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A New Creation

by Epic Movement on September 3, 2013

 

EA Team-1“Dude, this feels weird. I feel like I don’t even know who I am.  I desire different things and I want things that I never cared about before.”

Prior to following Christ, I found my worth in my relationships with girlfriends and smoking marijuana with friends.  I would get into relationship after relationship. From the age of 17 to the age of 22, I wasn’t single for more than 2 months before entering into another relationship.  I am 22, and for a while, it started to become clear that I relied on girls and drugs to define who I was.  After my last relationship, I grew tired of relying on others for my happiness and decided to learn to be happy alone before getting into another relationship.  Through this attempt to find “happiness” this year, I quit smoking marijuana and cigarettes.

I have always been best friends with my older brother, Aaron.  During this time, we started meeting weekly and hanging out more often.  Through him, I began to learn the Bible and learn about who Jesus is.  So I transitioned from relying on girls for self-worth to relying on myself to relying on God.  Everything happened so suddenly, yet a change in my heart was evident.  It was so drastic that I didn’t know who I was anymore because I found myself wanting different things in life.  I remember waking up one morning and telling Aaron, “Dude, this feels weird. I feel like I don’t even know who I am.  I desire different things and I want things that I never cared about before.” He gave me this passage in 2 Corinthians 5:17, which says, “Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation.  The old has passed away; behold, the new has come.”  I felt like that scripture perfectly summarized my experience the past few months.

This all happened within a span of 7 months.  One day, my brother told me that a friend of ours asked if I would be interested in going on a mission to East Asia for the summer.  So many thoughts began flowing into my head about how inadequate I am, and I am a new believer, and there is no way I could go to East Asia and raise $5500 support in 2 months. However, the word that jumped out of my mouth was “yes”.  I remember afterwards I felt so confused because I wanted to say “no” but the word that came out was “yes”.  Despite my doubts and fears, I feel that God moved in me that day and pushed me to go.   I am so thankful to God that I did and that He provided that support when I had only a couple Christian friends.  Going to East Asia was amazing; I got to experience an amazing community amongst my project team, understood how important prayer and Bible life is on a different level, and got to meet amazing people while on mission.  To put it simply, East Asia Summer Project created a sturdy foundation for my faith to grow upon.

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Alvin Truong, Portland Community College

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