God’s work in my life first revealed itself when I was adopted at the age of 2 and placed in a home that was safer than the environment I came from. Although I heard of the name of Jesus growing up, I never really cared to understand until sixth grade. I was invited to church by a friend, and the Spirit began to stir my curiosity for Jesus.
I was invited by another friend to church a few years later. From the moment I visited to the day I left for college, that church became my safe haven. I came to know Jesus as my Lord and Savior, was baptized and went on to be discipled by two cherished mentors.
College was an extremely difficult time in my life. I went through a season of deep depression during which I doubted much of the Lord’s work in my life. My faith in Christ had shifted to an entangling legalism. My freedom deteriorated, and I felt imprisoned.
Eventually, with the help of Christian counseling and close community, the glory of the gospel lightened the load of legalism that had weighed me down for so long. I was free to celebrate grace in a way that restored the joy of the Lord within my being. Sin was uprooted in my life, and my relationship with Jesus and relationships with others were transformed.
As I look back on those years of mental, physical and relational instability, I praise Jesus for His grace upon my life. Now, even though sin is still a snare, I have come to believe that in all circumstances, Jesus is truly better.
Hope for The Village Church
My hope for The Village is that we would live out the gospel in love and service toward the believer and unbeliever, faithfully displaying the transformative work of Jesus through humble submission to His call to make disciples of all people.