As I look back to the person I was a year ago, I can truly see how much God loves us. That person a year ago had shame, guilt, insecurities and a deep sense of longing. But Jesus changed all that.
I was just a kid, chasing after something that would make me feel like everything was okay. I wanted to be liked; I wanted to fit in. I had great grades, but that just wasn't enough. I had an awesome mom who loved me no matter what, but that wasn't enough either.
I longed for something better. Searching for that “better” left me not only a slave to the world, but also a slave to something much worse — alcohol, drugs and a bad group of friends. They were a crowd that I should not have been hanging out with.
Searching for that “better” left me not only a slave to the world, but also a slave to something much worse.
But God didn’t leave me there. He had something way bigger and better for my life. Last year, a friend from Pinelake basically dragged me to Passion Camp. I was sure it was going to be the worst week of my life. You could say that it was a miracle I even went. I convinced myself that people would beat me over the head with my mistakes. But while I was there, I had a real life encounter with our incredible God. I can’t put into words how real and raw that week was. But through the prayer, teaching and worship, He showed me what I’d always been looking for — Him.
Camp was a place where I finally felt a sense of freedom I had never felt in my entire life. When I completely surrendered my life to following Jesus, the chains of addiction fell off, and He set me free! I no longer was a slave to the world, but I know I am a child of God. I knew when camp was over that it wasn't the end for me — it was just the beginning. I knew God had me here to do kingdom work.
Camp was a place where I finally felt a sense of freedom I had never felt in my entire life.
When I came home, I got baptized and jumped right into serving my community at We Will Go Ministries in downtown Jackson. Shortly after, I started a small group of 9th- and 10th-grade girls and began to lead them through a week-to-week Bible study. This summer I will be heading to Bradenton, Florida, for two months to work with Goodlife Church and Pastor Jason Smith.
I am very thankful for the grace of God because through that I have been redeemed! I am also very thankful for the opportunity to go to Passion Camp. When I went, I had no idea what would happen or that I would come back a completely different person, but what I thought would be the “worst week ever” is a week I will never forget.
— Kayla Little