• 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....

  • Obstacles Turned to Victory

    Obstacles Turned to Victory

    OCTOBER 2013 | ONIYAS GUMBO

    God has done wonderful miracles in my life. Even though my father passed away when I was thirteen years old, God made it possible for me to later attend a mission school that was about 320 kilometers (200 miles) from where my family lived.

    At the age of twenty, while a...

  • A Spark of Honesty

    A Spark of Honesty

    JULY 2013 | BUTCH CAREY

    When I was growing up, we lived in a housing project in San Francisco, California. Some people would call me the victim of a broken home. After our parents divorced, my mother began sending my brothers and me to Sunday school with our older sister. We went for quite a...

  • Give Up to God!

    Give Up to God!

    JULY 2013 | JODIE HINKLE

    When our church was in the process of creating a new website, I was assigned a blank page and asked to populate it. After successfully installing a main menu and sub-menus, the next step was to fill the sub-menus with items. I went to the hidden page where the set-up...

  • New Country, Same Salvation

    New Country, Same Salvation

    JULY 2013 | RODICA MUSGRAVE

    Though my world as a child growing up in Romania did not revolve around politics or the social problems of society, I was aware of the oppression and mental anguish that was all around me. My thoughts centered on whether or not I would get anything for Christmas that year,...

  • Delivered for God's Glory

    Delivered for God's Glory

    APRIL 2013 | OWEN RICHARD OWEN

    God can give a true peace that will stand the test of time and will remain even when one faces life-threatening situations. This has been my personal testimony for over forty-nine years.

    In 1957, I was born in Eket, Akwa Ibom State, Nigeria, into a polygamous family with twenty-five children by...

  • It’s Still There!

    It’s Still There!

    APRIL 2013 | WENDY CHASTEEN

    There are many things in my life to thank the Lord for, but I am most grateful that someone took the time to invite me to church. I am thankful that the Lord can find people no matter where they are. In my case, I was across the creek, and...

  • Life Is an Adventure!

    Life Is an Adventure!

    APRIL 2013 | MARK STALLER

    Our perspective on trials can make a difference in how we handle them. For me, a little personal motto has been helpful. Let me explain how that came about.

    When the calendar said I had reached an important milestone age—forty years old—I took stock of my life. My blessings were many....

  • 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...