VV Baptism Testimonies

Susie Wickline

I accepted Jesus when I was in junior high.  I've always seen God's plan in my life as I look back.  I grew up in a Catholic family, however my mom ended up sending me to a Christian school.  Here I got a better understanding of God's love for us and that believing is not enough to have a personal relationship with Jesus.  I also needed to Choose to follow Him and ask Him into my life to be my Lord and Savior.  At the time I was a young teenager and had the regular struggles of most teenagers.  My biggest struggle was having a very absent earthly father as well as loads of self-esteem issues.  I still struggle with those these as an adult, but I know God conquers all and I go to Him in prayer about these struggles always. 

 Being that I went to a Christian school, we were constantly taught the message.  I had many wonderful teachers, but one in particular, Mrs. Haines, that really shared with me God's plan for us and how I could take the next step in relationship with Him.  From there, I did continue to struggle with various issues.  I walked away from God in the beginning of high school, but again God definitely placed certain people in my life to draw me back to Him.  A good friend brought me to EV Free in Fullerton and I began to grow in my relationship with Christ.  When I went to college I got involved in Campus Crusade for Christ.  Here I was in a small group and had the opportunity to go on a summer project (mission trip in the US).  I have through my life had a bit of a roller coaster walk with God. A couple of years ago, my husband and I made a decision to attend church regularly and have done so for about 3 years now.  We have been coming to HDC for many years and I have always wanted to be baptized.  Being that I was raised in a Catholic family I was baptized as a baby, but learned that that doesn't have any meaning if I had not accepted Christ before being baptized.  I have certainly learned that life isn't always easy and there will always be ups and downs, but God will teach me and help me to grow in every situation if I put Him first and am obedient to Him.