This month you will meet Jordan Cundiff, a young Salvationist from the NSC division, who graduated Corps Cadets during this year’s Youth Councils. At this occasion she gave her testimony, which is also shared below. We are very proud of all our Graduate Corps Cadets!
At first when I was asked to give my testimony, I was pretty nervous. I immediately told myself that I didn’t want to do it. But soon after I realized that it was the devil trying to psych me out, so I knew that I needed to do it.
I always thought about a testimony as something that meant that I had to go through really hard times and after a while you turned to God and He would bring you through it. The truth is that every testimony does not have to be about what a terrible life I had because a testimony is just telling what God’s done in our life. In fact, every one of us has a testimony, because every one of us has breath in their lungs today and God’s given us that.
I haven’t really gone through a lot of things that people would consider to be hard in my life and I am blessed to be able to say that. I grew up in a Christian home where my parents were always telling me to strive to do everything for the glory of the Lord, and that’s definitely what I’m doing today. However, when I was 9 years old, Hurricane Katrina hit the Gulf Coast and the house where I lived, and my family and I lost a lot. I had to go with my little brother and sister to our grandparents house away from our parents for a couple of months while they took care of everything back home. It was a really hard time for us, but God brought us through it. A year later, my family moved to Atlanta Georgia when my parents entered The Salvation Army’s School for Officers Training. This was really exciting for me but scary all at the same time since in the year before we had moved five times and changed schools four times. But it was an adventure and I was still a little excited.
In 2008 we moved to Asheville, North Carolina and when I started Middle School I was made fun of because I was considered the “goody goody”, the Christian girl who didn’t do anything bad and who no one wanted to hang around. This shouldn’t have bothered me, but it did. So I decided that I wanted to fit in, and I started changing myself so these people that I wanted to be my so called “friends” would want to hang out with me. I began to hang around the wrong people and every now and then I thought it would be okay to say a cuss word or two. And then I thought it would be OK to say it a little more, and then a few more words. And before long I didn’t even notice that I was doing it. But who cares? People liked me, because I was “cool” now.
Romans 12:2 says, “Do not conform to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Then you will be able to test and approve what God’s will is—his good, pleasing and perfect will.”
When you decide that you want to change yourself and what you see as right and wrong, you can’t seem to think about anything else. I was putting on an act. I had different faces . . . at school I was this “cool” kid who cussed all the time and didn’t care about anything, at home I was the daughter I thought I should be, and at church I was the perfect Christian. But who was I really? I was a fake, and I didn’t know how to stop. But eventually my parents found out who I was turning into, and I couldn’t have been more embarrassed, because that person I pretended to be was not who I really was, and it definitely wasn’t the person that God created me to be. I was created in His image and I was made to glorify Him. I am happy to say that I am no longer that person, and I haven’t been for a few years now. I know who I am now, and I do not belong to the world, I am God’s girl.
I believe that today God has called me to be a Salvation Army officer missionary and that is what I am working towards. I have claimed for my life verse Colossians 3:23-24 which is helping to guide me towards this goal. It says, ‘Whatever you do, work at it with all your heart, as working for the Lord, not for human masters, since you know that you will receive an inheritance from the Lord as a reward. It is the Lord Christ you are serving.’