Effie Chow, UCI
I came to my first STP feeling rather spiritually low. That summer, I went through a series of events that led me to believe that God did not love me. Time and time again I fell back into laziness and sin and it made me question if I was even genuine in my faith. Why would God want me if I kept on sinning? Why would he want me if I repeatedly did not want to commit myself to him? I remember during one prayer session, I started to cry because I was scared that God was condemning me and did not want me to be a part of his family. During one devotion during STP, I came across the verses Romans 8:38-39, “For I am sure that neither death nor life, nor angels nor rulers, nor things present nor things to come, nor powers, nor height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God in Christ Jesus our Lord.” God was revealing to me the truth that I needed to hear. He loved me no matter what. Nothing could take that away. All those thoughts that plagued my head about him not loving me were lies. This is how God used STP to bless me and hear his truth.