Gimena's Story

Gimena's Story

Argentina

My life was complete chaos

My childhood was spent travelling back and forth between Cordoba and Rio Cuarto in central Argentina. My parents had separated when I was seven and, growing up, my life was torn between the two towns. The only constant was a nagging feeling of rejection from both sides – never really belonging.

As a teenager I started going out late and wouldn’t come home until five in the morning, sometimes I didn’t make it home at all. I started working when I was seventeen and within three years I was holding down five different jobs at the same time; working twelve hours a day, every day. I was independent but my life was complete chaos.

One day my cousin invited me to an event she was running with some of her friends, it was Alpha. I wasn’t sure about it but I promised her I’d give it a go.

I had no idea what to expect. I studied religion at school and I’d seen it in the same way that I saw math or science: learning topics to pass exams but without any kind of real understanding.

By the time I arrived on that first day there were already a lot of people around, everyone was so nice but it was a Sunday and it felt strange to be there and not watching football… So I’m a little ashamed to say that I spent that first session with one earphone in listening to the match.

At first I thought Alpha was just more of the same

At first I thought Alpha was just more of the same that I’d heard before, but there was something attractive about that place and every week I made the choice to go back. Over the sessions I discovered more and more about Jesus. I was introduced to him, experienced him and felt his love. I think I found that real understanding that I’d missed first time around.

I started to feel more grounded and, before I knew it, the love that for so many years was just another subject at school had become real in my life.

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