By Josephine Schmidt-Krayer
Caleb Kanoy, a senior Criminal Justice major at Cedarville University, has experienced various challenges throughout his life. Born in Guatemala and raised in Saint Louis, Indiana, Kanoy struggled to find a true connection with his adopted family, except for his grandfather who died when he was 11 years old. After graduating from high school, Kanoy joined the army in rebellion against his family. He later came to Cedarville University to pursue his studies in Criminal Justice and join the Reserve Officers’ Training Corps.
“The Lord has worked in wondrous ways through this university,” Kanoy said. “Coming here, I did not enjoy the culture and the emphasis on faith. For years, I had found happiness and fulfillment through other things, yet the Lord pulled me back to him and reminded me of who he truly is. After turning my life around, my entire lifestyle shifted. My actions changed, words were used as encouragement for others and not in destructive means, and I began attending small groups.”
God has laid ministry on Kanoy’s heart. Currently, he is meeting with several students on a weekly basis.
“God has blessed me with the opportunity of getting to know other young men, who have gone through some of the same things that I have, who have come out on the other side strengthened, glorifying God, and encouraging others,” said Kanoy. “He has also blessed me with the opportunity to get to know men who are dealing with the same struggles currently. Hidden sins, ashamed, but seeking truth.”
Kanoy plans to continue his ministry as an active-duty second lieutenant after graduation. Later, he wishes to actively pursue a commission as an active infantry officer.
On reflecting on his life, Kanoy said, “The biggest thing that God laid on my heart is that he is God, and he is good.”
Josephine Schmidt-Krayer is a sophomore Digital Media major and the Multimedia editor for Cedars. She enjoys spending her free time with friends, playing piano and eating ice cream.