New Member: Laura Stevens

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.

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"My story is not extravagant, riddled with hardship, or dramatic book material, but it is truly amazing. My God saw fit to give me loving, God-fearing parents and surrounded me with a community of believers. I asked God into my heart when I was five years old. I was watching TV when I decided to ask my mom about salvation, and told her that I wanted to be a part of it. She prayed with me and started crying, though she swore to me she wasn’t crying. I firmly believe that I was saved that afternoon, but my life didn’t really change until a little later on.

I grew up in the church, and was there every time the doors were open...be it Saturday cleanings, Sunday mornings, or Wednesday youth activities. I knew all the answers and could recite my catechism without stumbling. The thing that I lacked was heart knowledge. Until about 5th or 6th grade, I was essentially using my salvation as a “get out of Hell free” card, but when I hit middle school this began to change. I became a huddle leader for my school’s FCA program and in doing so, along with the challenges from my outstanding Sunday school teacher, I began to grow in my relationship with Christ and allowed His love to change my life.

Since that time in my life, I have greatly enjoyed getting to know my God personally and Glorifying Him with my life. I am currently involved with the Navigators on campus and am being discipled by one of the leaders in the ministry. This has been monumental in my walk with Christ, as I have someone praying for me, talking with me, laughing with me, crying with me, and challenging me daily to walk closer and more intimately with my Savior. Am I perfect? Not even remotely close, but I know that one day I will be, and will get to spend eternity in a party celebrating my God."

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