I didn’t grow up in a Christian home. We went to church a few times when I was very young, but we never attended regularly. I had an idea of who God was, but I didn’t know anything about him. To me, he was this mythical man in the sky that watched over us and would punish us for doing bad things.

Before I knew Christ I kind of just went with the flow of life. I was nice to everyone, I tried to do good things. I just floated along, you could say. I had goals for the future, I really didn’t think I was missing anything. I had a pretty decent life. My parents were together even though they argued.

In high school I didn’t really have a place where I thought I fit in, people accepted me, but it didn’t always seem like it. In 2010, my best friend, Kelly McGinty, invited me to Young Life – this is where I heard the gospel for the first time ever, and things started to make sense for me. That summer I went to Lake Champion for Young Life camp. There, I heard the gospel in a way that truly spoke to me and I gave my life to Christ.

My life after I started my journey with Christ has not been a breeze, but having God by my side has really helped. I have gone through a lot of trials. After starting my journey with Christ, I realized that I will always have a place in God’s heart. I never have to feel alone or be alone – He will always be there. I also started leading Young Life. I have now been leading for 6 years!

While walking with Christ I have gone through hardships, like losing my dad in October 2014. It has been super hard, but I know that if I didn’t have Christ it would have been 10x harder. God has really helped me see that I don’t need other people’s approval for my actions. He has given me confidence that I never thought possible. He helped me to realize that it’s okay to be different, I don’t need to be accepted by everyone and I also don’t have to bend over backward to make people like me. I am here to be a servant, and Christ’s love is eternal. He has shown me how to not just love myself but love on kids and help them through things that they are struggling with, things that I struggled with and can give them advice on.

I am deciding to be baptized because I want to make a public proclamation of my faith. Grace is finally a church that feels like home and a place where I want this to happen.

— Jessica Garry, Getting Baptized July 2018

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