Testimony of Salvation
I grew up in a Christian home where I went to church and heard the gospel for my entire life, yet it was not until I was thirteen I realized my need for the Lord Jesus Christ as my personal Savior. On May 24th, 2009, I accepted Jesus Christ as my Lord and Savior.
At the age of fourteen, I got involved in my local church ministries. I was mentoring younger teens in the sound ministry, sang in the youth and adult choirs, and taught in children's church. Then the LORD opened up an opportunity for me to travel with evangelist Jerry Purtell with Child Evangelism Fellowship. For Four years I learned from him and preached the gospel under his supervision. One year we preached the gospel to over 15,000 people all over the US and in Jamaica. On one occasion he had to leave due to his mother’s health. That day I had the opportunity to preach from 11 am to 11 pm, and it was one of the greatest experiences of my life!
Just before I turned eighteen, I was asking God where He would have me to go to receive further training for the ministry. He sent a missionary to my church with Vision Baptist Missions named Paul Taube, who encouraged me to go to the Our Generation Training Center (OGTC) which I had been praying about, and the LORD used him to confirm it. I trained at the OGTC for 3 ½ years and took a six-month internship to South Africa. There I had the opportunity to learn some of the language, adapt to the culture, and study ministry under Bro. Mark. Upon returning to the U.S. the LORD began to press upon my heart the country of Indonesia.
I had an older brother named Owen who was going to be a missionary but the LORD called him home, in July of 2009, before he had a chance to finish Bible college. At his funeral, I stood at the foot of his grave and told God that if He would have me, I would be willing to be a missionary. As life continued, I had begun to follow my own path of pursuits in life doing what I wanted to do. One day, when I was about fifteen while reading my Bible I read Ecclesiastes 12:13 “Let us hear the conclusion of the whole matter: Fear God, and keep His commandments: for this is the whole duty of man.” As I closed my Bible I said, “If I really believe the Bible, this changes everything.”