I grew up in a Christian home surrounded by Family who have always had a real passion for Christ. One night when I was five, my parents came into my sisters' and my room and began to tell us about Jesus, and what it ment to be a Christian. After, they asked us if we wanted to accept Jesus into our hearts. We said yes, so they prayed for us.
Though I had accepted Jesus into my life, went to church every Sunday, and even attended a Christian school for many years, I never really understood what exactly it meant to be a Christian. I felt like I didn't have a purpose in life. I found myself searching for purpose, and for answers to the many questions I had been asking God. I even went on a missions trip to Greece one year, and though it was an amazing experience that I'll never forget, I wasn't satisfied. Everyone else's lives seemed to change because of it, but I still felt the same. I felt empty. If Jesus loved me so much, then why hadn't I experienced him yet? Why didn't he answer my prayers? Why did he let bad things happen to me? Why did I feel so empty? Growing up in a Christian school, you hear all these wonderful things God is doing in your classmates' lives, and you just can't help but think, "Why isn't God doing that in my life? What am I doing wrong?"
I struggle with depression and severe anxiety. Those two things seemed to take over my life. It was hard to fall asleep at night, because my mind would race and it was even harder for me to get out of bed in the morning. Anxiety kept me from doing the many things that I loved to do, and over the years it got a lot worse, to the point where I would get sick. By that time I was so broken and confused that I got sick of searching for my purpose and sick of praying and getting no answers. I gave up. Though my life has had it's many ups and downs throughout those years, everything seemed to go more downhill from there. I knew things were spinning out of control, but I didn't care. “I don't care” seemed to be my attitude towards everything. I became self-absorbed, I had a terrible attitude, I fought with everyone, and I was angry and filled with hate. I hurt the people that meant the most to me because of bad decisions I made in my life and because of that I lost the trust of my family and friends.
Then one day I got some news that completely shattered my world. It brought me to the lowest point in my life, and I asked God, "Why? Why would you let something so horrible happen to someone so close to me?" Over time I began to realize that I needed God's strength, not only help me through this tough time in life, but to also help the person get through it as well. I now believe that pain awakens us to God and that we can't blame him for everything that goes wrong in our life. John 16:33 says “I have told you these things, so that in me you may have peace. In this world you will have trouble. But take heart! I have overcome the world.” That verse was enough for me to begin my search for answers again. If he overcame the world, then so can I.
I decided it would be a good decision for me to move away. I needed a fresh start and I needed to find those answers, not just for me, but for those close to me who were hurting. I knew I wouldn't be able to find answers where I was. It took me a long time to get here because I was to scared, I didn't know what to expect, and I was very anxious. I have a problem with leaving my comfort zone, but I did it and it has been the best decision I've ever made. I have already noticed a huge change in my life. Every church service I've been to since being here, God has answered a question of mine. He has answered many of my prayers, something I have never really experienced before. In all my 20 years of being a “Christian” I have never experienced God like I have in the past couple months. I feel so blessed, so full of joy, love, peace, and I couldn't be happier. So many good things have happened to me since my new journey has begun, and I'm so excited to see what else God has planned for me in the future. He has given me fulfillment, purpose, and happiness. I am not perfect. I will still mess up. I will still have bad days and there's a lot that I still need to learn, but I now know that God loves me despite my flaws and imperfections. When the things I was searching for continually let me down, God never once left me. He has shown himself to me even at my lowest point, and without God I wouldn't be able to get through a lot of the pain that is still in my life.
He has rescued me.
1 Corinthians 13:12
I bought a large portable saw mill with two other people. Everything was going well for a year or so. Then I received a letter from the tax department. They said that I hadn't paid income tax for my mill staff and company, and that none of my suppliers had been paid. I went to town to find out what the problem was and found out my partners had sold all my lumber, but hadn't paid any of the bills. While I was in town, they had three trucks go out to the mill and they stole the mill.
I hit bottom for the first time in my life. I lost control over everything. I was telling Sherron's friend about all the troubles. She said she had a friend who could help me out. Her friend was a big man named Charles. I somehow knew he could help me. He talked to me about how his Father looked after him. He asked me if I wanted him to help me, too. I said "yes".
He took his Bible from his briefcase and began to tell me about God the Father and Jesus. From that moment on I have come to know Jesus more. I love him every moment and trust him for my eternal life. Now I know that I don't have to things on my own - I can trust in the big I AM.
I was a good person - kind, friendly, and helpful. I did not hink that I was a sinner. I went into marriage with the attitude that if it didn't wok out, I would get a divorce. Through the years' ups and downs, I was not happy inside. I was looking for something to satisfy me. I went to tea leaf readings, numerology sessions, and palm readings. Nothing seemed to help.
