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Core Team
2016 - 2017

Amber Buhagiar, Brown University '18



Amber Buhagiar is a Junior at Brown University studying Biomedical Engineering on a premed track. Since close personal encounters with God manifest the fruit of the Spirit, Amber continually strives to encounter the profound attributes of the Heavenly Father by daily drawing near to Him in worship and study of scripture. She desires to see Heaven come on Brown’s campus by believing that God will release love, hope, peace, restoration, and redemption among her peers, renouncing any spirt of brokenness to form one united body. Having struggled with performance anxiety and self-defeating habits herself, Amber has a heart for those who grapple with self-acceptance and prays to see them become fully aware of their God-given worth, accepting that their identity in Christ is secure and unchanged despite failure or success. In her spare time, Amber enjoys cooking vegetarian cuisine, trying new coffee shops, and talking about Jesus!



Tom Chang, Dartmouth College '17



Tom is a member of the Class of 2016 at Dartmouth and is now pursuing a Master’s degree in Computer Science at Dartmouth. Tom encountered God during his Senior year in college. Since then, God has caused many changes in Tom: cutting away many of the fruitless branches in his life and aligning his will with the will of God. Now, Tom strives to live his life according to the commandments given by Jesus in Mark 12:30: “You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, with all your soul, with all your mind, and with all your strength” and “You shall love your neighbor as yourself.” Tom wishes to help everyone around him through spreading the gospel and sharing his testimonies. Tom enjoys coding, cooking, lifting, fencing, playing basketball, watching anime and Korean drama and hanging out with his friends.



Angela Kim, Dartmouth College '17



Angela is a senior at Dartmouth College majoring in Geography. After encountering the Holy Spirit in her sophomore year of high school, she desired to live trusting the Lord with all her heart. It was not until college though that she began to live a life knowing only Jesus Christ and him crucified. Her desire is to witness atmospheres shifting and see hearts set free by God’s radical love, especially on college campuses. In her free time, Angela enjoys making pottery, running along the Connecticut River, journaling, and eating. She desires to live a life that pleases the Lord to one day throw her crowns at Jesus’ feet and worship him.



Margaret Li, University of Pennsylvania '17



Margaret is a senior studying Computer Science at the University of Pennsylvania. As a burned out high school student in 2012, she attended (read: was forced to attend) the second Closer conference. There, she encountered God and has been hungry for more since. Margaret's personal desire is to get as close to Jesus and become as like him as possible. To look like him, talk like him, act like him. Her goals are best stated in the words of Jonathan Edwards: "Resolution One: I will live for God. Resolution Two: If no one else does, I still will." Her dream is to see everyone - especially those on her campus - turn away from the unsatisfying things of the world, which only leave exhaustion and starvation in their wake. That instead, they would turn to Jesus to know him and be captivated by his beauty and glory alone. Margaret enjoys coding, reading, white flowers, and sea salt dark chocolate.



Shiyi Li, Princeton University '17



Shiyi is a senior at Princeton University majoring in Chemical and Biological Engineering, although she plans to pursue medicine post-graduation. Having been redeemed by Christ at the end of high school, she is overjoyed to live her daily life with Jesus and make His love manifest to those around her. She feels a strong life call to lead her family and relatives in rural China to Christ and is confident that although the obstacles are immense, nothing is impossible for the LORD. An introvert at heart, Shiyi enjoys reading, journaling, biking and heated discussions of contemporary Chinese history.



Jin Qiu, University of Pennsylvania '17



Jin is a senior at the University of Pennsylvania pursing a degree in economics. Since encountering God in his late teens, God wrecked his life and turned it downside up. As he increasingly surrenders to the lordship of Jesus, God fundamentally changed his beliefs on morality, strength, love and purpose. Jin now only seeks to abide in God. Psalms 84:10 aptly captures this affection: “For a day in your courts is better than a thousand elsewhere. I would rather be a doorkeeper in the house of my God than dwell in the tents of wickedness.” With his newfound freedom in Christ, Jin feels lead for the rest of his family to know the transformative power of the Gospel and to usher in the kingdom of God to those who are rejected by the world. He lives for the vision promised in revelation where people from all nations, tribes and tongue will stand before the throne of God.



Jacklyne Vargas, Brown University '18



Jacklyne Vargas is a junior at Brown University studying Political Science. She constantly works to learn of new aspects of God's perfect love and strives to do everything she can to enable others to encounter and be undone by that same marvelous love. Having grown up in the church but only really deciding to pursue Jesus in her late teens, Jacklyne knows how it is to feel disconnected and far away from our Father but hopes to help others eradicate that spirit of loneliness and help them build the true Father-child relationship God always intended us to have. She has a burning heart for souls and prays to see people--as well as enable others to see themselves--as God sees them, complete and perfect in His image and likeness. She can often be found with her head buried in a book trying to keep up with an immense amount of assigned readings but will absolutely be willing to drop said book to pray with anyone and speak to others about Jesus.