Hi, my name is Lucia and I'm from Spain. I'm an exchange student and I came here in August, just a week or two before the Hurricane Harvey. That was a great welcoming...
And when I was back in Spain, I used to attend a Catholic school, where I really thought I was a Christian.
Like, some of my friends were not so I, I was named like, "The Christian Girl" kind of thing. Because my family went to church every Sunday, but I didn't really have a relationship with God. I didn't spend time in prayer, I didn't read the bible by myself, I just didn't pursue a relationship with Him.
I remember it was my fourth day here, I went to church and it was...surprising.
It was so loud, they sing like, songs that I've never heard before, but I actually liked them.
It was just that I was so overwhelmed by the idea of Jesus in general, that I was curious about it, I wanted to still go into church. So, I continued going and after a month, it was the fall retreat, and I remember Calvin preaching about how we are known, loved, and created by God.
And, just the idea that somebody cared that much about me, like that I was really known by Him, that it was not a mistake, that it was not by chance, that it was not destiny, that it was actually God. was like... "wow!" I've never realized how much it makes sense. I just can not believe how I didn't see it before.
So, in the last session of the fall retreat, I remember we were worshipping. I was like "wow, like I don't know what is going on..." "...honestly I just don't understand what is going on..." "...but I guess it's okay."
And, after that session we went to small groups again and we just prayed, And I... I felt it. I was like "Something happened? I really don't know what is it, but..." "...thank you Lord?" Yeah? I guess?
That was the moment that I first realized that I am a christian now.I am a follower of Christ.
So my idea before, was that you had to be good to have a relationship with God, that you had to work for your salvation, that you had to actually earn your salvation, and when I realized that Christ died for me, like He actually died for my sins, that I'm completely forgiven, I am loved by Him.