It begins with my high school experience. I entered ninth grade with no friends and a completely different culture. During that year I became very depressed, lonely and left with no hope in my future. The following year I decided to be a new person, a new Lauren Williams that would have lots of friends, however, that got me into more trouble and with even a less hope for my life. I started experimenting with alcohol and drugs, and was trying to grab a hold of anything to make me happy, anything to give me a reason to live, and anything to find my purpose.
The summer of my tenth grade year my family began to attend The Fellowship of Celebration Baptist Church with our neighbors. I believed in the Big Bang Theory, so when they would come home from church on Sundays and tell me I should go, I thought they were crazy and getting involved with some cult. However, even through my stubbornness God planted a seed in me through my parents and siblings who came to Christ.
The very last week of that summer, on Wednesday July 27, 2002 my sister was away at a "Church Camp" or known as Student Life Camp, and my Mom had childcare at church. I told my mom I wanted to go with her to watch the kids that night because I was bored. When we arrived the childcare director said that I couldn't work with my mom, but had to go over to the youth building. I was very nervous not knowing anyone, or anything about God.
I was sitting in a small group of about ten people, since all the students were at camp. While listening to the speaker I suddenly had this indescribable feeling was over me and everything in the room faded out. I was completely overcome and didn't know how to react. It felt like I was outside my body. I must have appeared overwhelmed when two youth leaders walked up to me and began asking about myself and reading scripture. I was still overwhelmed and had a hard time expressing how I felt. When I got home that night I went to my bedroom sobbing and started talking to God. I told God I had no idea what was going on, but I knew it was Him and I believed and I wanted Him in my life.
That is the account of when God came knocking on my door.