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Claudine Atienza

Campus Vine Missionary

Trent University

I was raised as a Catholic, both at school and in my family, and even attended a youth group. I knew Jesus was God and that He loved me, but the relationship was never personal. In my last year of high school, I became very anxious and depressed. I realized that the things I used to enjoy were not able to make me happy anymore. When I was at what seemed like my breaking point, I turned to God and begged him for help. In a moment, the Lord revealed to me that for a long time I had been believing the lie that my life was meant to be lonely, painful and unfulfilling. It was a total grace that God gave me to know that my entire life He never left my side and never will. This encounter with Jesus propelled me forward and I decided to take my faith seriously.

I first encountered CCO through Ryerson Catholics. They invited me to take their faith studies and it was here where my relationship with the Lord really began to grow. I could really see the heart of Jesus through the CCO staff at Ryerson Catholics. Every time I spoke to them, I could tell they genuinely cared about my struggles and loved me where I was at.

Eventually, as I started to become more of a leader at Ryerson Catholics, the Lord put on my heart the call to work for CCO full time. After prayerfully discerning, I applied and was hired to be a CCO campus missionary at Trent University! I’m so excited to show students the love of Christ and to see Him change lives just like He changed mine!

ONGOING PRAYER REQUESTS

I ask that you please pray for the conversion and healing of my parents and sisters. Thank you!

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