My Story: A Life Changed

A voice that stopped a suicidal teen

When Jeff was a senior in high school, he wanted to commit suicide. But God intervened.

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Despite loving, Christian parents, I left the faith

When I was about 15, I consciously and purposefully shut the door on God.

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“Here’s my chance to learn about God”

Sarah always thought being a Christian meant following enough rules. When she learned the truth, she said “People don't know this. We need to tell people.”

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Christ and my craft

“I used to make fun of Christians, but something changed that.”

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How I overcame my porn addiction

“I believed Jesus wanted to transform me, but could not understand why He wouldn’t heal this area.”

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Why did God bring me here?

Hannah grew up actively disliking God. The first 15 years of her life were spent denying Him outright and laughing at those who chose to believe. Those years of denial and ignorance hit her all at once one night.

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Seahawks’ Okung describes his faith story

Seattle Seahawks offensive tackle Russell Okung describes his faith journey. Russell changed from a man who was self-sufficient to one who trusted God for everything.

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Grief, abuse and homelessness: A redemption story

How a young woman suffered intensely and now has a vision to help young people who age out of the foster system.

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Are we just products of chance?

“This time last year, I didn’t believe in God.”

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When rejection is God’s direction

Sometimes, what seems like rejection is actually God directing us right where we need to be.

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God punched me in the face

When God wanted to show Michael how much He loved him, it started with a punch in the face.

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Is money the key to heaven?

Amy Lee always assumed that rich people were more likely to go to heaven. When she learned the truth, it changed her life.

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Something was missing

Kelsey grew up living a happy life, but when things started going wrong she realized there was something missing.

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A masking smile and a guilty heart

“I was always trying to make sure I had the approval from others that I feared I didn’t really have from God.”

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I gave up religion and found Jesus

Marty Holman thought following all the rules would earn his salvation, but found himself in utter despair. He tried to ditch religion, but found he couldn’t ditch Jesus.

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Gravity and the pull of Christ

In one instant, Don realized that to deny Christ is like denying that gravity exists. As a scientist, he concluded that the evidence is undeniable.

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I crave acceptance

“... instead of having [people] accept me for who I was, I tried to change into the person I thought they wanted me to be.”

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Anxious silence to joyful proclamation

“I would go to the bathrooms at school and have panic attacks, but no one would know...” One day, Kaitlin realized God provides a way out of paralyzing anxiety.

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One conversation that changed eternity

Two American students in South Africa decided to initiate “just one more conversation” that would change the entire course of Anele's life.

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God spit me out

“I heard a word from God: He was going to spit me out of his mouth— I was neither hot nor cold.” Eric changed from being passionate about partying to being passionate about Jesus.

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Can you really find happiness?

After searching for happiness and security, Sarah realized that only God can provide these things.

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A porn star changed her life through Christ

“If her life as a porn star could be changed completely then anyone can be changed.”

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Nothing could please me

“On the outside, I looked perfect. But on the inside, I lived in a darkness I could not escape.”

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“I wanted what they had”

“... I was at my lowest. I felt worthless, like I had nothing else to offer. I was so lost in the partying lifestyle and was convinced this was what life was all about.”

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“I was a prayer request”

“I picked up a book that said “prayer requests” on it. As I looked in the book, my name was at the top of the list!”

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When staying is the hard choice

“It would have been so easy to have packed up and left my husband. It was very hard to stay and deal with what had happened.”

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“I forgot about God”

“I didn’t talk with God or pray anymore. I totally forgot about Him. It was then that my life started going downhill.”

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A New Family

“There had to be some legit Christians out there.”

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My Most Important Discovery

A professor’s journey of faith.

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Walking Wounded

“Suicide didn’t feel like an option anymore.”

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I Thought God Hated Me

I spent most of high school as a total jerk.

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Adopted in Panama

Karina Hou decided to follow Christ after wrestling with feelings of abandonment and thoughts of suicide.

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Zack: Before the Injury

“The rest of my life—however short, however long—I know that I can rejoice daily…”

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After My Brother’s Accident

After his brother’s sudden death, Jordan Rhode questioned God’s plan.

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Safety and Storms

“I was disappointed to learn it was a Christian event.”

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More than Neighbors

A college freshman learns about God from her friends across the hall.

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Giving up my “god”

“On the inside I was spiritually dead.”

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One Step From Eternity

Major Wes Bowers chooses to accept Jesus as his Savior in the midst of a routine helicopter flight gone sour.

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Nowhere to Go

Finding refuge in Jesus alone.

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From Film to Faith

Angelica Diaz experienced great depression throughout high school. In college, she attended a Short Film Festival hosted by Cru, and asked to know God personally in her life.

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It Started With A Survey

Sam Gryzwa gives his life to Christ after taking a spiritual interest survey and attending a Cru Bible study as a freshman in college.

