SarahHi Sarah! Thanks for sharing your story with us here today. Can you tell us a little about yourself?

Hi! I grew up in Dumfries, where I’ve just finished 6th year at school and have gone to Falkirk College to study Biological Science. I’d like to be a doctor.

Tell us a little about your relationship with Jesus – how did you find out about God? Why did you decide to follow God? What changes have you made since you started following Jesus?

My parents aren’t Christians, although I went to church on special occasions such as Christmas and Easter with my mum. There was an SU Group in my primary school, Georgetown Primary, run by two ladies called Lesley and Catherine. Somehow I ended up going along and really enjoyed it. When I was in P5 I went to my first SU Holiday. My parents don’t mind that I have made the choice to follow Christ; I don’t think they particularly understand it. My friend Ellie was a big influence on me and I used to go to church with her family. I couldn’t tell you exactly when I committed my life to Christ but I think it was sometime around the end of primary and beginning of secondary school. After I left primary school I went to the SU Group at Dumfries High School. I found being a Christian tough and only really showed my faith at the SU Group. After Christmas in 2011 I booked onto an SU Holidays study camp. I realised that I’d been away from God for too long and that I needed to get back to him. Study camp was really helpful. The teaching was on 1 Corinthians and it just seemed to be speaking to me. It was very relevant to my life. My life has changed a lot since I became a Christian – I’m a lot happier and calmer in general. I try to live for Christ every day – not always an easy task! I try to spend time each day reading my bible – usually on the bus to college. I’ve been going to church every week and I went to Imagine this summer which was great as it meant that I could meet with other Christian young people. I was baptised at Dumfries Baptist church in June this year, because I felt that God was prompting me to make this commitment.

How did you get involved with SU Scotland?

My first encounter with SU Scotland was at the SU Group at Georgetown Primary school. I also went to an SU Group throughout secondary school, as well as camp at Easter 2012. I’m planning to go to Basecamp in June this year and volunteer at SU Holidays during my Easter and summer holidays. SU Scotland has made a big difference in my life! It gave me somewhere to go each week and was a constant Christian influence. The SU Groups also gave me someone to talk to if I needed it. If I could give advice to any young people thinking of getting involved with SU Scotland, I’d say go along and give it a try! Holidays are lots of fun and the evening meetings are really relevant to your life.

Sarah spoke to Carina Lamb, SU Scotland’s Regional Worker in Dumfries & Galloway. Find out more about how you can support our Regional Workers, or about SU Groups.