VV Baptism Testimonies

Maureen Tuala

I grew up in another church. My parents instilled in me the importance of our faith, praying together and being a part of a church community.  Unfortunately for me it became more habit and going through the motions. I didn't have a personal relationship with God. I was living my life for my own aspirations.

In 2011 I started coaching volleyball again after an 8 year break to focus on my kids. I went online to buy a John Wooden Coaching book. That book ended up being a Coach's devotional. Because of this book I really read and understood the Bible for myself, for the first time in my life, at 34 years old.

In 2013 I wanted to get in better shape to coach so I started working out more. I met a Zumba instructor that invited me to a women's Bible study group.  That women's Bible study group changed my life. During the time with my study group I realized how much I was living for myself and not for Jesus.

When I finally accepted Jesus in my heart, my perspective changed. With this, everything in my life started to open up.  I opened up my heart to grow in faith in Him instead of fear of not being in control. This opened up so many new opportunities for me.  I opened up my heart to forgiveness and let go of guilt and shame that I was holding onto for decades because I thought I didn't deserve forgiveness.  This opened up new levels of self worth because I saw myself from God's perspective.  Most importantly my heart opened up to genuinely love others.