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Finding New Life

“From as early as I can remember, my mom was a substance abuser…”

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Out of the Depths

Melissa committed her life to Christ after a car accident that claimed the life of her friend.

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Relearning Love

One young woman learns to find her hope and love in Christ.

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A Double Life

Cody tried to please people by wanting to be what they wanted him to be instead what God wanted him to be. Now he seeks to follow and please God.

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Not Just a Sunday Thing

Mike learns how to live for Jesus and show Him to others from Athletes in Action at his college wrestling team at Oklahoma State University.

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My Life’s Turning Point

Susan learned what was missing in her faith.

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Breaking Point

After growing up in a Christian home and losing her dad to cancer, Jessica understands the gospel in college when she reaches a breaking point.

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No More Pretending

Hannah tried to please people by wanting to be what they wanted her to be instead what God wanted her to be. She repented of her sin and now seeks to follow and please God.

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Not About Rules

Through discipleship, Monique learns that God doesn’t want to kill our fun and, if He asks us to give up something, He has something better in mind.

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Small-Town Atheist

How one Bowling Green State University student experienced the love and grace from the Body of Christ that brought him from a lifetime of doubt in God to an eternity of faith in Christ.

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Rescued from a Dark Place

Amy Haake clings to 2 Samuel 22:20 as she reflects on how God has rescued her and changed her life in Christ since getting involved in Cru at Bowling Green State University in Ohio.

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Popularity and a Brain Injury

Paul Bayer finds Christ and gets another chance at life after a brain injury.

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Conversations

Zack finds God through significant experience and conversation.

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Blessed to be Broken

Tasha from Kean University comes to Christ after failing to change her life through her own power.

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My Story: Stephanie Bethel

“I grew up going to church because [my] parents. I really didn’t think about it too much the rest of the week.”

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Adopted, Again

Jen Schad’s life is changed forever on a spring break trip.

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My Story: Josh McDowell

My Story/A Changed Life: Josh McDowell

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My Story: Ryan Lam

Ryan accepted Christ after an eye surgery helped him see his need for a Savior.

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“I’m a good person…why do I need God?”

After spending time with Christian friends and studying the Bible intensely, Xinjia Li puts Jesus in charge of her life.

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Something Was Missing

Didi’s story of how she meets God after questioning Him, His Word, life and attempting to take her life as a teenager in Bulgaria.

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When God Intervenes

Sharon Jaynes testimony of how Christ changed her life when she was a teenager

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My Story: Peter Mamorski

Peter grew up in a religious family and went to church occasionally, but didn’t understand who Jesus. Later, his friend invited him to a church were the pastor taught systematically and it related to Peter’s mathematical, logical way of thinking.

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My Story: Erik Lightle

A young man who is looking for direction finds that Jesus is the way.

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My Story: Shawn

My heart just changed, and I believed–just from reading Genesis.

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My Story: Tim Burke

I was going out that night trying to find the fulfillment for this achy, emptiness that I had inside.

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It Takes Commitment

NFL coach Jerry Palmieri’s challenge for you

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Changing Family

Alejandra’s new relationship with God is leading her family back to faith as well.

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Finding God on the Street

Kristel Jürgens came to know God through the influence of missionaries who left their homes to come visit hers.

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My Story: Rachel Harris

Rachel grew up in a Christian home, yet she was an atheist. Her trials and the kindness of Christians helped bring her to Christ.

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Major League Baseball player shares his spiritual journey

Juan Pierre tells how God became first in his life.

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My Story: Blake

Former atheist Blake has found new life in Christ.

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My Story: Bryan Ingvaldson

I wasn't quite sure how I could come to God. I thought I needed to clean myself up, so then I could accept Christ. What I needed was a change in my worship.

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My Story: Marélie Coulon

Marelie Coulon did not understand and was afraid of God. Her freshman year in University, she accepted Christ and is learning to surrender all areas of her life to Him, including school, family, and physical health.

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My Story: Brian Gardner

Brian Gardner finds God after talking with a friend and perusing a Bible that he received in a Freshman Survival Kit.

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My Story: London Fletcher

A football player learns that he does not have to play with anger to be successful on the football field.

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My Story: Dr. Hugh Ross

The story of how astrophysicist Dr. Hugh Ross began his study of sacred texts and the universe and came to believe in Christ.

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My Story: Sarina Martinez

Sarina Martinez, at Northern Illinois University, accepted Christ in September 2010. Her life has changed dramatically, and now she is determined to tell others where her new-found freedom comes from.

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My Story: Maxwell

The story of how Maxwell Okpara, a Nigerian Prince, met Jesus after talking with staff member, Ralph Cooley on a mission trip to Ghana, Africa.

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My Story: Kassidi Curtis

Hope offered at a concert.

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My Story: Anthony Pelloni

A cadet learns that he is forgiven because of what Christ has done for him, not by what he has done for Christ.

