“The Lord started a fire in me, and I began to know God Himself.”
Mia has been serving faithfully on our campus staff for over three years. Along with her new husband Ellis, Mia is passionate about the presence of God and seeing people released in freedom with Jesus Christ.
I grew up knowing that there was a God. My family had some Catholic roots, but were not really practicing Catholics. We moved often, and I grew up fairly lonely. There was a lot of pain and suffering growing up, and I wished with all my heart that I had someone I could talk to, or call a friend. As I got older, I began to become increasingly bitter towards God. “If God was supposedly good, why did He let all these things happen to me?” Through the grace of God, I befriended some Christians in high school and I heard the gospel truth for the first time in the back of the bus coming home from a Track meet. Finally, I gave my life to the Lord the night before I moved into my dorm on campus.
I signed up for Bible study, church, Bible classes, you name it. I was all in, and I wanted my life to be different. My freshman year of college I was water baptized, started hearing from God and writing in a journal, baptized in the Holy Spirit, and was out sharing the gospel everywhere I went and praying for people on my floor and in my classes. I had been radically changed, and the Lord had started a fire in me. I began to know God Himself. And that, I would say, is the most wonderful part of all: knowing God. Seeing Him, knowing Him, experiencing Him, cherishing Him, making Him my treasure and my end. I’m reminded continually I am a citizen of Heaven, a daughter of the King, and that I have the hope of glory, which is Christ in me. God continued to use me for His ministry the rest of my time in college, and still does to this day.
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