My husband, Bill, owned a saw mill with partners. The partners stole his share in the mill from him. This was a difficult time for us. Not long after, a man named Charles came into our lives. He said he had a friend who would take care of the whole problem for us. We listened as Charles told us about his friend, Jesus. Charles showed us we could rely on Jesus.
As I came to know Jesus, my emptiness was filled. Charles left our lives, but we joined an evangelist group and were baptised. I was so blessed! Retirement came and we travelled often. Because of this, we were unable to attend church for a long time. We are home now, at KGF. We are so blessed by this new church home where we can listen, ahare, and praise.
Thank you, Jesus! Praise the Lord!
I was raised in a Christian home and made a decision for Christ when I was six years old. There was a ventriloquist performing a kids show at our church one Sunday evening. I invited a friend from school and we went with my family. At the end of the show, there was a call to accept Jesus into our hearts and my friend wanted to go to the front. He got up and my Mom whispered that I should go with him, as a friend should. I was too nervous and just watched him pray the prayer up front. It bothered me all night that I didn't have the courage to go with my friend, to give him support, to take a stand for Jesus. The next morning on the bus to school, as I was still thinking about what was upsetting me, I decided then that if I was going to call myself a Christian I needed to give Jesus all of me. I prayed the same prayer, asking Jesus to come into my heart and give me strength and courage to follow him. I have always tried to put God first in my life since that day and God has blessed me so far in so many ways. He has been with me on the other side of the world, through hurts and pains that I thought would end me, and through rejoicing and miracles that could only have come from him. I will choose to follow Jesus.
One of my favourite verses is Isaiah 54:10.
I was saved in 1976, baptized in 1983 and have been following the Lord ever since, growing into His likeness. I had the privilege of being one of the founding members of New Life church. I’m excited to become a part of the KGF family and forming close friendships. I have served in many ministries (YWAM, prayer team leader, healing ministries, etc.) and attended several schools of ministry. Presently, I am leading a Sozo group, a ministry of Bethel church in Redding CA.
I grew up in a family that was very active in the local church. My parents had become Christians about 2 years before I was born and were diligent in teaching me about their faith. I invited Christ into my life at the age of four.
My church family was a very important part of my life, as I did not grow up near grandparents or other relatives. I have many fond memories of the times we shared together as families in the church.
In my early teens, I rebelled against some of the rules that seemed so important according to the Christian community. During these times, I always felt God’s gentle reminder of how much He loved me and wanted the best for me. It kept me from getting into deeper trouble and prompted the desire to be obedient to Him. I prayed for a good friend that would be like-minded and encourage me to continue on this path. Soon after, I met a wonderful guy and we became great friends. In fact, he is my husband today. We have continued to seek God in our lives, marriage, and in raising our family, as well as being committed to our local church.
There are many ‘defining moments’ in my Christian journey. A significant one was after a child I had given up for adoption came back into my life. I decided to share the secret that I had kept for almost 19 years. Although I had been a Christian for many years, I experienced God’s grace in a very new and real way. Bringing my secret into the open allowed God to heal my wounds and shame.
I have continued to experience God’s grace in my life. Without His wisdom and love, I would not have the relationship I do with my husband and children. I am so thankful for all God has done and is doing in my life. I believe strongly in community and provoking one another to good works so that we may all share in the wonderful life God has for us.
I was raised in a non-churched home and until I became a teenager was actually quite ignorant of the religious significance of the annual statutory holidays and various events on the calendar. It was not until I had moved away from home that I first became aware of the influence of the Christian church in our world and community.
When I was attending college, I was invited to go to a Christian concert in a nearby city. While I was not searching for anything specific, the opportunity to go out with a group of acquaintances was appealing, so I agreed. It was at this concert that I was challenged to consider what I had been missing in my life. That night I also met the girl who became my wife. She had become a Christian at an early age and had answers to many of my questions. Her influence, combined with church attendance, opened up a whole new world that I had been missing entirely.
Shortly after, I attended a weekend youth retreat where I embraced the salvation call of God and began my ‘new’ life in Christ. Within the next year I married the girl I had met at the concert and committed to a small community church, where we started a family together. We moved many times to a number of different cities over the next 15 years and each time found a church in which we could learn, grow, and serve. Throughout those years my faith developed as I was confronted with different doctrines and personal beliefs, all of which helped to solidify my stand today.
Although I feel more established in my faith than at any point in the past, I also have come to see how frail my life still is; how much I personally need Jesus; and why continued adherence to biblical teaching, personal study, and communal fellowship of similar believers is essential to my faith journey. I see clearly how reliance on our human effort and strength yield nothing of real substance, and so, I remain steadfast in my commitment to become the person God planned for me and I rely solely on his direction for my life.
Presently, I continually re-affirm that Jesus is my Lord and Saviour and the ultimate guide for me through this world.
