Regan and Mellie each take John Newton's words as their own:
‘I am a great sinner, and Christ is a great Savior.’
Regan: I grew up in a Christian home and heard the gospel from my earliest memory. At a young age, I began to call on the name of the Lord. I remember kneeling by my bed and asking Jesus to save me. I knew I was a sinner and needed a Savior, but I understood little of what a great Savior Christ is. I came to that knowledge “through many dangers, toils and snares,” through the wicked hypocrisy of my teenage years, through steps of repentance, through a car accident in college and the spiritual awakening that followed, through running after Christ, stumbling, and finding that all my righteousness is in Him, none of it my own, so that I gladly sing, “Amazing grace! How sweet the sound, that saved a wretch like me.” During the awakening I mentioned, the Lord moved my heart toward missions. What began as raw zeal was deepened and developed through good missions preaching and theology.