Profiles in Faith: Matthew Frasik
When Mattew Frasik took his first steps in his walk with Christ, he wasn’t seeking a relationship with God — it was quite the contrary.
“I grew up Catholic, and that can mean a thousand different things,” he said. “I believed (in God), but I never really had what you could call a relationship with Him.”
The Grand Blanc senior was a student at Mott Community College. He was seeing a girl. It was nothing serious.
She invited him to her Pentecostal church near Flint. During the service, things got weird. Pentecostals are one sect of Christianity known for bouts of glossolalia -- or speaking in tongues when filled with the Holy Spirit.
Frasik was 19 years old. He remembers saying, “God, forgive me for coming here!”
Then came the altar call, a portion of service when the pastor blesses a person with the Holy Spirit.
“(The pastor) said, ‘guys, there’s someone in this room that God’s calling for a relationship,” Frasik recalled. “I was like 'Oh crap, I know what that means.”
Frasik stood mute, but he felt a fire raging deep in his soul. He interpreted it as the Holy Spirit.
“In that moment, God transformed me,” he said. “ I talked to (the pastor) afterward and said, ‘I don’t know what that was, but I feel like I need to talk to you.’”
A month later, Frasik was baptized and born again. While he found immediate comfort in his decision, Frasik was still a young man filled with loneliness -- a feeling that got worse once he came to Central Michigan University.
Last year, Frasik was in a relationship with a different girl back home. They hadn’t been dating long, but the distance took a toll.
“I hated this school, and I hated being here,” he said. “All I wanted to do was to go back to Flint.”
He prayed and asked his God and Jesus Christ to guide him. After much meditation, he received his answer.
“God said, ‘don’t worry, there are people who can benefit from knowing you, as you can benefit from knowing them,” Frasik said.
Soon afterward, he joined the fellowship at His House, 211 W. Broomfield St. The community brought back his stability in Christ.
“It was important that people wanted to get to know me in church,” he said. “People invited me to go get a cup of coffee, and play video games and talk about Christ. God put me exactly where I needed to be.”