VV Baptism Testimonies

Olivia Mendoza

1.      Who introduced you to Christ?

My mom.

2.     What prompted you to make a decision to follow Jesus?

Learning about the ABC’s.

3.     When did you do this?

Last school year.

4.     Where were you?

At Beach House.

5.     Why did you choose to make Jesus the boss of your life?

I want to go to Heaven.

Juliana Kardash

My name is Juliana (Juli) Kardash. I was not raised in a religious home. Since my mother was Jewish and my father was Protestant, my mother always said that we would decide what we wanted to believe when we grew up. I always thought it would just come to me as an adult. I wanted to go to church but just didn’t know how. My daughter started going to HDC church with her fiancé. She invited me to go a few times. I knew I needed to make a commitment to start coming on my own for myself but just didn’t. There were a lot of bad things that happened in my family’s life during this time, my husband got hurt at work, I lost my teaching contract, we had identity theft and eventually lost our house because I could only find work making minimum wage, teaching contracts were very few. For each job I applied for, there were 200 other teachers applying as well. We were at a low point, it was very dark and I was at a low point. We struggled as a few years went by and we were visiting my daughter and now her husband on Camp Pendleton for the weekend. She invited us to her church. On our way home, my son asked me if we could start going to church ourselves. It was funny because I had been thinking the same thing too. I agreed and the next weekend we came to services at HDC. I was nervous. I stood there as the music played and began to cry. I cried as I felt such relief that I was finally “here.” I cried through the whole service. I felt silly afterwards but my heart felt so much lighter. This was what I was looking for. This is what was missing from our lives. This happened for about the first six months that I came to services. I would say the ABC’s with Pastor Tom each weekend. I took communion. Our life started to change. I found another job. It is the perfect job and I am so blessed. Then my son asked me about baptism and had I thought about it. I know I cry every time I watch the people get baptized because I am so happy for them. I feel this is the next step in my walk with Jesus. I want to share with my family and friends how God has lifted me and carried my burdens. He has blessed me many times over and again. He has a plan for me and I now know that He will bring me through any storm, no matter how dark it may seem, He will carry me through.

Brandon Kardash

My name is Brandon Kardash and this is my testimonial. I used to come to HDC with my sister when I was younger but I stopped going once she moved out. For most of my life I never went to church or understood what it meant to follow Jesus Christ. It wasn’t until about three years ago that me and my mom starting coming to HDC. I still didn’t understand what my abc’s were until a few months ago. I was sitting in church one day listening to pastor Tim and something hit me, I felt lost but found again at the same time. The only thing that I could think of was Jesus Christ. I then started to come to Christ for many things. I wanted to strengthen my relationship with Christ and this is the next step that I need to take to accept Jesus Christ as my Lord and Savior.

Elizabeth Tobias

Before I decided to be led by Christ I felt as though I needed no guidance or help and that I can do more on my own. I felt like being logical and educated made me invincible to common mistakes and pain most people made. Before Christ my life was happy but empty on the outside I smiled I laugh I had amazing friends and great husband and wonderful kids it seemed like everything was together. But I was empty full of doubt reliable no one but myself which requires amounts arrogance that could be dangerous and unnecessary. The reason why I decided to follow Christ was that I went through something that couldn't be changed by smarts I lost three people in my family, 3 amazing people. I have never felt so much anger and sadness that I gave up on Christ right then. I didn't think it affected me I was never baptized in my life, I only went to church when my parents told me to or when I felt like it was needed for my kids but it was never for myself but I had a sense of belief, I lost every sense of belief when I lost the people I loved. I realized 3 years or 4 years later that I was not the reason but any of those events were going to change and instead of sulking and being angry I could love I can be happy I could be free of Burden by following Christ. So I started to go back to church in January 2017. I was still afraid to follow full heartedly. I was afraid to put my faith into something that I fell away from with so much pain. But one day talking to friends I realize I can't be mad at God for the inevitable before I fell away I knew that death was real I wasn't guaranteed a date a time or a place but I knew that was something I would have to concur throughout life those words resonate to me because I was mad at something that I already knew was going to happen I'm just being a child who wanted a Tantrum. I grew and I understood that going to church was not a ticket to Heaven, not a ticket to a good life but whether a friend, Father a leader that gave you a book that is an outline and a guideline to having a fulfilled and rich life and all I have to do is follow and believe and I will obtain some of those fulfillments. Many of my friends and family helped me through making this decision and my mother helped me with finding a way to forgive myself my faith and my family. My life is different now because I'm happy because I'm honest with my doubts with my fears I'm happy because I can love without fear because one day I will be in Paradise.

