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Trinity Welcomes Grandparents to Campus

At Grandparents’ Day on April 16, student Deonna Randle-El ’10 of Hickory Hills, Illinois, shared with grandparents and fellow students how her grandmother taught her an important life lesson relevant to Proverbs 3:5-6:

“Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways acknowledge him, and he will make your paths straight.”

Although at first she hadn’t planned to attend Trinity, she realized God had a different plan. “I have truly learned a lot during my first two years here,” said Randle-El. “I love Trinity, and there is no place I would rather be.”

Student speakers Bill DeRuiter ’09 of Chicago Ridge, Illinois, and Jake DeMaster ’08 of Palos Park, Illinois, echoed their classmate’s sentiments about the College and the influence of godly and loving grandparents.

DeRuiter’s grandparents Lloyd and Phyllis DeVries and Sid and Marilyn DeRuiter attended the event. Phyllis (Overzet) DeVries graduated with the first class in 1961 and listened as her grandson credited their generation with being “a stronghold for many, many families that have made their way through Trinity Christian College.”

Speaking about his grandparents and Trinity experience, DeMaster commented, “They have always helped to push me to do my best in every area of life, and this has helped push me to take advantage of the opportunities that I have had here at Trinity.”

Grandparents joined their grandchildren for chapel and lunch before enjoying tours of campus and a visit to the new Bootsma Bookstore Café.

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