Even though I grew up in the environment where religious beliefs were considered to be a sign of mental weakness and evolution was the gospel of truth, I have always had a sense that there was a Creator. Too many unanswered questions often landed me in trouble. It wasn’t until my high school years that I finally found satisfaction to the longing I had in my heart.
I first met Christ when I came to the United States from Ukraine and lived as an exchange student with a Christian family, observing and experiencing their faith firsthand. My Christian walk grew stronger at LeTourneau University where I took as many Christian courses as I could. I was extremely fortunate to be surrounded by wonderful mentors and mature Christian friends. Various people have different stumbling blocks on their way to Christ. Strangely enough, for me it was Genesis 1:1: “In the beginning God created…” Once I believed the first verse of the Bible, everything else was easy to take in and Jesus became my Savior. Even now, every once in a while, I have to go to the very beginning and remember that God made it all and, therefore, is in control.
My husband and I met in college in 1996. Sean claims that he fell in love with me before he could even understand my broken English accent and I still consider him my “rock” in the spiritual and musical sense of the word. Together we have two little girls who keep our gas tanks and wallets empty with their extra curriculum activities. Between ballet, piano, guitar and occasional vocal and theater lessons, we have very little free time, but lots of performing arts in our house. Our two rough collies let us know when we should slow down and spend more time at home, by chewing on some walls and furniture.
Sean began attending Christ Chapel functions while we were still dating during college years. Although we got married and were serving at a different church, life circumstances continued to bring us back here and each time we visited, it felt like home. Over the years, God’s direction for us, as a family, became clearer and we started coming to Christ Chapel on a regular basis in 2008.