While I Was A Stranger... The Ganyo's Story.

While I Was A Stranger... The Ganyo's Story.

We are strangers living in a strange land. We’re exiles, chosen to be obedient to Christ, scattered as foreigners to be salt and light to the world around us. This obedience to Christ sometimes means that we’ll endure difficult circumstances. We’re not home yet, but we rest assured knowing that someday we will be.

Austin and Amanda Ganyo have been strangers in a strange land. Amanda has experienced this as an American living in Africa and Austin has experienced this even in different parts of West Africa.

While I Was A Stranger... Elie's Story.

While I Was A Stranger... Elie's Story.

We are strangers living in a strange land. We’re exiles, chosen to be obedient to Christ, scattered as foreigners to be salt and light to the world around us. This obedience to Christ sometimes means that we’ll endure difficult circumstances. We’re not home yet, but we rest assured knowing that someday we will be.


Elie Trabelsie is a stranger living in a strange land. He has the unique challenge of navigating being a Christian living in a world that is not his home and also a foreigner living in a country that is not his homeland. As expected, that has not always been an easy journey for Elie, but he is steadfast in his approach to following Jesus and making His name known. Here is Elie’s story of being a stranger.

Made New.

Made New.

Our purpose at Plainfield Christian Church is loving all people to New Life in Christ. There is no greater joy than witnessing this transformation in the people around us when they make the decision to be baptized! Recently, several people shared what this new life has meant, what difference it makes, and how God has been working in and through them. Below are the stories from Justin, Danielle, Ren, Chad, and Michelle, as well as a few compilations of stories.

While I Was A Stranger... She Brought Me McDonald's.

While I Was A Stranger... She Brought Me McDonald's.

I was 22. Two facts were:

1)    I was engaged to the delight of my eyes.

2)    I had no clue what appendicitis was. (I certainly would have not spelled it correctly.)

Stephanie and I spent our junior year at Johnson Bible College (now Johnson University) engaged. We would spend the majority of our time together and this last weekend of January was no different. After going out for pizza, we strolled through some stores and enjoyed our Saturday evening together. We came back to campus, said our goodnight, and went to our dorm rooms. Pretty normal night.

Later that night, around 3am, I received a phone call from Stephanie. She was in deep pain. She was doubled over. She was hurting. I grabbed my keys and sped across campus. Her roommate had helped her down the stairs and we got her into my car. Stephanie sure was coping well with the pain but I could tell she was deeply uncomfortable. I rushed to the hospital. This was the first time I really wanted to take something away from her and realized I could do nothing about it. I was scared. Yes, I will admit it, I was really scared.

While I Was A Stranger... I Realized I Wanted To Stay One

While I Was A Stranger... I Realized I Wanted To Stay One

High school wasn’t cute on me.

I was an introvert with some major social anxieties that stopped me from wanting to participate in a lot of school and church activities growing up. I believed in God, I had Christian parents, and I regularly attended church. But—no matter what I did—I couldn’t get over the paralyzing fear of being the weird, strange, shy, dorky, awkward, ________, one. I was ready for a change and I was ready to not be the odd-one-out—the stranger who didn’t fit in.

Then college happened.

This awkward teenager embarked upon a world of total freedom to express whatever she wanted, to create, and to embrace independence. 

I began my freshman year in art school in downtown Indianapolis with a new sense of confidence and a drive to not be that odd stranger anymore. I could be a whole new me. I could fit in.

A few weeks after classes started, I received a phone call…