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.

 

Tuesday, 29 March 2016 11:26

Shannon

My journey with Jesus goes back 25 years. I realize now that through life circumstances, I became robotic in my faith, knowing the right things to say and do but not necessarily believing them at a heart level myself. I wore so many masks that I didn't know who I was anymore or Whose I was...so unsure of anything that I just went along for the ride instead of really living. God has taken me on an intense journey of discovery, growth, faith building, mask removal/stripping away and softening over the past 5+ years. It has been the most painful time of my life, but also the most amazing time. I have by no means 'arrived' at anything but I am learning to live my life with grace, authenticity, joy, gratefulness, boundaries, prayer and a desire to chase after Jesus like I have not known before. I am grateful to be a part of KGF...a part of a family that includes people who have been 'pastors' to me, a place where I can be free to let God write the rest of my story, a place where my gifts are used and a place where I belong.

Tuesday, 29 March 2016 11:22

Bob F.

We have been faithfully attending KGF for 1 year now...in fact our first Sunday was Pastor Mike's 6th Anniversary of Senior Pastorship here!  I am throughly enjoying renewing/rebuilding former relationships, and building many more new ones as well.  I love the multi-generational aspect of our new congregation, that is something that I was really missing where we were previously worshipping.  It is very important to me to fellowship with a healthy cross-section of many different cultures, age groups, and backgrounds.  I am excited about what this new chapter in our life journey is bringing.  I enjoy ushering, and I look forward to expanding my area of ministry.  I feel very comfortable here, already...I belong here!  I grew up in a "Christian Home" and was genuinely saved at the age of 18, but I have only recently come to discover true freedom from legalism.  Shannon and I have been married for 22 years, and we have had a very difficult struggle!  We know what it is to fight for our marriage and family, amid a very challenging time and culture such as we have.  It has been a very tough road for us.  The last 5 years in particular have been very difficult...our own family (of 5) dynamics, relative and in-law relations, lost/damaged friendships, resisting addiction, digging out of deep debt, renewing healthy financial practices, rejecting destructive patterns, career change, health & wellness struggles, death, and even fighting Cancer!  Through it all, I am truly amazed at the LORD's provision, grace, mercy, and blessing.   "Now to him who is able to do immeasurably more than all we ask or imagine, according to his power that is at work in us, to him be glory in the church and in Christ Jesus throughout all generations, for ever and ever!  Amen"~ Ephesians 3:20.

Tuesday, 29 March 2016 11:12

Tanis

What is God doing in my life?

First of all, God is revealing himself to me. Through His Word, I’m amazed at the character and goodness of our God!  He is also revealing himself to me through my current and past life experiences.  I believe so surely that God causes everything to work together for the good of those who love him and are called according to His purpose for them. I can see for the first time some of the places God has been at work on my behalf. This revealing of himself and His work is so awe-some! I feel such a reverence and a love and a wonder at my God!

What else is he up to?  He’s got me on a journey of self-examination!  He is showing me my flaws, my strengths, my weakness and my dependence on Him. Halleluiah!  Once again I marvel at His detail and workmanship of me and all creation.  I’m working toward living in my strengths for his glory!  I’m open to the Spirit’s leading and prompting in how I serve.  And I’m drawn into a most intimate relationship of relying on Jesus for my everyday ups and downs, questions, and decisions. 

Lastly, he’s got me excited! What does the future look like? What does he have in store for me, my family, and my church family? I don’t know exactly, but I the hope and peace of Jesus allows me to look ahead with excitement and anticipation.

Tuesday, 29 March 2016 11:11

Howard

Howard has been a Christ follower from a young age and is grateful to this God of ours who is graceful and forgives him every time he messes up.

Belonging to a local church family is important to a vibrant walk with God and we are really happy to be welcomed into this church family.  We really value the way the leadership reminds us that fulfilling God’s purpose and fully knowing His joy comes, not from our effort, but from learning to hear His voice and submitting to the Holy Spirit.

Tuesday, 29 March 2016 11:07

Gil

Gil has known God her whole life and over the years has experienced the joy and freedom of learning to trust Him in her everyday life as well  her big decisions.  

Belonging to a local church family is important to a vibrant walk with God and we are really happy to be welcomed into this church family.  We really value the way the leadership reminds us that fulfilling God’s purpose and fully knowing His joy comes, not from our effort, but from learning to hear His voice and submitting to the Holy Spirit.

Tuesday, 29 March 2016 11:03

Gilles

I was raised by devout Catholic parents, in a rural setting 40 kilometers South of Winnipeg, Manitoba. You will detect my lingering French accent as I did not speak English until I started school due to the remoteness of our family farm. At a young age, I was taught prayer at home and catechism at school, including classes on the sacraments (baptism, communion, confession, confirmation) in primary school. Then like my three brothers I attended a boys’ boarding high school (minor seminary) where religious studies were emphasized. My faith and understanding of God, Jesus and Holy Spirit grew in those years.

Lucille and I were married 35 years ago and we were blessed with three children (eldest a son, and then two daughters). Our son was diagnosed with muscular dystrophy at a young age and despite the challenges and struggles that ensued, God used this to help us grow and mature in our faith and He gave us many blessings.  Despite the special demands on our family life, and despite a busy professional career, Lucille and I kept the faith, attended church regularly, and by God’ s grace and blessings we remained married with  support, courage and guidance from Holy Spirit. 

In 2001 we moved from small town Manitoba to Mississauga/Toronto (“the Big Smoke”). Coinciding with that move, we switched from the Catholic church and started attending a Pentecostal church and then a Baptist church in Mississauga. In 2009 we continued with Trinity Baptist when we relocated to Kelowna and in 2014 we started coming to KGF.

