My sister invited me to go to New Covenant Christian Church. I was scared to go at first because I felt like I was the biggest sinner and that people there might judge me. I came from a rough past of broken relationships and sin. Feeling very alone a lot of the time and I was searching for something to help. At church, I heard the sermon of “when you’re stuck in a rut” and what steps to do to get out. I came to the conclusion that I wanted to repent and start living for God but I wasn’t sure how to change. After church that day I broke down crying in the parking lot with my sister and I prayed to surrender my life to Jesus. At that very moment, I felt different. I felt like I had this amazing strength. My hands and my jaw felt numb. It was as if I had been carrying heavy chains my whole life and they had finally been broken. God had given me the strength I needed to stop sinning and start living my life the way He wanted me to. I walked away from all of my sin and I even explained to some of my old friends how I repented, wanted to go to heaven and that God is the only person who could offer me salvation. God had truly helped me to change. I have been seeking the word of God ever since and I recently got baptized! Every day I know more and more that God is very powerful and full of so much love. I know now He will always be with me and He will never forsake me. He is the love that I have been looking for all this time.
I was raised in a small town northern New Mexico. I grew up going to church but around the time I was twelve years old my parents got a divorce. At that time we stopped going to church as a family and my relationship with the Lord was put on hold. During the next several years my living situation changed from living in a home with my mother and one of my older brothers to living alone with my mother when my brother left for college, to ending up sleeping on cousin’s couch my senior year of high school. I spent my time in school living with a very individualistic mindset. I prided myself on how self-reliant I thought I was. Around the time I was getting ready to graduate high school I was really struggling with pride issues. I would refuse to ask for help even if I was desperately confused about what I should do. When I graduated high school I carried my “I can do it myself” attitude and my inflated ego with me to the University of New Mexico.
When I left for college I was extremely afraid of failure but too prideful to seek counsel. Thankfully before I left home I made a promise to my grandparents to find a church in Albuquerque, and while I only made this promise half-heartedly it would result in the conviction that eventually led me to the Lord. Near the end of my first semester at UNM I was met by a minister from New Covenant Christian Church. At the end of our conversation he invited me to church and offered to set up a bible study with me but I rejected his offers. I didn’t know it at the time but that man would later minister to me and become a good friend. After turning that minister away I immediately felt guilty because I remembered the promise I had made to my grandparents. At that moment, I decided that if I was stopped again I would go to church. The following semester I was stopped again, this time by a student. The following Sunday I attended New Covenant Christian Church for the first time. From that day on I became more and more involved in the church until I eventually surrendered my life to Christ.
My renewed relationship with God changed my life for the better and gradually I gained more and more freedom from my prideful attitude and selfish mindset. After becoming a true Christian I began to see the power of God first-hand. I began to see my prayers being answered and feel God healing negative emotions that I had fostered since I was young. Becoming a member of New Covenant Christian Church and growing to have a personal relationship with God gave me a sense of home and community that I hadn’t had since my childhood. Every day I continue to grow and I am constantly surprised at how God works in my life.
Growing up in Texas, my family always went to church. My Father was the worship leader and the strong one in the family. I grew up rebellious, in trouble, fighting, and having no regard for others or their feelings. I spent my whole life doing what I wanted to do at the expense of others. I thought, “This is how life will be, all about me and what I will do.” Our family was struggling in many ways and I eventually got kicked out of high school the same year my parents divorced, yet I didn’t even care. I always said, “It’s not that bad, it’s not even my fault.” I was so caught up in me, myself, and everything I needed to make myself happy, I didn’t see that I was just making everyone unhappy around me. After I graduated from high school, I knew I needed to get out of town but I wasn’t sure where to go. My aunt and uncle lived in Albuquerque and they said I could live with them if I went to UNM. Shortly after having a run-in with the law, I made a decision to actually move to Albuquerque. In March 2015 I called my uncle and told him I was moving out. The day I left, my older sister prayed to God that I would find Him, that I would develop a relationship with Him, and live for Him. My sister spoke those words into existence that day. The second week here a church group from NAU surveyed me on campus and I ended up getting into contact with Adrian from New Covenant Christian Church. Shortly after our first bible study, I gave my life to the Lord. Around this same time, God began to move mightily in healing and repairing my family. To this day we are closer and stronger than ever before. I found that without Jesus, nothing satisfies me and nothing will make me truly joyous from the inside. His church showed me, through the way they live their lives, practical and effective Christian living, in close communion with our creator. I have been given a new life, and am a new creation now.