Personal Testimonies | Greenwood Wesleyan Church

Here are some of our member's Personal Testimonies, I hope they're Inspirational.  

                                                             Zinc's Testimony

I am Zinc, and I am a 33 year old house wife who is taking online college classes.  I have been incredibly blessed to grow up in a Christian family who took me to church, Wednesday night church, vacation Bible school as well as provided Bible story tape cassettes and VHSs.  Not only were my parents Christian examples, but my grandparents were involved in my life as well.  As a result, I was saved at a very young age.  In fact, I was too young to remember how old I was, but old enough to understand that Jesus was my friend and savior, that I was a sinning human, that Christ sacrificed himself for me and everyone else, and that I loved Jesus and wanted to live my life as best as I could for him.

            My salvation has changed my life because I am now a child of the great God and creator of everything.  Being forgiven brings me joy and peace knowing that we are all made new when we ask Jesus to forgive our sins and that He will never hold my mistakes against me after I have asked Him for forgiveness.  Jesus forgiving me has also shaped my life.  He gives me the strength to forgive other people by helping me to see other people as His children that He loves and wants to spend eternity with.  Additionally, through my salvation the Lord has shown me a different way of looking at death.  Life is a time to do our best to let His love shine through us to others and death for Christ’s followers is a temporary separation from loved ones and an eternity in Heaven with God, Jesus, the Holy Spirit, and the Lord’s people.

            Because I gave my life to Christ so young, following the Lord has always been part of my life and I have had the best companion, Christ Himself!  This relationship with the Lord has daily saved me from myself and negative influences in my life, because when I do not know what to do or things seem very rough, I pray to the Lord and He guides me and gives me strength.  Having this personal relationship with the Lord blesses me with great joy as well.  Even in the hardest of times, scriptures remind me how much the Lord loves me and takes care of me, so I have learned to trust in the Lord’s care and blessing even in my troubles. 

            Thank you for reading my testimony.  I pray the Lord blesses you and guides you.

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                                                             Brad's Testimony

Hello, my name is Brad. My testimony starts out much like Zinc's, I was born into a Christian Family environment, I went to church on Sunday, Vacation Bible School in the Summer, had loving caring Christian Parents, Grandparents, two wonderful Great Grandmothers, and until I was a little over a year old I had one Great Great Grandmother! I grew up in a small southern Indiana town, and it seemed to me as though "everybody" was a Christian!

As I grew though, I found that there was a difference in people, while most said they believed in Jesus, some didn't act like it. I realized that my Dad, who was a "good man", had not yet taken Jesus as his Savior. So I watched and listened to my dad, and found that he knew a lot about living a "Christian" life. So, after years of reading the Bible, and studying it much better than I ever had, my Dad accepted Jesus as his personal Savior. I watched him as he learned to lean on Jesus when his health started to fail, I watch him get angry that he was going to have to sell the business that he and my uncle had worked so hard to build. I watched as he finally smiled and said,"The Lord has always taken care of us and I don't suppose He'll stop now." I watched my Dad lose our house, the one that he had spent the family savings on to rewire and re-plumb, and bring up to code. Yet through it all my Mom and Dad still put their faith in The Lord, went to Church on Sunday, and taught the Churches Youth Group. All the while, "Living their Faith."

I had already taken the Lord as my Savior several years before, and as I was now a teenager, I was voted President of the Youth Group. I had spent a lot of time praying that the Lord would send me a Wife that shared my Christian Values, and one night we invited a smaller Church's Youth Group to join ours and together we would be a group of 12 to 15 kids. That night the Lord gave me the first sight of a beautiful young girl, with long wet hair, wearing a red t-shirt and blue-jeans, that was the first time I ever saw Robin! (My Wife of 33 years now!)

Robin and I talked a lot about what it meant to us to be "Christians", to have a Christ centered Life, and to provide a Christian upbringing for our future Children! (We wanted 3, but were only blessed with 1 girl, Amber! in 1988.) We got married in Church and took our vows before the Lord, October 8th, 1983!

The road has not always been smooth, at 27 I had Thyroid Cancer, at 35 I developed a heart problem, A-Fib., at 47, I got a Gall Stone, which led to the removal of my Gal Bladder, Pancreatitis, Kidney Failure, 3 blood infections and eventually my Pancreous began to be destroyed and they had to partially remove the dead tissue around it. I'm telling you all this because I spent 7 months in the hospital with the Doctors giving my wife the news that I only had a "Very small chance of survival!"

My wife came to visit with me all but 2 or 3 days of this ordeal, while trying to keep our daughter taken care of, and at times splitting her time between hospitals due to her Mom being ill. My Wife held onto her faith through the entire ordeal, and if it hadn't been for Jesus' loving mercy and healing I would not have made it, but Jesus is worthy of the Faith and Trust we put in Him!!

I went through the same loss that my Dad had to go through, I also lost my savings, my house, my ability to work, and had a lot of days that I felt sorry for myself, but Jesus was still there with me through it all! I was so Blessed to have Lived, to have my wife faithfully by my side, to have had such a wonderful example from my parents! That is why I can now, some six years later say with Joy, "The Lord has always taken care of us, and I don't suppose He'll stop now!"

Sorry this is so long, but I could write a book about all of the things the Lord has provided, and it gives me Joy to be a child of the King! Our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ, The Holy Spirit who Works as our Comforter and Healer, and God our Holy Father, who loved us so much that He gave His only Begotten Son to save us from our sin! Thank You Jesus!

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                                                                Jame's Testimony

   I am James, and I am 32 years old. I work on commercial aircraft at the Indianapolis airport. Most of my life I have considered myself a Christian. I'll be the first to admit that I didn't let that interfere with my life though. Don't get me wrong; I was never a bad person. I was just not living anywhere close to the way a Christian should. I went to church as a kid, but as an adult, I went at most a few times a year.

    I spent some time in my youth questioning things and decided that Christianity makes the most sense and seemed to have the most evidence to back it up. I had what I called the fish bowl theory. In this theory, I fully believed in God, that Jesus was the Son of God and God Himself, and that Jesus came down to die for our sins and even my sins specifically. However, I did not believe that He had an active role in our lives. I also believed that prayer didn't matter.

    Over this past year of 2016, I have really felt Gods love, His guidance, and His help in my day to day life. Looking back, I realized that part of my view, in my fish bowl theory, was that after coming to earth, suffering, and dying for our sins, I felt then that God didn’t need to do anything else for us. He had already given us everything, including eternal salvation, so why would he need to do more? Throughout this past year my thoughts have changed. I still do not believe that God has to do anything for us, but I feel and understand now that He loves us so much that even after everything He has given to us, He wants to do more for us because He is gracious, even though we when we are ungrateful. I hope that in reading this you will feel as encouraged as I am every time I think about how much God loves us.    

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Anna’s Testimony

    My name is Anna, I am 76 years old, and I try to be a kind, good hearted person to everybody even when they are not kind to me.  I was saved as an adult.  My friends, Jack and Joann, kept asking my husband, James, and I to go to their church with them.  One Easter we did go to church with them, and continued going to church with them after that.  I watched people go up to pray at the altar at the end of services.  One Sunday when Pastor Jim asked if people wanted prayer, I went up to the altar, and I asked the Lord into my heart.  After that, some Sundays I would walk to the altar with people in the church and pray with them and some Sundays they would walk with me to the altar and pray with me.  When I pray, I just talk to the Lord like he is sitting here with me.  I told the Lord every bad thing I had ever done; I left nothing out.  Some years later my husband died.  Jack and Joann were so good to me and helped me out.  I even gave a testimony in this church and told how Jack and Joann helped me and were so good to me.

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