As 16-year-old Jillian listened to her friend, Reghan’s invitation, her curiosity grew. Jillian had wanted to see how Christians celebrated Christmas, though she had never understood Reghan’s faith. In fact, Jillian hadn’t been a fan of Christians.
Born and Raised in Staunch Belief
Jillian belonged to a traditional household where she grew up learning the faith of her parents and grandparents. Everything she practiced filled her with a sense of fulfillment and happiness; her parents were proud of her faith and her sense of duty to their beliefs.
Jillian’s Christian friend, Reghan, frequently mentioned Jesus and told their classmates about His love. This irritated Jillian. With growing frustration, Jillian confronted Reghan one day and began to dislike her friend.
Yet when Reghan invited Jillian to the church’s Christmas program for children and youth, Jillian accepted. Jillian’s curiosity about how Christians celebrated their holidays won over her irritation.
A Gradual Change of Heart
At the Christmas program, Jillian sat with Reghan and listened to GFA pastor Joaquin share from the Holy Scriptures. As Pastor Joaquin taught from John 3:16, proclaiming “God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son,” Jillian was skeptical. Did Reghan’s God really send His only Son to die for her?
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