"The Spirit of the Lord GOD is upon me; because the LORD hath anointed me to preach good tidings unto the meek; he hath sent me to bind up the brokenhearted, to proclaim liberty to the captives , and the opening of the prison to them that are bound; To proclaim the acceptable year of the LORD, and the day of vengeance of our God; to comfort all that mourn; To appoint unto them that mourn in Zion, to give unto them beauty for ashes, the oil of joy for mourning, the garment of praise for the spirit of heaviness; that they might be called trees of righteousness, the planting of the LORD, that he might be glorified." — Isaiah 61:1-4 KJV
"And they overcame him by the blood of the Lamb, and by the word of their testimony; and they loved not their lives unto the death."
— Revelation 12:11 KJV
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How to write, print and publish your own personal testimony. By Claire Gallegos
Topic: Anything that the Lord has done in your life. Every Christian has a testimony. It can be about your own salvation experience, healing, family salvation, reconciliation of relationships, victory after a loss of a loved one, deliverance from drugs, depression or fear and many others. The topics are countless—the message the same: JESUS, our Redeemer, our Salvation, our Everything, the same yesterday, today and forever!!!
Rev 12:10-11 They overcame him (the enemy) by the blood of the Lamb and by the word of their testimony; they did not love their lives so much as to shrink from death. Psalm 22:3 God inhabits the praises of His people. Acts 1:8.
I. Some guidelines—(please use our testimony leaflets as examples):
Start with a word or a theme. Start writing asking for God’s direction.
Keep the testimony to around 1000 words preferably no more than 1250 words. Word Program counts your words for you.
Use words that a 12 year-old child can understand.
Avoid teaching or preaching.
Avoid words or terms only Christians understand such as "God spoke to me" or "that witnessed to my Spirit" or "plead the blood".
Avoid unusual spellings that will confuse the reader like L-rd or G-d.
Avoid graphic details if you were heavily involved in sin.
II. Components of a testimony leaflet.
Stay with one theme– a brief story of what happened.
What was going on in your life?
How did God come on the scene?
How were you changed, or your family changed?
What were the changes?
Was there a scripture or song that ministered to you the most?
You should be able to read your testimony in 3 to 7 minutes and it should be written the same way. We call it an "elevator pitch"—you should be able to say your testimony from the first to the 22nd floor—slow elevator.
Close with a few (3 or 4) but not too many Scriptures related to salvation and a prayer of repentance and total surrender to the Lord.
Use a favorite picture on your testimony leaflet and high-quality paper (preferably 80 to 100 lb glossy paper—I prefer color) to print your leaflet.
Put your church info address/phone on the back if approved by Pastor.
Or include your personal info or ministry but NOT your home address or home phone number—an email address is preferred.
For leaflets to look professional use a Printing Co: Pricing comparisons available upon request.
For further assistance, or if you have any questions that I can help answer, please do not hesitate to contact me (choose "share my story") on our contact form.
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This incredible organization is one that I am actively a part of - their byline is
"PRAYER AND ACTION FOR THE TRANSFORMATION OF SAN ANTONIO"
Apostles Rune & Berta Brännström are a covering for this ministry and we are
truly blessed by God for this divine connection!
Sharing the Love of God Through The Word,Testimony and Song...
This has been the heart of 4-Given Ministries since it began, and they
come alongside of other ministries as well to help further the Kingdom of God!
Ignite the Fire's vision is exactly that! We believe God has ACTIVATED US to IGNITE THE FIRE in one another!
Here's our purpose!
Unite the Body of Christ with one purpose - The Great Commission. Get people saved, healed and delivered!
We want to activate the gifts of the Holy Spirit
Share what the Lord has done in, for and through us!
When Claire was only seven years old, the American refugee ship she was on finally docked in New York harbor. The family of four had traveled many years escaping from Budapest, Hungary to get to America after spending six years in Displaced Persons camps in Germany. God had a plan where Claire would discover how much He loved her.
Twenty-seven years later, a potential door-to-door insurance customer obeyed the Lord to share his love of Jesus. Instead of her selling this man insurance, she received assurance of Jesus Christ as her personal Lord and Savior. Nothing would ever be the same! She instantly ended relationships, stopped drinking and drugging, pursued God and then told everyone who would listen what God had done for her.
Claire has worked in publishing, sales and ministry. She worked as a Telemarketing Trainer & QA Manager for an international CPA firm in Dallas and San Antonio for eleven years. From 2004 to 2014 she was President and CEO of Executive TeleConnections her own home-based consulting and business-to-business telemarketing company.
Claire had served as the Director of San Antonio Flame Fellowship, an International ministry, based in the Dallas area. She now leads Ignite the Fire Ministry, which has enabled her to fulfill her God-given passion to encourage men and women to rise higher in life, to become all that God says they are.
In 2010 Claire co-hosted a weekly Radio Program Called "What's God Up to?” with Sharon Zuscar Marek. Pastor Mark Longoria was the Station Manager. After a few months it was discontinued when the station changed it’s venue excluding Christian talk shows.
The Lord has taught Claire how to live a daily lifestyle of evangelism and she teaches others to do the same. After several years of having one divine encounter after another God led her to write, print and distribute her testimony in a tract-like format.
Claire has been married for sixteen years to her beloved husband Steve Gallegos.
They have served together in ministry
On-fire, excited, effervescent and full of joy, Claire encourages, exhorts, moves in the prophetic, ministers through words of knowledge and re-ignites a spiritual fire that might have dimmed somewhere along the way. Claire is contagious with the Love of God and you will never be the same!
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Sharon Merek - Speaking at SSAH God Encounter Gathering
Speaking at SSAH God Encounter Gathering — Sharon Merek - Ignite the Fire
Strong in the Lord!
Preaching at Kings Mission Fellowship 8-20-17 — Claire Gallegos - Ignite the Fire
Urban Missionaries Radio Broadcast — two powerful and exciting segments with Ministry partners Claire Gallegos and Sharon Marek.
Ignite the Fire Ministry 2017 part 1 — Claire Gallegos and Sharon Marek
Ignite the Fire Ministry 2017 part 2 — Claire Gallegos and Sharon Marek
Here is an audio from Ignite The Fire... enjoy and be blessed!
South San Antonio Aglow meeting 9-13-16 — Claire Gallegos - Ignite the Fire
Dynamic Testimony shared at the God Encounter Gathering on August 9th, 2016 (an answer to a 38 year prayer)
May 1, 2016 "Walking With God in the Spirit... What's it all about, Clairsy?"
Message shared at The Kings Mission Fellowship Apostolic Center.
What's It All About, Clairsy? — Claire Gallegos
October 2015 & rebroadcast January 2016
Recent Interview on KDRY 1100 am Radio — "Urban Missionaries"
UM 10-11-15 Claire Gallegos pt1 — Ignite The Fire Ministry
UM 10-18-15 Claire Gallegos pt2 — Ignite The Fire Ministry
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I had made tons of mistakes and certainly knew I was a sinner. I had married and divorced. I had money and lost it. I had relationships and disposed of them. I even had a woman in a 7-11 store tell me “you ought to try Jesus – he’ll take the hate away”. Was I too bad to be saved? I was brought up in a denominational church, and I imagined God millions of miles away keeping count of all the things I was doing wrong. Once a week I would confess my sins in a confessional, say my fifty prayers, and head out the door to start sinning all over again. I needed help.
This Can’t Be All There Is To Life!
By the age of 34 my constant thought was “this can’t be all there is to life” as I was drowning in misery. All my resentments and hurts over the years had left a massive empty hole in my heart. Yet, I was a great salesman. And, for three months I sold an insurance policy door to door in Annapolis, Maryland. During one week ALL the homes I visited contained posters and pictures that said things like “God loves you” and “Jesus Saves”. Normally a turn off, I was totally drawn to these loving people. I told them there was something special about them, but they never told me what those phrases meant! But that was normal because the people I knew didn’t talk about God or their faith – it was a “personal thing”.
Then Wayne M., who was visiting his aunt and uncle in Annapolis that day, opened the door. I gave them my pitch, but they weren’t interested in what I was selling. Instead, Wayne gave me the “sales presentation” of a lifetime that would forever change my life. He said “If I were to sell you something, but it didn’t cost you anything, would you at least listen?” I was excited and afraid all at the same time as I said “yes”. He asked me if I knew what it meant to be “saved” or to “go to Heaven”. I told him that I had a recurring dream that I was in a car accident and would start a prayer asking for forgiveness but always died before I completed the prayer. I feared I wasn’t right with God, and that I would go to Hell. Wayne assured me that we can’t be good enough or “work” our way into Heaven, which is why Jesus died for us. He told me that God loved me just as I was, that Jesus wanted to have a personal relationship with me. And I could be ASSURED that I WOULD go to Heaven!
