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 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.  

Thursday, 24 March 2016 09:56

Hannah A.

I grew up in a Christian household. I would go to church with my family and try to remember to read my bible at night, but I never really understood what it was saying or why it was relevant. My life seemed fine the way it was. I liked the idea of a God that loved me and would never leave me, but I certainly didn’t think I needed anyone or anything to guide my life. I thought I had been handling things just fine and I struggled with the idea of giving up control. So I kept God at arm’s length. As I grew older, I began to realize that there was a hole in my heart, a God-sized hole. I had known and believed that He existed, but I hadn’t tried to know Him personally. Finally, I stopped trying to rule my own life and started letting God fill me up. For the first time, I felt complete. Now I know that to lead a fulfilling life requires God and I’m ready to walk the rest of my life with Him.

Thursday, 07 January 2016 12:53

Rudy H.

I was raised in a Christian family, the oldest of eleven children. From my earliest recollection our family attended church and the Christian life was taught at home. I accepted Jesus as my Saviour at age 11 at an evangelistic service in our church with the prompting of my uncle.  I was baptized in the Fraser river at age 17.

After High School I attended Bible School for 2 years where I felt God leading me to enter medical school with the goal of medical missions.  In the process I also met my wife to be who felt guided in the same direction.  Over the years there have been many people who encouraged me in my Christian walk: parents, my wife of 56 ½ years, pastors, Bible School teachers, friends, relatives, etc.

 

Important decisions in my Christian life include medical school, marrying my wife Ruby and medial missionary work. I have always been involved in Christian and church work. Since my retirement from medicine after fifty years I am also involved in community service organizations and try to be a witness in these situations.

A scripture verse which has always has been important to me is Psalm 32:8. “ I will instruct you and teach you in the way you should go  I will counsel you and watch over you.”

I could write volumes to fill in the blanks of 80 years of life.  God has been good!

Thursday, 07 January 2016 12:51

Ruby H.

I am thankful that I grew up in a Christian home and was taken to Sunday School and church on a regular basis. At the age of 9 after attending an evangelistic service I informed my parents that I desired to have a personal  relationship with Jesus. They prayed with me and I received Christ into my heart and life.  The majority of my school friends were not from Christian homes and I recall playing softball at noon hour. When I got to third base, I shared with the third baseman that I had become a Christian. It was also in Grade three that the desire to become a teacher began to grow in my heart. Our family moved from Sumas Flats to Chilliwack and it was there that I was water baptized and joined Broadway M.B. church when I was in Grade 9.  I was privileged to be active in youth work, 

Sunday School work, DVBS work, Interschool Christian Fellowship, etc.  Senior Sunday School teachers, Youth leaders, IVCF sponsors etc. were good mentors to me.

In Grade 12, circumstances in my life caused me to make a definite decision to “ run the race” along the path that God had for me. In Hebrews 11 and 12 we read that we each run a unique race with a “great cloud of witnesses who are cheering us on”.  I had decided to be a single missionary teacher but that changed at the end of my last year at Bible School when a young man by the name of Rudy Hamm informed me that to be a single missionary teacher was not a good idea for me and thus began another lap in the race which took me to Teacher Training at UBC,   a PHT degree ( Putting Husband Through), many countries and challenges. God continues to challenge me to remember that my identity is not in my profession, my husband, the success of my children and grandchildren but who I am in Jesus: a child of the King.  I find this a comfort and a challenge.

Thursday, 07 January 2016 12:49

Julie W.

Hi, my name is Julie Wiebe. I am from northern California, where I grew up going to many different churches. My mother was raised a Catholic and my father was raised a Baptist, so apparently it was easier for them not to raise us in either expression of the Christian Faith. We believed in God, went to church with neighbours and friends, and learned about the Bible from many points of view. I was Baptized in a Baptist Church when I was 15, but nobody told me that the devil likes to attack the saved, and my years after this were a struggle. I married a Canadian, and had three beautiful daughters – Robyn (22), Jenna (20), and Kirsten (17). We also spent our married life switching churches – my husband never being quite satisfied with the ones I picked. He left me 6 years ago and my life has been a struggle, though God has been with me all of the way and has never given up on me. I feel like I have found the church family I have been looking for all of my life here at KGF and am eager to join that family. 

 

Ephesians 2:20

 

“We are his house built on the foundation of the apostles and the prophets. And the cornerstone is Christ Jesus Himself.”

Thursday, 07 January 2016 12:42

Paul N.

