Megan Turland

Internship Trainer, Ministry Training and Program Development
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I come from a family of five – my parents and two younger sisters – who also happen to be two of my best friends.

Coming into my second year of University, I thought I had everything figured out. I was athletic, I had a good job, I was doing well in school, I had lots of friends, and I had my faith. I knew that God loved me and that I needed Him, but I wasn’t sure what that really meant. I wanted to truly be a Christian, but I didn’t want to give up the friends and the lifestyle I had.

Just after thanksgiving I broke my ankle. I couldn’t work, I couldn’t go out with my friends, and I could barely get to school. When I felt like I had nothing, I realized I still had my relationship with God. God was what mattered most. I began praying again, talking to Him, and reading Scripture. I wanted God back in my life, but it had been so long, and I had done so much damage to our relationship. How could He accept me after turning my back on Him? I felt so inadequate, it was like I had dug myself into this deep hole. I could see the light, but I had no idea how to get out – it was just too deep.

Just after this, I went to a CCO event. I remember listening to the talks and the student testimonies, and realizing that I didn’t need to be perfect to be in a relationship with God. All He needed was my ‘yes’, there was hope for me after all. Two weeks later, I was at another CCO event, where there was an opportunity for prayer and reflection. As I prayed, I knew that I wanted to change my life. I wanted Jesus to be at the centre, and He was the only thing that mattered!

So that night, I made a choice. I asked Jesus to be the Lord of my life. He wasn’t just a part of my life, He became what I live for! St. Paul wrote, “So if anyone is in Christ there is a new creation”. That night, I became a new creation. With my ‘yes’, Jesus transformed my heart. With my life centered on Christ, I still struggle. But I am filled with a joy and a deep peace that is not dependent on the things around me, but fully on Jesus Christ.

Since then, I joined staff with CCO, beginning as a campus missionary at Ryerson University, and currently serve with the Training department. A highlight of being a missionary is journeying with one particular student. I met her when I was a student myself. Then, when I joined staff, she was in my first faith study. I had the opportunity to witness and be there as she discovered God’s love for her for the first time, and then encounter Jesus as her personal saviour. Through this, she developed a beautiful heart for those who haven’t known this deep, personal love of God. I now consider her a co-labourer and we work together to bring others to know God’s love. I feel so privileged to be a part of her story and see the incredible transformation happen over two years.

One of my favourite CCO events is the Summit. The Summit is a night of encounter with Jesus through adoration of the Eucharist. It is so incredible to see so many students choose to spend their Friday or Saturday night at a church. Lives are changed at the Summit. I can recount countless stories of students who have had a profound encounter with Jesus at the Summit, and many of them have made radical decisions for their faith there.

Since being on staff with CCO, I have grown both in holiness and mission. I have become deeply reliant on God in all the everyday tasks of a missionary, and the necessity of intercession. I can do nothing without the Holy Spirit