For the last huddle of the school year at TeWinkle Middle School, I asked two of my Estancia student leaders, Andy and Juan, to share their testimony with the students. I wanted Andy and Juan to come encourage these middle school students because this fall, many of them will be on Estancia’s campus for the first time and looking for a familiar face to point them in the right direction. As I listened to Andy and Juan, I was so blessed by their honesty and vulnerability as they shared how God had moved powerfully in their lives.
Andy shared that he had wrestled with feeling left out and rejected by his peers before falling into a bad drug addiction. After barely surviving a drug overdose, Andy found Jesus. Andy knows that God saved his life so that he could be a testimony of God’s grace and glory! It was such an encouragement to hear how passionately Andy shared the Gospel with the middle school students, reminding them of how much God loves them.
“He reached down from on high and took hold of me; he drew me out of deep waters. He rescued me from my powerful enemy, from my foes, who were too strong for me. They confronted me in the day of my disaster, but the Lord was my support. He brought me out into a spacious place; he rescued me because he delighted in me.” – Psalm 18:16-19
Juan explained that he grew up knowing about God, but was often angry that God did not take care of him and his family the way He seemed to take care of others. After a couple of rough experiences in high school, Juan joined FCA and started asking his youth pastor questions about his relationship with God. Juan began to experience God in new ways and discovered that God’s plan for his life is perfect. You can listen to a little bit of Juan’s story below.
“Cast your cares on the Lord and he will sustain you; he will never let the righteous be shaken.” – Psalm 55:22