Another addition to introducing our new members through sharing a little of their story. Our hope is that these stories will allow us to grow closer as a family as well as an avenue to share the story of our city.
I was raised in Conyers, GA and am the youngest of 4 kids. I grew up in the church, but like many “stories” I’m not sure if I actually became a Christian until sometime in college. I graduated from MCG with my Bachelor’s of Science in Nursing two years ago. Missions has been a very big part of my life and originally I assumed that is why I was called to nursing. Currently I work in the ICU at Athens Regional. I absolutely love the people and city of Athens and am so blessed the Lord has brought me here.
I became a Christian because of Jesus. He loved me first. Though a “good church kid”, I definitely did not understand my value to the Lord and sought my identity in the world. I was very involved with the Wesley Foundation since freshman year, but don’t believe I knew Christ as my Savior until the middle of college. I had heard His voice several times and would follow, not because I loved the Him, but because “it was right.”
I saw the Lord’s power work throughout early college. He rescued me out of darkness (in a very real sense). However, I still found myself “empty.” I learned how unfulfilling it is to know His power without understanding the extent of my sin and depths of His love and compassion. The Lord told me a few years ago to learn about grace…so I did. I think it was during this time that I realized how dead I actually was without him and that my disobedience wouldn’t stop His Love. Ephesians 1 and 2 all of a sudden held Truth and Hope I hadn’t fully known. There were several people who played integral parts in leading, encouraging, and teaching me, but ultimately, it was Jesus who grabbed my hand. I want that for everyone.
Membership here has actually been a slow process. I dated Christ Community for quite some time. Besides the Wesley Foundation, it was the first gathering of believers I began attending since becoming a Christian. I know that being part of a Christian body is important. I want to commit to a group of folks and call them family. I know that I can’t do Christianity alone…I want to “be part of something bigger than myself.” I’ve grown to love the people here. And, best of all, I’ve felt safe (which is a pretty big deal for me lately).
For me, I hope the church will continue to act as family through prayer, encouragement, “covering”, and service. I hope that they will both encourage and keep me accountable in my walk with Christ. I pray that the church will not look to “be my answer” but instead point me to Christ as my answer.