I thank God for the work that He has done in my life. For me, my testimony is a constant reminder of the goodness and grace of my God and Savior Jesus Christ. Honestly, I never get tired of sharing my gospel with anyone who will listen.
I can remember it like it was yesterday, the day I was born again. On a cool summer evening in Eastern Oregon, the sun setting in the distance, it was the summer of 1996. I don’t know how I found myself at this youth camp, I was as lost as lost could be. A high school drop out who had only one passion and that was to get high.
I was young, only 15, but I experienced more in those 15 years than any young person should ever have to. I grew up in a broken home where violence and drugs were a way of life; sadly this is the condition of so many homes in America. At this point in time I was living with my family in a homeless shelter, or I would often times stay with friends. My uneasy childhood set me up for a life of hurt and pain, and this is the road I was on, until I found Jesus. Now the good news begins.
Jesus delivered me from drugs, and the bondage of satan as soon as I opened my heart to him. That’s all He needs is an open heart. Some of the youth at the camp asked me if I was a Christian. I told them, “I haven’t gone to church in a long time,” I thought being a Christian was all about church attendance. Then, after they asked me if I wanted to be a Christian, I told them, “I need to change my ways first.” I thought to come to God, I had to be good; I thought I had to be clean, basically I felt unworthy. Thank God they told me that wasn’t true. They said that God would accept me right then, just the way I was. And I believed them.
I prayed a simple prayer; I asked God to forgive me, and when I did, it was as if a load of bricks was taken off my shoulders. At that moment I literally felt as though I had grown few inches, I had never felt so free! I cried like a baby, snot ran down my face. I was born again!
God instantly delivered me from the bondages of drugs and violence. The things I had once done to find peace and happiness couldn’t even compare to the new life I had found. The Lord came in, and death and destruction moved out. I became a new creature in Christ, and I could never be the same. My life had been changed, and soon everyone that was connected to me would hear about it.
How could I possible keep such an awesome salvation to myself? It was impossible for me to be quiet about what God had done in my life.
I had dropped out of high school when I was a Freshman, due to drugs and fighting; my GPA was somewhere around 0.40. After I was born again, I reenrolled in a different high school, I caught up on my missed school year and my GPA went up to 4.0.
My new high school became my mission field. I began leading a fellowship of believers on campus, and would share the gospel with everyone that I could. My presentations before the classroom would always point the other students to my Jesus, and there was nothing that anyone could do to silence the passion that was in my spirit.
That passion finally brought me to India, where the Lord has further revealed His plan and purpose for my life. I’ve been here since October of 2000, and my family and I are looking forward to many more fruitful years of ministry in India and beyond!
To God be the glory for all He has done, all He is doing, and all that is yet to come!