Makayla Bachmeier

Makayla-BachmeierGreat is Thy faithfulness
Morning by morning new mercies I see;
All I have needed Thy hand hath provided

The words from this hymn became very apparent to me in these past few months. I am a student at the University of Northwestern- Saint Paul. Some could call this the “school of my dreams”. It was the only college I really had an interest in during my college search and I can honestly say that I felt God called me to be here. From the first moment I stepped onto campus I felt at home and knew that I wanted to make this apart of my story. A dream like this naturally comes with a price tag. To attend the first semester of my freshman year was definitely burdensome on my family, but God provided a way for me to be here and I could not have been more grateful. It’s funny when you think you have your entire life planned out, exactly where you are going to go and what you want to be when you grow up. And then, God decides to show you His sense of humor and completely change everything. 

Over Thanksgiving break I was given news that due to financial circumstances, I would be unable to return to Northwestern that upcoming spring semester. All of my plans fell right before my eyes. I returned back to Northwestern and began to take the steps necessary to withdraw from school at Northwestern. I had a short window of time in which to figure out my plans and take action as soon as I could. I knew that I wanted to stay in the Twin Cities and still try and be involved with Northwestern in some capacity, but I felt at a loss for where I would live and how I could make that a reality. As the days went on I was surrounded with amazing support from friends and staff at Northwestern. I have always struggled with asking people for help, especially when it comes to money and finances so I was trying to figure out everything on my own. But, something completely unexpected happened. My boss and some other friends and staff at Northwestern became aware of my situation and began to start making connections with people who they thought could help. Through a series of different emails, meetings, conversations, and a lot of prayer we were able to find all the necessary funds to cover the gap so I could stay at Northwestern..

I can’t even begin to express how amazed I was at this happening. The community that came together and ultimately, seeing God’s faithfulness blew me away. I have never been more grateful to be a student here at the University of Northwestern and I can say fully that I am here because of how God provided. Like the old hymn says, “Great is Thy faithfulness”, that is definitely true.