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My Story: Andrei Davidenko

One couples story of rebuilding their marriage in the Ukraine.

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My Story: Ryan Chesler

A student finds out who Jesus is on Boise State University campus.

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My Story: Leslie Davis

I have gone to church all my life. But, my view of God was different, says Leslie Davis whose life was changed through the influence of her friends and a thought provoking presentation of the Truth of Jesus Christ.

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My Story: Alli Hughes

One college freshman finds Christ as the answer to her life-and-death questions. And now she's giving the answer away.

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My Story: Rebekah Bradford

US Speedskater, Rebekah Bradford, used to skate for success and now skates for God.

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My Story: Santei Di Leonardo

Santei Di Leonardo's life was filled with empty relationships and felt purposeless. Since he began his new life in Christ this summer, everything has changed for the better.

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My Story: Mimi Bailey

Mimi Bailey's story of how Christ changed her life.

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My Story: Kristen Sass

How a Texas Tech junior finds the best priority is God. "It was hard realizing that Christ needed to be first in my life instead of myself."

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Getting Off the Bus and Finding a Home

Lupe Torres found more than free food when she got off the bus at The Salvation Army.

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Moving From the Darkness Into Light

Casey Cashen's once dark and disturbed life is changed after attending a Cru meeting.

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I Wanted to Know What Was Out There

Georgina Miller grew up going to church, but stopped going because she was curious about the world. After she experienced its emptiness, she was open to the idea of placing her faith in Jesus.

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Searching for Real Answers Online

Sandeep Sharma searched for love. What he found was a relationship with God. Now, he serves as an online responder for others who also are seeking answers to their questions about God.

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I Felt Guilty for Keeping a Secret

Darling, a student in Bolivia, finds life transformation through Christ’s forgiveness.

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Can I Be Native American and Christian?

When Nick came to Montana State University, he missed his family and his traditions. He felt love and acceptance from people in the Nations Bible study group. Through their encouragement he placed his faith in Jesus Christ.

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God Put a Lot of Effort Into Making Me

Dania Hackett was familiar with church but unsure of how to have a relationship with God.

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I Knew, but I Didn't Understand

Theresa had grown up knowing about God, but had never chosen to know Him for herself. 50 years later, she made a decision.

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I Didn't Want to Know God

After living a tough past, Nikki Breidegam longs for more. While on the beach in Panama City, Fla., she makes a decision that will change her forever.

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Looking for Business, Not Jesus

Ed Lee thought he could make money by networking with Christians. Instead, what Gary gives away for free changed Ed’s life.

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I Couldn't Forgive Myself

Teresa Keith of Edinburgh, Scotland, talks of how she came to have a personal relationship with Jesus Christ. Read how she found God’s love and forgiveness to be what she needed to fully forgive herself.

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How I Went From "Obsessive-Explosive" to Peace

Business owner Kim Conner thought her good life and service made her a Christian. But a conversation in a coffee shop changed her mind – and eventually her anxiety.

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One Night in a Hotel Room

Husband and father remembers becoming a Christian and shows how it affected his marriage.

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Andrea Westfall

Returning soldier battles post-traumatic stress disorder while continuing her search for God.

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Michael Jebaraj

Michael is the director of affairs for India, Bangladesh, Nepal, Sri Lanka and Maldives. He leads 600 full-time trained staff and over 2,500 JESUS Film and administrative staff members. Michael became a staff member in 1979 and married Judith in 1988. They have three children: Jonathan Michael, Jeremy Michael and Grace Michael.

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Andrew Emery

A search for answers leads one Indiana college sophomore to the Internet.

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Roel Ceballos

Man's quest for acceptance takes him on a journey of discovery, leading him to the unconditional security and assurance found only in Jesus Christ.

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Ben Carter

Varsity soccer player at the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor, Mich.

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Radvile Aleknaite

A search for purpose leads this 22-year old economics student to find meaning in Christ.

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Finding Peace

Founder of C28 stores, Aurelio Barreto, explains life in Christ.

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My Story: Attrace Chang

Attrace Chang knew Jesus died for her sins, but still didn’t really embrace her need for a Savior until God showed her how broken she really was.

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A Commitment That Changed My Life

Susi Grzywa’s story of how Christ changed her life.

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Losing All To Gain Much

A student in Australia risks rejection from her parents for her new faith in Christ.

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Leah O'Brien-Amico

Olympic softball player Leah O'Brien-Amico recounts becoming a Christian through Athletes in Action.

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New Believers Organizes Successful Denver Outreach

Ed Lee volunteered to lead an outreach to other young business professionals, even though he’d been a Christ-follower for a little over 2 years. And, he’s also spiritually mentoring other young men. Ed didn’t wait until he was a seasoned believer to step out in faith.

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Out of Family Chaos

Video: A college student describes his family’s break-up and repair.

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Bald Indicator

Seeing the condition of people around us.

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