I didn't know much about God. But when I was 8 my parents sent me to Silver Birch Bible Camp. I learned about Jesus and that he died on the cross for me. I really wanted Jesus to be a part of my life. I asked my counselor to pray with me and I accepted Jesus that week.
But I had no support at home. I couldn't grow in my faith. Then in Grade 5, the Gideons visited us. They invited us to come up and take a Bible. No one moved. I was very shy. I didn't want to be the first, but I really wanted that Bible. So I got up and got one. A few others followed.
I tried to read my Bible, but I was on my own and I didn't know how to read it. Then, at a sleepover, a friend showed me how to look up verses. She showed me the Bible reading plan right in the Bible. I started the plan right away. It really helped me.
As I learned more about God, I wanted to share that with others. I was able to work at Silver Birch Bible camp. And, one night, in the same cabin I had been as a little girl, I prayed with another little girl.
I'm glad the Gideons came to our school. Without the Bible they gave me, I wouldn't have been able to grow in my faith as early as I did. Receiving the Bible in grade 5 is a good foundation for kids. The Gideons are planting seeds of hope right here in our community. Our community has many struggles. We desperately need Jesus.
Wendy and Leah live in Loon Lake, Saskatchewan.