Merci - Counselor


I am from Bridgeport, WV. I attend a small Bible church where my dad has been the pastor for almost 28 years.

I was raised in a very good, protected home. As a little girl I would ask my parents if I could "get saved" and they always said to wait until I was older and could understand better. But being the impatient person that I am, I thought this was an emergency. So the Lord and I began a relationship quietly. It was not very long and it came out. My parents explained the seriousness of this decision thoroughly. After praying together, at seven years old I committed my life to Christ. I was baptized later in the same year. This was just the beginning of a long journey that is yet to be completed.

I wish I could say everything was “happy ever after” but over my short lifetime I have drifted away, I have repented—I have lost my first love and by grace alone, God has revived it. I have fallen into the trap of self-righteousness and pride. I have sinned again and again and have seen the never-failing mercy of God and basked in His forgiveness. I realize that Christianity is not a religion but rather a personal relationship with Jesus Christ. As for this life, it is just a journey to a better place and salvation is a sanctifying process to get us there.

The reason I have chosen Alpine is because I think God chose it for me! The very day I prayed for a new ministry opportunity, God used a friend to bring it up and ask if I wanted to apply. I have a passion for ministry and a desire to see hearts turned toward and built up in the Lord. I know I will be pulled out of my comfort zone some but I am excited for everything the Lord is going to teach me through that. I am so excited to jump into the lives of these campers on a spiritual level and watch God work. He is the one who works in and through us....may it be a Spirit-filled summer.

“Now thanks be to God, who always leads us in triumph in Christ, and reveals through us the sweet aroma of his knowledge in every place.” (2 Cor. 2:14)

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