Well, I was actually fortunate enough to grow up in a Christian home where the church family took an important priority and role in life. I heard the gospel message on a regular basis and it just made sense to me at a young age. I completely understood that I was a sinner in need of Jesus as my Savior. When I was 9 years old I was baptized to publicly proclaim my faith and dedication to the Lord.

Many summers while growing up I would attend church camp and would be motivated and inspired to study God’s Word on a daily basis. However, once I returned back home and back to my normal daily routine, my enthusiasm for this desire did not withstand the test of time. In this way, my relationship with God was lacking.

During high school I had a Sunday school teacher that helped strengthen my faith by reviewing a study he had done during his college years on different world religions. In a nutshell, he taught us about one of his realizations: Christianity is the only religion whereby you acknowledge that you are a sinner in need of a savior AND that you cannot save yourself by any amount of your own good works. This reinforced the roots in my Christian faith.

Later, during my junior year in college, a friend of mine offered to mentor me and meet for Bible study. She helped me to realize the truth that if I was serious about growing close to God and understanding Him, it was imperative that I study His Word on a daily basis. And so, I did. I began learning how essential God’s involvement is, in every part of my life.

Since then, I have continued to grow in my faith and conviction with the help of other Christian mentors and friends that have come alongside me to disciple me, especially during difficult times in my life. My hope is that, through the gift of the Holy Spirit, God will use me to disciple others in the same way in which I am discipled.