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Debora Juca

Campus Vine Missionary

University of Saskatchewan

I was born in Brazil, but have lived in Vancouver, BC with my wonderful parents, Eva and Marcus, and my younger siblings, Daniel and Clara, for most of my life. As a little girl, I remember being so in love with Jesus – He was my very best friend, and I knew His love for me was unconditional. When I entered my preteen years, this fondness slowly faded away as I began to fall prey to the ideals of the world. I adopted the notion that in order to be loved, I needed to prove myself to be worthy of it. Although I continued to attend mass and participate in my parish, the concept of a relationship with Jesus became foreign and unrealistic to me – I knew I wasn’t worthy of being loved by Him because I knew I wasn’t perfect. On my very first day of university, I ran into a friend from high school who introduced me to CCO. I began taking faith studies and was blown away by the witness of the missionaries and student leaders. It was through them that Jesus called me closer to Him, to reignite the friendship we shared when I was a child. Slowly, He began to show me just how worthy I am of His love – DESPITE being imperfect! In the months that followed, I saw how Jesus was reminding me of my identity as a beloved daughter of God. This, along with His sacrifice for me, is what defines my ability to be loved – not my successes and failures. On March 22nd, 2019 I invited Jesus to be at the centre of my life. Since then, He has continued to show me I am worthy of His love, and my identity has become rooted in my belovedness as a daughter of God.

I’m extremely pumped to be serving with CCO as a campus missionary at the University of Saskatchewan, CCO’s pioneer campus! It is a joy and an honour to be able to journey with the students at the UofS, and to be able to help build up more leaders for the renewal of the world! Being a student leader has allowed me to witness God move in so many different people’s lives, and I am overjoyed that I now get to serve the Lord in this way as a full-time job!

ONGOING PRAYER REQUESTS

Please pray for the students at the University of Saskatchewan: that those who do not know the Lord may come to know Him; that those who do not know Him well enough may desire to grow in intimacy with Him; and that there may be an outpouring of the Holy Spirit to inspire each student’s missionary identity.

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