Bill Harrington

We sometimes, maybe more times than we recall or deserve, receive blessings.

When I was in the Navy school at Balboa Naval Hospital, I dated a young woman. One day I met her 6 month old son, Steve. He had been in foster care for 3 months. His natural father had broken both of his arms and a leg. His smile took my heart. He couldn’t go down to bed at night, he would scream and scream. I had to walk him until he fell asleep.

I ended up marrying that young woman but she wouldn’t let me adopt Steve. His natural father went to prison and was banned from ever seeing his son.

Steve finally settled down and could go to bed. I think the turning point was when he shook his crib so hard that the rail dropped and he ended up on the floor on his back.

A year and a half later my wife decided to leave with another man. She was waitressing and met him there. I was going to lose Steve. I didn’t think I could sink so low.

She called me at work at the Dispensary and said if I wanted Steve I had to pick him up now! I was to be on duty for the next 24 hours. One fellow corpsman, without hesitation, offered to take my duty. I picked Steve up.

My estranged wife saw Steve infrequently. I started the divorce but had to stop because if I divorced her before I adopted him I wouldn’t have any right to him. She did agree to go with me to San Bernadino to adopt Steve. Then I could divorce her. She kept holding Steve over my head if I didn’t do things her way. I was stressed.

I started going to church again. It had been a big part of my life. I thought I should seek counseling. I filled out one of those cards that was in the pew. I did it twice. Someone in the church I didn’t know came up to me one day and said the pastor didn’t see anyone; he just did Sunday services. 

The visitations became less and less frequent. My enlistment was up and I found a job in Pharmaceutical Sales back east. So, I left with Steve and we settled near my parents. I got Steve when he was two and he was almost four when we moved back east. 

I don’t know what would have happened to Steve without him in our lives. It wasn’t easy. He needed counseling. We sent him when he was young. We had him go to church and Sunday school every week. He went to scouts and became an Eagle. He is my son.

I eventually got remarried to a wonderful woman who loved Steve as her own. He was 7 1/2 when we had our first baby. A little girl. My wife used to say we had one homemade and one readymade. 

Sometimes Steve would get a birthday card from his mother, but not always. She called a few times. When he was 10 we agreed to send him out for a visit, the first since he was 3 1/2. Steve called and said he wanted to stay and didn’t love me anymore.

I flew out to pick up Steve. I was conflicted, I prayed and prayed hoping to get some guidance. A good friend was picking me up from the airport, but was also picking up another friend of his, a psychologist for the Minneapolis schools. The drive to San Diego from Las Vegas was very long. I told him my story and said I was going to let Steve make the decision. He laid into me with both barrels, saying that I couldn’t let a 10 year old make that kind of decision. It would mess him up for life! I brought Steve home.

His mother was married again and had one stepchild and one together and one on the way. By the time her youngest was age 3 she left that husband with the 3 children and became a street person on drugs.

I sent Steve out for his graduation present to see his aunt and grandmother. He could see his mother but she lived in a VW van with her current boyfriend. He was to stay two weeks but wanted to come home after one.

I sent him out one last time. He was 22 and his mother had died.

I don’t know what would have happened to Steve without him in our lives. It wasn’t easy. He needed counseling. We sent him when he was young. We had him go to church and Sunday school every week. He went to scouts and became an Eagle. He is my son.

I know it was Divine intervention that brought Steve to me. He has been a blessing in my life. And he has taught me much along the way.

The value of a Christ centered life has never been clearer to me.

More Faith Stories

There are people who sometimes have a stomachache and think it's cancer, they think it is a terminal illness. Sometimes people think there is no solution, but it is only a stomach discomfort. It's something bad that you ate that upset your stomach. It is that people that are losing their faith. They get concerned about so many things. They wake up and see the car with a flat tire, and it is a bad day.

There are more important things we need to learn. We need to seek the Lord, because time is short, time goes by quickly. I've got three children: my first daughter is 25 years old. My son is 21 and my other daughter is 16. I mean, time goes by fast.

This means this is an opportunity for you to devote your heart to Jesus Christ, so that He can save you, so that He can be your guide, so that He can be your path, so that He can be everything in your life. Listen to this message, share it with your family. If you do not have a family do not think you are alone. God is with you wherever you are. God will be with you come what may.

Now, what happened with COVID two years ago was unbelievable. God put us to the test. Many people died, and that's something that's coming ahead. There will be more illnesses, there will be more regulations. But if we keep our faith in God, if we continue to trust in God, He will give us the peace we need, the peace the world needs.

Sometimes in the community, there are a lot of people who are watching their backs. For their own protection they hire bodyguards that watch over them night and day because they feel insecure. But we have God to protect us. Day after day, God protects us. God takes care of us. God gives us strength.