I was born and raised in Vancouver in a loving home with no knowledge of true Christianity. I met and married by wife Colleen there In 1972. I was promoted and transferred to Saskatoon in 1975 and soon after our first  child was born, a daughter, Erin. We were on top of the world, happy fulfilled and enjoying life. 13 months later our first son, Ty, was born, 7 weeks premature and suffered a cerebral haemorrhage that left him in the neo-natal intensive care unit. He was eventually diagnosed with cerebral palsy. Our nice tidy little world collapsed and we began a difficult journey that we now know was a path to Jesus and salvation.  We returned to Vancouver  as two of my family were experiencing health problems and we were having tremendous difficulty dealing with our son.  

A long time friend of mine had become a believer and as we re-established our relationship he gave me some Christian books to read as he saw our need for resources we did not have. As a result of those books and the involvement we began in a bible study I confessed my sin and received Jesus as my saviour in my car on a street in New Westminster in December of 1978. Colleen and I were baptized and joined Richmond Bethel MB church in May of 1979 and began serving in youth and then in caring ministries.  

As we grew the Lord placed a desire in both of us to know His Word more  and to serve Him in some kind of vocational ministry capacity. The Lord graciously granted us an opportunity  to take our family to study at Briercrest Bible college (7 years) and to spend time on staff (10 years)and raise our kids on campus after we were finished studies. We moved to Medicine Hat and spent 14 great years there and then this August retired and moved to Kelowna with an eye on spending more time with 2 of our kids and 3 grandkids who live here. We attended KGF whenever we were visiting family over the last 5 years or so and since we moved and have found it to be a place where God is at work and we desire to be  a part of that work with you. 

My life verse: Zechariah 4:6  "Not by might nor by power, but by My Spirit,’ says the Lord."

Thursday, 07 January 2016 12:40

Colleen N.

My life verses are found in Isaiah 61:1-3. It is a ‘Before & After’ picture of what God has done in my life. 

 

The Spirit of the Sovereign Lord is upon me,
    for the Lord has anointed me
    to bring good news to the poor.
He has sent me to comfort the brokenhearted
    and to proclaim that captives will be released
    and prisoners will be freed.[a]
He has sent me to tell those who mourn
    that the time of the Lord’s favor has come,[b]
    and with it, the day of God’s anger against their enemies.
To all who mourn in Israel,[c]
    he will give a crown of beauty for ashes,
a joyous blessing instead of mourning,
    festive praise instead of despair.
In their righteousness, they will be like great oaks
    that the Lord has planted for his own glory.

I grew up as an ‘army brat’ and had the opportunity to live in many different places, including Belgium and Germany. The challenge was moving from school to school every year and the lack of stable long term relationships. I know my parents loved me but our home was a very volatile place. Faith was not discussed but we did make the traditional Christmas and Easter trek to church.

Paul and I were married in 1972 and are blessed with three wonderful children … Erin, Ty and Shea. On April 6, 1977, He sent us a gift - a son - but all we saw was a tragedy. Our middle son, Ty, was born 7 weeks premature and spent the first 2 months of his life in the neonatal unit in Saskatoon.  He was later diagnosed with cerebral palsy. I fell into a time of turmoil and confusion and was riddled with pride and anger. I kept asking “why me” and shook my fist at a God whom I had never before acknowledged. And thus began the journey  of seeking for something to ease the pain and fill the emptiness.

II Cor. 7:10 (NLT)

For the kind of sorrow God wants us to experience leads us away from sin and results in salvation. 

There’s no regret for that kind of sorrow. 

But worldly sorrow, which lacks repentance, results in spiritual death.

 

Thankfully  God had a plan for us and on August 26, 1978 at around 8 PM at an Athletes in Action basketball game in the gymnasium at Richmond Bethel Church, I repented of my sin and gave myself over to the Lord to fill me and change me. I haven’t looked back!

 

I was filled with a hunger for the Word and began attending church, Bible studies, and listening to Chuck Swindoll on the radio every morning. I couldn’t get enough of the Word. Books played a huge role in my growth. God always seems to put the right book at the right time into my hands to teach, guide and challenge me. Then God filled a desire of our hearts and sent us to Briercrest Bible School. We had so much to learn!

I have been blessed over the years with many varied opportunites to serve the Lord and each one has grown me into the woman God wants me to be. As we have now retired in Kelowna to be near two of our children and our delightful grandchildren, I am asking God to direct my steps and give me new purpose and a place to serve Him. I am so thankful to be able to worship with you here at KGF!

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