Love in Struggle
Kyck is always a great time away. The experience, atmosphere and group bonding that happens, can have a lasting impact on those who attend. This week we have Chelsea Bevan, a SPY attendee and Junior Leader talking about her experience becoming a Christian.
I grew up in a non-Christian family; however, my sister Brooke, and I would attend the Kids’ Church, Playgroup and Kids’ Club. We are known around the place for being the first youth to rock up on the very first day of SPY. Even though I attended SPY, went to scripture at school and went to these church groups, I did not see myself as a Christian. I believe I truly opened my mind to being a Christian while attending the first Kyck I went to with SPY in 2013. I looked around and saw all these young Christians and felt as if this was something I could believe too.
During Year 9 and 10 at Bomaderry High School I struggled with mental illness. I lost my friends, my hope and also my faith. It was through the love I found at church, especially from my youth leaders and now close friends, Jonathan and Amanda, that I came to call myself a Christian and regained my faith.
As I look back on that time of mental illness, I can see how the love and support I was receiving came not just from them. That love, I could see, was shaped and empowered by God and his love for them and also for me.
I am proud to say I am healthier and stronger in my faith and I have my church and God to thank for that.