Wayne shared the scriptures Romans 3:23“For all have sinned; all fall short of God’s glorious standard.” I certainly knew that was true for me – I knew I was a sinner! He also quoted John 3:16“For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life.” and Romans 10:9-10“If you openly say, “Jesus is Lord” and believe in your heart that God raised him from death, you will be saved. Yes, we believe in Jesus deep in our hearts, and so we are made right with God. And we openly say that we believe in him, and so we are saved."
I knew he was telling me the truth, so I asked him what I needed to do – go through a ceremony? He shared that when I accepted Jesus through a heartfelt prayer, I wasn’t joining his church, that every one could have a personal relationship with Jesus Christ. When I prayed with him, I burst into sobbing tears, and then I jumped out of my seat laughing and dancing. I told Wayne “THIS is what I’ve been looking for ALL MY LIFE!”
I felt so cleansed like a new baby, and instantly I wanted to stop what displeased God even though Wayne didn’t tell me to. I cleaned up my vocabulary, changed my lifestyle and clothes and even poured out all my alcohol. The change was so radical my friends called me crazy. I moved out of those unhealthy relationships and quit my unethical job. I joined a strong Bible believing church and read my new Bible every day. With each change Jesus filled that space with His love. My heart was miraculously alive!
What About Me?
If you are wondering if God can miraculously change your life like He did for me – the answer is YES! Jesus really did die for your sins so that you could walk away from the shame and guilt so prevalent in this world. Ever since my salvation experience in 1978, people have been awestruck when I shared my overnight miracle story. And, as a result, many have given their hearts to Jesus and dedicated their lives to God. Then the Lord prompted me to write and print my story and I’ve been handing it out since 2005. It has been astounding to see where God has taken my story.
Then I had a brainstorm. Why not help others write and hand out their story of God’s amazing life-changing power – how they too were transformed by God’s power. Sharon, my prayer partner, wrote about being healed of Hepatitis C – considered a death sentence diagnosis. She gives all the glory to God. Next Wanda wrote about Courtney her 16-year-old daughter’s final journey of cancer where she didn’t complain, cry or lose faith. “Don’t worry about me”, Courtney said. “I’ll either be healed here on Earth or in Heaven. And, when I get to Heaven I’ll be feeling sorry for you ‘cause I’ll be with Jesus”. What a miracle child! Pam wrote her story about being left to her own devices as her parents got divorced. At 18, in a horrible relationship, she suddenly joined the Army. That first day she was given a Bible, accepted Jesus at the evening church service and everything changed in her life. Nothing is accidental in these stories.
If anyone thinks they haven’t sinned the Bible says that ALL have sinned and fallen short of the Glory of God (Rom. 3:23). But, on the other hand, if someone thinks they are too bad for God to save see David Berkowitz (called “Son of Sam”) on YouTube. In 1975 he killed 6 people and wounded several others. As a Satanist he felt no regret or shame for killing. But then David asked God to forgive him and save his soul, he accepted Jesus in his heart. David has been 100% transformed by God’s miracle working power. Although a prisoner, his heart is free and he is assured of going to Heaven when he dies! He now has a powerful ministry in prison. What a miracle!
Jesus loves you just as you are and died for you. If you want to turn your life over to God and accept Jesus as your Lord and Savior, say this prayer with sincerity and you will be saved:
“Father God, thank you for sending your son, Jesus, to die on the cross for my sins. I believe that He rose again on the third day and sits at your right hand Jesus come into my heart, forgive me because I know that I am a sinner, wash away all my sins and make me a new creature so that I can follow you Jesus as my Lord and Savior the rest of my life. Thank you for the assurance of my salvation and that I will spend eternity in Heaven with You. In Jesus’ name. Amen.”
If you have responded to this prayer I would love to hear your story, help you in your walk with the Lord or pray for you. Contact me:
“God if you’re real change my life”, that was my prayer, simple and to the point. At 18 years old my life didn’t appear all that tragic. I had grown up in a loving family, with a very strong “work ethic” but not much training regarding moral character or healthy relationships. I was living with a young man who was ambitious regarding local politics and he wanted to marry me. I was even attending a local college and working in the strawberry fields during my summer break. However, the truth was my parents had divorced when I was 16 and they were both dating and trying to start new lives without their children. I knew I was on my own. I didn’t want to marry the young man who was paying my rent. I didn’t want to go to college and was failing miserably. My income barely covered my utilities and car insurance. I knew I would marry this young man purely out of obligation and for survival.
I wasn’t raised going to church or reading the bible. I had attended a few summer bible camps as a kid. There I sat in front of a mirror taking stock of my life and saw myself trapped in an undesirable marriage if I stayed on this path. I was afraid and began to weep, I cried my simple prayer, “God if you’re real change my life.” No details; no plan of my own, only a realization that this was not the life I wanted.
A Crazy Idea
The very same week I got a bright idea to join the Army. This idea had never crossed my mind before! There was no one in my family who had a career in the military. My older brother had joined the Marines but was glad to get out as soon as he could. So I called my best friend who lived over a hundred miles away. She was alarmed and thought it was a crazy idea! That very same day she got on a greyhound bus to visit me. After she arrived we sat up all night drinking coffee at a restaurant talking about me joining the Army. The next morning we both went to a local recruitment office and both enlisted under the “buddy program”.
A few months later we flew to the Army Training Base at Ft Jackson, South Carolina. We arrived on a Friday and received our issue of clothing and bedding and were marched to our barracks, and then released for the weekend. All the new recruits were encouraged to attend Sunday church services so my friend and I attended the morning and evening services since there wasn’t anything else to do. The evening fellowship service was a small group of maybe 20 or so. We sat in the back listening to these recruits talking about Jesus and how much they loved Him. All of a sudden I hear someone say “I answered your prayer.” I looked around but no one was there. Suddenly I remembered how less than three months earlier I had called to God to change my life. Here I was starting a new life in the Army, was it God? Had He heard and answered my simple prayer? I began to cry uncontrollably and found myself in front of this group telling them I wanted to know Jesus. When I looked around me I realized that my girlfriend had come up front with me. The next day we were both baptized. My life was truly changed forever.
I LOVE MY LIFE
That was many years ago. I retired after 24 years of Army service. I married a God-loving man who rocks my world and we raised two God-loving sons. Both sons are married to the ladies of their dreams and have made me a happy Grandmother 6 times going on 7. I have been a bible teacher for over 35 years. I LOVE MY LIFE.
How do you explain what happened to me? Where did the idea of joining the Army come from? Why did my best friend who came to talk me out of going into the Army also join? Why did we go to that meeting that night? Did God do all this? After my water baptism I wanted to know this God who answers prayers. I was hungry for the truth, I was like a sponge.
The Army issued all recruits a small bible that fits in your pocket. I carried that bible with me at all times, during smoke breaks and meals I read the bible constantly. I read amazing things about God like “call on me in your day of trouble and I will answer you” (Psalm 91:15), “my ear is not dull that I cannot hear you, my arm is not short that I cannot reach you” (Isaiah 59:1), “you have not because you ask not” (James 4:2), “I know how to give good things to you, if you ask for bread will I give you a rock, or if you ask for a ﬁsh will I give you a serpent?” (Matthew 7:9) Maybe you’ve heard these words before or maybe this is all new to you. I discovered that our Creator Father God loves with an unconditional love that begins with Him not us. When I discovered this verse in the bible “For I know the plans I have for you," says the LORD. "They are plans for good and not for disaster, to give you a future and a hope.”(Jeremiah 29:11-14). I knew it had been God who had answered my prayer. I knew then He was just waiting for me to acknowledge Him. He had already sent His Son Jesus to make a way for us to be in a Father/Child relationship, I just needed to believe. Today I am a Believer; do you want to know the truth so you can be a Believer too?
God says if you draw near to Him that He will draw near to you. Do it now, tell Him you need Him and want to be in relationship with Him. He is real and He is waiting for you. He not only wants to show you His plan for you in this lifetime but in His eternal kingdom as well. Seek Him while He may be found, don’t wait. Find a church or group that believes the bible and teaches how to live an abundant life pleasing to God.
