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.
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!!!
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.”
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.
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.
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.
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:
- 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.”
- 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.
I accepted Jesus as my Saviour at the age of 12 at the Red Rock Lake Bible Camp in Manitoba’s picturesque White Shell area in eastern Manitoba. After spending 6 summers there as a camper, I spent another 3 summers there as a counsellor and maintenance worker. My pastor at Stuartburn Gospel Fellowship was very much involved in my spiritual growth, for which I’m very thankful. From the time I became a Christian, I attended a small church in Stuartburn, went to Sunday school, Wednesday Prayer meetings and Bible Study, taught Sunday school and sang in the choir. Those years were an integral part of my spiritual growth. I spent my first 10 years of education at the local school, then grade 11 at a private school and Grade 12 at Steinbach Bible College where I was able to incorporate some Bible classes. The next year, I went to Teachers College in Winnipeg, got my teaching diploma and was hired to teach in Fort Garry, a suburb of Winnipeg. While teaching in Fort Garry, I continued to attend CFC church in Winnipeg. I spent the last 34 years of my teaching career in Fort Garry until I retired from the Mathematics department in the high school in 1991.
I first met my wife to be, although I didn’t know it then, at age 5. Josephine and I lived in the same village and went to the same school for 10 years. We even went to the same Church and Sunday school. After leaving Stuartburn, we didn’t see each other for several years. I definitely believe that the Lord led us during the intervening years and we reconnected in 1958. We courted for almost a year, were engaged on December 24th, 1958 and got married in Winnipeg on July 4, 1959. We joined Christian Fellowship Church after our marriage and I served there in various capacities: choir, quartet, Sunday School teacher, board member as well as leading the Sunday morning services. We served there for 29 years until we sold our home to move to Kelowna in 1994.
In Kelowna, we attended Trinity Baptist Church where I sang in the Trinity Male Choir until it disbanded. About 7 years ago, or so, I started what we call the R.O.M.E.O.’s, (Retired Old Men Eating Out). It started out when I would pick up several men that had health issues and needed a time to just go out for a coffee, and sometimes lunch and just fellowship together once a week. We still meet every Tuesday. Now we are involved with Life Groups; earlier at Trinity and now here at KGF. We have been truly blessed since attending KGF and are looking forward to being part of the fellowship and membership. A verse that has become very precious to me is Isaiah 49: 16. “See, I have written your name on the palms of my hands.” Another version says, “I have engraved your name on the palms of my hands.” Something written can be erased but something engraved cannot, and that’s the truth that I take as a source of comfort and strength.
Wynne’s Journey from darkness
My journey in darkness lasted half a century. It’s a story of multiple losses beginning at age seven with my father’s leaving and my mother’s emotional distance from me. My father’s leaving was renamed physical abandonment by my mid-forties and my mother’s emotional distance emotional abandonment several years ago or eleven years as a Christian. Further loses included my sister at age twelve, my step-father who didn’t like children and my step-grandfather or surrogate father who rejected me at age twenty one.
From twenty-one on my life identity was based on abandonment. Hence my search for a female companion was doomed to failure and my relationships with men non-existent. The hurt child grew into manhood characterized with feelings of anger, bitterness and unforgiveness for almost anyone who ventured to get close to him. I now believe, the only exceptions were by the grace of God, who I had long since abandoned.
By my mid-forties after the breakup from a longterm relationship, l reached out in desperation for the Heavenly Father of my long since youth. This began a search for anything remotely spiritual until the Alpha Course in 2001 and my fiftieth birthday. I received Jesus Christ and the fullness of His Spirit and before the fire dimmed was baptized and started Capernwray Bible School before the end of 2002.
My walk as a Christian has been a process. The Lord on revealing my selfish pride has seen me through poor choices allowing me to evaluate my own life consequences. He alone understands my pain and waits patiently for me to put my complete trust in Him. Therefore, I have not arrived. Most Christians will no doubt find this difficult to understand and even writing this testimony doesn’t come easy for me. In the midst of errors in submission to Him, healing has and is taking place - the extent of which only others can see.
About fifteen months ago, I entered KGF’s doors for the first time and found myself weeping in the balcony pews. The following Sunday(s), the same occurred. I participated in the church renovations, I might add, serving in this church was a first time for me. Struggling, I left and the Holy Spirit encouraged me to return. Since then, moved by the Holy Spirit, I have become an early Sunday morning greeter and begun serving in our community including: the Gospel Mission, the refugee effort and the Freedom’s Door.
I look forward to being part of the KGF church family.
Thank you for listening!
It was about 3 1/2 years ago was when we started attending KGF which was one our most important decisions we have made in our Christian life. At that time we were prayerfully looking for a church and the first time we walked through the doors we were welcomed and knew we found our home!
Saying this church is your "home" is one thing but to say this is your "family" means so much more. God has blessed us with a wonderful church family which is why it is so easy for us to get involved where ever we can to further God's kingdom.
We have always told our kids how much they are loved and now every Sunday we hear it at the end of each service as well as developing relationships with amazing people. All the time we praise and give thanks to Jesus for leading our family to KGF and this is why we are becoming members to publicly declare our commitment to this church, our family of God.