I was in a dark place. I was bullied constantly for my weight and the way I looked. I went into a phase of depression where I didn't like myself on the outside. There were times where I didn't eat for a couple of days, and then I would eat as much as I could and throw it all up later. I was diagnosed with ADHD, Anxiety, and Depression disorders when I was in 4th grade; which is around the time the bullying started. It was so hard for me to find friends, or even make friends. It wasn't until I was invited to come to this church by my wonderful second family, the Chamberlains. I started coming to this church in January of 2014, then was baptized on February 23rd the following year. I know because of Jesus, my life has been changed for the better. He has shown that I am a leader among many, that I am important, and that I am worth dying for.
I would like to share one of my favorite verses, Isaiah 12:2.
“Behold, God is my salvation; I will trust, and will not be afraid; for the Lord God is my strength and my song, and he has become my salvation.”
To me this verse means that with God, anything and everything is possible.
I would like to thank the Yakima Foursquare Church congregation, Encounter, and the Chamberlain Family for showing me that my story really does matter; no matter what mistakes I have made in the past.
Thank you for letting me share my story today.