UNI Grads: Hilary Pepper 10 Years Later

Name: Hilary Pepper Family: Not yet, but patient and hopeful.

Where on the map? Deep in the heart of Texas! (Eh hem…it was during my time at UNI when I said I’d never live in Texas!—oops!)

Full Time Job/Ministry: My dream job! I'm teaching in an intensive English program in a university environment with international students from literally all over the world; however the majority of them are from the ME and Asia/East Asia. My heart has been burdened for the peoples of the ME for quite some time. Not knowing when I’ll go, I’ve had the joy of working alongside like-minded brothers and sisters through the local church. Together, many of us are also laboring in a CPM among M’s, believing that He has called some of the thousands living here (Acts 17:26-27). We are in the first year and are depending on our Father for so much!

Is this what you thought you’d be doing when you were in college? I knew I would be working with other cultures, but I had no idea it would be like this! These past 10 years have been more than I had ever envisioned or dreamed for my life. It has certainly been an Ephesians 3:20 decade.

What do you dream about doing 10 years from now? Similar to what I’m currently doing but dreaming and believing God for even more. I have no idea the location, but I’m confident it will involve the unengaged, a team, and Lord-willing, a family.

Favorite UNI Memory: Not sure if you all remember this, but 98% of my college days were Christ-less days. In God’s perfect timing, He used high-school friends Mark, Doug, Katie, Laura, Jesse, and Dennis to point me to Jesus during the rough years, and Spot’s testimony to draw me to Main Event ’97. While there, He used Justin’s cross-dressing (old woman?), Mark and Aimee’s small group time, and Caligiuri’s re-enactment of the crucifixion to reveal His Truth to me. Therefore, aside from my final two months on campus, my UNI memories with everyone don’t run too deep. However, I’ll never forget the team mascot who was strapped to our van’s windshield the entire way to Passion ’98 and, while there, the group’s obsession with front row seats and Piper-sightings. I kept thinking, “My new friends are kinda weird!”

Being a part of the gals’ bridal showers and learning how to play “Hot Seat!”…blaring (and dancing!) to Peder Eide’s, “Where Justice Rolls Down” in my sorority house. I forget who exchanged the Oreo cream filling for toothpaste at a church potluck. Dirty.

Seriously, though, you UNI grads have no idea how much each of you has helped shape who I am today. Your examples of grace and love and Christ-likeness in my initial months/years of learning to walk with Jesus were foundational and life-giving to me. www.seeandknow.wordpress.com.