Have you ever been faced with a difficult situation and thought, who can I share this with? Who can I rely on? Will my friends be able to help me? Not many people have a friend that they can tell everything to and many young people don’t feel that they can share everything with their parents. There are certain things that you have to keep to yourself, just for you to know and no one else. Life can feel like a lonely place sometimes but when we stand at a crossroad, wondering which way to go, we do have someone with us. We should not forget that He is there beside us, in our every breath and every step. Yes, I am talking about Jesus.


“When you pass through the waters, I will be with you; and when you pass through the rivers, they will not sweep over you. When you walk through the fire, you will not be burned; the flames will not set you ablaze.” (Isaiah 43:2) This powerful Bible verse has helped me to get through many difficult times. It tells me that He is there with me through everything and anything, be it moments of turmoil or happiness, our Lord Jesus is always with us! When we have problems we may say, “Why God?” or “Where are you God?” But if you listen carefully, you might just hear him whisper, “I am right here beside you.”


Deciding to move to Romania to study medicine was not easy for me. Homesickness nearly got the better of me. I was literally all alone, as I did not know anyone and I did not know if I had the strength and courage to live so far away from my family. But if it wasn’t for the School of Evangelisation that I attended in August 2013, I wouldn’t have made the decision to move to Romania just two months later. The unconditional love of God that I felt during SOE gave me an inner strength that helped me through many difficulties including finding accommodation, registering for the academic year and the solitary life that I led in a flat. The list of reasons that I had to be depressed just goes on. However, in every situation God was there for me. He showed me the way; He gave me the courage to be able to love the new chapter of my life in Romania. Now, when I look back to last year, I can just sit and smile because Jesus has been so good to me! His presence in my life makes me giddy with happiness! All I want to say to you is keep your faith in Jesus at all times, especially when things get difficult. Remember that He is walking along your journey with you and will never leave you. Jesus loves you way too much! k

Written by Arlyn Maria Augustine