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.

 

Thursday, 24 March 2016 11:19

Ron T.

I was born and raised in North Vancouver in a loving family.  I was introduced  to the church as a child and have been a person of faith since but I was not an active participant in the church through my childhood and much of my adult life.  It wasn’t until I lost my first wife of 41 years and later met and married Karen who had also lost her spouse that I came to experience the depth of faith that I now enjoy.  That experience was further enhanced when we came to KGF two and a half years ago.  As soon as we walked through those doors we knew we were home and my hunger for learning and serving has grown ever since.

Although I hold dear many passages in the Bible, the theme of serving others offers special significance and in this regard I refer to Paul in Galatians 5:22 “But when the Holy Spirit controls our lives, he will produce this kind of fruit in us:  love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self control.  Here there is no conflict with the law.”

I am usually a very private person and I gave considerable thought to baptism and membership but when I considered the sacrifice that Jesus made for me on the cross and when I further considered who I would be serving with in OUR church it made the decision to declare easy.

Thursday, 24 March 2016 11:13

Dianne W.

It was at the age of five that I understood enough to ask God to forgive my sins and to come into my heart  as my Saviour.  I was born and raised in a Christian home and it was  in our home and in our church that I was given solid Christian instruction.  At the age of 12, my decision to give my life to Jesus was further expressed as I was baptized in our Brethren Church.   To be active in church by serving and hearing of missions was just a huge part of my life.

After my Grade 12 year, I went to Business College and while there I became active in a large Baptist church.  As we did Christian service at jails and missions,  I felt the need to learn more of God and the Bible.  I attended what is now known as Providence College and earned a degree in Christian Education.  It was there that I was attracted to a man who later became my husband.  By the way, it will soon be 48 years that we have been married.

Nick and I became the parents of two girls and through our lives, we all have chosen to be active in our local churches and trust God in our daily lives.

Being married to a teacher and having a heart for Missions, our married lives have taken us to 13 yrs. in Winnipeg, 4 yrs. in Germany at Black Forest Academy (a school for missionary children), 12 years in small-town Saskatchewan and 11 yrs in Hong Kong (at a Christian International School).  God prepared me for a deeper life in my walk with him through our many moves and multi-cultural experiences.

However, it has been in the last three years, that my dependence on and faithfulness to God has been tested in the most difficult ways - through cancer, sickness and the death of one of our daughters.  I have had to cling to God in a deeper way and be reminded that "the God of the mountain is the God of the valley" and that through it all we have a faithful, never changing God.

Through these difficult years, we have been upheld by our dear friends at KGF and strengthened by the life-stream services.  We have been impressed with the importance of being part of a community of believers.  We would like to make KGF "our church home" and serve in it as needed.

Thursday, 24 March 2016 11:10

Nick W.

I am the fifth child of six - born in a family that considered God and faith as normal and meaningful.  As such I was very sensitive and sensitized to the role God and faith should play in my life. My family regularly attended all services in a small town church and at the age of seven I prayed to accept Christ as my Saviour.

 

My father had been sickly ever since I knew him and he died on a December 23 when I was twelve.  Life was challenging, and I clearly recall how my faith was involved in understanding and accepting his sickness and death.  My faith, however, was immature and characterized by "black and white" understandings and a critical mindset towards those who didn't see things as I did.  I was baptized  in my teens and was always active in the churches I attended.  Missions and travel gained my interest, often through the presentations made by visiting missionaries.

 

After High School I attended a Bible College where I was active in choirs and other music groups.  The three years I attended there and the opportunities for fellowship and service were most meaningful to my development as a Christ follower.  Following that I attended the University of Manitoba where I earned  B.A. and M.A. degrees.

 

While at Bible College I met a special fellow student who became my wife.  She was and is a significant person in shaping my personality and rounding off many of my rougher personality edges.  I am especially thankful in the role she has played in our family.

 

We were blessed with two daughters  and now have four grandchildren.  Three years ago our youngest daughter, Krista, was diagnosed with cancer.  Her eternal hope was realized this past August 17, leaving behind her husband and three year old son.  There were many opportunities to grow and apply our faith during the past three years.  We especially appreciated the Christian Communities'  support and prayers.

 

My working years involved teaching in Manitoba, Germany, Saskatchewan and Hong Kong.  After retiring we have been fortunate to be able to work for a few months in both China and Viet Nam.  We were blessed to have had a rich and varied life, making many Christian friends and visiting many parts of our world.  Our family was always active, serving in various capacities, in the churches we attended.

 

The Christian Communities' support at large and KGF's support in particular during the past few years has been very meaningful to us.  We want to be a part of a church that stresses both the vertical and horizontal relationships in our Christian journey.  KGF, I believe, does this well.

Thursday, 24 March 2016 11:09

Lisa F.

I was christened as an infant and was raised to believe in God but our family did not attend church regularly and I did not have a personal relationship with Jesus.  My husband and I met in high school and have now been married almost 25 years.  We started attending church together about 18 years ago shortly after moving to the Okanagan.  We both came to know Jesus at a similar time and both took our first communion at a Good Friday service 17 years ago!  We were baptized together a couple of months later and also attended Alpha. 

We were active members in a church in West Kelowna for many years, both in youth and worship ministries, until about two years ago when we felt the Lord's prompting to make some changes.  As we already knew a couple of people who were attending KGF we decided to check it out and it instantly became our new home church.