I strongly encourage you, I dare you to seek the Lord. This Why I Love Jesus ministry goes across the globe spreading the word of God, telling the world Jesus Christ is real, He is not dead.

There have been many stories in this world which were looking forward to changing history, but we have this story of faith that we believe, come what may, the Lord will be with us.

So if you have relatives, share this experience with them: brothers, sisters, parents. If your family has never been in contact with Jesus, now is the time for you to tell them to embrace Him, to embrace God. Tell them about the story in the Bible that says there is a man in hell, being burned there, and he would like to have a chance of getting out of there. But unfortunately, he has already lost the opportunity. In other words, there is no way he could leave hell.

And you who are there watching this testimony, this word of the Lord, this is the opportunity that you get. Maybe we don't wake up tomorrow; we don't know what will happen tomorrow.

This is the moment for you to say, "Lord, forgive me. I have failed a lot; I've failed in several things, but I want You to be my Savior, I want You to be my shield, I want You to be my strength, I want You to be everything in my life."

Make your decision. Sometimes in day-to-day life, we make decisions, many of them, but this is the most important decision you should make in your life. That is to devote your life to Jesus Christ, commend your life to Jesus Christ, so that He can be everything in your life. May He be your peace, your strength.

At times, people have enough money in the bank and think with that they will change the world, think that will be their protection. But money is only an ordinary piece of paper. In the end, the paper will run out, the money will run out, but treasures we did will remain when we're in heaven.

So let's make this an invitation. Let's hope this message will reach someone in need of it. So you who are out there, this message is meant for you.

My stepfather was an alcoholic, and we had a difficult life. But God changed us. When I began going to this church in 2000, God changed me. God changes you, and God wants to do great things with your life.

So, I mean, maybe you are also having a hard time with an alcoholic father, an alcoholic mother. Let me tell you, I had bad thoughts in my head about finishing him, killing him, destroying him, so that it all would end. But when I got to the feet of Jesus, when I started going to church, God made changes in me. God makes changes in you. God changes your mind.

When God entered into my life, and I looked at my stepfather again, I saw him in a different way. I held a grudge inside my heart, but nevertheless, God was working on me. God worked on me and gave me peace. I was smart enough not to commit a crime. God showed me the way I should live.

In addition to being at peace with God, He gives you intelligence. God gives you wisdom to be on the side of right every day in our lives.

So, this is an invitation, whether you're a woman, or man, or youth. Young people sometimes make decisions which scar their lives forever. To put it another way, if you are young, make your decision to accept Jesus: don't wait until tomorrow and say, "No, I'd better wait before accepting Jesus Christ, before accepting God in my heart. I've still got a long way to go. I want to live my life, and I want to do things. When I'm older, I'll see whether I change." But we don't know what happens tomorrow, so you should make up your mind today.

I've had some friends who made their decisions too late. I had a friend who said he was going to drink his life away. He was going to drink, that's what he was going to do. He was going to do drugs, to live a totally careless life. He thought he was being cleverer than God. But he wasn't, nobody is smarter than God. At the end of his life he was going to seek God's forgiveness.

Had God been given the opportunity, He would have forgiven him, He would have indeed. But my friend didn't take the trouble to get to that point. He was doing his drugs, drinking and whatnot. Then he grabbed a gun and shot himself in the head.

I mean, we don't know what was the last moment in his life, whether he asked forgiveness or not. We only had the word he killed himself by putting a bullet in his head. Odds are he didn't have the opportunity of begging God's forgiveness, and he lost his life. Or better expressed, do not let the enemy fool you. The enemy hampers your life.

That means to move on and accept Jesus Christ. He is going to give the answers. He is going to give you the peace you need. That's my testimony, and I know this is on behalf of God, so people would turn to Him.

People get lost, people haven't wanted to recognize their faults. God has a plan for your life. That means if He gave you this plan, accept it, accept it. We have free will, people make their own decisions. God has already chosen some individuals. God has predestined people. Whether you are predestined or exercising your free will, make your decision and follow Jesus Christ.

Your life will change, He is going to transform it, and He is going to help you in every way, be it economic, social, psychological, whatever you need, God is going to help you.

Thank you for your time, thank you for this opportunity that God gave me to share my faith. I come from Houston, Texas, but I've been working here in Delaware, and this is an opportunity God has granted me to share good news and continue to spread good news. We're the ambassadors of the word of God. So thank you for this opportunity, and let's move forward with this testimony which is for the benefit of society.

Barb Lambert

Barb Lambert

I wasn’t raised in a church; so I knew nothing about Jesus or God. I did go to Vacation Bible School in the summers and heard and loved the song, “This Little Light of Mine.”