My Story: A Life Changed

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Kelsey Allmon

“I never thought there was something missing”

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


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Emma Puloka

In New Zealand, Emma had a burden of guilt and a masking smile

“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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Marty Holman

Teacher of Japanese Studies Finds Something New in Jesus

“In all of this numberless rules and regulations and formulas, I couldn't give up Jesus.”


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D.E. Winget

An Accident of Birth?

“I was a fire-breathing atheist.”


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Gillian Mallagh

Craving Acceptance

How a student in Scotland found her deepest needs met by Jesus.


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Kaitlin Wernet

Giving God Control

Kaitlin tried to believe that everything would be okay.


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Anele Hlongwane

One More Conversation

The last spiritual conversation of the day changed a life for eternity.


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Chris Lambert

All or Nothing

“I thought I could mix both worlds.”


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Sarah Templeton

Searching for Security

“Alcohol was my confidence booster.”


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Obatare Uwegba

50 Shades of Grace

The story of a student who learned what it meant to be a Christian after hearing the testimony of a former porn star.


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Jason Murphy

From the Beach to the Academy

Jason never imagined where his Sunday school answers would finally make sense.


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Fernanda Delgado

Seeking Approval

“I still felt like it wasn’t enough…”                                                   

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Polly Long

"I Was a Prayer Request"

Polly looked at her life and saw her need.

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Olivia Ward

No More Empty Feelings

“I thought I had met my Mr. Right.”

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Michelle Crow

The Best Relationship

Michelle couldn’t find love from a live-in boyfriend or a marriage she trusted.

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Katja

"I Forgot About God"

A college student from Slovenia learns that God didn't forget about her.

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Rico Silkworth

A New Family

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

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Henry F. Schaefer

My Most Important Discovery

A professor’s journey of faith.

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Claire Colvin

Walking Wounded

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

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Joy-Gen Nakamura

I Thought God Hated Me

"I spent most of high school as a total jerk."

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Karina Hou

Adopted in Panama

“I wanted to take my life away.”

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Zack McLeod

Zack: Before the Injury

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

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Jordan Rhode

After My Brother's Accident

“Just like that, my life was torn apart.”

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Paul Johnson

Safety and Storms

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

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Sammie Smith

More than Neighbors

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

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Chris Norman

Giving up my "god"

“On the inside I was spiritually dead.”

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Wes Bowers

One Step From Eternity

“I needed to land my helicopter immediately.”

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Corey McGill

Nowhere to Go

Finding refuge in Jesus alone.

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Angelica Diaz

From Film to Faith

Angelica understood Christ after watching “La Busqueda.”

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Sam Gryzwa

It Started With A Survey

How Sam got re-introduced to God.

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Sean Hines

Finding New Life

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

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2012

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Melissa

Out of the Depths

After a horrible accident while driving drunk, Melissa learns that there’s more to life.

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Maggie Brown

Relearning Love

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

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Cody Brobst

A Double Life

“In college, I started to get honest…”

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Mike Martin

Not Just a Sunday Thing

An Oklahoma wrestler learns how to live for Jesus.

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Susan Manchester

My Life's Turning Point

Susan learned what was missing in her faith.

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Jessica Huenefeld

Breaking Point

“God wants to put the pieces back together.”

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Hannah Amoako

No More Pretending

“I wasn’t sure how long I could keep this up.”

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Monique Cabrera

Not About Rules

A college student discovers what church is really about.

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Sam Schmitt

Small-Town Atheist

An atheist makes friends with Christians and pursues faith.

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Amy Haake

Rescued from a Dark Place

Amy Haake recounts God’s rescuing work in her life.

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Paul Bayer

Popularity and a Brain Injury

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

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Zack Palladino

Conversations

Zack finds God through significant experience and conversation.

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Tasha Jean Baptiste

Blessed to be Broken

“It was so clear that people loved me unconditionally.”

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Stephanie Bethel

Lifelines

“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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Jen Schad

Adopted, Again

Jen Schad never knew how much God loved her.

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Josh McDowell

Author and Speaker

“I had to admit that Jesus Christ was more than a carpenter. He was all He claimed to be.”

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Ryan Lam

Glaucoma at 23

A California student accepts Jesus after eye surgery helps him see his need for a Savior.

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Kristel Jürgens

Estonian

"I was born and raised in a family where nobody knew anything about God."

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Zack Hall

College Student

"I was watching my family breaking apart and dying."

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Xinjia Li

College Student

"I had a lot of questions."

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Didi

"Something was Missing"

"I was born in Bulgaria and was 10 years old when communism fell. "

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Sharon Jaynes

Conference Speaker

"But there was an ugly secret behind the beautiful door of our home."

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Peter Mamorski

Priority Associate

"Here was a guy who talked like a professor, but about spiritual things."

