Humans of Redeemer

Elise Arsenault | Reporter 

In 2010, a man by the name of Brandon Stanton began a photographic project in New York City that would grow to become a #1 New York Times bestseller and photoblog boasting over 15 million followers worldwide.

 Initially, Stanton set out to create what he calls “an exhaustive catalogue of New York City’s inhabitants,” comprised of 10,000 photos plotted across a city map. The concept took on a different form, however, as he began collecting pieces of conversation had with those he photographed. Photo captions would soon become as vital as the shots themselves, and, together, make for a captivating stream of stories he entitles, “Humans of New York.”

This year, the Crown seeks to mimic Stanton’s idea on campus by asking thoughtful questions and taking candid photos of students, staff and faculty included in each issue.

 We know that stories are powerful, so the goal here is to further uncover our own. Scripture tells us to rejoice with those who rejoice, mourn with those who mourn, share the word of our testimony and give glory to God in every season. This column is simply another means to do so, and remind ourselves that our King, Jesus, is the ultimate author and finisher of our faith.

 

What is something that you're thankful for this year?

“For the ability to choose. I was standing in line the other day thinking: ‘I’m hungry, do I want something salty or chocolaty?’ Whereas people all over the world are thinking: ‘If I’m lucky enough to have food, I’ll eat it’. I’m thankful for living in a country wealthy enough that we can choose.” 

“For the ability to choose. I was standing in line the other day thinking: ‘I’m hungry, do I want something salty or chocolaty?’ Whereas people all over the world are thinking: ‘If I’m lucky enough to have food, I’ll eat it’. I’m thankful for living in a country wealthy enough that we can choose.” 

“There was a moment this year when I felt completely lost; I didn’t know what to do, where to go, or what the next step in my life was going to be. I found that I needed to surrender to God in that moment, and found so much clarity and peace. There are moments where God just kind of knocks you off of your feet and says ‘You know what? You need to slow down. You need to listen to what I have to say.’ It transforms things completely, and I’m grateful for that!”

“There was a moment this year when I felt completely lost; I didn’t know what to do, where to go, or what the next step in my life was going to be. I found that I needed to surrender to God in that moment, and found so much clarity and peace.

There are moments where God just kind of knocks you off of your feet and says ‘You know what? You need to slow down. You need to listen to what I have to say.’ It transforms things completely, and I’m grateful for that!”

“For the new crop of students that come every year. They are always so interesting!”

“For the new crop of students that come every year. They are always so interesting!”

“I’ve recently become a lot more thankful for my Oma and the relationship I have with her. This past summer I would drive down once a week to have coffee, and we would talk for hours! The stories of her childhood, of war, and the advice she gave me — I’ve been able to relate to her in a really different way than before, different than with anyone else in the world. She has so much wisdom.”

“I’ve recently become a lot more thankful for my Oma and the relationship I have with her. This past summer I would drive down once a week to have coffee, and we would talk for hours! The stories of her childhood, of war, and the advice she gave me — I’ve been able to relate to her in a really different way than before, different than with anyone else in the world. She has so much wisdom.”

“I’m deeply thankful for Waffle Fridays.”

“I’m deeply thankful for Waffle Fridays.”

“Two things come to mind. I come from a family where no one ever attended a post-secondary institution, so I’m thankful to God for even the opportunity to come here and receive an education that my family and ancestors didn’t receive. On a more spiritual side: receiving the grace of God, and the love that he provided for us on the cross. That’s something that we didn’t deserve — for him to humble himself and come down to die for our sins… I’d say I’m always thankful for that; it’s what motivates me to live.” “When I came here, I didn’t think I was going to meet people who were so grounded in their faith. For a very long time I had struggles with my faith in God, and so now that I have friends who can build me up spiritually, and who I can build up — that’s what I’m really thankful for.”

“Two things come to mind. I come from a family where no one ever attended a post-secondary institution, so I’m thankful to God for even the opportunity to come here and receive an education that my family and ancestors didn’t receive.

On a more spiritual side: receiving the grace of God, and the love that he provided for us on the cross. That’s something that we didn’t deserve — for him to humble himself and come down to die for our sins… I’d say I’m always thankful for that; it’s what motivates me to live.”

“When I came here, I didn’t think I was going to meet people who were so grounded in their faith. For a very long time I had struggles with my faith in God, and so now that I have friends who can build me up spiritually, and who I can build up — that’s what I’m really thankful for.”