Life Stories

There is power in stories of life transformation.  It's really what God is most interested in.  At KGF, we celebrate the work God is doing in each one of us, and hope that you will be encouraged and challenged in your own walk as you read, listen to and watch some stories from this church family.

 

Tuesday, 28 June 2016 10:30

Kurt & Miranda

Both Miranda and I were baptized as children. I grew up in a small town in Northern Ontario, and Miranda was born in Toronto, Ontario. I was baptized and confirmed in the Lutheran Church, and Miranda was baptized in the Catholic Church. But growing up, neither one of us developed a close relationship with God and based on different circumstances we questioned our faith and untethered ourselves from a church. 

Fast forward to our early twenties, my wife Miranda and I met in a small mountain resort village in Northern Ontario where we fell in love and made plans to move West together. After college and finding jobs we settled in Kelowna, BC in 1999. 

After moving to Kelowna, Miranda connected with a work colleague who introduced her to Willow Park Church where she discovered God in new and meaningful ways. She registered for the ALPHA course and was baptized a few months later as a Christian on March 11, 2001. After hearing Pastor Mike speak at Willow Park, I also started rebuilding my faith. 

While we both have travelled a unique spiritual journey, our love for God and desires to create a new legacy for future generations based on faith, love and hope is at the crux of the foundation we are building for our family. 

Once we started our own family, we wanted to find a church that encourages personal growth in an inclusive community for all ages and seasons of life through spiritual, recreational and educational experiences.  

After attending a number of congregations, we knew we wanted to be a part of KGF’s growing community. We love the multi-generational congregation and the incredible kids’ ministry.

Our love and faith in God has grown steady, deep, and strong over the past few years and we feel God calling us forward into His ministry. 

We are blessed to have this opportunity to make a commitment to the KGF church community to use our gifts in service to others and become members of this growing family. 

We are forever grateful for Pastor Mike and the KGF team. 

“As for me and my house we will serve the Lord.” (Josh. 24:15, NIV)

Tuesday, 28 June 2016 09:29

Diane S.

When I was 15, I asked Jesus to come into my heart, to be my Lord and Saviour, and to forgive my sins. I was baptized in 1968. Jesus died on the cross so that our sins could be forgiven.

When I was 47, we lost a loved one. Without God, prayer, and Christian friends, I would have been lost. God walked my children and me through this difficult time.

God, please help me to be a better Christian every day and a example to others.

I am grateful for my life with God and looking forward to being a member of KGF.

Tuesday, 28 June 2016 09:25

Ed S.

I really don't know what day or hour I became a Christian. I grew up as a Catholic and stopped going to church in my early twenties. For many years I did not think about church or religion. One day I found an old Bible and I stated reading it again. The Lord spoke to me and I listened. For a few years, my wife and I went to many different churches, trying to find the right one. After a meeting a friend of mine, Walter, said to me, "Why don't you try my church?"

That following Sunday we attended Grace Church in Penticton. We felt the Lord's presence there. The people were great and there was so much love in that Church. We didn't miss a Sunday. My wife and I became members and I was baptized. We move to Kelowna for medical reasons and now we are joining KGF. We would like to call it our church.

Friday, 17 June 2016 11:36

Levi Ferch

My family and I started attending KGF over a year ago. Immediately I felt welcomed into the Youth Group and found a group of guys to connect with. Doing this and being able to talk faith with other guys has been an awesome experience. Marcus is my Lifegroup leader and he has been great to talk with and ask questions of.  My walk with God has had its ups and downs but I am proud of being a Christian and I think that baptism is the right next step for me. I have grown up in a Christian home but up until two summers ago at the Ark Bible Cruise I never really believed in anything. I had the idea that I had to be perfect in order to call myself a Christian and I began to understand that Jesus is for imperfect people, like me.  Today I know I am a Christian with lots of room for growth. Baptism to me is declaring that God is for me and I am for Him. It is being held accountable by others around me and saying that in front of this family; my family.

Thursday, 16 June 2016 12:00

Matt V.

I have been involved in Youth for 2 years and have really enjoyed time with my Life group. I'm also involved with the Tech team and really feel blessed to be able to bless those who can't make it out to church watching on line.

It was last summer  at Gardom lake where I really got to know God and since then I have been wanting to know Him more. And I can't wait to go back this July!!!

Thursday, 16 June 2016 11:58

Eva

I was raised in a strong Catholic family, attended Catholic school from gr. 1 -12, and went to church on Sundays. After High School, I went to university and began exploring the world. I drifted away from God’s truth. At the age of 24, I wanted to know if God was real. I thought, if He wasn’t real, then what was the point of my life and why not just live for myself and indulge in all the worldly pleasures? I prayed that if God was real, He would show me that He was real. I wanted concrete proof, not some wishy-washy faith. To make a long exciting story short, God revealed Himself to me through the prophetic. Over 20 specific prophecies were fulfilled in a few years’ time. I surrendered my life to the Lord one day at church. When I was 28, I was baptized. In the last 25 years, my life has been transformed and continues to be changed through the working of the Holy Spirit. God’s word has come alive to me and it is foundational in my journey. I feel God’s presence in tangible ways and trust in Him. He is my rock and my salvation. My strength is in Him alone. The most significant thing God has taught me is it’s more important to love than to be right. Relationships are more important than issues. Although I’ve grown in this understanding, I often find it very challenging to live out. I’m sure I will spend the rest of my life learning to walk this out in a real way.

