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My salvation

I have the immense privilege of being born into a Christian family. In fact my parents have been full time missionaries here in France since 1972. My mother is French, and my father is American. He came to France when he was 17 as an Apprentice Missionary. They are still serving in an itinerant ministry in France after 20 years of pastorate in the city of Toulouse, France.

So as a little girl, I grew up with the example of my parents giving their whole life to God. I always went to Bible classes on Sundays, my parents would read stories from the Bible to me and my sisters in the evenings, and I loved to sing the children songs I learned.

My parents manage a youth camp, and one day, I went shopping with my mom. I was 4 years old. In the car we were singing one of the songs I had learned in Bible class. It said:

« Jesus has resurrected, to heaven he went, one day he'll come back to take me, oh what happiness ! »

I loved that song. My mom asked me then if I was sure I would go to heaven if I died? She explained to me what hell was and who would go there. I sure didn't want to go to hell after her description! Then she explained to me what sin is. She had plenty of examples to show mine! I told her I wanted to be saved and go to heaven. She told me I had to talk to God through prayer and ask him to clean my little heart with His blood. I could hardly wait for the car to be parked. As soon as it stopped, I was praying, asking God to cleanse my heart, and accept me someday in heaven. Of course, I probably hadn't understood everything about salvation or sanctification, but I know my heart was sincere, and that assurance of being with God for eternity has never left me.

During the years that followed, I understood more about what Jesus did for me on the cross, and never have regretted the decision I have made 18 years ago. My heart is full of gratitude to God that made salvation so simple that even a child can understand it, and decide to follow Him.

My baptism

Several years later, I started to be troubled about baptism. People assumed often that since I was an M. K., I would soon get baptized, and it bothered me so much that I didn't want to get baptized just because they said it was normal.

But one day, I realized, I was being foolish to listen to people talk, and not the voice of God Himself, that had commanded that I be baptized, and I needed to obey him. I needed to tell publicly what God had done for me. I needed to show what God meant to me.

So, at 13 years old, I obeyed God's command through the step of being baptized. Since I was a little girl, as I said earlier, my parents and their example influenced my life a lot. My parents always were happy in the service of the King, of what I saw. Now I know there where hard times, but yet in difficulties, they showed me that God always takes care of His children.

My calling

When I was 15, I went to summer camp. I was very worried with the decisions to make for my life's' orientation. I was thinking of becoming a social worker. I really wanted to help people. But I heard that social workers could not share their faith with the people in need. I wanted to help people in their major need, not just financial, but spiritual need. Then I thaught about psychology, but still I might loose 5-8 years studying things I didn't aggree with… Then God showed me that what is the most precious to God is the soul of man, and that I needed to work for Him to bring more to His Kingdom. This is when I decided to study in a Bible school. I had a lot of questions and doubts, because Satan tries to discourage us from putting our life at God's disposition. I wondered what I would be useful for, since I can't preach like men… But since I'm studying the Bible I learn a lot on the different ways I can serve the Lord. I've had the privilege to realize that God has prepared for me a wonderful man with whom I will be able to serve. It's so good to know that God is in control of our life, and that He directs us where He wants us to go. I'm very excited and proud to work for Him.