Wanda Maiden

Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works and glorify your father who is in heaven. (Matthew 5:16)

Our family did go to church. My granny was the driving force behind that. I remember sitting in the pew on Sunday mornings and her feeding me Chiclets so that I’d be quiet. I had a sense that there was a God. I didn’t know to call him God, but I wanted to be in church surrounded by people who knew something I didn’t quite catch yet.

I had a couple of Sunday school teachers that were really awesome. I found out later that it was because they lived their faith daily. It wasn’t enough to go to church on Sunday and become somebody else Monday through Saturday. They lived their faith daily, and that made a big impression on me.

My teenage years got in the way of church and I put God on the back burner. I went about my business doing what teenagers do. That didn’t work out too well for me. I put the cart before the horse and got pregnant.

Then I got married. The pregnancy miscarried, but our young marriage continued.

In June of 1972, over a one month period, my husband graduated from college, our first son was born, and we moved from Virginia to New Jersey. That was a major culture shock. It took us a couple of years to settle in and by then, don’t you know, his work moved us to Delaware.

I realized that I was missing something that had guided my life when I was younger. God was making it clear to me that He didn’t need a personal assistant. That job’s taken; so I don’t get to necessarily put in my two cents.

He’s a good, good God. I’m so grateful He called me by name. It happened one Sunday morning when I had been visiting churches. I went with a friend and at the end of the service they had an altar call. I didn’t know what an altar call was, but it seemed like they were calling my name and I was supposed to go down front.

So I did, and that was the beginning of a new life for me. That’s the only word I can think of. It seems so trite now, but between God, Jesus, and the Holy Spirit, my life rocks! I am so blessed and, although all the pieces haven’t fit together yet how I think they should, I know that God has a plan that’s right for me.

It’s my goal and desire to be able to connect with other women in my church. Maybe that’s a new ministry opportunity for me, I don’t know. I just keep thinking God’s not finished with me yet.

Fast-forward five years. I began working as a preschool teacher – a job that continued for 17 years. I spent my days with three and four-year-old children. It was a blast. When I retired, I had the freedom to spend time with my parents in Virginia. When my mom got sick, I could be there and hold her hand in her final days.

A few years later in 2014 my dad was diagnosed with kidney cancer. I spent the summer alongside him as he told me funny stories about growing up on a farm in Virginia. In spite of the sadness, it was how it was supposed to be. That’s okay with me.

Now I’m at the stage in life where I’m closer to the end than the beginning. So I’d better pay attention. There might be some good stuff I don’t want to miss.

At the core of who I am, God has planted seeds of faith; so it’s always been easy for me to believe. Nobody else in my immediate family seemed interested in having a relationship with God, but they know who to call when they need prayer. I do a lot of praying.

Most recently, issues with my health have come up that have been totally bizarre. Yet I know that God’s going to use those issues to move me closer to Him and maybe those that I love as well.

A couple of years ago doctors discovered I had a growth on my kidney six centimeters long. That’s kind of big. The first doctor that I saw wanted to remove my kidney. Well hello, I’d kind of grown attached to it. So I got a second opinion. That doctor said we should wait and seeing what happened next. Don’t you know that within three months that six-centimeter growth was gone! It just went away.

This past year I found a black dot on my thumbnail that  looked like a pencil point. Nothing much to it. Then it became an abrasion at the end of my nail. My doctor referred me to an orthopedic surgeon who found it to be malignant skin cancer.

The treatment plan was amputation down to the first knuckle. I don’t like the word, “amputation;” so I call it “shortening.” I’m learning to live with a shorter thumb. Though there are times of frustration, I can still move it, groove it, and it gives me a really good topic of conversation – as though I were short on words.

Something interesting with this thumb issue is that my husband has been toting me around to many doctor appointments. I’ve enjoyed a life of extreme health, but every week has been at least one doctor’s appointment, and he has stepped up to help me.

We’ve been married for 52 years and I’m very grateful for the ways that he has come alongside and loved me. Both of us heard the words, malignant Melanoma, at the same time. We looked at each other: no tears, no outward expression of shock and awe, just a coming alongside each other. It’s been good for me to let him help me. I’ve been quite an independent person.

My current church is an interesting place. We’ve been working together at being a church for over 20 years. We’re just now about to move into a real church building. We started in a person’s home, then moved to the Senior Center. We bought some property that didn’t work out, and most recently we’ve been meeting at a movie theater.

Up until last week, that was a grand idea, but last week the movie started playing in the middle of our service, and that created some chaos. The sooner we get into that building of our own, the better things are going to be. We’re excited.

When anybody asked me for a little tip or advice, I say that it always goes back to Jesus. As a young mom when my baby boy was born and we moved to New Jersey, I felt so alone. All my friends and tightly-knit family were 200 of miles away. No Mom, no Granny to help me.

That created quite a struggle in my mind, and that’s when I found Jesus. Since that time I’ve had the opportunity to share with other women that Jesus is all we need. Surrendering to him doesn’t mean giving up who I am. It means embracing who He is and inviting Him to be a part of my life.

It’s my goal and desire to be able to connect with other women in my church. Maybe that’s a new ministry opportunity for me, I don’t know. I just keep thinking God’s not finished with me yet.

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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.”