I grew up attending church regularly and heard the gospel proclaimed on a consistent basis. At around eight years old I began to realize my sinfulness and need for a Savior. I responded to an invitation to receive Christ at a VBS service, though in hindsight there was no true saving faith in my life as a result. My heart was akin to the first kind of soil Christ describes in His parable of the sower – His word was snatched away before given time to take root. It was not until a few years later that I came to realize that true saving faith is accompanied by the fruit of a changed life. After hearing a pastor’s clear explanation of repentance, I came to understand I had not yet done so. That evening I called upon the Lord, and committed to submit my life to Him. And the Lord gave me new life indeed. Those commands of His which I once despised to obey – telling the truth, obeying one’s parents, loving Him with all of one’s heart, mind, soul, and strength – I suddenly found a joy to obey. Through His cross and resurrection, He has made me new and is making me more and more like Himself everyday. I am now His servant, living to honor Him and bring glory to His name.
Anny Grace’s Testimony
I grew up in a Christian household. My mom took me to church regularly from a young age. I didn’t understand the gospel, but I enjoyed church for the juice and cookies in Sunday School. As I came into my teenage years, I stopped going to church. Most of the people at our church were much older than me and I thought it was boring. I got a series of jobs that required me to work on Sundays and didn’t go to church for many years. One day a foreigner named Austin came into my stationary store. He was a teacher and occasionally came by the store for supplies. I had never spoken to a foreigner before, but thinking that all Americans must be Christians, one day I showed him some bookmarks with Chinese Bible verses on them. He asked me if I was a Christian, and I said I wasn’t sure. So when he found out I hadn’t been attending church, he asked me to come with him. Over the next couple of months I started to getting back into church and Bible studies regularly. At about that time, I began struggling with some issues in my family. The Lord used those struggles to drive me to my knees in prayer and completely trust Him. Since then I have a desire for God’s Word that I never had before. I desire to grow daily in my relationship with Him.
The Lord has blessed us with an awesome son named Abraham. We pray that the Lord would use his life for His honor and glory. Parenthood is such a joy!