“I was in a downward spiral of loneliness, sadness and generally feeling inadequate. Being a part of Elim Church was the catalyst for my change … I sometimes fear the unknown, but I know that what God has in store for me is greater than I could ever imagine.”

I’ve been raised with a belief in God and never really strayed. However, I never really had a personal relationship with God. My focus was always on personal goals, excelling in school and my career. I loved the attention and praise that came with success, but I also had many responsibilities and high expectations for myself that weighed me down. This all happened while I relied on myself and never thought to seek God.

Then I moved to a new country and on the outside it looked like I had it all together. However, I had trouble forming real friendships and I wasn’t doing as well as I wanted to. I also struggled with my weight and lacked self-confidence. I was in a downward spiral of loneliness, sadness and generally feeling inadequate. Being a part of Elim Church was the catalyst for my change. The teachings really brought to light the importance of a relationship with Jesus and how this is the centre of faith. I also began to encounter young people just like me who were so on fire for God! I craved the contentment and peace I saw in them.  Even though I was not the same as these people, they loved God and served Him.

I had been scared of what I would have to give up to follow God, but I found peace by discovering that change is necessary. The person I become will be the best version of myself. This journey is long with many ups and downs. I've learnt to lean on God for everything. I’ve been in situations where I've felt the most inadequate and I've never felt more peace than in those moments. As I continually press into Him, I'm learning that God says I am more than enough. I sometimes fear the unknown, but I know that what God has in store for me is greater than I could ever imagine. My longings are changing too. Now I want to use what God has given me to serve Him. The biggest lesson I've learnt is that in my weakness He is strong, and in my imperfection He is perfect.

- Tomi

 

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