Who We Are
Chris grew up in Spokane, Washington, just a mile from where Marchauna went to church each Sunday. He didn’t meet Jesus, though, until his last year at Washington State University. That’s when a Campus Crusade for Christ staff member shared how he could know God personally. A short time later, he gave his life to Jesus. Since then his one desire has been to boldly proclaim Jesus Christ and His life-changing love.
Marchauna grew up in church, and committed her life to serving Christ at an early age. Trained as a nurse, her desire has been to serve the Lord as a missionary since childhood. Her passion mirrors that of her husband, sharing Jesus’ love with people who desperately need a Savior.
Married in 1994, Chris and Marchauna have six daughters and one son, with a baby boy due to arrive in March. Blending the gifts that God has blessed each of us with, we are seeking, along with our children, to make an eternal difference in Spokane.
I grew up in a good family. Everything in life appeared wonderful until my parents got a divorce. I was 12 years old. I didn’t even know what divorce was. Daddy just left and did’t live with us any more. Boy, that was tough to deal with.
I went to college thinking that to have the “good life” (the sense of happiness, peace, and contentment on a soul level) I needed to do certain things. I lived my life according to these beliefs. When I turned 21 I received a large trust fund from my grandfather. This gave me all the ingredients that I believed it took to be happy. But, after some time and reflection, I realized that I was not happy. I was far from it.
In search of this good life, I began looking into and considering other ways of living. I went to counseling for 1 1/2 years, learned about New Age stuff (psychics, chakras, crystals, power of rocks, taro cards, etc). I tried self-help tapes, Catholicism, and the party scene. As I lived out these life styles, there was a level of disappointment. These things had the appearance of doing certain things in my life, yet they did not.
Ultimately, my search led me to a group called Campus Crusade for Christ. I was curious and wanted to know more. I started going to weekly meetings and saw something special. There was a peace and love I’d not experienced before. I wanted it.
About six weeks after first attending a Campus Crusade for Christ weekly meeting, I prayed, asking Jesus to be my Savior. This time, to my wonderful surprise, I found something that actually worked. I now have a wonderful peace and sense of contentment on the inside.
Since I made that decision, I have seen God faithfully bear my burdens when I give them to Him, answer my prayers, pursue a close and personal relationship with me, and many other wonderful things. Ever since I first asked Jesus to be my Savior, I have had the abundantly good life He promised.
John 10:10 b-11 says, “I came that they might have life, and might have it abundantly. I am the good shepherd; the good shepherd lays down His life for the sheep.” ESV
My story isn’t one of major transformation. I am VERY much a work in progress – like the saying “…God isn’t finished with me yet.” I am far from perfect, and VERY grateful God isn’t going to leave me like this.
As a young person, someone told me that I’d never be a missionary (which was my dream); ‘You’re not good enough! When people find out what you are really like, they won’t want you.”
As you can imagine, that was very difficult to hear. In the end, though, IT IS TRUE! I can never be good enough. The AWESOME thing is, I DON’T HAVE TO BE!! Because of what Jesus did on the cross, because He IS good enough, I can rest in Him, and allow Him to work on me.
That fact became a reality when I was only a child. Sitting in “grown up” church for the first time, the simple truth that Jesus loved me hit home. I understood that I was a sinner, and that I needed His help. When the pastor asked if anyone wanted to receive the free gift of “salvation” from Jesus, I stood up and said yes. My life has never been the same.
Since 1998, I’ve had the awesome privilege of serving full-time with Campus Crusade for Christ. Though I will never be “good enough,” the Lord has given me the desire of my heart.