My name is Jade Woo. I am 14 years old and out of the 7 kids in my family I am the youngest. The age gap between me and my oldest sibling is 13 years. There are 4 girls and 3 boys (I was the tiebreaker!). I grew up in a Christian family and I was saved at a very young age. Being the youngest in a big family, you get a lot of role models. I remember saying goodbye to my siblings as they went on a missions trip, watching them learn to drive, graduating and getting married. Those events always inspired me and I would always picture myself going through those same experiences.
Once I entered middle school, I started feeling discouraged about who I was. I felt like I didn’t really have a cause to live for, I was just going from day to day. After going to a teen retreat and later a Dare 2 Share conference I became inspired. I loved the way the speakers would talk about Jesus and I wanted to talk about Him too. When I came home from the conference, I was motivated to have a real relationship with God. That was when I made my faith my own and verses and messages started to sink in and I could just feel God with me. Even though I now had a close relationship with God, I still didn’t really know what I was doing with my life. I always had those images of graduating, getting married and starting a family, I was waiting for it all to happen. I expected to have a perfect friendship with all of my friends and that I would grow up and get my dream job, start a family and live happily ever after. I soon realized that all of those imaginations wouldn’t become reality unless I worked for it. Last summer I felt like I needed to really pursue God and figure out what my calling is. I spent as much time as I could doing my daily devotions and reading the Bible. I realized how much I loved talking about God and living in His word, I knew that even though I am shy and I really don’t like to talk in front of a big crowd, I needed to find a way to talk about everything I’m learning.