I grew up in a Shaman culture where God was not glorified. But I feel as though Jesus has been waiting for me ever since the beginning.

I felt the repercussions of praising both beliefs and for two years I was constantly challenged by the enemy and was afraid to even fall asleep.

Last summer I attended a church in Salem where I truly felt the love of God within the church’s community. I felt God ask me what I was waiting for and why I hadn’t committed myself to Him entirely. I decided then that I would follow Jesus and I haven’t looked back since.

CCF has been the most inviting and loving community that I could have asked for and this year I got baptized! CCF is such a major part of my faith and I learned how to walk humbly with God as a follower of Jesus. I feel so blessed to have all of these relationships with my brothers and sisters in Christ at CCF.

This freedom is worth more than gold, and I know that through Christ we are more than conquerors through Him who loved us (Romans 8:37). I am the happiest that I have ever been, and I know that it is the work of God’s plan.

— Xao