Stephen George Story

My name is Stephen George. I go to school at Newman International Academy of Arlington, which is a school my mom owns.

Growing up, my parents were always involved in the church, and they loved to spend time with God. When I was little, I was taught to pray, and to read my Bible. But as I got older and went to school, I realized, Hey others are doing drugs, and involved in other sinful activities.

I looked around and thought, man, I don’t get to do those things. I don’t get to listen to that kind of music. I don’t get to do what those guys are doing. I want to try some of these activities.

So I went into a really rebellious stage in my life where I began to try doing those things, I began to listen to all kinds of music; I started doing things with the wrong types of people. I’d constantly got into trouble, and I remember the one thing for which I was grateful – my mother and father were praying for me. I would get up at 3 o’clock in the morning, hearing my mother just crying and crying for me. She prayed every morning at 3:00 AM. She’d just come down on her knees and cried for her son.

Later on, my brother, who I’m very close to, was speaking at a conference. Because of my brother, I put on a good face that I’d put on for such a long time. I put on my right smile, and said, “I love Jesus,” and I did all of that, but my brother caught on quickly.

He said, “Stephen, do not fake this, it’s such a powerful thing, and it will change your life.” From that moment, just those words touched me. I felt God’s presence, and I said, “God, I don’t want to let you go. Touch my life and change me.” And from that moment, I felt God touch me and change me and make me into a whole new person.

I was very close to my brother, and when he left, I said, “God, I don’t know what to do.” I felt like nothing had happened, I couldn’t feel His presence, and I hurt so much that I almost ran away from God. When I felt His presence, His love, and His compassion, I said, “God, I need you, and I’ll never let You go.”

Because of that, I love serving God, and I love worshiping Him.

 

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