Della Lancraft

I think that I have known since I was a child that I needed Christ to take away sin.  As an adult, the Lord’s love and forgiveness has become much more important to me.

 Before Christ I felt alone and burdened, helpless and afraid of the future.  Now I have a best friend in Christ and I have faith that no matter what lies ahead in my life, He is right there with me supporting and loving me.

 I wasn’t brought up in a Christian home, but always took opportunities to attend church with friend and neighbors.  I think I was 8 or 9 when I was at a church service and felt the Lord come into my heart.

 No one helped me at that time, but He was always in my heart and I always prayed to Him.  Up until a few years ago, I didn’t attend church or study the Bible regularly.  TWBS taught me the importance of living and learning the Bible each day.

 I have a much closer relationship with the Lord now that Jesus is in it.  My life has more joy in it and I have learned to pray more, to give of my spiritual gifts and to let Him ease my burdens.

 Jesus loves me, He died for my sins and He is the one who give me strength to endure.

Sierra Kimbell

My grandma introduced me to Christ.

I wanted to follow Jesus because I love God.

 I accepted Jesus when I was five years old.

 I was at home when I accepted Him.

 I wanted to make Jesus boss of my life so I can go to heaven.

Roy Guillen

My mom was the person to introduce me Christ since I was a baby. We would go to church and my mom would leave me in my class and she would go to the big church. In church and from my mom I learned that Jesus died on the cross for our sins because he loved us.

One day when I was 9 my mom and my sister and me were going to the store and I asked her if I could get baptized. She asked me if I knew what that meant and I told her I wanted to do it because I want to follow Jesus. She also told me about the ABC’s like what we were told about during baptism class: A-admit that I sin, B-Believe that God is real and lives forever, and C-choose to follow him.  Then I prayed the ABC’s at camp with my leader on the first night of cabin talks.

I want to do these things because I feel that is something good to do in my life and to show other people that I love Jesus. I use to be mean sometimes to other kids because they would get me mad but now I go tell an adult or walk and be alone for a little bit because I don’t like being mean. I know that if I am nice and do good things and say sorry and ask for forgiveness that Jesus will forgive me because he loves me.

Marisa Esquivel

My name Is Marisa Esquivel I’m 26 yrs. old and as a young child I grew up in church not knowing anything about Jesus. I just loved going because of Sunday school and singing and dancing not knowing what the songs meant, I just liked the beat. As I got into my teens I started liking boys and met the one person who I thought I was going to spend the rest of my life with. At the time, I knew about Jesus but never thought to follow him I would thank him only for the good things in my life but never when times got rough. My life in my eyes, I thought I was making the right choices and doing things I wanted to do which made me start smoking weed and drinking because it made me feel good. I lied and hurt people that were really close to me burned bridges with family and friends. When I turned 21 I had my son and got married still immature and not knowing anything about being a mom or a wife getting married wearing a white dress looking pretty but little did I know my life was going to change it became very stressful and we struggled a lot I had a lot of people tell me about Jesus but I chose to ignore it because I was like I don’t need Jesus I can do it on my own without him. As a couple of years went by I decided to quit smoking I got pregnant with a beautiful baby girl I was scared about how I’m I going to take care of another human being but my husband’s grandma is a Christian and told me about what Jesus can and for that moment I wanted to have him be in my life and see if he can help me and strengthen me but I fell back after I had my daughter. My husband and I separated. I wanted attention from guys to tell me I’m pretty and tell me they would do anything for me then they would stop talking to me. I didn’t like the life I was living so I went to the one person who will make me feel peace and that person was Jesus I started praying and reading bible verses every day I quit drinking then GOD blessed me with a job and an apartment for me and my kids. Then my husband wanted to come back into my life but I wanted to know if he changed he tells me he’s going to go to church and he’s a changed man so we got back together things were good for a while I was slowly slipping away from Jesus but I told myself without Jesus you can’t do this on your own. A couple months later the enemy comes and my husband started doing what he did before drinking, smoking, talking to other women so I prayed for him and he decided to leave. I was so numb because of everything we’ve been through that I didn’t care as long as I have Jesus it didn’t matter. So now since I’ve accepted Jesus I’m happier and at peace. Yes it can be stressful at times I still thank him for being there and giving strength that my kids are still with me and were healthy no matter what we have the problems we face I will always praise Jesus in the storm.

