College: Dallas Baptist University
Major: Christian Studies
Hometown: New Braunfels, Texas
Role in Glowing Heart: Computer and Web Technician
I was raised in a Christian home and my mom even worked at the church for a while. We went to a Methodist church so they did things a little bit differently, I was baptized as a child and that was it. When my family moved from Boerne to New Braunfels, we started going to Oakwood Baptist Church and I got plugged into the middle school ministry. Now our middle school pastor, Brandon Best, was a former Glowing Heart member. It was the spring break of sixth grade year and Brandon was giving us his lesson and he talked about accepting Jesus into our hearts. This was something I had never heard about. I talked to my mom and stepdad about it later that day. Later that week, I accepted Jesus into my heart.
Skip forward to summer of seventh grade, I went to Pacesetters Middle School Camp. This is where my path to joining Glowing Heart began. Eighth grade year at camp, I received a scholarship to come back the next year and go to the high school camp. From there, I continued going every year, each year growing in God more and more. Junior year of high school, I start hanging out with the wrong group of people, I start getting away from God. Coming up on the time to apply for leadership track for camp, God threw a curveball in my life. I got into a fight with some of the people I was hanging out with. I got away from my bad influences and reconnected with God. That summer, I got to work alongside the camp leaders and it was an amazing experience. It was during those two weeks that God started calling out to me. During our personal time, I felt the call to join Glowing Heart after I graduate high school. After Pacesetters, Brandon asked me if I wanted to start serving in the middle school ministry. I decide I would try it, and eventually, I fell in love with it. Spending time with students, middle school, high school or even elementary school, pouring into them and helping them along the path of Jesus, was where I was supposed to be.
The largest struggle I’ve had in my life was understanding God. “What He does?”, “How He does?”, “Why He does?”, all of it, His timing, His power, like how? This is why I always have to remember Proverbs 3:5, “Trust in the LORD with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding.” There’s none like our God, He is above our thinking and we couldn’t even do anything He can, I mean I can hardly make it a week without breaking down in need for Him.
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