Santa Barbara Good News – Special Testimony Edition – Featuring Deli O’Campo – 5/28/16
As a Church we are very excited to have been blessed with an amazing woman of God, Deli O’Campo! She was baptized as a freshman in the campus ministry 3 months ago. However her flexible, zealous, and brave heart to serve God, in even the most unfamiliar territories, has led her to change from the campus atmosphere and now help powerful support the growing single professional ministry. Her vision is to soon kick-start the Spanish Ministry by reaching out to the Latin community in her hometown of Santa Barbara! Be inspired by this amazing woman’s testimony, and see why she is so grateful for God and his kingdom!
My name is Maria Delided O’Campo, but most people call me Deli. Like as in “Deli sandwich.” I was born on April 22, 1994, which was on a Friday at 6:09am. I was born and raised in Santa Barbara, California and my parents are from Mexico. I grew up in a middle class hispanic household. I love my small town not only because this is my home but because it’s unique. We have the beach, the mountains, and palm trees! But most of all I love my spiritual family, because they did not only save my eternal life, but also I gained a family that truly loves, cares, supports, guides, and most important truly understands me.
In 2014, I was reached out to by another sister. I attended the bible study but out of nowhere I stopped attending. Two years later, Corrina Sloan, who I now call “Big Sis”, reached out to me on Santa Barbara City College. On that day, God gave me a second chance to really know him. For that reason, I am very thankful. I will always keep my immediate family close to my heart, but my spiritual family I will keep forever in my soul until we see each other again in heaven.
I became a part of God’s Kingdom on February 28, 2016 when I got baptized. This was one of the happiest days my life. I did not only find God’s true kingdom but also the gift of salvation. When I mentioned to my parents that I was going to convert to Christianity they did not take the news very well. My mother became a little upset and we stopped talking to each other for a whole month. However, my father understood that I had to make the right choice for myself. My family members ask me why did I become a disciple and my answer was simple, I wanted to build a deeper connect with God. I wanted to know the truth about what the Bible really said. Thanks to God he put my awesome sister Corrina in my path to teach me his word. When I was younger I would see my grandmother read her Bible all the time and now I understand why she would tell me to read my Bible.
Becoming a Christian is the most amazing thing that has ever happen to me besides my sweet 15. I still feel like I am on top of the world all because I know for a fact that Jesus is standing with me and not against me. Being apart of God’s kingdom has also allowed me to learn that I can trust in God and that he will take care of me and give me what I need at this point in my life. Before I became a disciple my life was a complete mess, I was doing crazy things knowing that they were wrong, and I chose to do them anyway. I wasn’t living the way God wanted me to. I am so grateful for all the sisters and brothers for helping me regain my faith in God. Although there may be some challenges that come with following God wholeheartedly, I would not, and will not change it for the world. Now I feel that my life has a purpose to live for, because before I was dealing with depression, and that lead to harming myself, but now I have God, who brings me joy in so many ways.
I love learning about God’s word. For those of you who don’t know, God’s word is the Bible, and the Bible is our standard of living. When I make a mistakes or seem troubled my spiritual family encourage me with God’s word to help me grow as a person. Which I am totally okay with because I am trying to make it to heaven, and I know that I can’t do it on my own. They help me in my walk with God as much as they can. Every time I see one of my brothers or sisters I realize how lucky I am to have found God’s Kingdom or the kingdom finding me, or whatever the case may have been. I found my greatest treasure, which is God, and the new family he gave me.