• Grateful for God’s Faithfulness

    Grateful for God’s Faithfulness

    JANUARY 2013 | MODUPE YALLEY

    God has been so faithful to me. I was born into an Apostolic Faith family, and my parents were faithful to teach me the Word of God. Church activities were a part of normal life for us, but of course all of this didn’t make me a Christian.

    As a child...

  • My Way or God's Way?

    My Way or God's Way?

    JANUARY 2013 | ROBERT DOWNEY

    Serving God is an adventure. Sometimes God’s plans take a person where he never thought he would go and provide the opportunity to meet and make friends from around the world. My parents met in the small town of Chehalis, Washington, and that’s where I was raised in a Christian...

  • Shielded by Prayer

    Shielded by Prayer

    JANUARY 2013 | BRANDON FRYMIRE

    There was so much dust—too much dust. We always tried to stay in the tire tracks of the vehicle in front of us. We figured if they didn’t explode, we wouldn’t explode either. But that day we had stopped to assist one of our companies who was searching for possible...

  • Working Together

    Working Together

    JANUARY 2013 | ANGELA OLSON

    Snail hunting: (n.) an activity pursued in the shallows of a lake or other large body of water with the goal of finding snails.

    You may not spend much time snail hunting—or maybe, you do. (Snails can be delicious, after all.) The snail hunting I have observed is usually my nephew...

  • Doing

    Doing "Whatsoever"

    OCTOBER 2012 | KAREN BARRETT

    Recently, I came across a reference to a familiar verse in the Book of Ecclesiastes: “Whatsoever thy hand findeth to do, do it with thy might; for there is no work, nor device, nor knowledge, nor wisdom, in the grave, whither thou goest” (Ecclesiastes 9:10). Immediately my mind went to...

  • Finding My Father’s God

    Finding My Father’s God

    OCTOBER 2012 | SAMUEL INYANG

    Philip Inyang, father of the author of this testimony, was born in Ikot Enwang, Nigeria. According to the custom of the area, his parents offered sacrifices on his behalf to protect his life, because he was an only child. However, after attending Sunday school in one of the churches nearby...

  • My Story of Grace, Grief, and Gratitude

    My Story of Grace, Grief, and Gratitude

    OCTOBER 2012 | JANELLE PARKER

    God has been good to me all my life. I was blessed to be raised in a home where my parents took us to church and taught us about God. Some of my earliest memories are of our family praying together. Every morning and night we gathered for family worship;...

  • From Violence to Victory

    From Violence to Victory

    JULY 2012 | TERRANCE SCOTT

    Using and selling drugs, carrying a gun, living in motels—that became my lifestyle while I was still a teenager. It shouldn’t have been like that, because I was raised in a Christian home and taught the stories of Jesus from my birth. My grandfathers were both pastors and evangelists who...

  • Making the Most of Your Meditation

    Making the Most of Your Meditation

    JULY 2012 | JODIE HINKLE

    Several months ago, my son and his wife, who were expecting their second child, brought over a short video of an ultrasound that was done to determine the baby’s gender. From the ultrasound, we learned that our new grandchild would be another girl. We also learned that her nose is...

  • On the Outside Looking In

    On the Outside Looking In

    JULY 2012 | CANDY DIPOLA

    A while back, as I was looking through some old family pictures, I realized that most snapshots taken of our family during my growing up years had cigarettes and beer bottles in them. It brought to mind what a life God has saved me from!

    I was born and raised in...

  • Captivated by the Cross

    Captivated by the Cross

    APRIL 2012 | DAWN BOYCE

    A college classmate and I were headed to class one day in March, 1990, when we discovered that the class was cancelled. She was in the process of moving out of her apartment, so she invited me to come over and help her with some packing. In her apartment, I...

  • He Found Something Real

    He Found Something Real

    APRIL 2012 | GARY LEE

    How thankful I am to be able to say that I am saved. It is not that I think I am saved or am guessing that I am saved. I know for sure that Jesus Christ lifted a burden of sin off my life.

    It happened on a Saturday night in...

  • Hold Tight!

    Hold Tight!

    APRIL 2012 | MARK WORTHINGTON

    One of the clear memories I have of when my children were infants is putting my finger on their palms, and watching their little hands grasp mine. How tightly those little fingers held on! As my children grew into toddlerhood, they loved to hold hands with me. Sometimes I would...

  • My <em>Own</em> Testimony

    My Own Testimony

    APRIL 2012 | CATEY HINKLE

    A couple of months ago, my mom testified in a church service about how grateful she was for our church’s literature, which is prayed over for the healing of the sick before it is sent out. She was saved when I was three years old and at that point she...

  • The Restlessness Is Gone!

    The Restlessness Is Gone!

    APRIL 2012 | PHIL WONG

    God has made an amazing transformation in my life. Considering my background, it is miraculous that I can stand before the people of God with the joy of the Lord in my heart. I am so thankful for God’s faithfulness to me.

    I was brought up on the island of Borneo...

  • How God Settled Me

    How God Settled Me

    JANUARY 2012 | JIM OTT

    My grandparents’ church roots go way back to late 1906 when they first came into contact with Florence Crawford. She was on her way from the Azusa Street revival in Los Angeles to Portland, Oregon, to hold meetings in an old blacksmith shop. My grandparents threw in their lot with...

  • Life Turned Upside Down

    Life Turned Upside Down

    JANUARY 2012 | TED FRIESEN

    Life is so quickly gone, and my footsteps I can’t retrace . . . my only hope is Jesus.

    That’s the realization that broke through to my soul one warm July night as I listened to a story I had heard many times since childhood. Some of my earliest memories are...

  • Satisfied!

    Satisfied!

    JANUARY 2012 | CHERYL DOWNEY

    When my husband and I travel, we have a favorite airline that we use whenever possible. The mission statement of this airline is “dedication to the highest quality of customer service delivered with a sense of warmth, friendliness, individual pride, and company spirit.” During our many flights with this airline,...

  • Surrounded by the Love of Jesus

    Surrounded by the Love of Jesus

    JANUARY 2012 | PAT HEWLETT

    How grateful I am to God for what He has done in my life. I was not brought up in a Christian home, though it was a good home. My parents loved each other and their six daughters. They did not go to church themselves, but I am thankful they...

  • A New Reason to Play

    A New Reason to Play

    APRIL 2011 | GARY RILER

    Standing in front of my high school band and choir students, I felt like a hypocrite. While I was encouraging them to make good choices, I was not doing so myself. The life that I lived at that time was not beneficial physically or spiritually. Most nights I found comfort...