Both my parents believed in Jesus, so I learned about my Heavenly Father and Jesus when I was a child. I received Jesus as my Saviour and was baptized at about the age of twelve. This happened when I was at Bible camp. In my teens I kept walking away from Him. There were times when I felt God left me, but it was later that I realized I was the one who walked away from God and that he was always with me.
As I got older, the Spirit kept telling me that prayer was not enough. I thought it was enough, but later realized that it wasn’t. I needed to commit myself totally to live as Christ lived. There are times when I mess up, but I know that I have a God who loves me and is always with me. I’m always grateful for what Jesus did for me on the cross. He made it possible for me, a sinner, to be saved. I am also grateful the Holy Spirit is there to guide and direct me.
I know without a doubt that I am a child of God and that Jesus suffered and died on the cross for me and that because of his sacrifice I have Eternal life.
Since childhood, my favourite Bible verse has been John 3:16. In fact, I love the whole Epistle of John.
God’s love reaches out to me and others always. God paid dearly with the life of his only begotten son and Jesus accepted our punishment by dying on the cross for our sins. Because of this we can have Eternal life. It’s a joy to live with Jesus Christ daily. Through our Heavenly Father and Jesus Christ we can experience love, peace, comfort, compassion, patience, and total joy.
Jesus is my redeemer and my friend.
I was born into a family that believed in God and His Church. We attended church most Sundays, but I learned from my Grandparents the true passion in living for Christ. During our visits, I witnessed my Grandfather reading his Bible and praying during devotionals. My Sunday school teacher was an amazing believer who taught us the true meaning of faith in God and the importance of prayer. When I was six years old, I gave my life to God.
As I was grew older, Christ was always in my life and I could see his blessings each day. My faith journey continued until my late teens. It was then that my heart for God changed and life became more about me and less about God. Even though each day was not focused on God, I always knew that no matter what I did, Christ was walking with me. I returned to God and His church after I was married and had children. I continued to grow in my faith and love for God.
As my life and career flourished, focus for God depleted and again, I stepped backwards in my faith. I put God second in my life next to power, greed, travel, importance to others, money, and self-reliance. Even though my main focus was not on God, I knew He was with me and continuously presented Himself when I was faced with situations involving ethics and prayerful heartfelt choices. I knew that no matter where I went or what I did, God was always with me and kept me safe.
Because of my self-centredness, my first wife and I divorced. My focus had been on making money to buy my family presents, when all they wanted was my presence. After this wake-up call, I re-established my faith-centred relationship with God. God was faithful to me and placed a wonderful lady in my life that I fell in love with and married. Maryann and I both knew that God needed to be the centre of our marriage. He would lead us forward in our faith journey as a couple and as individuals.
My life as a Christian has been a bit of a roller coaster. God not only carried me through struggles and uncertain times, but also walked with me through the good times. I no longer ask what God has done for me today, but instead I start each day praying and asking God what I can do for His Kingdom. During a conference in Edmonton (Breakforth) God asked me to give his blessings back to others in the form of tithes, talents, and time. I will continue to honour Him and His path for my life.
I was born into a poor, hard-working Roman Catholic family in a farming community. We never missed church on Sunday and prayed at bedtime. As a teenager I was very dedicated to being a good student, never touched liquor or drugs, and had a serving heart.
I understand now that the RC faith had roadblocks in developing a personal relationship with Jesus. But my Dad’s leadership in teaching morals, discipline, the importance of prayer, and the meaning of holy communion opened my heart to search for more meaning than ceremony, statues, and rote responses.
I married my high school sweetheart, an irregular church-goer, in a Protestant church. Alone in church most times with my three children, God led me to strengthen my faith. Besides working as a Dental Hygienist, I dedicated my time and energy to teaching kids in Sunday School and worship music, and for many years I organized the children’s programs at church.
Because my husband and I wanted different things, our marriage and my health collapsed. God had even placed a pastor next door, but we were blind to God’s beckoning! After a bitter divorce, I searched for The One who had held my hand during years of neglect and disappointment. I remember feeling His presence more than ever.
During that period, God placed a Godly man in my pathway. I married him (Mel) four years later. Together we sought to rebuild with Jesus as the centre of our lives. I had been baptised as an infant, but because I felt a strong desire to make a public statement about my Christ-centred life, I was re-baptised ten years ago.
Since that day, there has been no hesitation as to what choices I make and what paths I walk. With every word and action, I hold myself accountable to Christ. I have learned how to trust his love and to surrender to Him. I take every opportunity to make every moment “Christ-led” and I make my decisions based on “What would Jesus have done and what would he want me to do?” in every situation I encounter.
1 Thessalonians 5:14 “And we exhort you brothers. Warn those who are irresponsible, comfort the discouraged, help the weak, be patient with everyone.”