I was privileged to grow up in a Christian home with parents who raised my sister and me in the nurture and admonition of the Lord.  When I was a little boy, we would have family devotions.  One time after devotions, I asked my dad how to go to heaven.  He and Mom took me to my room and showed me from the Bible that I was a sinner and I deserved to go to hell.  They also showed me that Jesus Christ had died on the cross to pay for my sins and that if I trusted in Him for salvation, He would save me.  That night, I knelt beside my bed and prayed for Jesus to save me.  I still remember the excitement that came into my heart upon being saved.

Sadly, as I grew older, I moved away from the Lord.  I was never some horribly rebellious person, but I was what the Bible would call “lukewarm”.  Although I always wanted deep down to do the right thing and even to be a good Christian, I never truly sought after God as I should have for an extended period of time.

I graduated high school and went to college seeking a future in broadcasting, with the ultimate goal of getting into politics one day.  During my sophomore year of college, God began to work in my heart and draw me to Himself through various circumstances.  I began to desire the knowledge of Jesus Christ simply for the sake of knowing Him, and I think that was a turning point.  I read Christian books and began trying to give out tracts and even witness.  There was this thrill, this new life I had found.  It was while reading Shadow of the Almighty, a book about the Christian martyr Jim Elliot, that I realized I wanted my life to count for something more.  Politics didn’t really matter to me as it had before; there was something else greater out there.  I surrendered my life to the Lord and went to Crown College the following fall.  He put a love for Spanish-speaking people in my heart that cannot be described apart from His giving me the love He must have for them.

I graduated from Crown with a Bachelor in Missions in 2016 and have since been leading the Spanish ministry in my home church.  God has taught me many things during this period of time, but there has always been a yearning to one day be a missionary in a foreign field.  On May 30, 2017, I left with many others in my church to go to Chile on a mission trip.  I had been praying that God would put something in my lap that He wanted me to do, all the while trying to keep my emotions on the trip from clouding my judgment.  We returned on June 8, but God has opened up the door for me to return to Chile.  I know it was an answer to prayer from Him because it was a door I didn’t have to force open.  Rather, it’s one that He opened for me.

Lord willing, I’ll be heading back to Chile at the end of August 2017 to continue this wonderful journey He has me on.  I appreciate your prayers and support.

To anybody reading this who does not know for sure that you will go to heaven when you die, please feel free to message me.

God bless you all!

Stephen Carrier

Ps. 63:1-2