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My life had no meaning! I was searching for something to believe in, something true and good! Life just did not seem to have any purpose beyond getting an education and eventually making a good living. The void that had begun in my heart as a teenager continued to deepen. Something inside me said, “there has to be more to life!” AND THEN, in the summer of 1974 when I was 24 years old, the MIRACULOUS HAPPENED that FOREVER CHANGED MY LIFE!
During that summer of 1974, I was a graduate student at the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor. Born in 1950 I was part of the “baby boomer” generation. One of my favorite singers during this time was Joan Baez who sang “Blowing in the Wind”. It seemed to describe how fleeting the answer to life was. The mentality was “if it feels good do it; if it’s true for you, believe it”
The spiritual void within me caused me to become a fervent seeker of the supernatural. Bulletin boards in the student union posted invitations to seminars introducing New Age practices. My friends and I dabbled in different ones and, in ignorance, we tapped into some very dark forces. Even though there was a certain amount of fear involved, there was also a fascination that eventually led me to take part in Transcendental Meditation (TM). TM promised inner peace and wisdom but after nine months of TM, I attained neither. The emptiness in my soul became even more painful to bear!
Many young people (sometimes called hippies) were rebelling against the establishment, dressing in counterculture fashion (burning their bras), experimenting with drugs, free sex, and music that expressed a disregard for restraints, a disdain for moral principles and a rejection of everything the “American dream” stood for. This chaos and confusion was the back drop to what would prove to be the most radical life-changing experience of my life, which happened, to my astonishment, at a football stadium at Notre Dame University.
In July of 1974 I met a young woman on campus and accepted her invitation that marked the turning point of my existence on earth! She invited me to a Catholic Charismatic conference that would take place at Notre Dame University’s football stadium where 30,000 people from all over the world gathered to worship God. As a child, I had experienced some religious practices, but nothing had prepared me for what I was about to experience at this event.
The stadium was packed with people from all over the United States as well as South and Central America, Europe and even Asia. As the musicians played the most powerful heavenly music, the people stood up with faces to the sky and sang from their hearts to the God they loved. Although I was not yet in the same place spiritually, my heart was so stirred that hot tears began to roll down my face. Never before had I experienced such unity among people of every race and tongue. Before the weekend was over, my experience was taken to another level when I witnessed undeniable healings and miracles. One blind woman received her sight, some in wheel chairs got up and walked, and the deaf began to hear.
Then the grand finale happened on the last day. I spent the night in my friend's home and woke up to the sound of thunder followed by a torrential downpour. I asked my friend if the conference would be cancelled since there was no roof covering the stadium. She said, “No! You’ll see; nothing is going to hold the people back!” She was right! The people filled the stadium and sat in the rain until a booming voice was heard from the loudspeakers saying, “Brothers and sisters, let us stand up and pray in one accord that the Lord will stop the rain so we can continue the conference.” Everyone stood without hesitation and with lifted hands began to pray—all except for me. I sat in total wonder at the child-like faith of 30,000 people. What I witnessed in the following minutes is forever etched in my memory and heart. As I gazed up at the dark sky, the rain subsided, the clouds parted and the sun came beaming into the center of the stadium! Thirty thousand people went wild with joy!
That week-end all the false New Age beliefs were washed away with the rain. For the first time in my life I came to understand that God was REAL and that He was perfect in love and unlimited power; that He loved me so much that He was willing to give His only Son to die a cruel death on a cross so that I could be forgiven. His death and resurrection had made it possible for me to receive the gift of eternal life in Heaven! (John 3:16) The emptiness I had felt for so long was now filled with the only thing that could ever satisfy my soul—God Himself!
On July 16, 1974, I surrendered my heart to the Lord Jesus Christ and began the most amazing journey of my New Life! As I read the Bible and experienced God’s presence, I began to experience that God knew me and loved me personally and that He had a unique purpose for my life. (Jeremiah 29:11) My journey has included 27 years of marriage to a wonderful man of God from Sweden, ten years of life in Europe and a ministry as a missionary and as a pastor. My life has not been without its challenges but the deep joy and the peace of knowing that nothing can separate me from God's love gives me strength for each day.
What About You? If you are tired or discouraged with your life and with the consequences of the choices you have made along the way, today can be the day of a major turn-around for you. Jesus said: "For God did not send His Son into the world to condemn the world but that the world through Him might be saved." (John 3:17) The Lord loves you right where you are and He longs to bring forgiveness and a new life of purpose and meaning to you if you will only ask. A new life is just a prayer away. Would you pray the following prayer and open your heart to Jesus!
"Heavenly Father, thank you for loving me so much that you were willing to send your Son Jesus Christ to take the punishment that I deserved for my sins. I ask for Your forgiveness for all my sins and for the many wrong choices I have made. I come to You in my brokenness and I open my heart to You this day. Cleanse me of all my guilt and shame and give me the gift of a new life. Lead me in Your truth and show me the path You have for me. From this day forward my life is in your hands. In Jesus' Name. Amen"
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Can something glistening in the grass on the side of the road prosper a family of nine? Can a poor, uneducated black man from the wrong side of town become an Entrepreneur and the owner of six businesses? The ASTOUNDING answer is YES!! I can verify today that with God all things are possible!
What Can I Do?
At the age of 30 I lost my job as a produce truck driver after getting into an argument with my boss. My wife Debra and I had 7 children, a total of 9 mouths to feed and I always knew I must provide for my family. Even when I was an alcoholic, definitely not walking in God’s ways, I was always thinking of how to make more money - I had a very strong work ethic. Many times I rummaged through trash to find things to resell and was constantly trying to figure out how to make extra money.
My Own Business?
Now I lost my job! I had been sober since I was 28 after my wife Debra prayed and fasted with many other ladies for my life to be miraculously transformed. I finally turned my life over to Jesus Christ as my Lord and Savior. And I knew the Lord had the answer for my job and income dilemma. I prayed fervently as I drove down the highway “ God, what can I do to provide for my family?” and then I said “Lord, I want my own business!”
Inventory From the Side of the Road!
That very same hour, as I was praying, I hit a major pothole while driving my used Cadillac and off flew my two left hubcaps. I stopped to pick them up and I saw many hubcaps glistening in the grass and then a major lightbulb went off in my head! I knew that it was a GOD idea to start a hubcap business!!! The miracle happened! Without any money, and without needing to lay out any cash I started collecting hubcaps near where I lived in Maryland right outside the DC area. Sometimes in a couple of days I picked up 400 to 900 hubcaps. What an idea! Inventory for my first business came from the side of the road.
As only with God, I prospered immediately. When I had enough money, I bought an old school bus that I painted blue and silver. I attached hubcaps all around and on the top I painted “Reggie’s Hubcaps” and the words “Jehovah Jireh, My Provider”. I babysat many ‘productive’ potholes overnight and learned the hubcap business inside and out. I had a PhD in hubcaps! I could even identify a hubcap in the dark solely by touch. I seldom dealt with individuals selling me hubcaps because I never wanted to risk buying stolen goods.
Newspaper editors were enthralled by the miracle success story of “Reggie’s Hubcaps” and how I dedicated it to God. From 1981 to 1985 I was interviewed by many major newspapers from The Wall Street Journal and The Washington Post to several local papers in some cases with full page spreads. Of course all that publicity increased my business substantially.
An Entrepreneur with Six Businesses?
All these papers referred to me as an "Entrepreneur". God enabled me to prosper in other ways by opening six businesses in total in 26 years. These businesses enabled us not only to support our family and donate to many ministries, but we were also able to share about God and His miracle working power. Many people gave their hearts to the Lord or rekindled their relationship with God! I remind myself that these were God’s businesses and my wife and I continually give God all the Glory for our success in every area of our lives!
I have learned through the years that prayer works and God is truly my provider. He can lead us out of seemingly impossible situations. Proverbs 3:5-6 says “Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding. In all your ways acknowledge Him and He will direct your path”. After praying for direction I knew that I needed to close my 6 businesses in Maryland and a few years ago we relocated to North Carolina. I wasn’t sure exactly what we would be doing but I knew we would be in full-time ministry.
The details are too numerous to cover in my short story but God directed us to start a ministry called ASK Outreach based on Matthew 7:7-8 (Ask, Seek, Knock). Once again even though we were without funds to start or maintain the ministry, God has provided in miraculous ways. We are the helping hands to many people who need food and clothing. As we give and minister to others the Lord is taking care of our needs.