I wanted to be a member of another church about 20 years ago, but I was told I should wait for my husband to be in agreement with me as he is the head of the household. However, if your husband isn’t a committed Christian, where does that leave you? Homeless!? After that experience, I avoided the idea of membership until recently. I was encouraged by Pastor Levi when he told me I could become a member of KGF even if my husband wasn’t interested. I want to be part of the KGF church family. I believe we shouldn’t try to walk out our faith alone; rather, interdependently. We need each other! This concept is founded in scripture, and I want to be faithful to commit to what God calls me to.

Philippians 2 vs 13, “For it is God who works in you to will and to act according to His good purpose.”

Thursday, 16 June 2016 11:57

Noah

I started going to church with my family since my parents were able to take me home form the hospital and I have grown up in a Christian home my entire life. I was born in Yellowknife NWT and we attended the alliance church where I was surrounded by people teaching me about Christ. That eventually ended and my family moved to Prince Albert, Saskatchewan and church eventually became something that we did around Christmas and Easter. We played it off like we were too busy. It wasn’t until 2013 we started attending the church my mom grew up in that I started to think seriously about God. At this church my sister and I went to the youth group of about 5 people. I was able to learn a lot from the Seth and Stacia, the pastors at the church. That year I decided to invite Christ into my life. Now my family and I live in Kelowna where I attend service at KGF and I also go to the youth group there and serve in the Kids ministry there. I have learned a lot from Pastor Marcus and my other youth Leader Kristian and this June I plan on getting baptised.

Thursday, 16 June 2016 11:55

Jody

Nearly two years ago, my parents informed me that I would be going to a new young adults group at KGF. They dropped me off despite my fear of bad experiences. That first night was amazing, I met many new friends and was welcomed into a group of people that were so kind. It completely changed my perspective on what church and community should look like. Previously I had felt that I was not welcomed or included in my church, those experiences made me want to stop going all together. I didn't have a group of friends to welcome me when I needed them the most. Coming to KGF, although I was hesitant, has been a huge blessing in my life. Now church is something that I once again look forward to and enjoy on a weekly basis. I love that KGF has so many ways to get involved. Currently youth group and young adults are a big part of my life and I love that! Being the part-time youth intern for the past couple of months has really opened my eyes to a whole new kind of ministry, and I am really enjoying being a part of that. I am very happy to call KGF my home church, and I look forward to the many more memories and relationships that I get to create and be a part of.

Thursday, 16 June 2016 11:54

Corrie

I was raised in a "Christian" home. My journey with Jesus began when I was 5 years old. About three years ago I was baptized, I desired to live a life for God's glory. I lived like that but, I've grown and fallen in my faith over the years. I never felt that I was genuine in my faith until this year. I'm graduating high school at the end of June and I've grown in so many different ways. Throughout this experience I've learned to give everything to God- all my worries, celebrations and fears. I know that I belong to him, forevermore. I've become a strong person with individual thoughts and a mind of my own but God is always there. He's been coaxing me to Him slowly and through all the milestones that I've reached He's been there; He's been faithful when I didn't feel that I could be. Since switching churches nearly a year ago I've been available to go to church which was rarely an option to me in the church I was previously attending. There, I felt alienated and alone because I worked the morning shift nearly every Sunday. When I was able to go I didn't have any friends or relationships and was lost on the message that was being delivered. Here, I'm able to enter the church every Sunday morning and feel welcomed and secure in who I am and Whose I am. I am so grateful for my family here and how welcoming the church is, I've never experienced anything like it! I'm thrilled to be going to college in a year to continue my Sign Language studies in Vancouver. I look forward to using the gifts that He has given me to better His kingdom. I hope to put it to work here at KGF sometime soon and possibly on Sign Language-related missions trips. I'm tremendously grateful for how welcoming KGF is to all different backgrounds, stories and diversities. I'm proud to call this my home and be a part of a ministry that is welcoming to everybody. I'm looking forward to growing in new relationships and attending here far into the future.

Thursday, 16 June 2016 11:54

Josephine

I grew up in a small farming community in southeastern Manitoba in a town named Stuartburn.  As long as I can remember, as  a child, I attended Sunday school at the local church.  In my teens a friend of mine and I attended special meetings at Grant Memorial Baptist church in Winnipeg and there I gave my heart to the Lord.  I felt a great peace come over me, and gratitude for what Jesus had done for me. I was baptized in the Roseau River, that flows through the village, in August 1955.

I had always wanted to be a nurse so after I finished my Nurse’s training, I worked in hospitals in Steinbach, Brandon and Winnipeg, as well as in medical clinics, and looking after people in their time of physical need was very rewarding.  At the time I didn’t realize that this was a gift from God and a way to serve Him in this way, but as my life played out it became very clear to me that this was God’s plan for me.

I met the joy of my life, Henry Dyck, and we were married on July 4, 1959.  We attended Christian Fellowship Chapel in Winnipeg for 29 years until we moved to Kelowna.  While we were attending the Chapel, I taught Sunday school, sang in the choir, and baby-sat in the nursery.  

Our home was always open to anyone who needed a place to stay.  My mother lived with us for 11 years, and Grandmother stayed for 7 years.  Janet stayed with us from the time she was 18 until her passing at the age of 62 from MS.  All told, we have had 40 different folks live with us over the years, anywhere from one month to multiple years, and from all walks of life.

The verses that help me focus on my service for God are:

  1. Colossians 3: 17  “… and what ever you do in word or deed do all in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks through Him to God the Father.”
  2. Colossians 3: 23-24  “ Whatever you do, do your work heartily, as for the Lord rather than for man. Knowing that from the Lord you will receive the reward of the inheritance.  It is the Lord Christ whom you serve.”

We started attending KGF in March of 2015 and have felt the warmth and friendship around us, and have already gotten involved in the activities of the church.  We host a Life Group, joined the Compassionate Care program and joined the Impact 60+ committee.  It is my desire to show the same friendship that we have received, to others.

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