming fall, we will be sending off another MEANS volunteer to college. Jeremy Rocha, the youngest son of Ramon and Grace Rocha, will be attending Calvin College in Grand Rapids Michigan.

Growing up & Interests
Jeremy was born and raised in the Philippines. He immigrated to the States in April of this year along with his parents. So far, the weather has been the biggest adjustment. (He has been warned about the Midwest winters!) Besides adjusting to life here in the states, these past couple of months have been a blessing for Jeremy as he has been able to engage in one of his favorite pastimes, reading. Normally during the school year he only has time for academic reading. Jeremy has been able to enjoy the Harry Potter series, The Chronicles of Narnia series, as well as books by Orson Scott Card. Aside from reading, Jeremy also enjoys listening to a wide variety of music ranging from country music to pop music. Additionally, aside from listening to music, Jeremy enjoys playing acoustic guitar. His parents also introduced Jeremy and his siblings to various sports. In high school, Jeremy played varsity soccer. He enjoys playing badminton, Ultimate Frisbee, and running. Sometimes after a MEANS work day, he can be seen beating other volunteers in a game of ping pong.

Jeremy grew up in a Christian home, and was introduced to the gospel around age 6 or 7 years. His spiritual growth has been a process and he considers his spiritual birthday to be April 20, 2008. It was then, at an ISCF camp, that he truly understood what it meant to be a Christian. This was the turning point in his knowledge and understanding of Christ, as well as his serving. Jeremy sees most how God has been working in his life when other people affirm it. For example, during a conversation with another person who doesn’t have a good understanding of the Word of God, Jeremy is able to bless this person by helping them increase in their understanding because of God’s help and his experience as a youth leader.

Hopes for the future
As of right now, Jeremy hopes to work here after graduating from school to pay off debts, but does hope to some day go back to the Philippines.

Prayer Requests
Provision for the rest of his tuition, books, meals, and other living expenses.
Opportunity to work at Calvin College
Opportunity to serve Christ while at school
Adjustment to life at Calvin College
For his parents, who he will miss, and who will surely miss him!

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