The most important thing that I want to share is that my life was turned around by God. Not only did I receive direction and love from God but I’m also guaranteed eternal salvation in Heaven as I have accepted Jesus Christ into my heart as Lord and Savior. The Word of God says: Romans 3:23“For all have sinned; all fall short of God’s glorious standard.” I certainly knew that was true for me – I knew I was a sinner! John 3:16“For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life.” and Romans 10:9-10“If you declare with your mouth, “Jesus is Lord” and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved. For it is with your heart that you believe and are justified, and, and it is with your mouth that you profess your faith and are saved.
If you are wondering if God can miraculously change your life like He did mine – the answer is “YES”! Jesus really did die for your sins so that you could walk away from the shame and guilt so prevalent in this world. Jesus loves you just as you are and died for you. If you want to turn your life over to God and accept Jesus as your Lord and Savior, say this prayer with sincerity and you will be saved:
“Father God, thank you for sending your son, Jesus, to die on the cross for my sins. I believe that He rose again on the third day and sits at your right hand. I ask Jesus to come into my heart, wash away all my sins and make me a new creature so that I can follow Jesus as my Lord and Savior the rest of my life. Thank you for the assurance of my salvation and that I will spend eternity in Heaven with You. In Jesus’ name. Amen.”
If you have responded to this prayer Debra and I would love to hear your story, help you in your walk with the Lord or pray for you. Please contact:
In 1969, at the age of 17, I left Washington, DC to attend Morgan State University in Baltimore, Maryland. I excelled in athletics, academics and the social scene. But, in spite of having what I considered a wonderful college experience, I felt spiritually and morally bankrupt as I headed toward graduate school at the age of 21. I was also still very confused socially and politically.
Mine was among the many angry, militant black voices shouting out about white people in America being the source of all our troubles. Those voices are still crying out in America today. Martin Luther King, who was murdered in 1968 by a white man, seemed to be the only one who peacefully led the Christians, of all colors, in the Civil Rights Movement. After his murder, it left me thinking that Jesus was white, therefore, He was not interested in black people nor their problems. My rage and racial anger was intensified by the war in Vietnam (it spanned 20 years - 1955-1975). Many close friends were dying and the ones who returned home were physically, emotionally and psychologically damaged.
Though my family always went to church, I personally never connected the dots. I didn't know that I needed to surrender my life to Jesus Christ. In Baltimore, I was continuing my immoral lifestyle. God used Novell Deloatch, a black evangelical preacher who had a church meeting in the house connected to mine. It was not easy for Novell to talk to an angry confused, militant young man about the love of Jesus. Nevertheless, he did so every week.
One day, as Novell listened to my arguments against the "white man's religion", he finally hit me with a major blow when he said "SATAN IS GOING TO USE THE COLOR OF YOUR SKIN AGAINST YOU, AND GET YOU TO BURN IN THE LAKE OF FIRE" (Lake of Fire means HELL!) "BECAUSE YOU THINK GOD IS WHITE". He went on to explain that my issue was "SIN not SKIN"!
Soon after that conversation with Novell in Baltimore, I attended my cousin Rodrick Darby's funeral in Annapolis, Maryland. My cousin and I were now both 25, born two months apart. We often played together as babies because we lived in the same house that our parents shared. Rodrick was born with Down Syndrome, lost his sight and hearing, and never fully developed physically or emotionally. I always felt sorry for him but that day at the funeral Rev. Reed said Rodrick had completed his assignment. He also said that my cousin had received from the Lord a new heavenly body and he could now see, hear, and enjoy walking with Jesus. His assignment was to end with a congregation hearing about Jesus and trusting in Him. (Ecclesiastes 7:2)
Rev. Reed clarified for me that Rodrick never lied, stole, lusted, or cursed anyone. Nor did he ever have the physical or mental capacity to hear and understand the claims of Jesus. (Mark 10:13) Jesus was his Lord because he was one of those very special people that God sends to the earth just to give other people the opportunity to love. None of us could be around Rodrick very long if we were not there to love, feed, protect and kiss on him. He was the special baby.
After the funeral, I spent time with my family who gathered at my aunt and uncle's home. On my drive back to Baltimore, I stopped my car on the side of the road, got out of the car and cried out to Jesus to save me from hell. I also asked the Lord "What is MY assignment on earth?" If Rodrick completed his assignment, I need to know my assignment. That day I stumbled through the prayer of faith. After I prayed, I felt like 2000 pounds were lifted off me and I stood up straight for the first time!! I knew I was saved with the assurance of going to heaven when I die. I have progressively found out that my assignment was to disciple people all over the earth.
I got back home and told my neighbor, Novell, what happened at the funeral and that afterwards I asked Jesus to save me. He was beyond overjoyed and immediately began to teach me the truths of God's word every day for the next three years. He also taught me how to share my faith and lead others to the Lord.
If you believe Jesus Christ is the Lord and Savior and want to be saved, say the following prayer: "Dear Father in heaven, I know that I am a sinner (Romans 3:23), and my sin deserves to be punished (Romans 6:23). I believe you sent your Son Jesus to die for my sin in my place (Romans 5:8). I believe he was buried and that you raised him again from the dead on the third day (Romans 10:9-10). I believe in Jesus and am trusting what He has done for me assures me of a new relationship with you, Father, and also assures me that I'm going to heaven when I die (John 5:24). Thank you Lord for saving me, in Jesus' name I pray."
Miraculously, my wife JoAnne and I were both saved around the same time in 1975. We were on fire for Jesus and shared our faith and ministered to people in the community over the next ten years, focusing on youth and college aged people.
In 1985, we chaperoned a bus load of teens to Word of Life Bible Camp and Conference Center in Schroon Lake, New York. The guest speaker was Dr. Anthony T. Evans whose messages and ministry impacted us and changed our future. All week we followed Dr. Evans listening to all his messages. We went to lunch one day at the conference center and sat down with Dr. Evans, Dr. John Walvoord and Dr. Aubrey Malphurs who encouraged us to consider coming to Dallas Theological Seminary. After much prayer we moved to Dallas, Texas in 1986 where I attended Dallas Theological Seminary. I also served by leading the youth ministry of Oak Cliff Bible Fellowship and learned from the teaching ministry of Dr. Evans. After twelve years, I transitioned from leading the youth to discipling adults.
In 2004, my wife JoAnne and I started helping Christian people in Kenya and South Africa to rescue, educate and build communities around orphans so that they thrive through our ministry called New Beginnings Orphanages International.
I praise God that today some of my most cherished relationships are with white people who love the Lord. God has given me the capacity to love all people. He is making me more like Jesus every day. To God goes all the GLORY!
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Overnight, my life took a dramatic u-turn. In a few short hours, my life went from night to day, from death to life! If I had continued in my self-destructive ways, my life would have been very short lived. But then, one night, EVERYTHING CHANGED DRAMATICALLY!
I had been living in Denver, Colorado for less than three years off Colfax Avenue near the Capital Building. Anyone who has lived in Denver knows this was not a good part of town. As I looked out my second story apartment, I saw street workers soliciting their business to those who passed by. And the building next to my building rented rooms by the hour. But I was not living outside of my peer group. I was not hanging with the wrong crowd, I WAS “THE WRONG CROWD”!
Mike, my roommate Carmen’s boyfriend, experienced a dramatic event THAT CHANGED HIS LIFE! Mike’s encounter with Jesus Christ resulted in a 180-degree turnaround in his life and, therefore, he could no longer have relations with Carmen. Mike told us that unless we accepted Jesus Christ as our personal Savior, we were going straight to Hell when we died. I argued with him by saying “why would God do that? Aren’t I a ‘good person’? I haven’t killed anyone! I haven’t hurt anyone any more than the next person! Doesn’t my good outweigh any bad I have done?”
Finally, Mike gave me a Bible and told me to read it for myself. I did not have to believe him; I could find out for myself. So, I read the Bible and found what was stated in Romans 3:23: for all have sinned and fallen short of the glory of God. That meant ME!
Before Mike left for good, he told me what to pray if I want to be saved: "Heavenly Father I know that I am a sinner. I know that you sent your son Jesus to die on the cross for my sins. Forgive me and I ask you Jesus to come into my heart".
