I was born and raised in South Africa and was very fortunate to grow up in a Christian home where I was taught about God from a very young age. I belonged to the Dutch Reformed Church and at 18 years of age I publicly declared my love for Jesus and my Christian faith in our local church by means of confirmation.
My growth in faith has has developed over the years and continues to do so. In my line of work I interact with numerous people on a daily basis and I am at this stage in my life where I ask God daily to fill me with his Holy Spirit so that he can use me to glorify Him in my interaction with others.
We have been coming to Kelowna Gospel Fellowship for about 3 years where we really feel at home. We always get a practical message that we can apply in our daily lives and would appreciate it if I could become of member of this church.
It has been a long journey so far with The Lord. I could not and would not live without Him as He is my everything. He has, in my heart, so many very meaningful names, I could not enumerate them here, and He is The One who holds my hand, and when I let go by ignorance or disobedience, I know I am always on His shoulders, He carries me and loves me unconditionally.
I was saved in 1989 after looking for God everywhere I could, and finaly I encountered Him where I would the least expect, a Christian church. He transformed me by opening my eyes to His love and for the first time, I had pure, real joy. Life had not been kind so far and I would still have many big challenges, but He knows all about me and that has been a big part to sustain me on the narrow path. I have a Friend. My joy is in this Father who keeps His eyes on me all the time, and when I feel alone, He is here with me. I am part of a huge family who one day will be reunited at His feet to worship His majesty and Who He Is. I cannot wait to look at our Sheppard in the eyes and know at once the whole truth. Brothers, Sisters, what a privilege to be able to love our Lord freely without boundaries!
I have been attending the women Bible study for about one year as well as the services and I truly enjoy every minute of it. I am grateful for this wonderful and loving church and in becoming a member, I am committing myself to do my best to get to know you, honour you and serve you with love and service, but I will need the help of each of you.
My parents raised me in a Christian home where we followed & believed in Jesus. With my dad’s help, I accepted Jesus Christ as my personal Saviour as a young boy.
One of my most important spiritual experiences I’ve had as a Christian, was the opportunity to be involved with Youth with a Mission [YWAM] Perth’s Discipleship Training School in Australia [DTS].
After the DTS, there was an Outreach Program, which for me was in South Africa & Zambia. I am so grateful for the whole program: DTS & Outreach, because of the privilege I had to learn more about what the Bible has to say about God’s plan for my life.
On the Outreach I learned what it means to serve people in need. Another highlight during my DTS training time in Australia, was accepting the challenge to be obedient & follow Christ into the waters of baptism.
I was baptized in the Swan River with fellow YWAMers singing worship songs; it was a very significant event in my life.
Over the course of my life, one Scripture verse has become very meaningful to me: “For God has not given us a spirit of fear, but of power and of love and of a sound mind”. [2 Timothy 1:7]
I believe in the local church, especially KGF Church. I want to become even more committed to our church family, and so I’m joining as a member of KGF Church.
I was infant baptized and raised in the Catholic church but never knew you could have a personal relationship with Jesus. There was this big hole in my life that I couldn't fill. In the meantime, as I was searching my sister accepted Jesus as her Lord and Saviour. She began praying for me and the rest of my family in earnest for Salvation. It was on a Boxing Day when I was visiting my family in Saskatchewan from Winnipeg when my brother and little sister, who had just accepted the Lord as their Saviour had a prayer meeting and prayed for me and my younger cousin to make a decision for the Lord. And that night we both accepted Jesus as our Lord and Saviour. It was a complete transformation and very emotional experience for me. It felt like the Lord had unzipped me from head to toe, stepped-in and filled that dark hole to overflowing. I felt a warm glow and such incredible love. A week later I found a Word-based Church to attend and was re-baptized a few months later at age 25 plus received the amazing gift of tongues.
Since then the Lord has led and supported me through many great and difficult times. I eventually was hired on as Director of Children's Ministry at my church which was an amazing experience. Our Pastor taught us leadership principles at work and personal life that stretched and grew me in so many areas. I have been dealing with many health issues in the past few years plus a difficult divorce and through it all I had a great desire to move to Kelowna for the climate and to be near my family. A year and a half ago, that desire came true and I moved to Kelowna, found an amazing place to live, plus this awesome Word-based church, Kelowna Gospel Fellowship and my health has slowly improved and God has provided through it all. To God be the glory!
The scripture that I hold on to and that I value is from Jeremiah 29:11..."For I know the plans I have for you', declares the Lord, "plans to prosper you and not harm you, plans to give you hope and a future".
I came to follow God at a very young age; my mother was a strong Christian. My faith strengthened when my parents were killed on my tenth birthday. This was not easy as my 15 siblings, who were older than me, chose addictions to drugs and alcohol. They turned their backs on Christianity.
I was passed from one sibling to another until I was sixteen. I decided to get my own place and at 17 graduated with top honours from high school, while supporting myself. While attending college to study law, a lawyer who was mentoring me, recommended that I change my career path. He suggested that my serving heart was not suited to the harsh legal system. So I switched to family advocacy for first nations. I loved helping people and worked as an advocate for many years.
I met my husband when I was 24 and we had two beautiful sons in my early 30’s. I never wavered in my faith and believed that my sons would be brought up as Christians. I had zero tolerance for drugs and alcohol in my home. My family respected my wishes, my life was good and I thanked God daily for my blessings. After having my sons, I took on two jobs so I could put my husband through plumbing and start our own plumbing business. When my sons were toddlers I came home from work and found my husband doing drugs. My heart was crushed. I gave him a choice between his family or drugs as I could not allow my children to be raised in this environment. He chose drugs. I packed up my babies, left our home and business in Calgary, and returned to B.C.
