VV Baptism Testimonies

Jennifer Reed

Jennifer Reed

I started coming to HDC a little over 3 years ago. I was raised catholic and always felt like I had a relationship with God. I prayed, looked to him for advice and comfort but didn’t attend church often and wasn’t living by his words. We bought a house nearby HDC at the end of 2011. My daughter had asked me one day if we could go to HDC. I told her we will see and then some time passed. She asked me again a couple months later and I told her maybe. As she walked away from me, I noticed that she was disappointed. I then remembered when I was about 15 years old I had asked my mom if we could start attending the local catholic church that was across the street from our house. She had said “maybe” many times but we never attended. This moment was a very important time in my life. I realized that I was repeating history and that made me sad. I told her later that day that we would go the upcoming weekend. We started attending HDC alone, slowly I brought my other 2 kids and then the 4 of us were attending. When I started coming to HDC I started to learn more about the Lord, more about what he wants in our lives and started feeling a feeling I had never felt before. I wanted to learn more about him, the bible, his story, how to better live my life for him and how to make sure that I raise my kids to look up to him for everything. Eventually my husband started attending with us after a Christmas service and we were now attending as a family, involved in a bible study group and sharing our thoughts and feelings about God. I have watched the Lord work in our lives throughout my life but it wasn’t until I fully gave my life to him after an Easter service during communion that I realized just what I was missing. My life is whole; my heart is full. I have such joy everyday knowing that I am a child of God and that he loves me through all of my struggles. I have let go of the pain of those who have let me down and I have such an optimistic view of the future and what it holds just knowing that I have God on my side.