• Trust God

    Trust God

    APRIL 2016 | JODIE HINKLE

    When my daughter, Catey, was in her second year of college, she made plans to spend four months of her junior year in Mexico as an exchange student. Though I had misgivings about her living so far away from home, there was comfort in knowing I could take my concerns...

  • God Carried Us Through

    God Carried Us Through

    JANUARY 2016 | MARIA GREEN

    Growing up, I went to a church where I was taught to know right from wrong, that Jesus loved me and had died for me, and that we should do our best to do what He wants us to. I’m grateful for that because it helped me have a tender...

  • He Could Not Outrun Fear

    He Could Not Outrun Fear

    JANUARY 2016 | HECTOR PEREZ

    From the time I was about twelve years old, a disturbing thought started to come to me: “If I die, where will I go?” I had no answer for that question. My heart told me that I would go somewhere, but I did not know where, and that overwhelmed me....

  • On Closer Inspection...

    On Closer Inspection...

    OCTOBER 2015 | KAREN BARRETT

    My husband and I live next door to four of our grandchildren. A year or so ago when the oldest two, Barrett and Lily, were at our house visiting, they found a magnifying glass tucked away in my desk drawer. They were curious about what it was, so I took...

  • Proving God's Faithfulness

    Proving God's Faithfulness

    OCTOBER 2015 | OKECHUKWU AND GLORIA ONYEMAOBI

    Okechukwu relates his story: Something spoke to my heart: “Do not be up in front!” and I obeyed. It was Easter Sunday in 1969, during the civil war in Nigeria, and I was with a troop of soldiers ordered to clear Owerri.A few moments later, the soldier in the front of...

  • Step of Faith

    Step of Faith

    OCTOBER 2015 | PIERRE HANCOCK

    As a child, I was sent to Sunday school, and there I learned the song and the message that “Jesus loves me.” At the age of eight, I committed my life to God, and He made a real difference in me. Before that time, I had an awful temper and...

  • Introduced to a New Life

    Introduced to a New Life

    JULY 2015 | CECILIA MORGAN

    As a young child I really wanted to be good, but as hard as I tried, I just couldn’t. My troubles seemed to get worse in my teenage years. When I was almost thirteen years old, we lost our home to foreclosure and became homeless. Our family was broken up...

  • Something Was Missing

    Something Was Missing

    JULY 2015 | LEIDY URENA PICHARDO

    From the time I was a little girl until graduating from high school, I attended Catholic schools. My family was not especially religious, but I was baptized in the Catholic Church and we went to services on Sundays. Growing up, Catholicism was all I knew about God or church.

    My family...

  • What Are You Going to Do?

    What Are You Going to Do?

    JULY 2015 | TRENT PAULSEN

    I was eighteen years old when God said to me, “You have debated this and run from this decision long enough. You have to decide tonight if you are going to continue serving Me or try things on your own. Will you surrender your life to Me tonight?” I had...

  • A Place of Surrender

    A Place of Surrender

    APRIL 2015 | SILAS AJIBADE

    Born into a Muslim family, I was trained from my youth to practice the Muslim way of prayer, praying five times a day, and fasting for thirty days during the month of Ramadan. As much as possible, I followed all the principles of Islam. I went to a Christian school,...

  • Created to Glorify the Creator

    Created to Glorify the Creator

    APRIL 2015 | CATEY HINKLE

    Outside my office window stand two tall leafy green trees. On many occasions I’ve caught a glimpse of the branches blowing in the wind and have been captivated by their beauty. Something about their lush leaves and vivid colors captures my attention. It’s the same feeling I get when the...

  • Live with Heaven in View

    Live with Heaven in View

    APRIL 2015 | VERNA KING

    My parents raised their children carefully and taught us to love and respect God and His house. The Word of God was planted in our hearts from an early age. My siblings and I were faithfully taken to Sunday school and church. Our parents also made sure we read the...

  • A Life-Changing Trip

    A Life-Changing Trip

    JANUARY 2015 | DOROTHY HANSEN

    Every day I thank God that He called me to serve Him. I was born on a farm in North Dakota, where there were five in our happy family. It was a secure home, and we went to church faithfully on Sundays. In time, I was confirmed in the church....

  • My Mentor?

    My Mentor?

    JANUARY 2015 | DAVE GREEN

    Several years ago the Lord brought the topic of Christian behavior to my attention through a seemingly unrelated question. While I don’t remember the exact setting or who posed the question, I do recall how it caught my attention. In essence, the question was, “Who is your spiritual mentor?”

    Since one...

  • The Place of Full Surrender

    The Place of Full Surrender

    JANUARY 2015 | DEIVYS PICHARDO

    The home I grew up in was a Christian home. My father was and still is a pastor, so I went to church for as far back as I can remember. However, as a child I loved playing with my friends who were not from Christian homes. It seemed to...

  • Trading Fear for Faith

    Trading Fear for Faith

    JANUARY 2015 | MORIAH COPKO

    Trying to sum up all that I am thankful for poses a challenge, for how is one supposed to put into words the wonderful blessings I have been privileged to enjoy?

