Camp Testimony: Forgiven, Now I Can Forgive

I can summarize my testimony like this: I came to camp because someone invited me and told me that someone was giving me a week of camp. I decided to come because I figured I could use the distraction, and honestly I thought that was all I would do at camp. My life was full of hatred and bitterness because of the many horrible things I went through as a child; it is still very painful to even think about them. This bitterness was eating away at my heart and my life. I was not willing to forgive people for the way they hurt me. My parents are separated, my dad refused to acknowledge me as his son when I was born and left my mom. My mother later started living with a man who had 2 kids of his own. My step dad and step brothers mistreated me and my mother. When I was 9 years old my mother’s cousin started molesting me and doing things to me that I did not want him to. This happened repeatedly until I was 10. As a consequence of these things that happened to me, I started to make really bad decisions and I lived with deep pain and bitterness in my life. I arrived at this camp and I met my counselor, he taught me a lot about God’s Word and I was able to understand for the first time God’s love for me and about the amazing plans he has for me. In one of the meetings God touched my heart and showed me how important it was for me to forgive, and for the first time in my life I was able to forgive all the people that had harmed me. No I am FREE! I am not only free, but I am saved because of what Christ did on the cross for me.

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