Grace McGladrey

Campus Missionary, Simon Fraser University
grace.mcgladrey@cco.ca
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I come from a family of five from Oakville, Ontario, where faith was never really a big part of my life. Growing up, I always knew that God was there, but He seemed like someone who was distant and out of reach. I was focused on finding satisfaction from being liked by my friends, getting the newest material things – things that made me feel good in the moment. However, they never left me truly satisfied. I started to become more interested in my faith through the witness of some of my classmates, and in 2016, I attended World Youth Day in Poland. It was here that for the first time I heard people talking about their relationship with God in such a personal way and it made me wonder, “how can I get that?”. It was also here that I first learned about CCO. That Fall, I started school at Carleton University, where I immediately sought out and joined CCO. It was through the first faith study, Discovery, where I began to develop a personal relationship with the Lord. In this faith study I heard that: God wanted to know me. That the relationship that I desired to have with Him – that I was created for – is divided and broken because of my sins. I desired to be reconciled to Him and to have this relationship restored. Finally, through Jesus’ death on the cross, He offers Himself to bridge the gap that was created between God and I because of my sins. I realized that He bridged the gap as the way for me to fully live out this relationship. At the end of the faith study, I was invited to make the decision to put Christ at the centre of my life. All I had to do was actively choose to say ‘yes’ to Him. I prayed these words: Lord Jesus, I open the door of my heart and I invite you to be at the centre of my life – to be my Lord and my Saviour”. My life dramatically changed for the better: God became tangible to me. This relationship is now primary and central, and influences all of my thoughts and actions. I cannot keep this to myself. I am convicted to reach out to others and share with them what has been given to me. I now know that God’s love is not a general type of love, but that the Father actually loves me personally. By being docile and open to the Holy Spirit, there is so much love and joy in my heart, something that I wish for everyone to experience. It seems easy to trust that what the Lord desires is actually what is best for me. My relationship with Jesus has changed everything, and I want everyone to know Him the way I do. I long to build up leaders who will be able to go out into the world and bring more people to Christ, like CCO has equipped me to do so.

 

ONGOING PRAYER REQUESTS

Please pray for my family, for the Church, and for the students that I will be reaching on campus.