I am not sure where to begin, because I have loved and known Jesus since age three. I believe and know that He has guided my life. Although things haven’t always gone the way I wanted them to, I do know that God has a plan for my life and directs me to do what is good for me.
My father died when I was only one year old. I did not know him. When I was three, I told my mother she needed to get a baby from the hospital. Our neighbor had brought hers home from the hospital, and I thought people went there to get babies. My mother told me that a baby is a gift from God. I asked how do we make God know we want a baby and she said that we ask God through prayers. I prayed every night. I never missed a day of church. My mother did not have the baby I had been praying for, but I began to understand that God had been providing other things for us.
When I was 15 years old, I went to church every day and listened to the sermons. I had to pay attention because the sermon was not just for me, but it was also for half the people in my African village. The closest church to us was four miles away. The older villagers could not trek that long. Returning home from church, I would stop at three to five compounds to retell the sermon.
My mother did not have the baby I had been praying for, but I began to understand that God had been providing other things for us.
One day I went to the principal of the high school and asked him if we could use one of the classrooms as a church. He was Presbyterian and he accepted. Another friend and I went to the presbytery, and they approved the church, but told us there was no pastor. We ran the church in the classroom for two years with a visiting pastor. It was close enough for all the villagers to attend. Today, there is a church on its own in this village with a full-time pastor. Praise the Lord.
At age 19, I graduated from high school and was planning to continue my studies in the United States. As an international student, I was to travel before Christmas of 1988. I prepared to pick up a form from the school which the embassy needed before my visa could be issued. The school was contacted and the form was sent via DHL carrier.
Cameroon does not have home addresses for their mailing system. Instead, the form I needed was to be delivered to a family friend named Mary at her work address. In the office where Mary worked was also a coworker named Marie. On Friday December 15th, The person delivering my form went to the office and asked for Mary. A co-worker pointed to the office of Marie, who had left town for Christmas vacation. The delivery person slipped the form under Marie’s locked office door. By Monday, I had not received the form, and had DHL track the mail to the locked office. My travel date of December 20 passed before we could get in contact with Marie. I was very upset with DHL.
This connecting flight was Pan Am 103, the airplane that was blown up by terrorists over Lockerbie, Scotland. The Lord was the one who, through DHL, delivered that mail to Marie instead of Mary.
Later I learned the horrible news. Because I missed my scheduled flight from Cameroon to Heathrow airport in London, I also missed my connecting flight from Heathrow to the United States on December 21, 1988. This connecting flight was Pan Am 103, the airplane that was blown up by terrorists over Lockerbie, Scotland. The Lord was the one who, through DHL, delivered that mail to Marie instead of Mary.
When I finally arrived in America, I attended Bowie State University in Maryland. My first day on campus, I had no money. I needed to get back to my house but did not have any dollars on me. The language was a barrier. I sat in one building wondering how I would get home. Finally, I decided to go to another building, and instead of walking on the sidewalk, I walked across the grass. Lying on the ground was a 10-dollar bill. I stood there prayed and thanked the Lord for providing my way home.
I love Jesus because he has shown me in several ways that he is alive, is with me, and continues to protect me.
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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.
I remember an incident when the Lord rescued me from a person who intended to do me harm. God’s protection was a miracle in my life!
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.”
I went into the ocean and was immediately swept off my feet by a riptide. There was nothing in the water for me to float on, and I was running out of energy. I asked God if this was how I was going to die.
My faith grew to have a focus on trusting in God’s word as assurance. To believe his promises are true. We experienced the faithfulness of the God who called us in many, many ways. In addition to joyous times, we faced grief and pain.
A child evangelist came to my church and, while performing some magic trick, made it very clear that Jesus loved us so much that He could take away the guilt I felt from my stubborn, rebellious ways.
In my job as a Maryland State Trooper, I asked God to guide me to those abusing alcohol and drugs. I prayed for guidance and protection for all of them.