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Rachel L

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Serving others. Loving fearlessly. Giving selflessly. Listening attentively. Laughing much. Conversing meaningfully. Hugging often. Working thoroughly. Resting quietly. These are some things that I love, things that I work towards.

I work as a Medic 1 for Austin/Travis County EMS and absolutely love it. It is incredible to have a job that is all about making people’s day, even if it’s just as simple as holding a little old lady’s hand. I consider myself so blessed to have endless opportunities put in front of me to be able to impact someone’s life, to bless them and to show them caring and compassion.

When I am not wearing my uniform, you will more than likely find me on the farm, my favorite place to be. If I just got off shift, you might find me and mama drinking frappes and catching up. Maybe I am needing to think so you find me walking on a country road.

Or perhaps friends are over and we are piled on the kitchen floors talking, laughing, eating *amazing* food, and playing games. You might find me and my best friend asleep on my bed with netflix still playing on the laptop in front of us. Maybe I am having a friendly debate with my siblings around the dinner table. Or at the end of a long day, perhaps you will find me lying outside looking up at that oh-so-beautiful moon and stars.

And so I live. I live to show who He is to those around me. Yes, I fail. I fail, I forget, and I get so very scared… But yet He is still faithful. “Your grace abounds in deepest waters, Your sovereign hand will by my guide. Where feet may fail and fear surrounds me, You’ve never failed and You won’t start now. So I will call upon Your name, and keep my eyes above the waves. When oceans rise my soul will rest in your embrace, for I am Yours and You are mine”

my testimony

At the age of 12, God in his abundant mercy, opened my eyes to who He is and who I was – He is an awesome God and I was a meaningless sinner. The gospel was already a familiar subject to me having been read and taught it throughout my whole childhood. In spite of being raised in a Christian home, I truly didn’t understand the message of salvation until this time when God chose to reveal it to me.

It was such a humbling experience when at last I realized that every “good” thing I had ever done in my life was worthless – what good would those things do me on judgment day? I was overwhelmed and in awe that the all-powerful, all knowing, all-wise, all-loving God would specifically choose me – to be His own daughter. He took me from the aimless, empty path I had been walking, and is lovingly, wisely, leading me along the purpose-filled path He has made for me. I did nothing – God just loved me and that was more than sufficient.

I am so incredibly honored and privileged to carry the name of a child of Christ. God has entrusted me with his name to be an ambassador to the world; what a tremendous responsibility! I still let Him down, but He faithfully raises me back up. So often I try to go back to that old pointless path, but He lovingly calls me back. I can’t wait to see all of the amazing plans and purposes He has prepared. As I told a dear friend, “It’s simple, really. God is awesome and I am not. But He is faithfully moving my slow-little-self in that direction.

– Rachel L

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