Amazing Grace – My Chains Are Gone!
I worked at Penn State University and noticed a student who was very peaceful, even though some of the other students were laughing at her. I asked her what was her secret. She said that she loved the Lord and that He helps her through her trials. I wanted to know more about that.
I went to my boss who I knew was a Christian and asked her to help me.
After some conversations over several months, she came to my house, prayed with me, and I gave my life to God. I started reading the Bible more and more and found I liked reading the Gospels and learning about the women in the Bible.
There have been times in my life that have been difficult to face. If I hadn’t had my faith in Jesus and His teachings, I would have given up.
My son died at age 28 following a long illness. I was angry, very depressed, and in pain. But at his funeral a sense of calmness came over me. I knew my son was with God and not ill any more. God gave me the strength to carry on with my life.
Over the years, things happened to me – bad things. The only person I trust is Jesus. He helps me to not be afraid. He shows me the way to go. I pray for my family and believe that Jesus, in the fullness of time, will show them the way to Him.
I do not know what Jesus has in store for my future. I do know that I trust Him to lead me where He wants me to go in order to serve Him and share my faith with others.
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We built the first church with great difficulty. We went back to the States and the board asked us to become mission staff with the Outreach Foundation. That was 25 years ago, just about, and we’ve gotten more involved with Kenya as days and years went on.
I am a chef by profession. I’m happy because I do what I love. Now I work at Villadise Tours and Safaris, where I meet so many different people coming from far. Being helpful is just a blessing to other people.
Then God started tugging on my heart. There was a church sermon series that was about taking your God-given dream off the shelf. I was like, “I don’t know what my dream is. God, if you have a dream for me you’re going to have to tell me what it is.”
We attended church but maintained a passive religious life. Our family had been going to church and proclaiming, “Jesus is our Savior and Lord,” with our mouths only. It seemed that my heart was gradually drifting away from God.
So, I just put my faith in Jesus. I trust him and it is my prayer that my children and the entire community will know Jesus because of my faith. Our salvation should not be only our own. We should encourage other people.
I’m no longer worried because I have come to learn that God’s timing is the best. You cannot hurry God. These days, all I do is wait, no matter what, I just wait. I know my time will come and that time is God’s time. So, I keep on waiting for God to do for me wonders.