I grew up in a Christian home. I went to church three times on Sunday, and a couple of time during the week. Our church loved the Word of God. They preached the scriptures, taught the scriptures and we memorized the scriptures. I grew up in a healthy spiritual environment. Doesn’t that sound like a recipe for a perfect Christian life? Certainly a good foundation, but I still had choices to make. As a young person I made a choice that brought a lot of trouble into my life. I married an unbeliever. We were both convinced that he was on the road to becoming a believer, but it didn’t happen. In fact, after our marriage he drifted farther away, and after only a few years I found myself a single mother with a young son to raise alone.
For as long as I can remember, I have been serving Jesus. I grew up in a loving, Christian home and have been involved with the church since a very young age. I am incredibly thankful for my upbringing and the people God has placed in my life. To say that my faith, however, was always healthy, is not the case. As a young adult, I was far more concerned with what people thought of me than of what God thought (a.k.a. pride!). I would build my spiritual resume and then hope to receive recognition from those around me. I also had my life planned out and became a master at accomplishing all of MY goals and dreams.
I grew up in a Christian home so I have no memories of life without knowledge of Christ. I don't really remember when I received Christ either. All I remember is when I decided to start taking him seriously, which was a year after high school. I had a few strong years building my relationship with God and attended one year of bible school. Then came my 20's. I could sum up my 20's with God this way, "He gives, I take". Unfortunately, it took a few years before I discovered my own selfishness. I had my priorities all mixed up. I placed myself and my desires before my marriage and definitely before God. Looking back, I can't stress enough the importance of accountability.God brought some strong, Godly friends into my life. These guys helped me refocus my priorities. They prayed FOR me and prayed WITH me. A few years ago, God refined me and gave me the courage to change the course of my life.
I was not raised in Christian Home but my Grandmother took me to Sunday school and VBS when I was little. There was also a lady across the street who took a group of neighborhood girls to Pioneer Girls and I remember asking Jesus into my heart one night after class.But as I got older Jesus seemed like just a nice Sunday school story, he didn’t seem like he was real in my life. As a teenager I started to get involved in drugs and alcohol which lead me down a destructive path of poor choices and difficult years. By the time I was 18 I was hanging around with drug dealers and people who were using heavy drugs.
I was raised in a home with a wonderful, loving mother, older brother and sister and one younger brother. My father wasn’t home much and when he was he was extremely verbally and physically abusive so much so that my mother was often afraid for her and our lives. My mother always made sure that all of us were involved in sports and different things in spite of basically raising the 4 of us on her own. I still don’t understand why my dad would never come to any of our sports events but I do know now, that my Heavenly Father was always there.
I was born into a large Christian family and was influenced by them from day one. We met in our home and were a conservative church with no musical instruments. At the age of 9 I received Jesus and was baptized.
I was married at 20 years old and had 3 children right away. It was a difficult marriage that almost ended at the 10 year mark. During that separation God broke me and showed me who I was but more importantly showed me who He was! I was 30 years old when this happened and God taught me about his grace and how I was living a life based on performance and Law! This revelation brought peace and joy into my life like never before. Unfortunately this was not the case for my wife at the time. We managed to stay together a little past 22 years before she decided she wanted to be single.
God brought me through this time and answered my prayers with my amazing, God loving, respectful, selfless and beautiful wife Stacie! My desire is to use the gifts God has given me in whatever way he would desire.
My favorite verse is Phil 4:6-7; "Have no anxiety in anything, but in all things by prayer and supplication, let your requests be known unto God and the peace of God that passes all understanding will guard your heart and mind in Christ Jesus."
Hi my name is Judy, daughter of God. I have been blessed with two healthy children.
During the last 12 years I have fought the addiction of alcohol. Before coming to Christ, my life consisted of thirty plus years of moving over a 20 year period. Needless to say, I suffer disassociation… With the lack of relationship I threw myself into work. I could control that, or so I thought, then came addiction and a divorce. I have spent my life in a complete upheaval. Yet I know God existed.
The last tragedy in our family was my brother’s death. Alcohol played the major role in his passing.I had enough, I needed to go somewhere and be immersed in God.Through my Bible studies I have met Jesus, and crave his truth. My relationship is growing deeper everyday. I still go through struggles and yet, I always know that He is with me and loving me.
10“You are My witnesses,” says the Lord,
And My servant whom I have chosen,
That you may know and believe Me,
And understand that I am He.
Before Me there was no God formed."
- Isaiah 43:10 (NKJV)
I was born in Winkler, Manitoba and grew up in Morden which is seven miles closer to Kelowna. Then it took me 62 more years to go the rest of the 1900 plus kilometers to the promised land.
I grew up in a Christian home attending the local MB Church with my parents. At the age of 16 I made the decision to be baptized and join the church. Looking back on this time I see that my life style didn't change much until I went off to Europe at 22. Here is where I rubbed shoulders with other young believers and my Christian life started to grow. I returned to Canada married and joined the family business in Manitoba. We made church a priority and took on many different jobs in a growing church. During these years our small group or life group helped me to grow in my walk with the Lord.
All seem to be going the way I thought the Lord wanted me to go. In 2002, I hit a wall of depression brought on by covetousness and jealousy that had been building up for some time. This led to many big changes in my life. I sold the business's I was involved with, found a Godly councilor that asked the tough questions and with the help of the Lord, my wife, family and Doctor I was able to crawl out of this pit.
God then showed me that he had better things for me. I found work (part time job), found meaning in volunteering (went to Mexico for two years) and moved to Kelowna to be with our son's family (change of place and making new friends).
