Cara Lopez’s Story

I grew up attending church every Sunday and being very active in the church until I was about 13 or 14 years old. I attended Sunday School every Sunday and Vacation Bible School every summer. I learned all the Bible stories and had a fairly good connection with God at...

Ryan Condillac’s Story

I grew up in a Christian home. My parents introduced me to Christ. We attended church as a family, but I did not really embrace the faith and I was not actively trying to walk in the faith. Growing up, I believed that salvation was earned based on deeds, not Jesus...

Reflections on: Living Stones

1 Peter 2:4-8 As you come to him, a living stone rejected by men but in the sight of God chosen and precious, you yourselves like living stones are being built up as a spiritual house, to be a holy priesthood, to offer spiritual sacrifices acceptable to God through...

Amanda Salamon’s Story

“Not to us, O Lord, but to you goes all the glory for your unfailing love and faithfulness.” -Psalm 115:1 I grew up in a small town in northern Michigan with my parents and my younger sister. I attended the big local church periodically when I was young, mostly with...

Ty Trapps’ Story

I met Jesus at a Spanish-speaking church over empanadas. This sounds like the punchline of a joke. I have to back up a decade or so. I grew up in family that had much respect and reverence for God and the church, but saw little interest in following His commandments...

Xiara Torres-Ferrick’s Story

My name is Xiara Torres-Ferrick. I was born and raised in Puerto Rico. At birth I weighed only two pounds and had different medical conditions that continued into my childhood, adolescence, and still continue as an adult. My mom and grandma always put God in first...