Twenty-four years ago, I doubt my mom would have believed that she would be sitting almost half-way around the world watching her daughter be baptised, but the fact that she is just gives a glimpse into the amazing journey that God has taken me on in my life. I was raised in a Christian environment, and I really can’t remember a time when I wasn’t a Christian. I’ve always desired to follow God and live out his perfect will in my life.
In high school, I did feel that God was leading me towards a career in a service, which later solidified into medical service work. In university, I did begin to question my beliefs in a way that I hadn’t before as I took courses that delved into world religions and philosophies. But one day, as I was walking back to my dorm, I felt God speak to me saying, “But you still believe;” and I knew it was true. Despite the scholarly arguments, I still believed that Jesus Christ died for my sins and rose again to be my personal Saviour.
In the Summers of ‘06 and ’07, between medical school terms, I came to Cambridge for research internships and discovered and attended Eden. I connected very quickly to some of the people, and I found a Biblical teaching that challenged me to know the Bible better and, consequently, know Christ better. I returned to the USA and my home church after each Summer, but last year, I took a sabbatical to complete a PhD here at Cambridge, and I came back to Eden.
Throughout the past eight months, I have learned so much and have found strength in my faith that I didn’t have before. Being away from home and family, and particularly my mom, I have been forced to lean solely on Christ, and it’s been rewarding to discover that He is always there, always available, and always dependable. As I have studied the Bible and my faith more in recent months, I have found that despite circumstances and emotions, it is still my daily decision to choose Christ, and every day, it’s been worth it.