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Hi, I’m Katie and I’m a sophomore in high school, and I have pretty much been in this church my whole life. I went through most of my years of Sunday School thinking about when the next craft activity was and lunch afterwards. At that time, I only knew God from the Bible stories I had heard. I understood His power and greatness, but I never imagined having a Father and daughter relationship with Him. It was not very clear who God was to me until around 6th grade.
Youth was a big jump from my elementary years and God revealed Himself to me in a whole other level. When the time for Winter Retreat came, I did not know what to expect. And during one of the sessions when we were given time to hear from God, I sat, waited and listened. That evening, I felt His presence. It was not very obvious, but it was enough for me to feel Him. I had never experienced it before, and knowing that God was there comforted me and simply awed me. I then wanted to know more about God and who He really was.
For the next three years, I grew closer with God, but I was still unsure of becoming baptized. I felt that I was not ready or my faith was not perfect. Until recently, I did not believe I would grow as Christ’s follower even after baptism. I just know that if I trust God with my life, He will have the best plan for me.
By Wellington Lee
A solemn reflection on years passed and years ahead, I am grateful for the past that has brought me to this day and grateful for the future that is determined by my past, my present and the grace of God.
I am an Engineer by training and have been used to planning and analyzing throughout my career life. “What’s next?” seems to be always a logical step while living in the “now” moment. But lately, I have started to appreciate the “now” more as my two kids are both attending college and the time needed to take care of their physical needs basically drops to near zero. This fresh taste of being temporary empty-nesters with Linda (my wife) also allows me more time to contemplate what I have learned from the Bible and reflect on the progress of my spiritual life since I became a Christian in high school. While preparing for Sunday School, it dawned on me that the lesson Jesus wanted to teach the disciples with the miracle of the five loaves and two fishes is the same as the immediate following miracle where Jesus walked on water and calmed the storm. Read more
Hi, my name is Jocelyn Chow. A little background information about me: I’m 14 years old, I’m in 9th grade, and I have a younger brother and two parents who have raised me in a Christian home. I was born into SJCAC and I’ve attended pretty much every VBS, every Sunday School class, every Sunday morning service, as well as every Saturday night E2 (our Youth Group, Elijah Elisha), just because my parents signed me up or made me. I’m not saying I hated going, it’s just that I didn’t realize the purpose of it all. Before middle school, I had always thought of church and Sunday School as simply a time to learn about stories in the Bible and hang out with my best friends. I never really thought much about God or my faith or my relationship with Him until the Youth Winter Retreat in 2016, during which I was in 7th grade. It was my first Winter Retreat because I hadn’t been able to attend in 2015, when I was in 6th grade. Read more