My name is Megan Merritt. I am 21 years old and am pursuing a master’s degree in counseling at Clarks Summit University. I am the only child of two wonderful parents, Carrieann and Jim Harris. I was 4 years old when I first asked my mom how I could be saved. We prayed together that night, asking Jesus to forgive me for my sins. I thought I was saved for a little while, but doubt crept in. Because of this doubt, I kept asking to be saved several times throughout my childhood. When I reached 10 years old, I started asking how I could be sure that I was saved. People I asked told me to make sure I was reading and praying for God’s assurance. However, I always felt there was more to it than that, but I could not find the answer or make a connection. Then one Sunday in March 2011, I heard a sermon that finally shared the answer that I needed to hear. The pastor was preaching about Joseph, his struggles, and how he gave all his woes over to God. That is when it clicked. The Spirit revealed to me that I did not fully surrender all my woes to God and trust in Him fully. After that, I truly trusted Jesus as my Savior and was baptized. I started letting God take my burdens. He has grown me in many ways since then. He has taught me patience, the importance of prayer, and that my identity truly is in Christ alone. I am definitely a work in progress, but I am trusting Him more and more each day.
I have been a counselor at Child Evangelism Fellowship day camps and a junior counselor at Camp Calvary in Bernville, PA. I have also been a VBS leader at my church. The past two summers I have worked as a counselor at Bethany Camp in Sinclairville, NY. As part of my degree, I will also be seeing clients to gain experience as a counselor.
I have a strong passion to help teenage girls and young women through difficult circumstances, whether it be unhealthy relationships, separated parents, or their own identity crisis. It breaks my heart when I hear the struggles they face and how they feel so defeated. I have a desire to share the same hope that I have in Christ with them. Through one voice, I would like to see young women reach out and help other young women through the challenges of life. This life is difficult, and we need all the support we can get. One voice can help with this by creating an awareness of how important relationships are inside and outside of the church.