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My life before salvation was very short. I grew up in a Christian home in North Carolina. My entire family had been Christian since before I was born. I went to First Assembly of God Church in Concord, now Concord First Assembly, with my family. I attended First Assembly Christian School, which was started by the same church that we attended. I went to Missionettes, a Christian children’s club for learning more about the Bible, every Wednesday night. I understood Christianity only in the most basic sense. I knew that I believed everything that I had heard about God. I knew that I could not get to heaven without Jesus. I knew that I wanted to spend eternity with Him. When I was about five years old, I decided that I wanted to become a Christian. I told my mom and grandparents. Mom let me come to the adult service with them that Sunday; usually I went to children’s church. My mom walked to the front with me. I do remember that I was very nervous, but excited. I gave my heart and my life to Jesus Christ at a very young age. It felt wonderful. I knew that I had done the right thing. I was baptized the next year, at the age of six. I have grown up a lot since my conversion and my declaration of faith. I have learned so much more about God and Jesus Christ. I have come to understand more deeply how perfect He is and much He has done by saving me. I have been slowly making my faith my own. I have learned why I believe what I have always believed. I have even begun to lead other Christian family members and friends to grow closer to God. I never want to stop learning more about God. I never want to stop growing closer to the One who loved me before I was born.
Contributed by Christine Ruff