VV Baptism Testimonies

Colleen Hoch

Before I accepted Jesus as my personal Savior I belonged to and was active in a very organized and structured religion. About 13 years ago I decided it just was not for me, so I stopped attending. It never crossed my mind to investigate other churches or religions. In August, my 16 year old daughter decided it was not for her either, so she started attending HDC and invited me to come along as well. Neither one of us have left ever since.

I have learned and come to the realization that I need God and Jesus in my life each and every day. He is the reason I am here on this earth, and through me as one of His disciples, I can help His work get done. He died and suffered on the cross for my sins and through Him I can be with Him.

Before I started attending HDC my life was going nowhere. I felt I was in a limbo state just waiting for it all to be over. I started praying again and speaking with God and Jesus which is something I had not done in many years. I read the Bible every day now and I actually have an understanding of it, which is something I did not have before. 

 About three months ago while attending a service I was just so overcome with the Spirit as I listened to the music and the message and watched my daughter get baptized, that I felt the Spirit with me like I had never felt before. I knew then at that moment that I now had Jesus Christ in my life. I accepted Him as my Lord and Savior for the first time. That feeling has not left me since, as long as I have welcomed Him into my heart. It has been an amazing journey for me.

 I thank my daughter for having questions about religion and deciding to be brave enough to do something about it for herself. She has helped me through this process and has helped me understand that we all need to have God and Jesus in our lives. Because of her I have started reading the Bible and searching for answers there and through the teachings of Jesus I now understand so much more of my life and it's meaning here on earth.

 My life has changed so much since Jesus is an active part of it. I now have goals I didn't have before. I now have direction I didn't have before. I am happier with who I am. I now have meaning in it. My anger is more controlled. Not that I'm an angry person, I guess what I am saying is I have more peace and patience in it. I look forward to what new and exciting things will come into my life. I have been able to make better choices and make decisions I have been putting off for a very long time. All of this because I have accepted Jesus as my Lord and Savior and I welcome His guidance in my life.

 I have been baptized two times in my life. Once as an infant, a decision my parents made for me. The second time because my ex-husband wanted it from me, a decision he made. This time, the third and final time is for myself, MY DECISION. I can show people that I have accepted Jesus in my life and I am going to be a servant of His. He will now be a permanent part of my life.