This has been a stretching time for me. We came to KGF from a small church of 40 members which were like family for me. In my troubled times they wrapped me in a blanket of God’s love, loved me as I was, fed me when I was weak and walked beside me and rejoiced with me as I healed.
I'm happy to say that I have felt welcome and at home at KGF. The Impact group, life group and invitations to have fellowship meals have made the transition very exciting. I'm looking forward to what God has in store for me as I worship and follow him at KGF. As God says "I am loved."
My life passage is Psalm 121: "I lift up my eyes to the hills, where does my help come from? My help comes from the Lord, the Maker of heaven and earth. He will not let your foot slip, he who watches over you will not slumber indeed, he who watches over Israel will neither slumber nor sleep. The Lord watches over you, the Lord is your shade at your right hand,The sun will not harm you by day, nor the moon by night. The Lord will keep you from all harm, he will watch over your life. The Lord will watch over your coming and going both now and forevermore."
I was born in Switzerland, the oldest of 7 children. Our home was a Christian home, where we prayed before meals and there was a Bible reading morning and evening. I grew up in a French speaking and mostly catholic area, but we attended a small German speaking Mennonite Church, although we were not Mennonites. I was baptized as a child. There was never any talking about a personal relationship with Jesus.
I would say that my journey with God/Jesus started when I was about 15 going to catechism classes. I realized that I needed to make a personal decision. After my studies, I spent a year abroad in Pennsylvania learning English, then came back to Switzerland where I met my Canadian Husband. We married, I left my family, and moved to Manitoba in 1974. Adjustment was not easy and I struggled a lot with faith issues. The faith community probably did not help as there was hardly any sharing of struggles and difficult times, only Praise items. My everyday life was not like that. We have always looked to be part of a Life Group most of our married life. Our group was interdenominational in our town, while we each were active in our local Churches.
Our life was good materially speaking, but at the same time at times it felt to me like ...is that all there is ..have we now arrived ...what next?
Well, about 12 years ago my glass castle crashed big time and all the tears that I could not cry before came flowing out for hours. It was a wonderful freeing feeling, but what next? With a godly counsellor and a change to a different faith community, I slowly came back to life. I have learned more in the last 12 years to trust who God is, his faithfulness, his love and his forgiveness. I learned through our counsellor to appreciate the old testament. One of the verses that continues to give me peace of mind and guidance is Micah 6 verse 8, "He has showed you ,O man what is good. And what does the Lord require of you ? To act justly and to love mercy, kindness and to walk humbly with your God."
This new journey led us to step out and retire from our jobs, and with the spiritual and material support of our small church, our families and friends, we volunteered with a non- government humanitarian Organization in Mexico for two years. I was stretched physically, mentally and emotionally in ways I never imagined, truly realizing that we were out there on the front lines, and that we could only do this work having our praying church and family behind us.
Our two children, their spouses and now grandchildren have enriched our lives tremendously. We moved to Kelowna at the beginning of this year to be closer to one of our children and grandchildren. Our daughter and her family live in Switzerland. We also knew that we would be looking for a Church, thinking that we wanted something like we had. Our son and his wife introduced us to people here at KGF. We started attending Impact events and joined a Life Group and now we desire to be fully part of this church family that made us feel so welcome and to participate in the life here and the community.
It is such a blessing to walk with the Lord. To look back at my life now, I don’t know how I would have survived. I remember all too well what a mess I made of my life and am reminded every time I tumble off the path. Guilt and shame are not what we should carry through life. Though your sins are like scarlet, they shall be as white as snow... Isaiah 1:18 One of the many gifts the Lord has for us. There is no life worth living outside that road chosen by our Heavenly Father.
I was loved by two peaceful, warm hearted parents who had faith but no relationship with God. I came away with an acceptance of any scripture brought to my attention. I still believe my faith is that of a child’s. Read me His story, I love every word.
Growing up in a logging town in northern BC it was easy to find trouble. Trouble was fun! Alcohol was a way of life. It was what we witnessed growing up and looked forward to in our teens and young adult lives. When I was introduced to a better life turning mine over to the Lord, I feared I wouldn’t be able to drink and have fun anymore. I refer to that moment of choice as simply toppling off the fence. I think I landed on my head because it still took another year or so before I realized that a simple prayer wasn’t going to cut it. I actually had to make a decision. That I did, 17 years ago. It was then that the Lord truly showed me a better life. He changed my perspective on life and freed me from the bondage of unhealthy choices. It certainly wasn’t anything I did. He accepted me as I was and continually loves me today with all my imperfections. A love like His makes you want to be a better person. The rewards of following His will for your life far outweigh our misguided perceptions of what we think our lives should be. There is nothing in this world that could match the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, which will guard our hearts and minds in Christ Jesus. Philippians 4:7
Thanks to God, I will be celebrating 27 years of marriage to a man who has also grown to love the Lord. Without God’s presence in our marriage the rocky mountains would have been too treacherous to bear. I am so grateful that He chose me while my children were young. I have 2 sons and 1 daughter who have all committed their lives to the Lord. I know that although they may sway from His lead at times in their lives, He has hold of them and loves them more than I could imagine. They do keep me on my knee’s I might add, but any reason to pray is a good opportunity to spend time with the Father.
I am looking forward to this next chapter with my new family at KGF. Already I feel accepted and loved as God loves his children. My favourite scripture changes all the time; there are so many good ones! Today Proverbs 3:5-6 is one I do lean upon: "Trust in the LORD with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways acknowledge him, and he will make your paths straight."