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.