Student Spotlight: Justin and Jayla Prough

As Valentine's Day approaches, American greeting card and candy companies are working hard to remind everyone about the joys that the holiday can bring as they bombard the public with the sweetest, cutest and sometimes sappiest gifts imaginable.

Even though Valentine's Day is about being pampered and showered with loving expressions in the form of cards, candy, and various gifts, it is important to remember that these material blessings are not actually what encompasses the meaning of love.

"Dear children, let us not love with words or speech but with actions and in truth." - 1 John 3:18

One SCU couple rejoices that they found love by allowing God to bring them both to Southwestern Christian University and, ultimately, allowing them to join in holy matrimony.

After graduating from Sapulpa High School, located just outside of Tulsa, Okla, in 2007, Jayla Frost enrolled in her first semester of college at Oklahoma State University. After realizing that she was not happy at OSU, Jayla prayed for the Lord to direct her down a different path.
Attending church all her life and becoming a member of the Assemblies of God, Jayla was already familiar with Southwestern Christian University, as her sister was enrolled there and living on campus. After consideration of the cost to attend SCU for both her and her older sibling, and the satisfactory settlement of those issues, Jayla enrolled and arrived at the Bethany, Okla. campus in the Fall of 2009, ready to travel the path where God had directed her.

Justin Prough came to SCU in the Fall of 2008 after receiving his Associate's Degree from Seminole State College (Okla.). The native of Macomb, Okla. grew up in the Pentecostal Church's Heartland Conference and made the decision to attend SCU after attending a Fall Preview. When Jayla arrived a year later, her older sister persuaded Justin to show her baby sister the ropes at SCU while also keeping an eye out for her.

Justin gladly accepted the challenge, resulting in the pair going on their first date to the Oklahoma State Fair. One week later, Justin asked Jayla to be his girlfriend while taking a walk with her at Lake Overholser located west of the SCU campus.

It only took six months of dating for the couple to decide they should spend the rest of their lives together. While Justin and Jayla were once again strolling the shores of Lake Overholser, Justin, on bended knee, proposed to Jayla.

"It was my 21st birthday and we went out for a walk," Jayla recalls. "It was freezing cold, so I thought it was odd but I started to catch on when I heard the snap of the ring-box in his pocket. When he finally popped the question, I just sat there and stared. I kept asking myself if it was all really happening."

Five short months after that, Jayla and Justin were wed in Jayla's home church in Sapulpa.

"I married my best friend," said Jayla. "He is a wonderful man of God and I am so glad that I made the decision to go to SCU so that I got to meet him."

Today, Jayla is a student in the school of Professional Studies, anticipating graduation in May with a Bachelor's degree in Business Administration. After graduating in May 2010 with a Bachelor's of Pastoral Ministry, Justin is currently pursuing his Master's of Ministry and Leadership from SCU's School of Adult and Graduate Studies. Justin also serves as Director of Student and Resident Life.

So how does this couple plan to spend their Valentine's Day?

"We don't really get into the hype of all the holiday," said Jayla. "Justin will usually buy me something, but that is not what Valentine's Day is all about for us. I'm just content with spending time with him and so thankful to God that I get to call him my husband."