“I was relentlessly bullied. Bullying destroyed my self-esteem and my self-worth, but it also devastated my family … It was there where I discovered who Christ was and what He had done for me. It soon became evident that God was working to transform me…”

When I was younger, I was relentlessly bullied. Bullying destroyed my self-esteem and my self-worth, but it also devastated my family. I came to believe that I deserved what I got which led me to become sad, bitter, lonely, and extremely anxious. When I was 17, I was invited to attend a Youth Program, and it was there where I discovered who Christ was and what He had done for me. It soon became evident that God was working to transform me. I gave my life to Him and over the next 6 months, learned what that meant.

As I grew in my relationship with Christ, I found joy in what God had to offer me, and through His gifts what I had to offer God’s people. I decided to devote a year to learning about the bible, as I missed out on years of Sunday school and Veggie Tales. Going into Bible College, I felt the passion in my heart, but knew little in my head. Unfortunately, a year later I left feeling knowledgeable but had quickly become complacent in my faith. Over the next few years, I sought a balance between passion and practicality in my relationship with God. This journey eventually led me to Haiti for a short-term missions trip. When I was there, I was constantly challenged and clung to Gods word, specifically Philippians 4:13, which reads, “I can do all things through him who gives me strength.” I learned about strength and joy from the Haitian people, but also learned about the darkness within their culture, experiencing Satan’s power firsthand. Coming home, I learned that Satan works more mysteriously here. Over the past 2 years, I have continuously worked at submerging myself with God’s word to better equip myself for the works he has set out for me. My hope and prayer is that I will not waiver and will continue to be a servant of God and a light to the lost, remembering to fight against complacency because that is where sin takes its hold.

- Rachel

 

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