The following are testimonials from students who were approached by evangelicals who wishes to share, sometimes aggressively, their beliefs regarding a female God on the University of Guelph-Humber and Humber College North Campus.
The stories were gathered and written by editors Kaela Johnson and Eli Ridder.
Psychology Program third year Hannah Derue told the Post that she encountered the envangelicals “probably in late December” of last year on the bridge between the university and Humber College, were they were “insistent” to share their beliefs.
Derue, 20, said she was stopped a pair of two females that she described as “about my age”, who introduced themselves as Korean who had thick accents that wanted to talk about their beliefs that recognize the Christian God as female.
Derue, thinking they were lost on campus, asked if they were looking for directions.
The pair responded that they wanted to talk about the female form of God, and Derue, uninterested, said she had to leave to the “expressive” disappointment of the religious individuals.
A female Guelph-Humber student told the Post on condition of anonymity that she was “confronted in the Humber [College] building right outside Starbucks” on Thursday evening by a woman of Chinese ethnicity that appeared to be a student.
The source, who will be identified as Jane Smith, said that she was getting napkins to clean a coffee spill around 5 p.m. when she paused for a moment to listen to a guest lecturer in the lobby before being approached by the woman, who wore glasses.
Smith was asked whether she believed in God and if she wanted to join a bible study, which the student refused and left to attend a midterm examination, describing a “funny vibe” she had felt due to the experience.
When Smith heard of similar experiences being posted about on social media by peers at Guelph-Humber, the source said she realized “how wrong it could have turned if I had given her any information [or] even given her more of my time”.
“I hope spreading the word will make people aware to take precautions and maybe will even scare these horrible people away,” Smith told the Post.
“It’s so close to home and frightening that this could be happening at our school.”
Smith had also confirmed from a picture captured by the Post of two trespassers kicked off campus on Jan. 9 that one of them was the one who had approached her at Starbucks the night before.
Trio threatens ‘hell’, harasses
Another incident occurred last semester right before exam period.
Another anonymous student told the Post that she was walking across the campus bridge towards the Humber College side where two Asian ethnic females were blocking the doors and an older Asian lady nearby in a locker space right inside the Humber building.
The student, who asked only to be identified by her first name Taylor, said the three females stopped her and asked if she was available to hear a two-minute presentation to which Taylor agreed to listen to.
However, Taylor said that she ended up spending 45 minutes with the trio, telling the Post that “they cornered me against lockers” and that the evangelists “wouldn’t let me leave no matter how many times I told them I had to catch my bus.”
“The lady was using a bible on her phone to give me quotes and all sorts of other nonsense, ” Taylor wrote in a statement.
“When I told her I had a religion and didn’t want to change, she basically told me I was going to go to Hell because I wasn’t following the right religion.”
“When I finally started backing away and pushing through the three of them, the lady was like, just give me your number so we can do a bible study session.”
Taylor told the trio that she wasn’t on campus very often and worked odd hours so she wouldn’t be able to participate.
Taylor said “she kept pestering me to give her my number and finally after she gave up on asking, she handed me a business card with her information on it and begged for me to call her.”
It was at that point Taylor decided to leave.
“I was so shook and flabbergasted that they had backed me into a corner for 45 minutes that I immediately left and threw the business card out,” the Kinesiology Program student said.
Taylor was walking out towards the Learning Resource Commons at Humber when three other individuals with Asian descent that appeared to be part of the same group attempted to stop her.
“I immediately told them I’d already talked to the people upstairs and I wasn’t interested and ran away.”
“My friend was approached this week and when I heard they were on campus again I got nervous. Like to the point that my heart was racing,” she said.
“They are an aggressive group who don’t take no for an answer and I’m afraid if they see me again they’ll remember me. I really don’t like the thought of them being on campus though.”
“Harassment is not okay.”
University of Guelph-Humber student Hazem Idleb told the Post that he had found nothing “suspicious” during his own experience with the evangelicals.
“I was sitting beside the Learning Commons on the second floor, [when] two Chinese individuals with heavy accents approached me.,” Idleb said in a statement.
The pair started to ask questions of the student regarding the the idea of God being a father figure, asking Idleb “isn’t there a mother as well?”
“They had a little Chinese English bible with them proving that it is mentioned that the mother is a god too, showing me some verses,”Idleb wrote.
“I started to talk to them and discuss my opinion in this matter, and they seem [to have had] some difficultly in speaking big English words to prove their point.”
“At the end, they told me they have a Vible study or group that if I was interested to join to know more about the topic. I declined their offer because I was not convinced enough and didn’t have time [because] of school work.”
Idleb said the full conversation took approximately 15 minutes, saying that he “personally didn’t see them as suspicious or that [there was] something fishy about them.”
Forced to take business card
Another anonymous student told the Post that she and her colleague were approached a few weeks ago by two females of Asian descent at Guelph-Humber. The source will be identified as Paula Parkerson.
“My friend and I were heading to the washroom. When I came out, two girls, probably in their early 20s, were talking to my friend.,” said Parker.
“She looked a little uncomfortable, so I went over and redirected the attention. After that they told me their names and asked for mine. Then continued to asked me a series of questions like ‘Do you believe in god?’, ‘Do you believe that there is more than one god?’, ‘Are you Christian?'”, said Parkerson on a statement.
Parkerson replied ‘no’ to the second question. “They got really stunned and kept trying to explain God the mother. Soon after I told the two girls that my friend and I had to go to class.”
“Then they wouldn’t let us leave, but we just kept moving away. They finally left us alone after we agreed to take their business card.”
After taking their card, Parkerson and her friend headed to class. Parkerson believed that Guelph-Humber indeed started a Bible study group.
More stories to come. Image of the University of Guelph-Humber and Humber College North Campus from Wikimedia.