Another Special Life in Christ
These testimony lives are not stories of "role models". Jesus is the
These are lives wonderfully touched & changed by Jesus!
Will That Visit Lead to a Changed
I well remember moving from one area of our county
to another in about 1985. After several years, our son started attending a young teens church
group with a neighbor family. About 6 months later, we decided to check out the Presbyterian
church. But the family had switched to Northside Baptist Church where my sister-in-law was a
member. I remember feeling "antsy" about going to that church...I think I was afraid of
Baptists. Maybe in the back of my mind I thought they were too serious and excited about
We went to church and enjoyed it, and attended
Sunday school with my sister-in-law. She told us that, "By the way, they have prayer meetings
on Wednesday evenings and go out to visit the visitors afterward." That scared me for some
reason; so, I reacted angrily that I resented drop-in visits without notice. To my current
shame, we made sure that we were away from home every Wednesday evening. But, about 6 months
later, we slipped up and forgot to "be away". We had become semi-regular visitor attendees of
Northside by that time. There was a knock on the door, and it was a man (Bill Gunnells) my
wife recognized as a teacher she remembered from her high school days. AND, he was a visitor
from the church. CAUGHT!! We had been lovingly and cordially drawn into that church...that
local body of believers...already, by that time.
I still feel too uncomfortable about visitation to
be an active participant. My own past negative feelings and the imagined hearing of all those
angry (and joyless?) voices condemning Christians for "wanting to shove their beliefs down my
throat!". But, note the testimony story, below, in which the visit lead to a great positive life
Would you enjoy knowing that you had been used of
the Holy Spirit to initiate such a difference in a life? [Ervin
Shaw, 25 Feb. 2002]
MARGARET KING'S STORY:
I am a subscriber to the Baptist Courier, and I can't wait for it to
come. I enjoy it so much, and I am learning a lot by reading it. I read everything in it, and I
have been so enlightened about so many things. I have been reading "Tapestry" by Deb Weaver, and I
really enjoy that column.
I was born in a very small town where everyone
knew each other. I graduated from high school with all of my friends. When I got married, my
husband and I moved to a large city. I was so lonely and became homesick and cried a
lot. When my husband was at work, I felt so alone; and my family was so far
One cold winter morning when I was feeling very
sorry for myself, someone knocked at the door. I couldn't imagine who it could be, since I
didn't know anyone. When I answered the door, there was a young lady
and a young man. I was glad to see anyone. I invited them in, and they told me they were
members of a local Baptist church inviting people to visit their church. I was not a Christian. I knew about God, and we
had a blessing at the table; and that was about it.
We had a nice visit and they said they would pick
me up on Sunday morning. But I told them I would find the church, not intending to go. But
something kept telling me that I needed to go. I could at least meet some people and I
wouldn't be so lonely.
On Sunday morning I did go, and everyone was
friendly. The singing was beautiful, and I enjoyed meeting the people. They treated me like I
was one of them. The preacher told us about God loving each one of
us personally and that he died on the cross so that we could be saved from our sins. That was
news to me. He gave the plan of salvation so beautifully I could hardly keep my seat. I
wanted to go forward. When he gave the invitation, I decided to wait
until another Sunday. I told my husband about what I had heard.
I had a Bible and I looked up scriptures that the
preacher talked about. I could hardly wait for the next Sunday so I could go forward and ask
this Jesus to come into my heart and life. That was the happiest day of my
I was baptized after that. I wanted to start
telling people about Jesus right then. I wanted everyone to find what I had found. I wasn't
lonely any more. I had Jesus in my heart and many Christian friends.
teaching Sunday School and have been teaching for 40 years. My life was turned completely around
because some people cared enough to visit me and invite me to church.
Margaret King, North Charleston, S.C.
story taken from The Baptist Courier 131 (18):3, 2
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[posted 3 Sept. 1999; modified 10 Feb.
2001; adjusted 7 October 2015]
You have just read a very brief example of the
powerful, supernatural transformation of a person's life which is possible through the
acceptance of Jesus as your savior. Are you tired of life as it now is for you? He will
accept you just as you are right this second! Consider accepting Jesus now