• Learning from the Past and Choosing Something Better

    Learning from the Past and Choosing Something Better

    AUGUST 2018 | PETER IDOWU

    As a boy, I was brought up in a family that professed to be Christian. Our parents would take my four siblings and me to church every Sunday, but the story of salvation was never told there. However, an uncle of mine came into contact with the Apostolic Faith Church...

  • Love Our Enemies?!

    Love Our Enemies?!

    JULY 2018 | ZELMA PIERCE

    In my first year as a Christian, my faith and obedience to the Lord were tested. I lived and worked in a rough part of San Francisco, California. Almost every day, I walked eleven blocks to the junior high school where I worked as a teacher’s aide. Knowing the neighborhood,...

  • Comfort in Crisis

    Comfort in Crisis

    JUNE 2018 | DERIN AND MICHELLE MADOJUTIMI

    Derin’s Testimony Growing up, I was part of a family of seven; three boys and two girls, plus my parents. I was born into this glorious Gospel. In Sunday school and at home, I was told that Jesus loves and cares for little children, and that gladdened my heart. I was...

  • Choosing Wisely

    Choosing Wisely

    MAY 2018 | BOBBI DOWNEY

    At about six years of age, I made the choice to cut my hair. It was not the wisest choice I ever made. While at school, I realized my bangs were hanging in my eyes and needed to be trimmed. The teacher turned off the lights and started a movie,...

  • Overwhelmed By the Message of the Cross

    Overwhelmed By the Message of the Cross

    APRIL 2018 | MELANIE EWERS

    Growing up, I could clearly see the destructive power of sin. Grace and salvation, however, were not introduced to me until I learned about them in Sunday school. When I was about five years old, one of my neighbors began riding the Sunday school bus to the Apostolic Faith Church....

  • Help for the Hurting

    Help for the Hurting

    MARCH 2018 | MARK WORTHINGTON

    Just two months after my wife and I were married, we were traveling over the Blue Mountains in Oregon one night shortly after midnight. We had noticed snow on the side of the road, but the freeway looked clear and vehicles were moving along at the posted speed. Suddenly our...

  • Seeds Sown; Souls Saved

    Seeds Sown; Souls Saved

    FEBRUARY 2018 | JUNG OK YOU

    I thank the Lord for what He has done for me. I was born in Pusan, Korea. Though my parents were not Christians, they were honest and tried to raise their children to be good people.

    When my father was fifteen years old, he went to Japan to earn money because,...

  • Found By the One True God

    Found By the One True God

    JANUARY 2018 | SOLOMON AKINDURO

    My heart is grateful to God for His mercy toward me when I was a wretched sinner. I was born in Ondo, Ondo State, Nigeria, into a polygamous and idolatrous family; my father had six wives and more than twenty children. Life was very tough during my growing up years...

  • Turning Trials into Testimonies

    Turning Trials into Testimonies

    NOVEMBER 2017 | BERTHENA CONYERS

    My upbringing was in the way of holiness. Both of my parents were saved and they raised their children very strictly. It seems like I knew about the Gospel my whole life. At the age of twelve I prayed and asked the Lord to save me, and He did, but...

  • Take Time to Remember

    Take Time to Remember

    NOVEMBER 2017 | KAREN BARRETT

    Losing something important can create major problems! Last summer, my youngest daughter and I had plans to fly home from California with her two toddlers after a family vacation while her husband and the rest of the family drove home. Unfortunately, the night before our early morning flight, she realized...

  • A Thrill Seeker Counts the Cost

    A Thrill Seeker Counts the Cost

    OCTOBER 2017 | JOHN JORDAN

    As a child, I had a good home and was raised carefully by my parents. Prayer and the reading of God’s holy Word were a regular occurrence, as was attending our local church. If any of those things could make one ready for Heaven, I would have been well on...

  • Prayer in a Tight Spot

    Prayer in a Tight Spot

    SEPTEMBER 2017 | CLARK WOLFE

    When something works for me, it seems that information needs to be shared so others can take advantage of it. By far the most important and best thing that has ever happened to me was experiencing the Gospel of Jesus Christ. Nothing else has even come close and I love...

  • The Golden Rule and Other Marriage Advice from God's Word

    The Golden Rule and Other Marriage Advice from God's Word

    AUGUST 2017 | JODIE HINKLE

    As a child, I was taught the Golden Rule, which is to do unto others as you would have them do unto you. Growing up, I didn’t know where this saying originated, but considered it to be good relationship advice. After becoming a Christian at age twenty-three, I started reading...

  • Victory in Loss

    Victory in Loss

    JULY 2017 | SENGUE EPIE MARTHA

    My heart is grateful to the Almighty God for making me part of this glorious Gospel. I am one of the many fortunate children who were born and raised in it. My family was part of the Apostolic Faith Church in Cameroon, and my parents did not relent in their...

  • From a Rebellious Teen to a Pastor’s Wife

    From a Rebellious Teen to a Pastor’s Wife

    MAY 2017 | SYLVIA PHILLIPS

    What a joy it is to know that Jesus loves me! Throughout my life, I’ve had opportunities to prove His love over and over again.

