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Tuesday, 02 Jun 2020

Pastor's Testimony

I grew up in my grandfather's church; First Baptist Church of Highland Park. At age nine, I joined church and was baptized. I did so because my mother told me that I could not take communion unless I was baptized.

By the time I reached age 12, I stopped attending church and started hanging in the streets.

A great deal of my pursuit for solace in the streets was the separation of my parents. I was insecure and therefore open to being lead in the wrong direction. Between the ages of 12-15, I lived as far away from the church as possible. During this time of separation from the church I used alcohol, marijuana and hung around with the wrong type of crowd.

Then one day my sister invited me to a revival. I told her that I was not dressed properly to attend. I had plaits in my hair and was wearing jeans. But finally I consented to attend and for the first time I heard a clear and convicting presentation of the gospel of Jesus Christ. It wasn't that the gospel had never been presented to me before, but rather I was spiritually blind and deaf. But that night my blinders were lifted and my hearing restored and I accepted Jesus Christ as my personal savior.

For about a year afterwards, I floundered back and forth in my Christian walk. God then brought me to a point of making a decision, by circumstances. He allowed things to occur in my life that subsequently lead to my selling out to Jesus. When the decision was made real changes started to take place in my behavior. The insecurity that had plagued me seemed to be taken away. I learned that I was somebody in Christ alone; and didn't have to prove myself to anyone. I contribute these changes to a Bible Class I joined and faithfully attended for five years.

The Lord is continuing to provide all I need to navigate through life. I am learning to trust Him no matter what the circumstances. I have now been saved for 23 years. I am active in the ministry, testifying about the provision of God. The word of God lights the pathway of my life and tells me that Jesus will never leave me or forsake me. How's that for security? I also realize that my personal relationship with Jesus Christ and the grace He gives me daily is the impetus behind any past, present or future accomplishments. My aspiration is to be an effective steward of the spiritual gifts that God has given me, in order to fulfill the work of the ministry, in my life.