Tina Sipp

My name is Tina Sipp, and I’m from Spokane, WA.

I actually became a Christian when I was 12 years old. Though we had gone to church services at a military base Chapel, it wasn’t until I was 12 in a small Baptist church that the pastor made it very clear that a decision needed to be made to accept Jesus and to follow Him. It was a very sincere commitment to surrender my life to Jesus when I was 12. I would say I was more compelled to make the decision because I wanted to do the good and right thing, and not so much based on a perceive need for grace. So I made that commitment during a church service. As life has played out, I believe God honored that 12-year-old’s sincere decision.

The church where I became a follower of Jesus continued to invest in my spiritual growth as a young adult. I had great Christian teaching, great Christian role models and mentors – very solid discipleship. I went on to a Christian college where, again, I had great instruction and Christian adults I looked to as examples.

However, in my 20s, I made some poor decisions and chose my own path for a time. This eventually brought me to a place where I was desperate for a clean slate – a new start – and this is when grace met me.

I was so grateful for His gracious forgiveness and this propelled my faith.

In my 30s I would say there was another line drawn in the sand of my commitment to Jesus. I was watching many people get married but I was always going home alone. This hurt became “the thing” that caused me to question God’s goodness and pushed me to a decisive crossroads. Either He was good and deserved the entirety of my life, or He wasn’t and I should just pack my bags and go my own way. God’s patience and grace in walking me through that time ended up becoming a very significant turning point in my faith. I truly believed He was good and could entrust my life to Him, regardless of my outward circumstances. 

During this time I had been serving the Lord through a college campus ministry. Though I hoped I was depositing truth and godly character into the lives of those college students, I’m pretty certain God was using THEM to grow ME. The level of commitment and discipline in their Christian walk within the setting of a large secular university was a beautiful tool the Lord used in my life to further shape my faith.

It was during this time of campus ministry that one of the students introduced me to the African Children’s Choir by taking me to my first concert. Having not ever been particularly drawn to children, I was quite surprised to be so mesmerized by the children on the stage that night. Over the course of the next 15 years in college ministry, I saw the choir a few more times and had the same magnetic draw to them. Just at the time when I knew the season of college ministry was coming to a close, I saw another choir and knew it was time to pursue working with the organization. A year and a half later I was out on the road with my first choir – and that was 19 years ago!

The beauty is that I have now worked with some of those children who were on the stage the night I felt called to serve with this organization. It’s become a full circle, and now here I am on this Ambassador Tour with one of the children that was in my very  first choir.

The Lord has used my time with the choir to continue shaping my faith through the lives of our African brothers and sisters: the way they express themselves, the way they live life, the way they live out their faith, and how they live in community. It has really challenged me. It’s helped me see beyond my Western perspective and culture, and I would say, to live more biblically. 

So, why do I love Jesus? Because God has used so many different things to grow me and to reveal Himself to me over the years. I have seen His commitment to draw that little 12-year-old girl to Himself, to keep me close, to draw me into deeper waters with Him. It’s nice to be in my 60s looking back and seeing how all the pieces have been used to develop a purer love for Him.

My faith is not a “youth group” faith, it’s not my parents faith, it’s not just a part of my church culture. It’s in my heart to love Jesus and to protect and honor His name. I want to make His name glorious. He’s changed me. I’ve seen it and I embrace the coming changes. The future is bright because there’s still so much to learn about Him. I look forward to the process of seeing my heart shaped to be more like Him.

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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.

Bill McQuiston

Bill McQuiston

In May of 1982 Carolyn and I went on a Lutheran Marriage Encounter Weekend. Here was where God opened my eyes and heart to his role in my marriage and life. That weekend changed my relationship with Christ.

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.”