My name is Tracy Luong and I am nineteen years old. I am a student at the University of San Francisco. For as long as I can remember, God, prayer, and the Bible have always been a part of my life. I can’t remember a time when I didn’t know about God or the sacrifice Jesus made on my behalf. However, it wasn’t until I was in high school that I completely entrusted my life to God. I went to CBM summer camp and there we were asked if I had received Jesus as our personal savior. I thought about that question and realized that I wasn’t sure. So that night I prayed, “Dear God, I know that I’m a sinner and I need you. I need Jesus to be my savior and want the Holy Spirit to come into and change my life.”
From that moment on I didn’t feel any different but in the years to come, I felt a wonderful assurance of God working in my life. Instead of depending on myself, I was able to trust God to help me through difficult times and make the right decisions. I felt a lot of security and sensed God’s control of my life.
The greatest example of this is when I went to college. I was really excited and happy to be going to school far away from home. I didn’t think about the loneliness and helplessness that I would feel. I relied then more than ever on God and the knowledge of His love for me. That time of insecurity reaffirmed and increased my assurance of God’s will working in my life. In time I found a church and a fellowship to become involved with. I am now a junior high youth group counselor and have the opportunity to encourage others in their spiritual walk. My experience in the past year and a half has helped me to rely more than ever not on myself, but on God.
Before I committed my life to Christ, I focused on myself and what I wanted. However because of difficulties and trials, I realized how much I needed Christ. My personal time reading the Bible and praying has become increasingly important, drawing the priorities in my life away from myself and towards God. God has shown Himself to be a wonderful friend not just during times of need, but everyday. He reveals new insights and promises as I grow in my faith. As a public profession of this faith, I wish to be baptized.