I want to say thanks to Tracy Dawn for being so transparent and honest in "Facing Her Past" (May/June). She took a huge risk by being so vulnerable in talking about her rape, but I'm glad she did. There are many girls who need to hear her story—including one in my youth ministry, a junior high girl who was raped several times. All my wife and I could do was cry for her, not with her. We had never experienced this before. Thanks to Tracy Dawn's story, our young lady has someone to relate to. I know she will find some answers and help through that story. Thanks again for printing it.
It's My Mission, Too
I was really able to relate to your article "On a Mission" (May/June). Like it was for Matthew, cancer has been a big part of my life in the past few years. I've had my own brush with cancer, and some of my relatives and friends have also battled the disease. I commend him for his goal of finding a cure. Like him, I'm planning on going into the health field because of my experience with cancer.
Slice of Humble Pie, Anyone?
I can totally relate to what Rachel wrote about in "My Life As a Student" (May/June). In my Christian walk, I've seen God open many doors and opportunities for me, and sometimes I let that go to my head. At times I forget to give God the credit. When I receive compliments from other people, I'm tempted to think, Hey, I must be pretty good. I have to remind myself that Jesus lived a humble life, and so should I. This article reminded me how much I struggle with pride.
Rachel Schlabach's article reminded me of something pro golfer Payne Stewart said after he won the 1999 U.S. Open. Payne said that all his talents are gifts from his Creator, and it was his responsibility to have other people see those. Then he could direct them to give glory to God.
Anyway, what was that final grade on that expository paper?
Editors' note: Payne Stewart, a devoted Christian, was killed in a plane crash just a few months after winning that tournament. As for Rachel's grade? She doesn't want to reveal it because, well, it might go to her head!
Thank you for "Faith Builders" in May/June. It couldn't have come at a better time. Nearing the end of the year, I am "all stressed out." The devotions really helped me know that I'm not the only one who's stressed. And the Scriptures offered were a breath of fresh air. Keep up the good work.
Thank you for including the article about Crystal Sturgill in your May/June issue. It's been exciting to have about 25 letters come for Crystal in just the last week.
I have sent her a copy of the magazine. Thanks again for your ministry.
Editors' note: Jack Bruce is the pastor mentioned in "Life Sentence," who led Crystal Sturgill to Christ. If you would like to write Crystal, you can send your letters to: Crystal Sturgill, c/o Jack W. Bruce, Lilburn Alliance Church, P.O. Box 61, Lilburn, GA 30048.