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Testimony of Victoria Maybury

I came to believe in Christ and ask Him to save me from my sins at the age of six. I don't remember much about my life before coming to faith but from what my parents tell me, I was a terribly stubborn and sinful child.

I was born to a Christian family and was taught about God and my sin from an early age. I understood that I had done wrong things in my life (had sinned) and this made it impossible for me to be with God because God was perfect and I was not. I understood that Jesus had died to take away my sin so that I could be with God but I had to make the decision that I would follow Christ and tell the world about His saving grace.

When I was six, I made that decision and prayed that Jesus would take my sins and become my saviour. As soon as I had finished praying, this feeling of joy and peace filled my body. I lived in Togo at the time as a missionary kid and I did my best to read my Bible and show that I followed Jesus through my life. I still sinned and was stubborn at times but each time I did something wrong, I could feel the Holy Spirit telling me that I need to repent because of that action.

In 2014, my family and I came back from the mission field in Togo for good. The transition was hard for me but I continued to hold on to God and prayed for His guidance in the years to come. Entering high school was tough and it was a very dark time in my life. I was bullied a lot (mostly due to my "outdated" faith) and I started to believe what the people were saying. I believed that I was useless or not good enough to be loved. This caused me to pull away from everyone, including God. I became very discouraged, lost and hopeless. God in His grace did not let me go but got me back into the Bible. I read it and wept and repented. I could feel that I had drifted away from God and that there was this gap in between us that could only be mended through time.

I am still mending that tear in our relationship but I feel much closer to God again. I know that God will not leave me or forsake me. He is for me and He will guide me through this chaotic life, all I have to do is trust and obey Him.