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Erik Lightle

Army Medic

"I guess I didn’t really care about life in general. I was all about me and that was it."

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Rachel Harris

College Soccer Player

"I idolized soccer"

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Juan Pierre

Professional Baseball Player

"Baseball had become my god; it was all about baseball"

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Blake Cavanagh

Former Atheist

I could not keep sitting on the fence spiritually.

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2011

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Bryan Ingvaldson

College Student

I thought I needed to clean myself up to come to God.

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Marelie Coulon

College Student

If God existed, where was He?

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Brian Gardner

College Student

I felt like a high profile guy on campus who had it all figured out. I thought I didn't need God.

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London Fletcher

Washington Redskins' Player

I thought I had to play with anger on the football field.

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Dr. Hugh Ross

Astrophysicist

The only reasonable conclusion I could see was that the Bible must be the inspired Word of God.

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Sarina Martinez

College Student

I didn’t really think too much about God.

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Maxwell Okpara

Nigerian Prince

I had a date with destiny and an extraordinary encounter that changed my life, perceptions and outlooks.

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Kassidi Curtis

Middle School Student

I always assumed God was disappointed in me.

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Anthony Pelloni

Student at The Citadel

I used to think God hated me.

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Andrei Davidenko

Homebuilders Small Group Leader

In the fall of 2008 I went through a very difficult time. I was struggling in my family

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Ryan Chesler

College Student

How I see God as a Father.

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Leslie Davis

College Student

God is more than magic tricks.

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Alli Hughes

Campus Ministry Intern

Where would I go if I died?

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Rebekah Bradford

U.S. Olympic Speed Skater

There came a point where I felt I needed to spiritually define my life and gain perspective.

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Santei Di Leonardo

Student

I didn't know that Jesus was God or that I needed to accept Him as my Lord and Savior.

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Mimi Bailey

Account Manager

I realized being loved by God was way more important than being loved by people.

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Kristen Sass

Texas Tech Junior

It was hard realizing that Christ needed to be first in my life instead of myself.

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Toshiba Rodney

Hospital Technician

I chose God.

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Joey Payne

GAiN Staff Member

When I live for God, He gives me purpose. He gives me the opportunity to help people in need.

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2009

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Lupe Torres

Janitor at the Salvation Army

My dad's death gave me an excuse not to believe in anything. He was a man of faith, but I didn't want to hear about it.

 

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Casey Cashen

Crisis Call Center Worker

I never knew what love was. Rage and hatred filled my heart. I dabbled in other religions and witchcraft searching for truth.

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Georgina Miller

College Student in Jamaica

I went to church growing up because of my great-grandmother. I was active, but kept holding back.

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Sandeep Sharma

Air Force Mechanic

There was a pain in my heart that no one loved me. 

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Darling Justiniano Solano

Former military in Bolivia

I was in a difficult situation with the military because my immediate leaders told me I shouldn't tell the truth about what had happened and to say that it was an accident.

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Nick Ross-Dick

Native-American College Student

My family was adamant in keeping me away from any church because of what Christianity had done to our Native American people.

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Dania Hackett

College Student

Months after learning more about God, I finally understood. 

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Theresa Timmer

Retiree

If anyone had asked me, I would have said I was a Christian.

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Nikki Breidegam

Lab Technologist

I was angry with God and didn’t want to know Him. I decided I could do life on my own.

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2008

Ed Lee

Businessman

As a business person I was accomplished, but on the inside I was falling apart.

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Teresa Keith

Mother in Scotland

I tried really hard to forgive myself, struggling, until it dawned on me that I just couldn't.

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Kim Conner

Business Owner

My husband would say I was "obsessive-explosive." I was so stressed but pretended I was okay.

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Jason Dudley

Junior High Custodian

Jenn and I met at a friend's wedding. I was the videographer and Jenn caught the bouquet.

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Andrea Westfall

Military Veteran

"God, let me get home alive." "Please don't let us get shot down." "Don't let this patient die." 

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Eric Wilkes

Entrepreneur

Literally, we met in an elevator at a Chamber of Commerce meeting. He was getting off and I was getting on.

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Michael Jebaraj

Ministry Leader in South Asia

I would think, "He's so great, why in the world would God think about someone like me, so tiny, nowhere. Let alone have a personal plan for my life."

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Andrew Emery

Air Force Mission Commander

After my freshman year of college, I was in kind of a lonely place.

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Roel Ceballos

College student in the Philippines

I thought in order for life to be meaningful and worth living, it had to be a fairy tale.

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Ben Carter

Varsity Soccer Player

I had had a lot of trouble that year. I was not getting a lot of playing time in soccer.

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Radvile Aleknaite

College student in Lithuania

I was looking for God. There was an advertisement in our dorm for a film festival on spiritual topics. I decided it would be interesting.

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