Testimony of Salvation By Faith in Jesus Christ: I was raised in a Catholic home. I remember going to church regularly on either Saturday or Sunday, depending on what was most convenient. I don’t remember getting much out of it other than learning to recognize when mass was nearly completed by the memorized prayers. We usually would leave right after Communion to beat the traffic and get on with our lives. My parents tried to force me to attend Sunday school, but I became real good at skipping the class, hiding in the house or quietly crawling into their bedroom at night to turn off the alarm clock. I finally completed all the required Catholic ceremonies and probably had some foundation placed in my mind, but still didn’t really know Jesus as Lord and Savior in my heart. Christian values and the Bible were not taught or lived out in our home outside of going to church once a week.
In grade school, I wasn’t very popular. In an effort to find acceptance, I turned to alcohol, drugs and immoral behavior. The college years only intensified the lusts into addictions of all three. Everyday I woke up dissatisfied, only to seek more of the same in an effort to fill the hole in my heart. My life was on a path of death and destruction. This behavior continued through much of my 20’s and 30’s leading to diseases, financial issues and the memory of murdering two of my own unborn children through abortion before marriage.
Time proved that a well paying professional career, girlfriends and daily happy hours were only temporary satisfactions. I was so unfulfilled and empty, I started finding myself on walks during lunch to seek an open church door where I could just go sit and ask God why I’m alive and isn’t there more to life than this. At the age of 38, I decided to take a new job, in a new field, with a pay cut. The person assigned to train me was a Christian who was very patient with my lack of experience in a new technology. He invited me to join him at a group Bible study held during lunch time within the company. After resisting for a while, I decided to give it a try. The Bible says “Faith comes by hearing, and hearing by the Word of God.” How true it is! A hunger for more of the Word grew in my heart and I quickly became a regular attendee. It was an evening in June of 1998, while watching Billy Graham on television, when I said a prayer of salvation and invited Jesus Christ into my heart as Lord and Savior. My wife Melissa, had a similar experience one month earlier being led to Christ at a new job while trained by a Christian woman.
Since that day in 1998, I have been growing in my faith and knowledge of the Lord and the Word. Despite my sinful past, God was still gracious enough to bless me with two wonderful sons and a beautiful wife. We serve as a family at Love Joy as Greeters, event volunteers and after church cleanup. Our family is scheduled for a second Missions trip. The first trip was to rural Tennessee and this one is to Mexico City where we can share the love of Christ to a lost world. We have attended and hosted small group studies. Additionally, I meet with my sons regularly for our own mentor and Bible study time in an effort to “train a child in the way he should go.” I am very grateful to be currently attending a mentor group at church hosted by Pastor Ron. I continue to hunger for more of the Lord in my life who has filled the hole in my heart that couldn’t be filled by my own sinful efforts. Glory to God!