That night I threw the Bible across the room! I went to bed and said that prayer before going to sleep. But, instead of having peace, I was so afraid that God was going to come through the roof and just consume me with fire because of what I was taught! My grandparents, who raised me the first ten years of my life, taught me that God was mad at me. Also, they said that I was a burden – that they didn’t really WANT OR LOVE me. I had been taught that if I could not live up to the Ten Commandments that God wanted nothing to do with me! (But that was not true! I found out later as I read the Bible that it says in John 3:16 that God so loved the WORLD (I’m included) that He gave His only son as a ransom and that WHOEVER (that’s me) believed in Him would be saved.
The next morning when I woke up I heard a voice in my head, as clear as my own, say “Read the Bible”. WOW, God heard my prayer and He was truly near me, not millions of light years away. I immediately got up, walked over to where I had thrown the Bible across the room the evening before. BUT, NOW, it was neatly placed on an ottoman where I could easily find it! That SHOCKED ME! I opened the Bible and, as I read it, I could actually understand every word! I was so amazed! WOW, what a miracle! I sat down and read and read and read the Bible.
I discovered God was not mad at me! In fact, He loved me and it didn’t matter that others said I wasn’t planned or wanted. God wanted me to be born and I had a purpose. I was not an accident or a mistake. I discovered that God loved me so much that Jesus himself had come to my rescue by dying on the cross for me! In fact, the Living Bible version says in Psalm 139:13 You made all the delicate, inner parts of my body and knit them together in my mother’s womb and Psalm 139:16 You saw me before I was born and scheduled each day of my life before I began to breathe. Every day was recorded in your book! God knew all about me! In fact He made me and He loved me in spite of myself!
As I mentioned, not only was I was living in the seedy part of town and part of the wrong crowd, but I was also taking drugs that were available everywhere in our area. Carmen was not at home the night I asked the Lord to take over my life. She came home the following day with the usual drugs for us, and she started fixing them for us to use. But because I had been reading the Bible and had such a dramatic turnaround overnight, I went into the kitchen and told her, “guess what, I met Jesus. I don't have to do drugs anymore. And, if you would meet him too, you would not have to do drugs either!”
Carmen was convinced that I had lost my mind. But I did not let up! I could not contain the excitement I had in coming to know Jesus as my Savior! I wanted EVERYBODY to know! What happened next was astounding and miraculous! A couple of days after I spoke to Carmen, she also gave HER HEART to JESUS through prayer and she was TOTALLY transformed as well! Jesus didn’t stop there! Today, almost all of my family members are saved.
Within thirty days of praying for Jesus to take over my life, I moved to southern California away from my ungodly lifestyle and drug-using friends. I was never the same - God changed everything. My entire life took a dramatic u-turn and I have never looked back.
You too can have your life transformed and make a u-turn. It all starts with a prayer said with sincerity and it starts in your heart.
Say this prayer, “Father God I know that I am a sinner, that you sent your son Jesus to die on the cross for me and on the third day He was raised from the dead. Please forgive me of my sins, come into my heart, and take control of my life. In Jesus name I pray. Amen.”
If you have said that prayer, start reading your Bible daily starting with the book of John and find a strong, Bible believing church.
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When will life really begin?
When will I feel alive?
When will it be fun?
As a young adult these thoughts played over and over in me as I looked intently for purpose. Being a big dreamer I tried many avenues desperately seeking to find these answers. The bubbly party girl in me searched weekend after weekend in the nightclubs hoping to find fun and excitement. Each time I yearned for a better experience, but it never seemed to happen the way I wanted it to. Taking more and more risks I drank heavily and experimented with drugs wishing something would give me the high I felt I needed. I added guys into the mix, but these disposable relationships left me with more shame and regret. Inwardly there was constantly a feeling of desperation that I wondered sometimes how much lower could I go.
At 20 years old I went into the Army for 3 years looking for adventure and purpose, yet nothing satisfied me. By the age of 21 I gave birth to a beautiful baby boy. My on- and off-again relationship with his father continued after I left the Army with another baby boy born 9 years later. All the while I was still waiting and thinking “life will begin sometime, things will get better.” Then suddenly the father of my sons left me for a new relationship. The hollow feeling in me grew larger filling itself with rejection and sadness. A few ladies at work talked about God, but I felt so ashamed of what I had done in my life. How could God possibly love me. So I never asked any questions.
Now here in Alabama all alone, I felt a heaviness hanging on me; so, I decided to move back to San Antonio, Texas and live with my mom. One day as I was packing there was a knock at my apartment door. Before me stood two fresh-faced young men with huge smiles and a Bible in their hands looking to talk to their neighbors about Jesus. They shared with me that God loved me and my boys. They showed me the scripture John 3:16 “For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only son, that whoever believed in him will live and have eternal life.” Next Romans 3:23 “For all have sinned and fallen short of the glory of God.” They shared with me the prayer of commitment and the plan of eternal salvation. I didn’t hesitate to pray with them. I received the Lord Jesus into my heart that day with the new understanding I would be with Him in heaven after I died.
My heart changed immediately as I felt a cleansing breath of fresh air enter my soul. I had never felt this way before, but something on the inside of me knew that this was what I had been longing for, hoping for, actually desperate for all my life. I felt a surge of energy build up on the inside of me, and I just wanted to scream out loud to everyone “This is it! This is LIFE!” Even though I did not understand it all at that moment, I knew this was something new. Something beautiful.
It miraculously happened -
MY LIFE BEGAN!
Life really did begin for me when I realized Jesus died for me on the cross for my salvation - it became real to me, and I accepted it. It was as if the Lord Jesus had just walked right into my life!
My family and I searched and found a church as soon as I moved to San Antonio. I decided from the start that I would dedicate my life to the Lord, so I prayed every day and devoured the word of God. I couldn’t get enough of it. I found that the bible gave me direction and purpose in my life. All the uncertainty of life I felt as a young person was erased. I could now pass on to my kids the knowledge that Jesus had my back. He would never leave me or forsake me. My boys would never have to wander around looking for fulfillment like I did.
Today I am free and filled with peace with two beautiful sons who are also devoted to the Lord. I have learned so much over the years and share the many blessings God wants to pass on to everyone. When I pray as a believer in Christ that the afflicted will recover, I get to see the fruit of wonderful miracles. It is so much fun to see people healed, saved and set free. Life really does not get better than that!
One scripture that describes perfectly what happens when you commit your heart to the Lord Jesus Christ is Romans 10:9-10 “If you declare with your mouth, “Jesus is Lord,” and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved. For it is with your heart that you believe and are justified, and it is with your mouth that you profess your faith and are saved.” (New international Version)
Below is a similar prayer like the one I prayed when I gave my life totally to the Lord. Pray this prayer with a sincere heart. Find a Bible-believing church that preaches the gospel of Jesus Christ and a good Christian Bible and read it every day starting with the Book of John, Proverbs and Psalms. Once you find a church, stay connected and get involved.
“Father God, thank you for sending your son, Jesus, to die on the cross for my sins. I believe that he rose again on the third day and sits at your right hand. I ask Jesus to come into my heart, wash away all my sins and make me a new creature so that I can follow Jesus as my Lord and Savior the rest of my life. In Jesus name. Amen.”
If you have responded to this prayer I would love to hear your story, help you in your walk with the Lord or pray for you.
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To understand why I said “THAT’S IMPOSSIBLE” I must share a brief synopsis of my own personal journey with God. I wrote and printed a more detailed version about twelve years ago called “This Can’t be All There is to Life.” I lived a sinful lifestyle with no concern for consequences. My LIFE was a MESS in every area! In 1978, I was selling an insurance policy that probably wasn’t a legitimate policy.
In the second week of January 1978, I was selling door-to-door in Annapolis, MD. Wayne M. opened the door when I rang the door bell. He was visiting his uncle and aunt, Ray and Beverly Darby. I sat at the Darby’s dining room table giving the three of them my pitch, but there was absolutely no interest! Then Wayne asked me “If I were to sell YOU something, but it didn’t COST you anything, would you at least listen?” I said “Yes”. He asked me if I knew how to get saved or how to get to heaven when I die. I said I didn’t know, but I wanted to know. I got goosebumps from head to toe just knowing something was about to happen! I got gloriously saved with total assurance of going to heaven when I die after Wayne shared what we call the Roman Road to Salvation (http://theromanroad.org/). Wayne led me in prayer asking Jesus to forgive me of my sins, to come into my heart and take over my life. Miraculously, I felt clean and pure! I couldn’t contain my excitement—I jumped up, danced around the dining room table as I cried and laughed with exhilarated joy! That encounter eternally changed my life. I thanked Wayne, Ray and Beverly Darby who had been weeping with joy right along with me!
