Time has flown as I have run the Greenville Campus Life Club year after year. I can’t believe Garrett is graduating this spring! He’s come so far.
The first time I met Garrett was when he was in 9th grade. He had just moved back in with his family after a time in the foster care system. It was a traumatic time for him, but his foster care family made a huge impact on him by introducing him to Jesus.
Garrett struggled with other people accepting him with his quirky sense of humor and non-conformist image. Campus Life was a great place for him to be himself and find out more about having a relationship with God. I got to know him and his story in the next few years, talking with him in and out of Club. I found out about how his parents struggled to take care of him correctly and about his exposure to extremely violent video games at a young age. He had a real sense of knowing he was not good enough and struggled with doing the right thing. Fortunately, his family started going to church which reinforced all he was finding out about Jesus and God’s Word at Club.
In 11th grade Garrett decided to make Jesus his Savior and Lord at our annual youth conference, Excel. He was full of joy and excitement. I was so happy to hear him describing what God had done in his life to other students. Garrett has continued to attend Club in this, his senior year. He still struggles with forgiving himself, and with all of the ungodly influences around him at school and in the media. Campus Life is the place he comes week after week to be encouraged to keep following Jesus, even when it’s not what everyone else is doing. He is always quick to share when we have discussions. I’m glad he has the courage to tell his story to the other younger kids who look up to him. God has been doing a good work in him, and I’m blessed to have been a part of it.
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