"My Dad passed away a few years ago. It was a strain on all the parts of my life. I was 15 and never had any experience with the church. I had a few friends that were Christians. In media, you kind of hear about what Christians believe and what it represents. I looked at that with a pessimistic curiosity. If Christianity has answers to offer me, maybe I can figure out why God took my dad from me. I went with some friends to a youth conference called Christ in Youth in Durango. Somewhere around the second night, I just got wrecked. Something about the worship and message gave me something to cling onto for the first time ever. What I realized was I wanted this Jesus thing in my life. A couple of weeks after that I decided to get baptized. I still really didn’t know what the Jesus journey was going to look like, but I was ready to surrender and to accept real hope for the first time in my life. My life has changed in a lot of ways since then. I started using my words and actions to love and encourage other people. I have found that life isn't bad, but instead life is something to love and to celebrate.There’s a peace knowing that things are tough now, but we can be comforted by the fact that God is ultimately moving us from bad to good. God is love. My name is Trevor and I surrender."
(Trevor, Phoenix, Arizona)