When I walked out that door in Annapolis, I made a total u-turn in my life determined to please God and do things HIS way according to the Bible even though I had not yet even read a page of the Bible. A friend gave me a Bible and I started looking for a church.
What I didn’t include in my written testimony is that I ran into Wayne M. about two years later at an Amway meeting. He sat in front of me and I introduced myself (my name was Claire Felts in 1980) and, when he said Wayne Mitchell, I asked if he had an aunt and uncle in Annapolis, MD. He remembered our encounter when he led me to Jesus. We didn’t exchange numbers and that seemed the end of it.
Then, during the following years, I DESPERATELY wanted to find Wayne M. again. I prayed often that the Lord would connect us so I could share the miraculous things God was doing in, with and through me. After many phone directory and internet searches, I couldn’t find him. I put that on the back burner convinced I would never meet him again. Whenever I repeated my life changing story I wondered “Where is Wayne? How is he doing?”
Now, 38 years later, on August 6, 2016, I preached in Mesquite, Texas (near Dallas) at Wings of Worship (WOW), a ministry that meets monthly led by my close friend Patricia Crisp. A few of my friends attended because I used to live in the Dallas area—I moved there from Maryland in 1986. After I preached and prayed for people, I handed out the five different personally written testimony pamphlets that I share with others wherever I go. (I’ve helped several friends write their stories of how God changed their lives.) I gave one set to Reggie, a big teddy bear who came a bit late to the service. Sean O’Shea, the drummer for WOW invited Reggie to the meeting. Reggie later told me that he had intended to sleep in that morning but for some reason he felt COMPELLED to come to this WOW meeting! THE PLOT THICKENS!! After the WOW meeting most of us went to eat but we had NO IDEA about the MIRACLE GOD WAS ORCHESTRATING FOR THE NEXT DAY!
The next day, Sunday Aug 7, a few who attended the WOW meeting came and met me at Church in the City (CITC) in Rowlett, Texas. Mike and Vicki Hankins, who were my pastors 20 years ago, are the lead pastors at CITC. Many people at this Sunday service knew me from the old days.
Just before the service started, Reggie, who was at the WOW meeting the day before, came over to me and, with a sense of urgency, said “Claire, I read your story and I believe that Wayne M. whom you met in Annapolis, Maryland is MY BROTHER Wayne Mitchell, because our aunt and uncle lived in Annapolis!” I said “WHAT DID YOU SAY, REGGIE? WAYNE M. is your BROTHER?” THAT’S IMPOSSIBLE! But how did Reggie know that his last name was “MITCHELL”! OH MY, IS IT POSSIBLE?
Then Reggie said “AND, I BROUGHT WAYNE WITH ME, CLAIRE, THIS IS WAYNE”. I thought “Oh MY DEAR GOD! YOU ARE A MIRACLE WORKER!!” I cried and cried realizing that GOD had answered a 30 plus year old prayer request!! Wayne remembered me as Claire Felts and remembered how I danced around the room when I got saved!!! WHAT A GLORIOUS REUNION!!
After taking communion, Wayne and I went up to let Pastor Mike know what happened. Just before he closed the church service, Pastor Mike called us up to share our reunion testimony! When I shared that the man of God, Wayne Mitchell, who led me to Jesus 38 years earlier happened to be in church today, the place ERUPTED IN APPLAUSE and I was told many were crying including me! We were NOT in Annapolis, MD, but in Rowlett, TX! HALLELUJAH! GOD ANSWERS PRAYERS EVEN IF THEY ARE 38-YEAR OLD PRAYERS!
Right after this service, 12 of us went to lunch and I told everyone in line at Luby’s about THE MIRACLE REUNION! JoAnne, Wayne’s beautiful wife, met us at lunch and we got together afterwards to do a video. A month later, Wayne came to San Antonio to a couple of meetings where he met my husband Steve. Also, since the August 7 reunion, I helped Wayne write his salvation testimony! We believe the Lord is going to open many doors to EXPAND THE KINGDOM OF GOD through this MIRACLE!! Thank you JESUS!
God wants all of us to have a personal relationship with Jesus and to spend eternity in Heaven with HIM. If you’ve never done that, please repeat this prayer with sincerity and you too will be saved.
“Father God, thank you for sending your son, Jesus, to die on the cross for my sins. I believe He rose again on the third day and sits at your right hand. Jesus, come into my heart, forgive me of my sins, and make me a new creature. I want to follow you as my Lord and Savior the rest of my life. Thank you for the assurance that I will spend eternity in Heaven with You. In Jesus’ name. Amen.”
My name is Kumaresan, and I found the living God who speaks. I am very excited to share my family’s miraculous journey!
I was born near Chennai, Southern India. I was a good student and got a degree in computer engineering. I grew up as a devout Hindu spending an unusual amount of time, even as a child, seeking “the God” through religious activities. Two gurus taught me to say my mantras and meditations, and I worshipped our many statue gods for hours and hours. I read and re-read about 60 books on Hinduism; and with increased interest, I read a little bit of the Christian Bible and Koran. I prided myself in being a very holy person and very knowledgeable about God.
In accordance with the Hindu tradition of arranged marriages, my father and his closest friend betrothed me to Dhana when we were both very young. Dhana and I both followed our traditional religious practices as we were taught.
Five days after we were married in 2008, Dhana started suffering from a chronic case of insomnia. She was tormented for three months with sleepless days and nights that resulted in deep depression. To resolve Dhana's problem, we went to many doctors, psychiatrists, and Hindu priests but nothing worked. Since early childhood, I battled many fears, which included the fear of strangers, the fear of talking, and the fear of driving. There was no peace in our new marriage with no answers in sight. We both desperately needed a breakthrough.
We started traveling extensively from one Hindu Temple to another for help. I wanted to please the gods, so I rolled around the Temple in the mountains to hurt my body on the rocks. We also attended a 20-day Buddhist retreat where we spent all our time meditating without ever speaking to anyone. Nothing helped. We lost our hope.
Out of desperation, Dhana attempted suicide by swallowing poison. When I found her, she confessed what she had done and was gravely ill. I told my father what happened and instead of contacting a guru for help, he felt compelled to reach out to his neighbor, a pastor. It was God’s plan. Two days earlier, this pastor heard from the Lord during his prayer time that someone might die on the street. He was instructed to pray in advance and help the person when the time came. When the pastor heard the distressing news about Dhana, he realized the Lord was speaking to him about Dhana's suicide attempt. The pastor quickly rushed Dhana to the hospital where she recovered from her near death experience.
Dhana’s insomnia continued, and just a couple of times she slept peacefully for a short while after listening to Christians worshipping Jesus on the Blessing TV channel. She began to wonder about this God, and started listening to the word of God on TV more and more. A greater peace came into her life.
Shortly thereafter, Dhana's sister was in the hospital. Dhana learned that the Hindu woman in the bed next to her sister was healed when Sheeba, a Christian woman, visited and prayed for her. The following day Dhana met Sheeba at the hospital and asked her to pray for her without giving any details about the insomnia. Sheeba prayed for Dhana that day; and every day for a week, Sheeba visited with Dhana by phone. One day Dhana said to me "Kumar, she's always calling me to come to church. Why can't we go for one day?". Finally, I agreed for only ONE SERVICE!! Dhana agreed.
We went to Agnibethel Church where I sat proudly with folded arms and ashes on my forehead to make sure they knew I was a Hindu. Dhana didn't understand anything being taught, and I was still observing.
At the end of the service, Pastor Leo Perkmonse turned to me and said “You have fear, and God is removing that fear.” He told Dhana “God will be with you and will resolve all your problems.” Dhana was deeply touched by that word. What touched me most was that after the service they fed the poor. I had wanted to do that for a long time, so we donated money for next week's food. The message and ministry at the church filled us with great peace and hope, so we decided not to miss the upcoming weekly prayer meetings.
Our lives were truly transformed as we prayed to receive Jesus Christ, the son of God, as our Lord and Savior with the promise of spending eternity in Heaven with Him! We didn’t understand all that was happening that first day, but we saw the results. We knew finding “this God” would solve our problems.
You might say we found the true and living God who speaks to us and actually cares about our weaknesses; but in truth, this God, my Creator, arranged this path. He brought us to Him. We turned away from our statues to discover a loving father. Within the next two weeks God miraculously healed Dhana of insomnia and healed me of my fear of driving! We even bought a car a month later. Our marriage was healed as well.