Tommy Efting

I came to accept Christ when I was very young about 5 or so and I asked Him to come into my heart. I didn't really know what I was doing, so when I was 8 years old, I prayed the ABC’s and I've been pretty much a lukewarm Christian since. I started to fall away and do life on my own, but a recent trip to camp has showed me that God is a small part of my life, so I have been working to make Him a bigger part of my life, or my first thought instead of my second. I am so blessed and I feel very strong in my faith right now.

Erica Efting

1.      Who introduced you to Christ?

Dad and Mom taught me about God growing up, and then at Beach House, one of the pastors talked with me and then I became a Christian that night with my mom.

2.     What prompted you to make a decision to follow Jesus?

My family, and I wanted to live with them forever.

3.     When did you do this?

When I was 5 years old, in my room.

4.     Where were you?

At my house with my mom.  Then we told the rest of the family, dad and sister and brothers.

5.     Why did you choose to make Jesus the boss of your life?

Because I knew that He died on the cross for me and I want to live for Him and obey Him.  I want to live with Him forever.

Rebecca Adams

Before

1.     Going to Church on a regular basis and learning more about who Jesus is and coming to realize that His love is unconditional and that he died for my sins and that he is the only one who can save me and forgive me led me to understand that I need Christ to take away my sin.

2.     Before I gave my life to Jesus Christ, I always felt like a part of me was empty and had no clear direction. I always considered myself a good person and always tried to do the right thing, but I still felt this emptiness that only God could fill. I always believed in God, but I felt that my relationship with him was inconsistent. I would only look to God in a time of need and I realized that I wanted and needed to have a stronger and closer relationship with God.

How and When and Why

1.     I accepted Jesus into my heart about 1 year ago in a service here at HDC through a prayer by admitting than I am a sinner and that I couldn’t come close to being good enough to deserve heaven, believing that Jesus is the only one who could save me, and I choosing to place my faith in Him and accepted him into my heart. A few months after I accepted Jesus Christ into my heart, I lost someone who was a huge role model in my life who loved the Lord unconditionally and was one important person in my life who helped me fully realize and understand the importance of getting to know Jesus personally and accepting him as my Savior and accepting his gift of eternal life.

2.     The pastors here at HDC, my parents, my best friend's mother, and friends all helped me understand the importance of accepting Jesus in my heart and gave me clarity on what to do to know Jesus personally.

After

1.     After I accepted Jesus Christ as my savior, I have never felt more satisfied and have peace and love in my heart. I know longer feel empty and I have become hungry to know what the bible says about being a better friend, sister, daughter and to also follow the example Christ set for us. I began to see things in a whole new perspective and internally, I see a huge difference and feel like this is the next step to growing closer to Him and continuing my walk with Jesus.

Stanley Wyrembek

My testimony is from Stanley Kramer Wyrembek, I found Christ Jesus after I went through a divorce with two kids. I had a girlfriend die in my arm's, I prayed to God and 8 months after the death of my girlfriend and her daughter was taken from me by her Grandma on her father's side I was very alone. Then I thought I found the love of my life and when the love of my life left me I went into a depression asking Christ to just take me. I was done with life.  After one year of this depression just before Christmas I prayed to God but this time I prayed to not be alone for Christmas 2016 and God blessed with a new girlfriend and her two-year-old boy and pregnant. Then God spoke to. Started listen to Christ radio then I found BBC And that's my Testimony God Bless and Thank you.

Ray Sesma

Growing up, I was raised in a Christian home with my grandparents. My mother never went to church with us and I barely knew my father. At the time, church was just another chore to check off the list at the end of the week. My grandparents were always very involved in the churches we attended and they always encouraged me to do more in the church. My grandmother always nagged me about getting baptized so finally I did and even joined the church band as the lead guitarist. At the time, I didn't realize what that really meant. I just did it to do it because it was "what I had to do".  As I got older and reached my early twenties I started drifting from Christ. I started to hang out with the wrong crowd and make a lot of bad choices with my life that lead to several kinds of addictions. The pastor that baptized me asked me to leave the band and turned me away from the church. My life turned for the worst and I hit rock bottom. After a while, I started dating my wife and together we started to attend a different church. Together, we started rebuilding our lives but this time we made Christ our foundation. It has been five years since then and our walk with Christ has grown very strong. I feel like I now truly understand what it means to put your full faith in Jesus Christ and I'm ready to be baptized for my own heart and soul and not for somebody else.

