We asked Peter 10 Questions
Peter Baergen first got involved with Generation Joshua in 2012 and has been involved with GenJ Clubs and Student Action Teams. In 2014, he received GenJ's Future of America Leadership Award. Peter is currently interning with Generation Joshua remotely from his home state of Michigan while enrolled in Liberty University Online and staying active with local campaigns.
1. What was your first job?My first "official job" was helping run a State Board of Education campaign in Michigan. Prior to that, I had the opportunity to intern for both Students for Life of Michigan and the Michigan Republican Party, and learned a tremendous amount from each one of these opportunities. Never underestimate the value of internships, especially if you can do them early on.
2. What book are you currently reading?Right now, actually, I've temporarily put my reading list aside due to school and other projects, and I'm just reading through the book of Proverbs. I've read Proverbs several times over before, but it never ceases to amaze me how many little bits of wisdom I find each time I read it that hadn't previously caught my eye. Previously, I recently finished No Fear by Tony Perkins, a collection of stories about young Christians who are standing up for God's truth each and every day across America.
4. Where are you most likely to be seen dining when you want a great meal?Probably Los Tres Amigos, a Michigan-based Mexican chain. The fajita nachos are the best. But you just can't beat my mom's tuna casserole.
5. What is your favorite professional sports team?Excellent question—I was the guy who was researching Senate Bill 50 during the Super Bowl. If you'd asked me 12 or 13 years ago, I probably would have said the Detroit Pistons, so we'll go with that.
7. What’s the most impacting story you read/watched in your youth?That's definitely a tough one, but I'd have to say Nate Saint and the four other missionaries that were murdered as they were trying to bring the Gospel message to the Waoroni (Auca) tribe in Ecuador. Most people associate this story first and foremost with Jim Elliot, but as a kid who was very interested in aviation, I read several books about Nate Saint and his family. I was deeply impressed by the way he took a "secular" passion and turned it into an opportunity to minister. If your reading list could use an addition, I highly recommend Jungle Pilot: The Gripping Story of the Life and Witness of Nate Saint, Martyred Missionary to Ecuador by Russell T. Hitt.
8. What motivates you to continue when life gets crazy?The hope I have in Jesus Christ. No matter what comes, I know that He works all things together for good, to them that love God, to them who are the called according to His purpose (Romans 8:28).
10. What’s one piece of advice that has helped shape the course of your life?In 1 Timothy 4:12, Paul writes to Timothy reminding him that while he is young, he can and should still be setting a Christ-like example. "Let no man despise thy youth," Paul writes, "but be thou an example of the believers, in word, in conversation, in charity, in spirit, in faith, in purity."
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