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CLAY

My name’s Clay and I’m a 2nd year Christ in the City missionary from Birmingham, Alabama.

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What brought you to Christ in the City?

The story of me getting to Christ in the City is very shocking and abrupt. My first year of college was a rollercoaster of darkness and sin and then a beautiful reversion back into my faith for the first time in years. At the end of the year I went to speak to my former teacher at my catholic high school who is a Dominican Sister from Nashville. She was convinced I would fall back into sin during the Summer and so she got in touch with some of her Denver contacts and found a spot for me in this year’s Summer of Service program. She also fundraised all the money needed from benefactors I still do not know. I came to Christ in the City in May and fell in love with my faith, the missionary community, and the poor. I saw that the Year of Service needed men and decided to ask the Lord if he wanted me to stay. He responded with a resounding yes! Now I believe I am called to continue my work here at Christ in the City for the Year.

How has Christ in the City helped you grow?

Christ in the City has helped me grow by allowing me to see myself. I have truly discovered so much about who I am and what I am. My identity as a son of God first, before anything else, is what this year of mission has given to me. I want to only grow more in this and I want to make cultivating this identity my top priority. I am truly beloved, although I forget it a lot. Realizing this has allowed me to interact with others in a completely new way. Every human being on this earth shares this beautiful identity with me. Every human being on this earth is worth reverencing, loving, cherishing, and listening to just like I am. This is true because we are children of the Father, the king of all reality. We are all princes and princesses in his house.

A bit about me

I am the third of four brothers from Birmingham, Alabama. I attend Auburn University in Southeast Alabama (War Eagle!) and was studying Political Science before deciding to head God’s missionary call. I am a history buff and also love watching, talking about, and playing sports. My favorite food is Gumbo cooked by my New Orleanian mother and after CIC I want to I want to freely and fully give myself to whoever/whatever Jesus wants me to.