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, 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.

Thursday, 16 June 2016 11:45

Henry

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.

Thursday, 16 June 2016 11:29

Wynne

I was blind and now I see.

Tuesday, 29 March 2016 11:40

Patricia

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.

Tuesday, 29 March 2016 11:37

Paul

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.

Tuesday, 29 March 2016 11:35

Eleanor

I became a Christian as a young girl due to the influence of my parents and children's club at church. I remember praying with my mom at bedtime to receive Christ as my saviour. I grew up "in the church" and have stayed involved in Christian ministries throughout my life. God led me to re-affirm my faith in university and in work and family life. He has helped me to value the truth of the Bible as a standard by which to understand other sources of knowledge. I continue to learn to trust God and receive His love and guidance throughout life's changes and challenges. I am grateful for His love shown to me by family and friends. My parents gave me the verses, Proverbs 3:5 and 6, which are still very true for me: Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not unto your own understanding. In all your ways acknowledge Him, and He shall direct your path.

Tuesday, 29 March 2016 11:32

Dave H.

I came to know the Lord in a personal way in October, 1981. I had met my wife to be, Eleanor, who was a Christian, 1 1/2 years before that. Due to her patience and the prayers of a Christian couple, the Lord was able to reach me. Over the years, we have been involved in various ministries. Youth was a highlight for me, especially when our two daughters were attending the youth group. I believe that Christians need to be involved in the community. I was active in the pro-life movement and was also blessed to serve as a school trustee for School District 23 from 1990 to 2002. I am presently on the board of Okanagan Halfway House Society. Psalm 117: Praise the Lord, all you nations; extol Him, all you peoples. For great is His love toward us, and the faithfulness of the Lord endures forever. Praise the Lord.

Tuesday, 29 March 2016 11:29

Ernie

The chorus of a favourite Hymn of mine written by Daniel Whittle says:

 

"But I know whom I have believed,

And am persuaded that He is able

To keep that which I've committed

Unto Him against that day.

 Based on 2 Tim 1 :12

 

I became a believer through my Dad who led our family in morning devotions an hour a day, 7 days a week from the time I was 11 until 15 years old. That foundation has created a discipline which has continued through life. God continues in His goodness and faithfulness as the Holy Spirit reveals new insights, and leads me in decisions and opportunities as I follow him.

 

A verse I hold dear is Psalms 17:15  (The Living Bible)

 

"But as for me, my contentment is not in wealth, but in seeing you and knowing all is well between us, and when I awake in heaven, I will be fully satisfied, I will see you face to face."

Tuesday, 29 March 2016 11:28

Ruth

Psalm 13:5&6

"But I trust in your unfailing love: my heart rejoices in your salvation.I  will sing to the Lord, for He has been good to me."

We started attending KGF about a year ago. Before that we would  often "Live Stream " and would attend on special occasions.We knew and loved the Pastor!We could see that wonderful things were happening here, but we were trying to stay loyal to Willow Park Church where we had been members for many years.Our former Pastor told us that if his parents lived in the same town he would expect them to go to his church. That made the decision to move over much easier.

We got involved in various aspects of the church and feel quite at home.We feel there is plenty of opportunity to serve and feel we are being fed spiritually and rejuvenated.The people are friendly.These are some of the reasons we are becoming members.