    I grew up in a large family of seven girls and four boys. Before my birth, my parents had come to Dallas, Oregon, from Canada with...

  • Jesus Opened the Way

    Jesus Opened the Way

    MAY 2017 | CATEY HINKLE

    A few years ago, I visited the country of Israel. One interesting aspect of the trip was seeing Orthodox Jews who live by the teachings of the Old Testament but totally disregard the New Testament. In a sense, they gave a glimpse of what Old Testament times were like, which...

  • Step by Step Guidance

    Step by Step Guidance

    MAY 2017 | ALEX WILSON

    Having the privilege to grow up being taught the Gospel is truly wonderful, but what is even better is to be born into it through the experience of salvation, which no amount of godly heritage can ever provide. This is something every sinner must receive for himself, regardless of his...

  • He Made My Life Beautiful

    He Made My Life Beautiful

    APRIL 2017 | TAMI GASTON

    At the age of twenty I was married and working in accounting, which I did for many years with different companies. My husband and I had no children and did not want any. My focus was my career and becoming successful, and I always told myself that kids would just...

  • A Place of Peace

    A Place of Peace

    MARCH 2017 | LARRY AND KAYE MONTGOMERY

    Kaye's Story:

    It was back in 1974, in a little church in Fort Smith, Arkansas, when Jesus transformed my life. I was a miserable young mother at the time, having failed to find the happiness I longed for in life.

    I was not born into a Christian home. My parents divorced a...

  • A Troubled Teen Transformed

    A Troubled Teen Transformed

    MARCH 2017 | JAY LARRECHEA

    My parents divorced when I was very young, and I grew up without a father. My mother worked to support my sister and me, so she couldn’t always keep an eye on what we were doing.

    At a very early age—ten years old—I began smoking cigarettes, which I stole from my...

  • Standing Together

    Standing Together

    FEBRUARY 2017 | TOM PRICSKETT

    The amazing old-growth trees in the forests along the northern coast of California literally took my breath away. I had never seen redwood trees before, except maybe in an encyclopedia. Craning my neck to peer toward the tree tops, I quickly realized that angle could not be maintained for very...

  • I've Got It!

    I've Got It!

    DECEMBER 2016 | NOLAN ROBY

    Tracing my “roots” back to 1907, my mother’s parents came to Ellis Island, New York, from Italy, eventually settling in the little coal-mining town of Centerville, Iowa. My mother was raised in a denomination where she was not introduced to the Christian faith and salvation from sin. My father’s family...

  • Playing Her Part

    Playing Her Part

    NOVEMBER 2016 | KRISTI RILER

    It was my privilege to be born into a Christian home. My mom was raised in the Apostolic Faith Church, where my grandfather was a pastor. She loved the Lord as a child and was saved at a young age. My dad’s mother also loved God and raised my dad...

  • Just Ask

    Just Ask

    NOVEMBER 2016 | DAVE GREEN

    “Just ask.” That sounds simple, doesn’t it? Recently, a couple of incidents—an email exchange and a remarkable statistic—prompted me to reflect on this common phrase and some spiritual applications from God’s Word.

    As a building contractor, I periodically am involved in dealing with local bureaucracies to secure permits for construction projects....

  • Will It Meet with God's Approval?

    Will It Meet with God's Approval?

    OCTOBER 2016 | KAREN BARRETT

    Recently my husband and I made the decision to have a small house, officially designated by the City of Portland as an Accessory Dwelling Unit (ADU), built next to our rental property. We asked the designer who had drawn up the plans for our current home to come up with...

  • You Are My Peace

    You Are My Peace

    OCTOBER 2016 | MARJORIE REID

    God is the Rock of my salvation, and He has shown Himself strong on my behalf for many years. Jesus found me in July of 1958 when I was five years old. I was not looking for Him, but He was looking for me.

    My parents were not Christians at the...

  • Surrendered to God's Call

    Surrendered to God's Call

    OCTOBER 2016 | EDET BASSEY

    Born in Ika Oku Iboku, Nigeria, I grew up attending church regularly. In my teenage years, while away at school, I attended another church and took part in the services by playing the organ and singing in the choir. None of these things made me a Christian. My heart was...

  • Singing a New Song

    Singing a New Song

    JULY 2016 | ANDY CHASTEEN

    Music—I enjoyed anything related to it. At school, I was in choirs and bands, and during my high school years, I started a rock and roll band. Since it was just for fun at first, it seemed harmless. But it was not a good choice, and that decision was followed...

  • When Storms Assail

    When Storms Assail

    JULY 2016 | CHERYL PAULSEN

    Typhoon “Louise” struck Okinawa, Japan, on October 9, 1945. Even though World War II had ended on September 2, this island had a large United States military presence, including ships in Buckner Bay and airplanes on land. The typhoon brought torrential rain that lasted for twenty hours, and wind that...

  • Won by the Love of a Neighbor

    Won by the Love of a Neighbor

    JULY 2016 | HELEN GADDIS

    Growing up in a small city in Alabama, I had a mother who always attended church and who always took her children to church. My mother’s side of the family were church-going people. In fact, my grandfather was a pastor and bishop. So I loved church. After marrying and moving...