I grew up going to church off and on but never really had any kind of commitment.
Listening to Pastor Tom speak about the ABC’s made me realize my life was missing something very important. I was in a Bible study with some ladies from HDC and after a few weeks I just decided I needed to give my life to the Lord. I was not a criminal or drug addict or anything like that. There was just a void that I needed to fill.
I was in an accident in August 2000. I was not hurt, but my vehicle needed some major repair. So I had extra free time on my hands at home and spent more time in the word than usual. I just decided it was time and even though I was alone, I prayed: “Father, I know I am so undeserving of your love, but I ask for forgiveness of my sins. I want you to come into my heart and live there and walk with me every day. I promise to try my best to follow all of your commands and show love to others as you have shown to me.” I needed $500.00 deductible to get my vehicle back and even though I did not have this money, somehow God provided it for me. That was amazing that this could happen! I believe that Pastor Tom was instrumental in guiding me to say this prayer.
My life is different because I have a completely different view of many things. Movies and TV shows I used to watch are of no interest to me now because of their content. Ladies I have met at Bible study at HDC on Thursday mornings have become like family to me. I only had a few close friends before, but none of them were Christian. I just have a lot of love in my heart that wasn’t there before, and I am so grateful for that feeling. I want to share this love with my Oikos and help them to come to know the Lord as I have. I am being obedient in getting baptized, even though it took me a long time to do it, because I want everyone to know that I love the Lord so much.