I admit to having mixed feelings about the change initially.  While I felt very at home at KGF, I also felt very conflicted about my place in ministry and I missed our previous church.  After about 6 months of regular attendance at KGF I finally felt able to worship once again.  Each week the message and worship speaks to me and the Lord continues to show me that KGF is where we are meant to be. 

Thursday, 24 March 2016 11:03

John F.

My wife and I grew up in Edmonton and relocated to West Kelowna 20 years ago where we first started attending church.  We were baptized together at Green Bay and quickly got involved in both youth and worship ministries.  About two years ago we felt the Spirit leading us to new things and, after much prayer and discussion, decided to venture across the bridge and check out KGF as we already knew a few people who attend here regularly.

KGF immediately felt like home and we ended up coming back week after week without ever trying anywhere else.  The Lord has continually shown us that KGF is where we are meant to be and we are proud to now call it our home church.  We have enjoyed getting to know others here and look forward to Sunday mornings and the trek into Kelowna to join in worship and fellowship with our new church family.

Thursday, 24 March 2016 11:01

Candice

Since joining KGF two years ago, God has opened our eyes to a deeper understanding of who He is in us.  He showed us that trusting Him is not fearing to let go of the things we hold dear.  Even in the midst of setbacks, God is using those challenges to shape and transform us.  We also learnt that delighting in Him is not a means to get our earthly desires fulfilled.  What God has promised us is Himself.  He has blessed us with a loving family, an awesome church family, and brought so many wonderful people into our life.   We feel so blessed to be here in this beautiful Okanagan Valley to encounter God's splendour and majesty in the beauty of His creation in our everyday life.  Indeed when we turn our eyes upon Jesus, all the things of the earth will grow strangely dim. 

Proverbs 3: 5 & 6 “Trust in the Lord with all your heart, and do not lean on your own understanding.  In all your ways acknowledge him, and he will make straight your paths."

Psalm 37:4, “Delight yourself in the Lord and He will give you the desires of your heart”.  

Thursday, 24 March 2016 10:32

Alan

Since joining KGF two years ago, God has opened our eyes to a deeper understanding of who He is in us.  He showed us that trusting Him is not fearing to let go of the things we hold dear.  Even in the midst of setbacks, God is using those challenges to shape and transform us.  We also learnt that delighting in Him is not a means to get our earthly desires fulfilled.  What God has promised us is Himself.  He has blessed us with a loving family, an awesome church family, and brought so many wonderful people into our life.   We feel so blessed to be here in this beautiful Okanagan Valley to encounter God's splendour and majesty in the beauty of His creation in our everyday life.  Indeed when we turn our eyes upon Jesus, all the things of the earth will grow strangely dim. 

Proverbs 3: 5 & 6 “Trust in the Lord with all your heart, and do not lean on your own understanding.  In all your ways acknowledge him, and he will make straight your paths."

Psalm 37:4, “Delight yourself in the Lord and He will give you the desires of your heart”.  

Thursday, 24 March 2016 10:19

Andreas

Being baptized as a child, it was through my mother's faith, I received mine. Always being a part of youth groups, my younger years of questioning God and how to live life was always met with wisdom from youth pastors and worship leaders ( As I played the drums in our local church). Fast forward a few years, My wife Devon and I both felt God had set KGF on our heart to check out. It was supposed to be a visit but moment we walked in, it was a sense of a new home. The blunt fact that we are called to love- resonates so deep within me that I knew that this was to be our home. With my wife and two amazing daughters (Arden and Rowan) being fully engulfed in programs and connections, KGF has always poured love into our family. From child dedications to meal care when the girls were born or when we had an unfortunate car accident. Our KGF family was there for us and we are excitingly ready to "officially" be a part of this family and continue to love and give back!

 

John 13 34-45

A new command I give you: Love one another. As I have loved you, so you must love one another

Thursday, 24 March 2016 10:09

Devon

After the first time attending KGF 3 years ago, I knew this is where our family could plant deep roots of faith. I grew up in the Catholic Church and had a meaningful baptism at a young age, later confirming my faith in Christ and God at age 13. God kept my mind and heart always searching for answers. I attended a local young adults group at 18 and soon after got connected through women's ministries, where my understanding of scripture and Jesus' grace and love deepened. During this time I pursued a career in human service work with a very vulnerable population. God instilled a strong passion of community and service within me during this time. With a new faith restrengthened from my roots, and incredible support from family, God led me to my own personal choice of sobriety. And by grace it's been 8 years later. I met my loving husband, Andreas, and we have been entrusted with two beautiful daughters, Arden & Rowan, who teach us about God's love on a daily basis. KGF has graciously served and helped our family which we are so grateful for. Our girls love the learning and friendships they've received through Children's Ministry. I'm really enjoying the fellowship and studies with Women's Breakaway. I am excited to grow deeper roots, continue to serve, and encounter God with our KGF Family as members! 

Colossians 2:7 

Let your roots grow down into Him, and may your lives be built on Him. 

Then your faith will grow strong in the truth you were taught, and you will overflow with thankfulness.

Thursday, 24 March 2016 10:02

Jeff M.

I grew up as a follower of Jesus and was taught a love for God early in my life.  As I grew up there were times in my life where I was leading and not Jesus.  I could see very quickly how much I needed Jesus and learned how great a relationship with our Father is.  Today I feel that The grace I experienced through Christ is something I am truly grateful for.  I love Jesus and his church.