DAYTON & HOPE MERRELL
southern illinois university-edwardsville
Degree: Mathematics Education
Hometown: Fort Wayne, IN
Basketball, logo design, house projects
A Praying Life by Paul Miller, The Lost Art of Disciple Making by LeRoy Eims, Humility by C.J. Mahaney, Living in the Cross-Centered Life by C.J. Mahaney, The Mortification of Sin by John Owens, Repentance by C. John Miller
Favorite Local Restaurant
Sauce On the Side
Cinderella Man, The Prestige, Shawshank Redemption, Hoosiers, Inception, Gladiator, Amistad
I grew up as a highly moral, golden child in a Christian home. I thought of Jesus as a major help in attaining righteousness before God, but not my only hope. I thought that as long as my good deeds outweighed my bad, then I would go to heaven. It wasn't until early high school when God opened my eyes to the depth of my sin and that my very core was wicked. He showed me I needed a new heart (Ezekiel 36:26-27), and that was when I trusted in Jesus to save me from myself.
Vision for Laboring
In a world of broken families, I long to see godly marriages and families that will change their communities.