During our first week with Elevation Church, in our orientation with Pastor Angus McKinley, he asked my partner, Kali, and me what was something we would like to see and experience while serving with Elevation. After giving his question some thought, I answered, "I would really like to see a life changed and a person come to Christ". “That's an incredible thing to look forward to. You should pray about it and see God move," he said. And so I did. And God answered my prayers.
During the Kids Sports Camp, I was put in charge of leading the arts and crafts track that week. One day, I was drawn to a little boy named Josh. We talked for over an hour. After our conversation, I was left with a heavy heart because God showed me this child did not have a relationship with Christ. That afternoon I was just very, very burdened by this. So, I went to a lake and sat underneath a tree gazing at the clouds. I prayed and prayed for this child and for God's work during the rest of the week at camp. I prayed that if God was tugging in Josh's heart, I wanted to see him respond and come to know Christ as his Lord and Savior.
Two days passed. On Thursday afternoon during story time, Josh sat by me. After the devotional, Pastor Angus offered a time of response and invitation. I went ahead and silently began praying for the children in the camp and their families. I prayed that if anyone there was feeling God knocking in their hearts, for them to say yes and not turn away. I peeked and saw Josh raising his hand.
After the devotional, I had to lead crafts and Josh was right there. Kali stepped up and took him aside. I was so excited when I saw Kali took the initiative to talk to him. After he returned, Kali told me how God guided her as she lead Josh to faith in Christ. I was so overjoyed and even more when I saw him during Sunday morning service with his entire family. Josh seemed like a different person. He was smiling and there was a sense of peace in his eyes. I could see how Christ is shining through him in the way Josh smiled at all of us.
That was the moment when I realized how God answered my prayers this summer. God gave me the great gift and blessing seeing someone accept Christ. He allowed me to see a life changed.
Gabby Azua, a student at Tarleton State University, served in Fort Collins/Loveland, Colorado, with Go Now Missions.