Well I've gotten the request and have thought about it before to post my testimony, so here it is.
I was baptized by sprinkle into the catholic church as an infant, and became part of that for a while. My grandmother on my mother's side was heavily involved with the catholic church, and so we attended with her. Eventually it led to us going once in a while and to never.
Then in the fifth grade my elementary school had an after school kids program kind of like a once a week but long term extended, vbs? Or like a school youth group only elementary level... Anywho, towards the end of that I became saved.
However middle school hit and it was as if the school thing never existed. I became one of the crowd and fell into what I call the middle school lingo, the foul language they use at such a young age. Anywho, but I was over all a good kid, and nobody from home knew about my language or anything really to do with school, I had my home life and my school life and that was about it.
There was eighth grade and I wasn't sure about high school, when I was told about this thing called IB. I had no idea about what it was and I really didn't think I was going to go. The school was across town, I would know virtually no one, and to tell the truth I only knew of one kid going to that school, and I didn't know him that well.
So I talked to a family friend and he discussed this IB thing and I was still a little unsure. I figured I'd try it out and then if I liked it I'd stay, if not I'd go somewhere else. Then I was almost sure I wasn't going to go, but had already filled out the application and was accepted into the IB program. And before I knew it I was off to Southeast High School.
It's important to note that prior to my freshmen year at Southeast, I had no real care for music. But my first semester there was this kid who was in all of my classes. Within a few weeks we got to talking, and then one day he asked me if I believed in Heaven. I had no idea, and made up some stupid response.
Eventually he invited me to his youth group, and I was really unsure about it. I had been to a youth group in middle school and I didn't like it, it was shallow and there just wasn't anything there for me, I didn't learn or anything. But I decided I'd check out this youth group of his. So I went, and I liked it! So I kept going, and so after a couple months, I rededicated my life to Christ.
Soon there after we hosted a battle of the bands at the church, and I got my first CD as a giveaway and with that God started to put a passion in my heart for music. My sophomore year I decided to take up guitar, because it was something that sounded interesting, but I didn't want to sit through chorus for two years before actually learning it, which is the way it was at my middle school at the time.
Soon thereafter I received the opportunity to join the youth worship band, and I full heartedly accepted. About half-way through my sophomore year I started to think I might be called to do music for God for a living. But I didn't want it to be something I wanted, and figured that's all it was so I let it go for a while and didn't think of it much. And it probably came to mind a few times, but anywho, so that summer I went to a camp called Souled Out in Panama City. There me, my cousin, and a friend all got baptized out in the Gulf of Mexico, and it was cold!!! But awesome!
And so the thought of my calling started to come back to my mind every once in a while throughout my junior year. Then after junior year we, the youth, went to a camp in Tennessee, with just our youth. I had a discussion with the youth pastor at the time about me possibly being called to this, and he said if God is opening doors to it then most likely, and I should go with it. Well He was, I had found out about SEU and found out I knew people who worked there that could give me information. So the next morning after talking to the youth pastor we had our "quiet time" or time for devotionals, and we were all using a study thing, and the verse for that day was Josh 1:9 which is:
" 9 Have I not commanded you? Be strong and courageous. Do not be terrified; do not be discouraged, for the LORD your God will be with you wherever you go."
Which to me was a confirmation that God was calling me to be, in the words of my father, "a rock-star for Jesus". So now I'm headed to SEU shortly (in the next few months) and I'm totally psyched. What's even more amazing is seeing God move on my high school campus, and some of those stories are in the previous blogs posted, but there's still much more to come. We've seen healings and I'm so psyched for the rest of what god is about to pour out on our campus. This year I liken to Ezekiel 37 (the valley of dry bones), where the body of Christ is awakening. And there's so much more coming. And we're psyched about this passage as well:
"3Another angel, who had a golden censer, came and stood at the altar. He was given much incense to offer, with the prayers of all the saints, on the golden altar before the throne. 4The smoke of the incense, together with the prayers of the saints, went up before God from the angel's hand. 5Then the angel took the censer, filled it with fire from the altar, and hurled it on the earth; and there came peals of thunder, rumblings, flashes of lightning and an earthquake."
But yeah, that's a summation of my testimony as of now, so yeah!