With a Muslim father and a Hindu mother, Meera grew up in a family that was spiritual.
“We always believed in God … but it was very different,” Meera describes. “I was always searching. I couldn’t be just half Muslim or half Hindu. I wanted my kids to grow up with something I never had, a solid faith.”
Meera says she somehow always knew she wanted to raise her children Christian, so she set out to learn more about Christianity so she could teach her children about the faith.
“Along the journey, I found Jesus,” Meera says. “And that’s the best thing that ever happened to me.
Meera’s husband, Colin, says his background is similar in many ways.
“I’ve always been spiritual. God’s had always been in my life,” he says. “But when Meera and I started dating, He wasn’t a focus.”
The couple experienced their share of challenges. They ended up moving to Calgary, and describe that time as a rollercoaster.
“We had good times and bad times, and throughout, we were always searching for something,” Meera explains. “We prayed on finding the right church.”
A week later, some friends invited the couple to MyVictory in Okotoks.
“We took the half hour journey and found MyVictory in the Elk’s Hall. That was a bit of a shock. But as soon as we stepped in the church, we knew that was the place for us,” says Colin.
Looking back at her childhood, Meera says her faith was very fear based.
“I never really knew how loving and kind God is and how amazing He is,” she says. “All He does is love us more than we could ever really comprehend, and I never really knew that’s what God is.”
Meera says finding Jesus really wasn’t hard. “He is always right there,” she says. “The scary part was the voice in my head that was saying, ‘You’ll hurt your family; you’re betraying your roots; you’re giving up your life, your community, your identity.’”
It wasn’t an easy journey, but Meera says it was an amazing one.
“I want that love and that safety of knowing that we’re not alone and that we don’t have to do it all ourselves, and I want the rest of my family to discover that as well,” she says. “I’m so excited that that’s my baby will grow up in a family knowing that.”
Finding Jesus really wasn’t hard. The scary part was the voice in my head that was saying, ‘You’ll hurt your family; you’re betraying your roots; you’re giving up your life, your community, your identity.’
We always believed in God … but it was very different.