God has totally transformed our lives. We are continuously growing in the things of God, and we have never missed a Sunday service since that day.
Before Dhana was healed of insomnia she asked me why this was happening to her. At that time, I told her it was karma – the result of the sins committed in this generation or previous generations. I told her the reason, but the gods and goddesses offered no solutions or healing. They could not talk or offer love. But, Jesus the TRUE, LIVING GOD was the solution. His Holy Bible speaks to us every day and our prayers are answered. Now, I know who God is and how His son, Jesus, died on the cross for my sins. He rose from the dead and is now seated in Heaven at the right hand of the Father.
Here are a few of my favorite verses from the Bible: John 3:16 “For this is how God loved the world: He gave his one and only Son, so that everyone who believes in him will not perish but have eternal life.”, John 14:6 “Jesus told him, “I am the way, the truth, and the life. No one can come to the Father except through me.”, and Acts 4:6 “There is salvation in no one else! God has given no other name under heaven by which we must be saved.”
Salvation is available for all who believe. If you want to dedicate your life to the Lord and accept Jesus Christ as your Lord and Savior, repeat the following prayer with sincerity.
“Father God, thank you for sending Jesus to earth to die for my sins. I believe He rose again and is seated in Heaven. I ask Jesus Christ into my heart and receive Jesus as my Lord and Savior. Thank you, Lord, for washing and cleansing me of all my sins. Thank you for guaranteeing that I will spend eternity in Heaven with you. In Jesus’ name I pray.”
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Inmate Pen Pal writes about 96 inmates being transformed by GOD in one 'pod'!
Roger a brother in prison in Kenedy TX got in contact with me after he heard my testimony on Radio. He totally gave his heart to the Lord and started conducting Bible studies with 5 other prisoners. All their lives were transformed - radically!! Then they were invited to move into a Faith Based 'pod' where 40 some prisoners went through a program last year with a workbook called Experiencing God. Roger has just moved into this pod with his Bible study brothers and will be taught by the brothers who went through the program last year!!
Most of the inmates are doing hard time, most in for life and Roger is getting 'undone' by the Love he is experiencing from these inmates who have been totally transformed by God! It doesn't get any more powerful than this!! Jesus is in the 'pod' and my prayer is that eventually all the prisoners in Kenedy TX will go through this program and be in a faith based 'pod'. There are prisons that are totally God centered - let's pray that this is one prison that becomes totally God centered!
I received a letter yesterday and Roger wrote: "God has put me w/all these men, who most have life sentences, some have no chance of parole..but now HARD men are being changed before my eyes...to see so many men want to give what little they have, to receive the bigger treasures God has for them: "Eternal Life" "I have cried more in these 1st 3 days, then in all my 35 years of Living" (Yes, Roger is seeing MIRACLES IN PRISON! He hasn't even gone through the teachings - he's weaping this much just learning the do's and don'ts in this pod) - Roger says that he has never seen this much love all in one place and it impacts him so mightily especially because it is from once hardened men who were controlled by the devil.
Please pray for Roger, Erving, Garrett and Randy plus the 92 other brothers in those 2 faith based pods. Some will be getting out and who knows God can bring them all out but God's will be done for all of them. A friend who ministered 'comedy' and salvation in prisons went to visit a brother who got life plus 100 years with no chance for parole. When he got to prison that prisoner was RELEASED because God had so transformed him that the Warden and others knew that He would serve God outside prison as well!! May God's will be done!
TO GOD goes all the GLORY!!
This YouTube video is SO powerful... NO one is beyond God's forgiveness . . . not even you!!!
"Uploaded (to YouTube) on May 18, 2011 (from The American Bible Society)The Bible is full of stories about God bringing new life and purpose to people like me and you and even people like David Berkowitz. Everyday folks who fish and hang out at the water cooler, but also more sinister folks like thieves and liars and even murderers.
David says that, through prayer and Bible study and relationships with others, God has found him. Changed him forever. Given him a purpose and a mission and even a new name: Son of Hope. This video from American Bible Society tells his story"
How would you respond if your precious 16 year old daughter had one month to live?
Writing this story about Courtney is the hardest thing I have ever done. A parent losing a child is the greatest heartbreak you can imagine. It is bittersweet in that I miss her every single day and at the same time have great joy that her life had, and continues to have, an impact on so many people. It didn't matter if you knew her 15 minutes or 15 years, Courtney had a way of cutting to the heart of a matter and you loved her for it.
Courtney was born on a Sunday, dedicated to the Lord the very next Sunday, grew up in church and loved the Lord Jesus Christ. She went to a Christian School where she attended weekly chapel services and heard missionaries speak of their lives on the mission field. Courtney memorized over 1,000 scriptures and held on to those scriptures - her life line during her battle with cancer.
At age 15, Courtney, our beautiful, bubbly, effervescent bundle of energy and joy, learned she had cancer. What started out as a backache and numbness in her left foot turned out to be a spinal-cord tumor. She was told the operation to remove the spinal-cord tumor would leave her paralyzed from the waist down and she would never walk again. Family and friends prayed to God and Dr. Mancuso removed the tumor without severing the spinal cord! A miracle! She had two more miracles that continued to give her family hope that she might be totally healed.
In November 2005 Courtney's treatments were finished and she enjoyed the Christmas holidays with much hope for the year 2006. Then a routine MRI in February revealed a brain tumor. This time it was inoperable. Her family was told the tragic news that she had a month or so to live but still believing that God could heal her.
Throughout her battler with cancer the one thing Courtney did not want was pity. She was everyone's encourager - she sought to cheer people up and share the love of Jesus everywhere she went. She amazed and impacted the lives of her family, friends, Doctors, nurses and acquaintances with her broad smile, glistening eyes, sense of humor, positive words of hope and trust in her Lord Jesus Christ. She focused on others not herself. Her message was God loves you and so do I.
Courtney Never Lost Her Faith
Courtney never lost her faith in God. She was the first one to say don't cry or be sad, God is going to heal me here or I'm going home to Heaven and will be healed there. What greater miracle is that? Her total trust was in the Lord - she had a peace that passed all understanding knowing that God had everything in control.
Before she went home to be with the Lord in June 2006, Courtney's message to her friends and family was "Meet me in the Golden City in the New Jerusalem, where there is a happy gathering of thousands of angels." Hebrews 12:22
Heavenly Assurance Awaits You
You too can have the assurance, as Courtney did, that you will spend eternity in heaven and be washed clean of your sins. You too can rely on the Lord to help you through tragedy and pain as He helped me, my husband, family and friends. Read these following scriptures and, with heartfelt sincerity, repeat the prayer at the end.
"Repent then and turn to God, so that your sins may be wiped out, the times of refreshing may come from the Lord." Acts 3:19
"If you confess with your mouth, Jesus is Lord, and believe in your heart that God raised Him from the dead, you will be saved." Romans 10:9
"Those who trust in the Lord are like Mt. Zion, which cannot be shaken, but endures forever. As the mountains surround Jerusalem, so the Lord surrounds his people both now and forevermore." Psalm 125:1-2
Pray This Prayer For Salvation
"Father God, I believe that Jesus Christ is the Lord and Savior who died on the cross, descended and was raised from the dead on the third day. I believe He died for my sins so that I can have everlasting life. Jesus come into my heart, forgive me of my sins and wash and cleanse me white as snow. I will follow You all the days of my life. I thank You, Lord, that today I am saved and assured of spending eternity with You, in Jesus Name I pray, amen."
If you have responded to this prayer I would like to hear from you. I would find it a privilege to help you along in your new walk with Christ. You may contact me here - Wanda Hild (Courtney's Mother)
There IS hope!
There IS Forgiveness!
There IS Restoration!
I was born into and raised by a very strong and loving Christian family. I got married after two years of college , long before I knew who I was or what I had to offer to someone else. Our life was so focused on when we got out of law school that we forgot to invest in and enjoy the present. I also had drifted away from the Lord. Seven years and two children later, we were divorced.
When my marriage ended I suffered an identity crisis. God wanted my identity to be in Him and not in another person. I started dating and for the next couple of years had very stringent rules for myself. Then the unthinkable happened! I got pregnant! I was old enough to know better! I was so stupid!
The devil was right there reminding me of my past mistakes. If I was to have this baby, my ex-husband might claim that I was an unfit mother and try to take the children from me. I had to act fast! I made the call to arrange for an abortion. After the procedure, I passed a tiny piece of flesh that had been the beginning of a new life. I will never forget what I saw and I kept my secret for over 35 years.
