Aaron Klosheim: Keeping Christ First

Aaron Klosheim: Keeping Christ First

Aaron KlosheimAaron Klosheim, 20, is a sophomore in the Health and Physical Education program. Originally from Cooperstown, NY, he currently resides in Ketcham Hall where he is a Resident Assistant.

Recently, he had an essay published in the Journal of Physical Education, Recreation and Dance; a magazine for people who teach physical education or are involved in fitness instruction.

Aaron would like to work in long-term overseas missions after he graduates. He would like to teach sports to kids or adults and use that as a basis for his ministry.

In his spare time he can be found in the gym or running. He loves to read for personal study or about the topics discussed in his classes. He also enjoys playing the guitar at his church and spending time with the guys in his dorm.

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Insight Questions

Why was your essay published?
Every month, the journal poses a question on a controversial topic and accepts 200-word essays from readers voicing their opinion on the topic.

All the students in Coach Chris Davis' HPE class had to send in an essay on the topic of exergaming being used as an activity in HPE classes. (Exergaming is the word used for video games that initiate physical exercise.) Mine was picked and published on the response page in the January issue of the journal.

Read his essay here.

What was your reaction to having your response published?
It was a surprise when Coach Davis told me that my essay had made it into the magazine. I did not expect it, but it was fun to see my name in the journal. I do not consider myself much of a writer, but I enjoy it when I have time and a topic I am interested in.

Why did you choose the HPE program?
The professors in the HPE department are excellent. They are the main reason for the success of the department and a big reason I enjoy my major so much. They are all excellent communicators and educators who know the subjects they teach very well. I am most encouraged by each one's passion for God. They are preparing me to be successful in my personal walk with Christ in whatever ministry God might call me to. They care about students on a personal and spiritual level and do not focus solely on preparing us to be educators. I greatly appreciate the experience and guidance they have given to me in all areas of life; not just issues in HPE.

What do you like most about the HPE program?
One of the things I most enjoy about the HPE program is the opportunity to spend class time playing sports and working hands on. We also get many opportunities to present and teach in class, which is good preparatory work.

What led you to missions?
My understanding of scripture is that we as believers are called to take the Gospel all over the world and there are many places on earth where the Gospel has not reached. The least I can do in response to God's gift to me is share the story of God's grace to others who haven't heard.

How did you know this was what you wanted to do?
I took a trip to Morocco my senior year of high school and it allowed me to see a culture with hardly any Christian influence living under Islamic oppression. That trip continues to challenge me to go somewhere in the world that needs the Gospel.

What has been your biggest challenge?
The biggest challenge is my human nature and just wanting the normal, easy life that most people in America enjoy. I struggle keeping my focus on Christ and not on my own punitive needs and wants.

Do you have a favorite Bible verse or passage?
A couple of my favorite passages are Luke 9:23-27 and 1 Thessalonians 5:16-18. Both of these challenge and remind me to live every day for Christ and keep Him always first in my mind.

Contact Information

Click to learn more about the Health and Physical Education program at BBC.

Click to learn more about the Missions program at BBC here.

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Posted on: 3/10/2009 3:05:57 PM

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