South Carolina teen lives life as a gospel catalyst

By Gabriel Stovall

“God can use you no matter your age.” We’ve all heard it before, right? But hearing and seeing are two different things.

Eden Benton, a 16-year-old high school student from South Carolina, is proof of this statement.

She’ll be the first to tell you that she has had a great upbringing. Eden grew up in a Christian home, and she was raised in a healthy church. She surrendered her life to the Lord at an early age when her church experienced revival. But she also knew there were next steps to the Christian life.

Perhaps that knowledge, ever playing in the background of her mind, was the reason why her heart was so ready to take seriously the challenge from Pastor Johnny Hunt at the end of his sermon during an Xtreme Winter student event.

“As he was preaching, he talked specifically about, ‘Who are you bringing to heaven with you?’” she said. “And I thought about that because so many of us are believers, but we don’t take it to the deeper level which the Lord calls us to. That question just got me thinking about how God could take my ordinary life and do extraordinary things with it. He meant for us to go and make disciples of all nations, and so I just started truly using that question to not just think about who I want to take to heaven with me, but to truly do something about it.”

It wasn’t long after where Eden started to see her faith spring into action, with salvation’s fruit to follow. And all it did was ignite an unquenchable fire in her heart to not only share Jesus with as many of her peers as she can, but to also model for them a life that says, “You’re never too young to be used by God for the sake of the gospel.”

Gabriel Stovall

Gabriel Stovall writes for the North American Mission Board.