Daniel Larsen

Abby Raymond

Daniel Larsen
Abby Raymond

I was once trapped in shame and now I’m set free to help others find hope in Jesus.

I had a really hard time in school, I was treated unfairly for being different from others. Throughout my entire 7th grade year I felt unwanted, I felt as if I wasn’t able to be my true self around anybody; I didn’t know who I was. I held in all my emotions and tried to cover up how I was really feeling, which was completely helpless inside. I had nowhere to go, no one to go to. But, once the year ended, a girl from my old soccer team invited me to Mission for a game night. From the second I saw everyone there I knew something was different about them; they had something going for them. What they had was so much bigger than jobs or money or the daily things in life that distract us. Seeing how these people interacted with one another was so intriguing, so I started to spend more time with them. As I did, it led me to becoming not only closer with the them, but with Jesus. Everything in my life changed. I now know that God has a plan for my life, everything that happens to me is meant to happen. I discovered my purpose, I know that I want to help other people in a way that helps them find Jesus.