 It wasn’t until later in life, thanks to my wife, that I began to see how God wanted more than faith, He desired a relationship with me. The worship services, the teachings, the intimacy and warm acceptance by the congregation confirmed KGF was the right place for me to develop that relationship with God. 

Two Scripture verses stand out for me – the first reminds me of the importance of “holiness” Hebrews 12:14 

“Make every effort to live in peace with everyone and to be holy; without holiness no one will see the Lord.” (NIV)

The second comes to mind often – Jesus, immediately before His ascension, clearly instructing His apostles (and thus me) about our “mission” Acts 1:8

“…but you will receive power when the Holy Spirit comes on you; and you will be my witnesses in Jerusalem, and in all Judea and Samaria, and to the ends of the earth.”

We feel the love and acceptance at KGF and the presence of Holy Spirit is evident and strong during the praise & worship and during the preaching/teachings by the Pastors of KGF. We want to become members and partake in programs and events here.

Tuesday, 29 March 2016 10:50

Lucille

My husband Gilles and I moved to Kelowna in 2009. Both our daughters had moved to the Okanagan before us and it only seemed right to come join them here.

And I must say that we have never looked back as we just love it here…

Coming originally from Manitoba and not liking winters much, it was like stepping into a glimpse of heaven…

One Sunday, out of the blue, we decided to come to KGF Church. It was the first Sunday on the series on the Gospel of John and we decided to follow the rest of the series and at the end of it all, we were hooked. We sensed the anointing Spirit of God in this Church, felt that the Pastors and staff have a real relationship with God and it showed by the way they love and serve the people that come from every walk of life. We sensed a warm and accepting fellowship by the people we observed attending the Church. We have come to conclude that we want to be part of such a body of fellow believers. By the grace of God we pray to be able to love and serve as we see it being modeled before us…

I have experienced my spiritual conversion in 1987, shortly after discovering our 3 year old son had Muscular Dystrophy and having a life expectancy of only 20 years.

Through the years, we have experienced many God moments that have strengthened our relationship with the Lord.

The verses most significant to me are:

 “And He said to me, “My grace is sufficient for you, for My strength is made perfect in weakness.” Therefore most gladly I will rather boast in my infirmities, that the power of Christ may rest upon me.”  

 2 Corinthians 12:9 (NKJV)

 

 “Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation; old things have passed away; behold, all things have become new. “

2 Corinthians 5:17 (NKJV)

Thursday, 24 March 2016 11:47

Rebecca A.

"I love the Lord, for he heard my voice; he heard my cry for mercy. Because he turned his ear to me, I will call on him as long as I live."

Psalm 116:1-2 (NIV)

I was born into and raised in a Christian home. As far back as I can remember, my family went to church and Christianity was taught in our home. I invited Christ into my heart at a young age and was baptized at DVM bible camp at 14 years old.

In my senior years of High School, I wandered away from the Lord. I knew full well he existed and loved me, but at such a young age, I chose instead to be selfish rather than allowing God to guide my life. It was only 3 and a half years ago I realized just how lost I truly was. I missed my father in heaven. I felt a hole in my heart, a void in my life, and i knew my heart had to change. It was only then that I learned that joy and fulfillment can only be found through a relationship with Christ.

My heart is to continue to grow in Christ and to live a life that honors and glorifies Him. So much more could be said as to how God has changed my heart and shaped my life.

God is so good!

Thursday, 24 March 2016 11:28

Anita

I was 11 years old when I received Christ and was baptized the following year. I was raised in a household with strong Christian parents who set a Godly example for their children to follow. I made the decision to become born again to have the safe assurance of who held control of my life and where I would be going after this time on earth. My personal faith journey hasn't been an easy one and in recent years has been put strongly to the test; but it's something that I want to strive on in and to continue building up along with strengthening my relationship with Jesus. I'm always drawn to the verse '...I am the way, the truth, and the life, no one comes to the Father except through me.' -John 14:6 This verse shows our dependence on Jesus and how vital he is to our lives and where we will go after we are finished here on earth. I recently started coming to KGF and have been blessed by what I've heard and am looking forward to being a part of this Church family. 

Thursday, 24 March 2016 11:27

Steve K.

When asked about “What is God doing in your life” to answer it honestly we might have to re-phrase it and ask “What are we letting God do in our life?” Over the past 2 years in particular, Jordin and I have experienced the patience and undying love God but not without exacting every attempt to be the masters of our own destiny first.  Calling on God only when we have done what we can first and “now God you can finish the job!”  Wanting to follow God’s lead and actually handing him over the reins of our lives has often been two separate decisions.  This active choice to lead into the headwinds of our life, i.e. a move, starting a business, supporting parents and children alike,  with God placed firmly in the rear has inevitably led to exhaustion both physically and spiritually.  This has been our last 2 years and this is where we find ourselves digging out from.  To be so exhausted to finally give in and say “God I can’t take it anymore…it’s all yours.” Ironically He already knows this and saying these words is our last ditch attempt to say to ourselves we are in control.  What we have first experienced since hitting the wall is the patience of God and not judgement.    He quietly has stepped in front and takes on the headwind reducing the burden. There is never “I told you so.”  You then can experience an awakening of the holy spirit which renews you physically and spiritually.  We continue to let ourselves be lead and actively choose to use our energy now to fight the urge to lead along with help.  Re-connecting with a church and actively seeking out opportunities to serve is also an important part of letting God lead by leveraging our spiritual gifting’s.  We now try to approach each day with the goal of trying to see God in action as opposed to seeing ourselves in action.  It is a process and sometimes a battle but God remains ever patient.  The perfect Father to stubborn children!