Hey guys! My name is Rachel, I’m 18 years old, and I’ve been a committed Christian for 7 years.

Quick background information… I was born into a strong Christian family; I basically grew up spending most my time in church. I’ve always known God was real, and that he loved me so much (John 3:16).

Recently, I’ve come to explore the choice Jesus had over dying for everyone’s sins. You see growing up I was taught that Jesus died so that we all could be in right standing with God.  I never fully grasped the concept that he had a choice, and that he if did, he would choose us, you and me. A man, a stranger, someone I didn’t even know loved me before I was thought of (Jeremiah 1:5). This guy, this amazing man called Jesus, chose us and he didn’t have to.

So that’s why I’ve decided to follow him, and try to be like him, but hey I am human – I do fall short of God’s glory and I do mess up sometimes. Most of the time I’m not even aware of the mistakes, but that doesn’t matter because all my sins are paid for. Why?…because he paid the price that should have been mine. How amazing is grace?

What pulls my heart strings the most is knowing that other Christians around the world have had this revelation of the Gospel and till this day are being persecuted because of their faith. Christians are tortured and killed because they’ve found the greatest love of all. That’s why I’ve joined Release Potential – to be a Change Maker. I want to change the game with Christ’s help because ‘I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me’ (Philippians 4:13).  So, ‘Whatever the cost…be the change’.

The Apostle Paul talks a lot in the Bible about persecuted Christians; he talks about how we should pray for them and keep them close to our hearts because we are one body just made up of different parts.  In the book James, it talks about how the people of the world won’t like us because they never liked Jesus (and he was perfect, he did no wrong…How could you not like the guy?!).

So yes, in this life we will face hardships and struggles but in Romans it says, “If God is for us then who can be against us?”.  Yes there will be opposition, but it won’t prosper. We are all children of God and just like a parent who loves their child, God will do whatever it takes to get his children through persecution and into the “promised land”.

We are one big family bigger than blood.