And without faith it is impossible to please Him, for whoever would draw near to God must believe that He exists and that He rewards those who seek Him. Hebrews 11:6
Becca grew up in Jacksonville, Florida as the youngest of five kids. After her father left when she was just two years old, the kids moved in with their grandmother for a few years. “I grew up fast. I had a lot of responsibility as a kid. I had to help raise my siblings at a young age because my mom was working a lot.” When her mom got a job at a Catholic school, Becca was able to attend for free. “I came to the Catholic faith and was very confused about God after that. I didn’t understand why I had to go to a priest to have my sins forgiven, or why I had to pray these certain prayers and do the Holy Communion and all this ceremonial stuff. I knew the Lord, but it just didn’t make sense to me.”
That year, Becca’s mom reconnected with an old friend that she hadn’t spoken to in 15 years. This friend began inviting the family to a different church across town where they ultimately ended up moving a few months later. At church, Becca was invited to go to a Word of Life youth camp in Florida. “As soon as I was there, I knew Word of Life was for me. I had all these doubts, like I can’t leave my mom with everything, and I didn’t have money or anyone to support me, but I applied anyway. I worked two jobs and saved enough money for the deposit and I put the deposit down at the very last minute. I applied for a lot of scholarships and most went through, to the point where I almost went for free, other than my loans.”
“As soon as I was there, I knew Word of Life was for me. I had all these doubts, like I can’t leave my mom with everything, and I didn’t have money or anyone to support me, but I applied anyway.”
Taking the next step —
When Becca began praying about attending her sophomore year of the Bible Institute in New York, there seemed to be too many factors fighting against her. Yet again, the Lord met each need and reminded her of His power to provide. “I knew if it was the Lord’s will, it was the Lord’s bill. I really had to step out in faith, but I prayed, ‘If you provide, I’ll go.’ I checked my account and had just enough for a plane ticket to New York. It was the night before I had to be back on campus, and I was still unsure if I was going because so much was up in the air.” That night, the devotional passage that she read made it extremely clear that it was time to take another step of faith.
“I really had to step out in faith, but I prayed, ‘If you provide, I’ll go.’”
That night, Becca bought her plane ticket to New York and chose to trust the Lord with the next step of her journey. Since being at the Bible Institute, she has grown in more ways than she ever imagined. “Everything has increased- my prayer life, my faith. Even looking at God and who He is. I used to look at God like He was in a box, I’ll put it Him in my pocket and take Him out when I’m ready.” She continues to see the Lord teach her more about who He is and how He loves to provide for His children. Although she has no idea where He will lead her next, she is confident that her time at the Bible Institute has set her up well for the future.
“I thought I knew the Bible [until I studied it]. This gives a great foundation for your whole life. Your life is not your own, and until you come to realize that, you won’t experience the full and abundant life that the Lord promises us.”
“Your life is not your own, and until you come to realize that, you won’t experience the full and abundant life that the Lord promises us.”