Thecla's Story

My name is Thecla, I’m from Algiers and I work in the entertainment and health care business.

I’ve been attending Berean since May of 1999. I grew up in the student ministry here at Berean. It was in this ministry, that I began to realize how broken I was, and I knew that I could never be in the presence of a holy God with what I had done in life. After sharing this with others, a leader shared the gospel with me and I began my relationship with Jesus. With this new truth, I felt an indescribable joy and knew that it was all Jesus.

At that time being a teenager and following Jesus was hard because I didn’t have the support of my family or friends. My church family helped with my new faith and supported me as I fumbled through my walk with Christ. 

After coming to an understanding of what Christ had done for me, I wanted to help others.  So I began serving in different areas of the church. 

I got the opportunity to work in Steamboat Springs, CO where I served on a Saturday evening worship service team and was part of a discipleship program. I also got the opportunity to go on mission trips to Branson, MO and Florence, Italy with Campus Crusade for Christ. It was an amazing experience to serve others from all different walks of life and help display the sacrifices Christ has made for us.  

At times my journey has been very hard, but I have been surrounded by a solid group of believers who push me towards Jesus. I am very grateful to have the church and people who are willing to walk with me!

Serving at Berean and in other areas, has been such an amazing part of my life.  It has helped keep me grounded and accountable in my walk with the Lord and has pushed me to be more like Jesus. The people whom I served alongside helped me get through tough times at home because they were faithful in investing in me. 

1 Corinthians 12:24-27 sums up so much of what God has shown me over the years. It says, “But God has put the body together, giving greater honor to the parts that lacked it, so that there should be no division in the body, but that its parts should have equal concern for each other.  If one part suffers, every part suffers with it; if one part is honored, every part rejoices with it. Now you are the body of Christ, and each one of you is a part of it.”