by Andy Chen
這對我來說是人生的新篇章……我的大女兒將在今年下半年開始上大學。她忙於填寫大學申請書和寫作文。她申請了覺得有把握的大學，也申請了認為有機會的大學。她是一個“都市”型的女孩。當然，她喜歡波士頓，紐約和洛杉磯等大城市的大學。去年夏天，她和媽媽一起去看了紐約和波士頓的大學。也參觀了加州的校園。總而言之，她申請了大約十幾所學校。通過這個大學申請程序，神向我顯明了祂的的心意。 Read more
By Rachel Lee
Exactly 34 years ago, my mom got baptized here and became a member of SJCAC. As a fourteen year old, I am here today following in her same footsteps. As Psalm 78:6 says, ”So the next generation would know them, even the children yet to be born, and they in turn would tell their children.” Like a lot of people, I accepted Christ at VBS multiple times when I was young but never really understood the meaning of dedicating one’s life to follow Christ. I was born into a Christian family, so I was surrounded by faith in God modeled for me by those around me at SJCAC and New Vine. However, my journey of faith had its struggles, as I was always scared and unsure about myself. “Was that God speaking to me or was I just imagining it?” “How come God is speaking to other people but not me?” Read more
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.