New Member – Abby Halliday

Below is a Story of Transformation from Abby Halliday who was baptized at FGCC on March 12. If you were unable to attend, you can read her testimony below.

My name is Abby Halliday, I’m 15 years old and I’m a grade 9 student at Centennial Collegiate. I grew up in a Christian home, and Forest Grove has been my home church since I was young and I would come to church on Sundays with my parents when I was little, so Jesus got my attention at a young age. I always knew of Jesus, but I never truly knew him or what he was about. My family eventually stopped coming to Church on Sundays but my relationship with Jesus still carried on. I always felt a connection with Forest Grove and I fell in love with how much I was learning when I would go to youth. I continue to come to church on Sundays because I love to learn more about how to live a life of a disciple and sometimes my friends even come with me.

I personally struggled with bullying as a kid and often would tell my parents I didn’t want to go to school. But I learned to love others like Jesus did, instead of hating them for how they made myself and others feel.  Jesus is working with me to see the light in people others might not look twice at, and filling me with love and joy to show it to those who need it.

My grandma has impacted my relationship with Jesus dramatically. She was always the one to push me to read my bible, or if I needed it, she would tell me a bible verse that applied to the situation I was in, if I was sad, angry, or even happy.  I was so blown away by how my grandma had such a strong and powerful connection with Jesus. She used to tell me God was not only a father, but a friend and encouraged me to talk to him like one.

One of my favorite lines of scripture is found in Proverbs, 31:25. It says,

“She is clothed in strength and dignity, and laughs without fear of the future”

This verse is special to me, because it tells me not to worry, and that Jesus will take care of any concerns I have. I believe this verse shows how Jesus can strengthen you, and give you exactly what you need. I think about this verse when I’m discouraged, or upset, and it reminds me that there’s no reason to be.

I used to think being a Christian meant going to church every single Sunday, reading my bible and praying every night, and never ever saying any bad words. But I now understand that Christianity is not only a religion, but a lifestyle. It’s something that has changed my life, my lenses, and my heart.

I want to be baptized because I know it’s the next step in strengthening my relationship with Christ, and finding new ways to love and worship him. I am overjoyed to become a member here at forest grove, and I can’t wait to see the adventures and opportunities that come up while I’m here.

Thank you.