Daniel Larsen

Lexie Zwerenz

Daniel Larsen
Lexie Zwerenz

I once was enslaved. Now I am empowered. 

I grew up in a Christian church and school - many of my young, fundamental years were spent worshiping God. I was 14 the first time I questioned my faith; I had been sexually assaulted and assaulted again at 15. It was at 16 that my great-grandfather was murdered and after that, I felt I had lost my faith completely. I spent many years beyond that, with no hope that I would ever feel Him again. It wasn’t until I was 21 that my friend Maggie asked me to attend a service with her at her new church. I was hesitant at first, but I agreed. It was during my second service at Mission when Aubrey Sampson spoke on the book of Lamentations that I finally felt God again. I truly and whole-heartedly felt Him in the room that morning. I have made the decision to be baptized because, for the first time in an incredibly long time, I now know in my heart that I want to live a life that is a lot closer to His vision than my own. I’ve accepted God as my Lord, my savior, & my compass and I want to walk with Him, always. I finally feel like I can breathe again and I’m so grateful. So very grateful.