Crystal Easom: A busy Moody student who is recently returning from studies in Israel, she took the time to answer some questions for us:
Q: You are recently returned from visiting Israel – what stuck out to you most while there … and do you feel different about anything on your return home?
A: While I was in Israel, I was struck by how dramatically different Christianity is from Rabbinic Judaism and Islam. We hold a concept of grace and freedom that is beyond unique among the world religions. I have gained a vast appreciation for Western culture, particularly in regards to the respect and independence that women here enjoy that I found unfortunately and frustratingly lacking in some of the communities we interacted with in Israel.
Q: Tell us what year you are at Moody and how your studies relate to what you feel God calling you to?
A: I am a senior at Moody studying Biblical Languages. My major is admittedly a far cry from the path in law that God has redirected me towards. Regardless, through the opportunity I had at Moody to study the Scriptures thoroughly, I began to see the vast value that God places in justice in a way that I had never had before. As I lived in the city, I began to encounter injustice that I never could have imagined and felt my heart break for the men, women, and children defeated by their situations. Through those and my language and exegetical courses as well as a class in debate, a new direction began to take form.
Q: What do you like to do in your spare time?
A: I enjoy spending time with close friends over coffee or striving to conquer some new challenge, be it a bouldering problem or a new piece on my violin.
Q: Anything else we should know about you?
A: I am proudly from Colorado and, when I came to Chicago for school, I left half my heart back in the Rockies. I adore the mountains and find my rest in nature, surrounded by the power and tranquility of God’s Creation.