How Campus Life Changed My story

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This testimony in her own words from one of our local students shows how the love of Christ and the power of the Gospel can save a life…

I was anxious all of the time. I never went out with my friends. I did not like talking to people and was frightened about everything anyone might say about me. My home life sucked. My Mom and Dad were going through a divorce. It seemed like nobody in my family cared about me and I hated myself. My legs and stomach were covered in cuts and scars from where I was cutting myself. I was depressed. My best friend had just passed away. I thought about killing myself almost every day. I had nothing to believe in. 

The day I was invited to Campus Life, I was in the middle of writing a suicide letter. I sat there, writing a note to a friend about how sorry I was about taking my own life. As I wrote, that same friend sat down next to me and suggested I go to Campus Life. Reluctantly, I went. To be honest, I didn’t enjoy the first night—there were so many new people to meet and it freaked me out. I did get to know two new people, but was still freaked out by the crowd. Then they all started talking about some Spring Break trip to Florida coming up in March. I was not interested. My friend couldn't go and I did not want to spend a week with a lot of strange people, because I would probably cry the whole time. Jeremy, one of the Campus Life Leaders, kept talking about it, but I was unsure. On the last day to sign up, I decided to just go for it. I signed up. But I definitely thought I would regret it.  

On the first day of the trip, I only knew two people. I had no idea how to form a relationship with God. I barely knew who He was. But throughout the week, I learned that God is ALWAYS there and that He loves me with a perfect love. I felt so loved and accepted by my Campus Life community. Though the trip lasted only a week, I came back a completely different person.

Since then, Campus Life has continued to help me form a positive relationship with God. I have even started to make more friends. I am so grateful for Campus Life—it has truly changed my life.