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Written by Jennifer Lu Sunday, 31 July 2011 00:00
Being born in a Christian family with two loving parents, God was always in Hester’s life, but not in the centre. Therefore as the worldly value of materialism infused her high school environment, Hester fell into this mindset.
She recalls, “I think being in that environment puts pressure on you… It’s all about competition, acceptance and approval, looking your best, being popular – my girlfriends and I were like our daddy’s princess…” Hester eventually stood at a crossroad, questioning the Christian world-views she’s always held in her heart. “I kept wondering if I really believed it, or had I been led to believe it. So it was a real struggle for me.”
Then God worked in an unexpected way.
In year 10, Hester came across The Passion of Christ, and this two-hour movie changed her life. “I was crying during the whole movie… I just remember the imagery of Jesus suffering. The conviction was so heavy on my heart.” She finally realised what Jesus had done for her.
Hester is now a graduate of Macquarie University. She has a serious relationship with Jesus and continues to mature in Christ with the help of her friends she met through Student Life. “I’m very thankful for their community that always pushes me to the next level.”