I did not know that I had sown the seeds of destruction in my life. My life became like a hard roller coaster ride. I married and divorced the man whose baby I had aborted. I suffered bankruptcy, medical issues, on-going financial problems and relationship issues. I remarried again and quickly knew that I had made another mistake with the same series of negative events in my life including another divorce. The devil was never far from me, reminding me of all my failures.
Then GOD called on me to reveal my dark secret. He wanted me to come into agreement with the TRUTH: ABORTION MUST COME TO AN END!
Jesus is enough, for He did forgive me when I asked him to. But He was not through with me. Now He wants me to give my testimony so that all of us who have been through this awful act will have the courage to come forward and admit what we have done. By coming to the light, we can end hells' grip on our lives.
God has restored me so I can do His will and now I carry no guilt or shame from the past. God can do the same for you.
Researchers describe "Post Abortion Syndrome" as a woman's inability to process the fear, anger, sadness, and guilt surrounding her abortion. A woman can experience lasting effects from an abortion including guilt, crying, flashbacks, sadness, anger, anxiety, sleeping problems, relationship problems, alcohol and drug abuse, depression, eating disorders and suicidal thoughts.
Those secrets that remain hidden continue to have power over you. I want to help all women see that if they will come to terms with God's plan for their life after an abortion, the devil's power over them will end. Is there anything hidden in your closet? Has the devil talked to you like he talked to me keeping you silent and bound up? Today we can choose to believe what God says about us. If you want to turn over your life to the care of God and accept Jesus Christ as your Lord and Savior, say this prayer with sincerity and you will be saved:
"Father God, thank you for sending your son, Jesus, to die on the cross for my sins. I believe that He rose again on the third day and sits at your right hand. I ask Jesus to come into my heart, and wash away all my sins and make me a new creature so that I can follow Jesus as my Lord and Savior the rest of my life. Thank you for the assurance of my salvation. In Jesus' name. Amen!"
If you have made the decision to be silent nor more, may I suggest that you call
Este fue un pensamiento constante en el 34o. año de mi vida. Me casé a los 19, tuve un hermoso hijo a los 20, y me separé y divorcié a los 21. Cometí muchísimas errores, ciertamente sabía que era una pecadora, tuve dinero, lo perdí, me envolví en muchas relaciones superfluas, y fui de una dirección a otra la mayor parte de mi vida. Hubo cantidad de heridas y resentimientos- los cuales dejaron un vacío inmenso en mi corazón.
En esa primera semana de Enero, hace más de 30 años, había estado vendiendo seguros de puerta en puerta por tres meses; Vendía una póliza de seguro de ingresos que era fácil de vender- aunque no lo crea! Por cerca de tres semanas había ido a casas en Annapolis, Maryland en las cuales había pósters y cuadros en las paredes, que decían algo como "Dios te Ama" o "Jesús Salva". Normalmente al ver pósters y gente así, me alejo; pero estaba siendo atraída por esta gente tan amable. Les dije que había algo especial en ellos y sus frases, pero nunca nadien me explico lo que eran. Esto no era inusual para mí, ya que la gente que conocía no hablaba de Dios ni de su fe tampoco - era "algo personal". Cuatro meses antes, me encontraba en una tienda de 7-eleven y una joven señora quien trabajaba ahí me dijo, "debes probar con Jesús- él alejará tu odio".
Dios Comienza A Suavizar Mi Corazon
Recuerdo que cada vez que escuchaba "Amazing Grace" o a Mahalia Jackson cantando himnos cristianos me daba por llorar. También en mi empleo anterior, mi jefa trato de hablarme acerca de Jesús, pero yo la evitaba como a una plaga y tiraba lejos sus panfletos. Yo crecí en una iglesia tradicional y me imaginaba a Dios a millones de kilómetros, observando y llevando la cuenta de las cosas que hacía mal. Entonces, una vez a la semana debía confesar mis pecados en un confesionario, decir mis cincuenta oraciones y salir por la puerta a comenzar a pecar de nuevo. Eso no me estaba conduciendo a ningún lado; sabía que no podía vivir a la altura de los 10 mandamientos, así que dejé de ir a la iglesia cuando tenía 19 años. Hice ocasionales visitas para la Navidad y la Pascua- pero el vacío en mi corazón continuaba creciendo.
Dios Me Encontro
Aquella primera semana de Enero, cuando hice algunas llamadas, conocí a Wayne M. quien me abrió la puerta, mientras estaba de visita con sus tíos en Annapolis. Realizaba ventas por mi cuenta ese día y los miembros de mi equipo estaban en casas vecinas. Ofrecí la presentación, manejándola a mi manera, pero no se veían interesados en el producto que vendía, sin embargo tampoco se veían ansiosos de que dejara la mesa del comedor. Entonces Wayne me dio una "Presentación de Venta" que podría cambiar mi vida para siempre. él dijo, "¿Si yo te vendiera algo que no te costara nada, al menos escucharías?"
Yo dije, "Si’" y recuerdo que sentí escalofríos por todo el cuerpo - ¡Estaba emocionada y temerosa al mismo tiempo! Me preguntó si sabía que significaba ser "salvado" o ir "al cielo". Le dije que había tenido un sueño recurrente en el cual yo estaba en un accidente automovilístico y comenzaba a orar desesperadamente, pero siempre moría antes de terminar, y me levantaba temerosa de no estar bien con Dios e ir al infierno. Wayne me aseguró que no podíamos ser suficientemente buenos o "trabajar" en nuestro camino al cielo, para lo cual ya Jesús había muerto por nosotros. Me dijo que Dios me amaba como era, que Jesús quería tener una relación personal conmigo, y ¡QUE PODIA ESTAR SEGURA QUE IRIA AL CIELO!
Wayne compartió las escrituras de Romanos 3:23 "Por cuanto todos pecaron, y están destituidos de la gloria de Dios." Yo sabía ciertamente que eso era para mi’- sabía que era una pecadora! También citó Juan 3:16 "Porque de tal manera amó Dios al mundo, que ha dado á su Hijo unigénito, para que todo aquel que en él cree, no se pierda, mas tenga vida eterna" y Romanos 10:9-10 "Que si confesares con tu boca al Señor Jesús, y creyeres en tu corazón que Dios le levantó de los muertos, serás salvo. Porque con el corazón se cree para justicia; mas con la boca se hace confesión para salud."
¡Sabia que me estaba diciendo la verdad! Le pregunté, qué si lo que si necesitaba hacer era realizar alguna ceremonia para ser salva. Me dijo que no, solamente tenía que seguirlo en una oración y que la hiciera con todo mi corazón. Cuando oré con él, estallé en lágrimas, y entonces salté de mi asiento riendo y danzando. Le dije a Wayne "Esto es lo que había estado buscando durante toda mi vida" Me dijo que cualquiera podía tener una relación personal con Jesucristo, de cualquier denominación y que no me estaba afiliando a su iglesia cuando acepté a Jesús. Me dijo que orara, leyera mi Biblia, y me uniera a una Iglesia Bíblica, fuerte en la Palabra - inmediatamente seguí su consejo.
Ese mismo día paré lo que desagradaba a Dios, aunque Wayne no me lo había dicho. Limpié mi vocabulario, tiré todo mi alcohol y terminé la relación inmoral que sostenía. Pero lo más grande que hizo Jesús fue llenar y cambiar mi corazón, lo cual hace de manera continua. Agradezco a Dios que la mayor parte de mi familia es salva y está sirviendo a Cristo – y sigo creyendo sus promesas de salvación por el resto de ella!
Jesús te ama tal como eres y murió por ti. Si quieres entregar tu vida a Dios y aceptar a Jesús como tu Señor y Salvador, entonces repite esta oración con sinceridad y serás salvo:
"Señor mi Dios, gracias por enviar a tu hijo Jesús a morir en la cruz por mis pecados. Creo que resucitó al tercer día y está sentado a tu diestra. Te pido Jesús que entres a mi corazón, me laves de todos mis pecados y me hagas una nueva creatura. Quiero poder seguirte como mi Señor y Salvador por el resto de mi vida. Gracias por la seguridad de mi salvación y poder estar contigo por la eternidad. En el Nombre de Jesús. Amén"
El siguiente paso es estudiar la Biblia diariamente y unirte con otros creyentes para desarrollar tu relación con Jesús.
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