    My mind often goes to the spot at the altar of prayer where I first understood about my need for...

  • A Legacy of  Prayer

    A Legacy of Prayer

    OCTOBER 2014 | JODIE HINKLE

    Though my mother-in-law never had much in the way of worldly goods, it was important to her to bequeath something tangible to each of her thirteen children and their families. She wanted each one to know they were thought of, so with careful consideration, she spent some time in making...

  • God Became a True Friend

    God Became a True Friend

    OCTOBER 2014 | BONNIE JONES

    My parents were both raised in Christian homes and saved in their teenage years. However, they were not always the best examples as parents when it came to spiritual leadership. At times they were serving God, and then at other times they went their own ways. Regardless of how they...

  • Miracles on Our Spiritual Journey

    Miracles on Our Spiritual Journey

    OCTOBER 2014 | MARK AND MARBLE MFANDARAHWA

    Mark's Story God showed His light to me during my university years. As I was growing up, my parents had taken me to church, even had me baptized when I was three weeks old, but we did not understand salvation.

    In 1994, one of my friends became involved in a Christian student...

  • Joy in the Midst of Trial

    Joy in the Midst of Trial

    JULY 2014 | MARYANN SPAKOUSKY

    When I was about eight years old, at the first youth camp I ever attended, I gave my life to the Lord. I made a conscious decision to follow Him, not just because that was what I had been raised to do, but because I wanted to serve the Lord...

  • Sixty Years of Serving God Together

    Sixty Years of Serving God Together

    JULY 2014 | PETE AND JANET DEBUSK

    The families of a church are integral to its continuance. For example, the City of Dallas, Oregon, has a population of 14,760. One block off the main street is the Apostolic Faith Church, which was built in 1927. Twenty years after the church opened, Pete began attending, followed by Janet...

  • A Sailor Surrenders

    A Sailor Surrenders

    APRIL 2014 | RON GADDIS

    Standing in line for breakfast in a Navy boot camp in Florida, I said to myself, “What have I gotten into?” I was eighteen years old, eight hundred miles from home, and feeling very alone. Having recently graduated from high school, I had been accepted into college but then decided...

  • In God’s Care

    In God’s Care

    APRIL 2014 | GAYLEN OLSON

    Looking up, I saw a man walking through the bank entrance and expected to greet him by name, as we usually did at our small savings and loan office. The sun was shining behind him, but not bright enough to obscure the fact that I didn’t know him—and that he...

  • Living By Love

    Living By Love

    APRIL 2014 | CATEY HINKLE

    Last fall I visited the country of Israel for two weeks, and I found it fascinating to be immersed in the Jewish culture. Learning about other ways of life is always interesting to me, but this trip was especially meaningful because of who the Jews are. Their religion is the...

  • Never Without a Friend

    Never Without a Friend

    APRIL 2014 | PETER SLETMOE

    Walking into the Benson High School cafeteria on the first day of ninth grade was an exhilarating experience. Benson isn’t a neighborhood school, so I was unknown to most of the other students. That sense of anonymity gave me hope that I could leave behind the painful middle school memories...

  • A New Goal

    A New Goal

    JANUARY 2014 | OLUSOLA ADESOPE

    The home I grew up in was a Christian home where I was taught the love of God and was taken to church. A typical Sunday in our home would start with a wake up call at about 6:00 a.m. I can vividly remember recorded Gospel songs from the Apostolic...

  • Passing on a Godly Heritage

    Passing on a Godly Heritage

    JANUARY 2014 | CHERYL PAULSEN

    An old adage says, “The apple doesn’t fall far from the tree.” The point, of course, is that family traits and habits are passed on from one generation to the next.

    This is true of physical characteristics. My Uncle Ralph lived in southern California and visited Portland only occasionally. Once he...

  • When Crisis Calls . . .

    When Crisis Calls . . .

    JANUARY 2014 | SHERRY SCHUERMYER

    A telephone call can change the course of your life. That happened to me on October 26, 1991, when I was not yet a Christian. Looking back at that crisis and those that have come my way since becoming a believer, I am amazed at what a difference it makes...

  • A Longing Heart Satisfied

    A Longing Heart Satisfied

    OCTOBER 2013 | MARIE GARRISON

    My parents separated early in their marriage, when my sister, Karin, and I were young. Mother was soon hospitalized with tuberculosis, perhaps in part as a consequence of stress and a broken heart. Because of this, my father placed Karin and me with different foster families over several years.

    It was...

  • Count It All Joy

    Count It All Joy

    OCTOBER 2013 | KAREN BARRETT

    Several weeks ago, Lily, our three-year-old granddaughter, spent the day with us. Midway through the morning, she announced somewhat dramatically, “Grandma, I’m starving!” I glanced at the clock and decided that a few crackers probably wouldn’t spoil her lunch, so I instructed her to sit down at our kitchen table....