I never looked back even when my sons and I were starving and homeless. I held onto my faith knowing more than ever that God had never left my side. I continued my life, again working two jobs and going back to college at night where I received a certificate in both daycare and hairdressing. This allowed me to work at home and be with my sons. I continued raising my sons alone and truly on the belief that God only gives us what he knows we can handle! He made me tiny but with very big shoulders! My sons are now 22 and 24 year old gentlemen who also graduated with top honours. They are successful and live together in a condo in Kelowna. And me? I still thank God everyday for my BLESSINGS!
Why do I want to get baptised?
Well, being baptised would be a huge step in my life. I would love to go to my school and be open about being Christian. I have seen many kids at my school who are Christian but have never talked to anyone else who is Christian. I want to be that guy who goes up to those people, scared or too shy to speak out. Being baptised would also mean for me to help out more. I already help out in two ministries in church (children’s and the front lines) but I still want to go further with it all. The reason why I want to be baptised is because God came to me on December 31, 2014. I had the idea of being baptised and getting to know him better. I felt his love for me and this will be (one of) my ways of thanking him and worshiping him.
I accepted Jesus into my life at a young age. I grew up in a Christian home and I learned about Jesus through Sunday school. One day our Children’s Pastor talked to us about accepting Jesus and what you needed to do to be let into heaven. Since I was young I didn’t understand this well, but I still accepted him. I felt like every time I did something wrong that I needed to re-accept him. I have probably accepted him over 1,000 times now. I didn’t fully understand him until I went to Gardom Lake bible camp. I went in 2010 to “main camp” where we had an inspirational speaker who changed my life. One way God showed me his presence was through the weather. What had happened was it was the last day of camp and it had rained all day and night and we almost got rained out for camp fire. All of a sudden God for 1 hour made all the gray clouds full of lightning and rain go away and brought back the stars. I felt like He was there. Another reason why was because the speaker was talking about how God shows his presences in many different ways and since this happened in 2010, I have been thinking about him ever since.
A verse that I thought was powerful was "When he had said this: Jesus called in a loud voice, “Lazarus, come out!” (John 11.43). I chose that verse because I felt it showed Jesus' true power.
I have been hearing about the love of God and Jesus since I was born. I was born into a Christian family attended church every Sunday and regularly attended a Bible study group, which was how I made some of my first friends. I was 6 years old at a Day Camp at North shore Baptist Church in Seattle Washington, when I accepted Jesus Christ as my Savior. I was listening to our kids pastor talk about God’s gift of eternal life for anyone who believes in Him. That night I prayed with my mom and asked Jesus to enter my heart. To be quite honest, as a kid I found I never paid much attention during the church service. Even after my family and I moved to Kelowna in 2010 and began to attend Youth on Tuesday nights I would be apart from the group not paying attention to the message. I have changed a lot in the last couple years and I find myself much more comfortable in that sort of atmosphere and just listening to what the pastor has to say, and take notes during church to help engage my brain a bit more. I feel baptism is the next step in life for me as a Christian. God has been my rock through many struggles I have had: the many problems I faced in high school, and helping me live with my disabilities. I want to be public with my faith. I am not a very public individual, but I don’t think anybody should hide their love for God. I want to help people come to Christ, and want God to use me however He can. I will have questions for the Lord and I can guarantee I will not be perfect, but no matter what happens I will live for Him in all that I do.
In my fairly short life so far, my faith hasn’t been a clear-cut path.
Even five years ago, I would still have been asking my mom, “Do we really have to go to church?” I didn’t quite grasp the concept of faith and believing in God.
When I was a bit younger, maybe 7 or 8, I always wondered why people got baptized. What did it mean when someone went under water and came back up? Did they get a first class ticket to heaven? Although many questions filled my head, I didn’t reach out to ask, partly because I didn’t know whom to ask.
Sitting at church services at KGF helped me shape my faith and discover further about my own relationship with God.
There was never a ‘eureka!’ moment to my faith journey, where I instantly recognized baptism as my next step. It was small subtle changes in life that led up to thinking baptism. Even when I thought about it, I thought, “why should I get baptized?”
Of all the people who didn’t need to get baptized, it was Jesus. He lived a perfect life and is the Son of God. I believe he did it as an example to those who believe in Him.
To me, baptism means going down in the water bound by my sins and imperfections, and coming up as a follower of Jesus; it is my commitment to live every single day to the glory of Jesus.
I was born in Kelowna in 2000. I grew up in a Christian home but God was never really real to me. Then I went through a rough patch in my life. I did some things that I regret. In 2012, my Dad got dystonia in his neck and that rattled me. Why would God do this to my dad? I struggled with this for about two years. Then last summer, the speaker said we all have a choice: to follow God or sin. It's your choice. "Who will go? asks the Lord. Send me." Isaiah 6:8. And with Isaiah 6:8 on my heart, as I was walking back to my cabin on July 25, 2014 I said yes to Jesus. The past year has been the best year with Jesus. Satan will always tempt me but I'm rooted in Jesus. Now I'm ready to make my faith public.
Proverbs 17:17 " A friend is always loyal, and a brother is born to help in time of need." God has shown himself to be my friend and my brother, helping me through the rough patches. This verse has helped me shape my spiritual life and I hope it helps your faith journey as well.
God has always been a part of my home and family. I grew up going to church and Sunday School. As I got older sports took my focus away from going as often as I should have.
In 2012 our family moved to Kelowna and in the spring of 2013 we began regularly attending KGF. This is where I began to know God in a more personal way. For the last year and a half or so I have seen God working in my life. He has placed people along the way to mentor me.
I have decided to be baptized now because I feel that this is the next step in my Christian journey.