Samuel S

My earliest childhood memories recall living with my grandparents in Kenya. My cousin and I enjoyed working on my grandparents’ farm, which taught me a lot about animals and rural life. I later discovered that my mum had conceived me while attending college and had to leave me in the care of her parents until she graduated.

After my parents graduated from college, we relocated to a different city. I started going to school and making new friends, including a new set of family members – my dad’s extended family. Life was so fun with this new and bigger family. One common activity was that almost everyone went to the same church. It became a Godly beginning as I followed through with my cousins, uncles and aunts.

It turned out that this church is now my local church to this very day. I started going to Sunday school and progressed through every age group level until I joined the youth group. In hindsight I noticed that I went to church as a routine. Everybody was going and I had to join them. I do not regret doing so because the many church activities during my primary school vacations kept me very busy and out of trouble. I surely thank God for this.

At some point I contemplated becoming a bad boy and engaging in sin so that when I got saved, I would have a proper repentance story.

The Godly family that God gave me greatly influenced my character. Everyone contributed in shaping me and teaching me the fear of God. As time went by, God blessed my parents and soon enough I had two siblings. As the first-born son, I had to lead by example, and I made sure we were not late for Sunday school. When I reached high school age, I left my family for the very first time to attend a boarding school. This came as a shock and elicited mixed feelings; how do I suddenly relate to other students who were total strangers? 

Fast forward to a point in my life where I experienced the true meaning of salvation. I joined a community of believers in what is known as the Christian Union. This group organized various meetings and activities that engaged our young lives. The Christion Union patrons and the many ministers of the word of God led me to Christ, and it totally changed my life. I was born again, and my life turned around. 

In this same period, I listened to many confessions as students repented their sins and, for some reason, I thought that I had given God a very easy time in saving me. I even thought that I had not met the threshold that warrants true salvation. At some point I contemplated becoming a bad boy and engaging in sin so that when I got saved, I would have a proper repentance story. I thank God because the devil did not win this battle. I was surrounded with friends and family and there was no chance to deviate and back slide. Over time I have matured in my faith in Christ. I did not waste my life in drugs and unhealthy relationships. My life is a true testimony that God does direct his people. He has been my guide in everything. This day I wish to testify to all those who are still in doubt: there is hope to those who trust in Jesus. Proverbs 3:5-8 tells us how God wants us to live.

Trust in the Lord with all your heart
And do not lean on your own understanding.
 
In all your ways acknowledge Him,
And He will make your paths straight.
 
Do not be wise in your own eyes;
Fear the Lord and turn away from evil.
 
It will be healing to your body
And refreshment to your bones.

God is telling us that he does exist, and he wants us to trust in him. God has laid out great plans for each of us and, if we follow his instructions, we will realize our true purpose in life. God is telling us not to try to figure out everything on our own. We will be faced with many life decisions; however, there is one decision that will stand. God’s character is that of a father of mercy. If we follow our own intellect and wisdom, we will perish. But God has offered to direct our paths.

Search your heart today and pray to God. Ask him to enter your life and guide you and you will never regret, nor lack for God’s blessings.

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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.

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.”