Allison Sesma

I knew that I needed Christ to take away my sin because I learned from reading the Bible that Christ died to save us from our sin. The sin we have in our lives is like a barrier between us and the relationship we can have with God but because of Christ's sacrifice on the cross- we are made new. My life before my relationship with Christ felt very empty and nothing I did in my life brought me peace and joy the way Christ did. I first accepted Christ as my Lord and Savior at such a young age that I felt I didn't truly understand what I was doing and who He was. After many trials in life as I grew older; I still felt something was "missing" in my life. I was ashamed and embarrassed of things I had done in my life and wasn't sure if God would even want me to be in His kingdom after all the mistakes I had made. I got down on my knees and prayed for salvation again because I felt that my salvation at the young age I was had not been feelings from deep within my heart, but rather what my parents and church wanted me to do. I also prayed for forgiveness for all the bad things I had done and asked Him to allow me to grow in my relationship with Him and to help me from keeping the same mistakes. I wanted peace and joy in my life that I finally understood would only come from above. My life is so very different now with Jesus in it because I feel His presence with me every day. When I am facing the biggest trials now; I feel Him guiding me through it and telling me that everything is going to be okay and that He will never leave me. It's an unexplainable, powerful feeling of love and peace that any father would want for their child to have. 

Caleb Kangas

I was introduced to Christ by my mom and dad, as well as the Church and the Bible.  They introduced me through Bible stories and teachings.  I continued to grow off of what I was taught when I was little.  

    When I made the decision to follow Christ it was when I was around 6 or 7.  I was taught that Jesus died on the cross and it touched my heart.  When I made this decision, I was in the backseat of the car with my family.  We were on our way to my grannie's house.  I didn't think about it, It popped into my head and was put on my heart.  

    When I chose to make Jesus the boss of my life it was because we did not crawl out of the water.... we were made in God's image!

CJ Palmer

I was introduced to Christ by my mom.  It was the first time we went to church together.

What prompted me to follow Jesus was when I started going to church.  I learned that Jesus will always forgive you.

 I was six and I went to church with my friends.  I went to Sunday school and we read the Bible and ate snacks.

 I was in church in Needles, California when I accepted Christ.  The church was really fun.

 I chose to make Jesus the boss of my life when I asked Him into my life.  After that He has helped me with everything.

William Hale

My mom introduced me to Christ. She started to read me the bible.  My mom is a Christian and would teach me and take me to church when I lived with her.

 Going to church made me make a decision to follow Jesus.  I made the decision of going to church because I wanted to learn about Jesus.  My mom always surrounded me around church and God.

 I did this when I was very young.  When I went into foster care Jesus made me feel not alone.

 I was in my first foster home when I really looked for God.  I would feel alone so I would read or think or go to church.

 I made Jesus the boss of my life because I knew He would help me.  He makes me feel not alone and safe.  I think of Him and want to change for the good.

Jahzeel Rangel

BEFORE

1. I understood that I needed Christ to take away sin by reading the bible and having an understanding of it. Also my parents were a big part of me understanding Christ.

2. My life before I gave my life to Jesus Christ was honestly really bad. Before, I would disobey my parents and always argued with my dad. I used to "have fun" or party in the wrong way. I did some things to "experiment" or try because I was curious. 

 HOW AND WHEN AND WHY

3. I received Christ as my Lord and Savior because I knew if I continued what I was doing, I would head down the wrong path. I needed to stop doing whatever I wanted; I needed a positive path to follow. I prayed to God and asked for forgiveness, how I knew we are all sinners, and he is the only Savior I need. 

4. My parents and reading the bible helped me understand what to do. 

 AFTER

5. Ever since Jesus came into my life I am a more positive person. I am not tempted to do the things I did in the past. He has shown me the right path I should follow in life, and he is the answer. I understand the bible way better and apply it to my life. 

Aiden Herrick

I became a Christian by going to church with my grandma every Sunday. and I gave my life to Christ this year at junior high camp.

Silas Fell

 

When I was 4 years old my grandpa started explaining what being a Christian is and why we pray. I made the decision to be a Christian when I was 7 years old at Beach House. So, I got a bible and started going to church and I learned the abc’s [admit, believe and choose] and I did them which made me want to get baptized to show others that I believe in Jesus.