• A Heritage of Prayer

    A Heritage of Prayer

    SEPTEMBER 2020 | DEL BARRETT

    My birthplace was Portland, Oregon, and I had a beautiful mother and a handsome, hardworking father. We had a wonderful home. I never saw my parents drink alcohol or heard them fight, but I never heard them pray either.

    My father had been brought up in the Apostolic Faith Church and...

  • Four Reasons to Be of Good Cheer

    Four Reasons to Be of Good Cheer

    AUGUST 2020 | LINDA SPINAS

    It could be easy to be discouraged by what we see happening in the world around us. News headlines are dominated by political fighting, disease, tragedies, natural disasters, and wars. In our personal lives as well, no doubt all of us have loved ones experiencing heartache or we are going...

  • We’re Blessed Beyond Measure

    We’re Blessed Beyond Measure

    JULY 2020 | NICK AND SHARRON SEGRES

    Nick tells his story: When I was five years old, my family moved to Winfield, Kansas, so my dad could be the pastor of the Apostolic Faith Church in that city. Our whole family was involved at church all the time, and the Bible was an open Book in our home....

  • Pardoned in Paradise

    Pardoned in Paradise

    JUNE 2020 | AL AND BLANCHE SIFAGALOA

    Blanche’s Story My family is from the island of Oahu in Hawaii. Ours was a good home but not a Christian home, but my parents did let my siblings and me go to the Apostolic Faith Sunday school. From the time I was little, someone from the church would pick us...

  • Cross-Cultural Christianity

    Cross-Cultural Christianity

    JUNE 2020 | ANTONIA SCHLEICHER

    Before moving to the United States from Nigeria in 1982, my mentor from church held a sendoff party for me at her home, and there she shared some advice with me. She said, “You are going to be worshipping with people whose ways of life will be different from yours....

  • A Turning Point

    A Turning Point

    APRIL 2020 | ELVIDO ORTIZ

    The home I was brought up in was a multi-faith home in the Dominican Republic. My father was Catholic and my mother was an evangelical Protestant. My father lived in the United States for work, and when he would come home, he would take my sister and me to a...

  • A Global Reset

    A Global Reset

    APRIL 2020 | MICHAEL ANTHONY

    In the modern digital age, we have become accustomed to rebooting or resetting systems as a standard solution for many of the software glitches we encounter. Usually our devices run multiple programs simultaneously, and corruption in one of them can have ramifications that result in a total system failure. Once...

  • God’s Mighty Deliverance

    God’s Mighty Deliverance

    MARCH 2020 | MARY FASOLA

    From an early age, I had a longing for satisfaction within. My parents introduced my sister and me to a number of Christian denominations, and from that time God gave me a hunger to serve Him. However, we went from one church to another, never staying at one of them...

  • Watch Your Step

    Watch Your Step

    FEBRUARY 2020 | CHERYL PAULSEN

    For years it has been common knowledge in our family that I can stumble over almost anything. Even a little irregularity in the pavement can be sufficient to cause me to become quite a spectacle. For this reason, Jude 24 has been a theme of my prayers both physically and...

  • Turning Back after Turning Away

    Turning Back after Turning Away

    JANUARY 2020 | JEFF YELLOTT

    My heart is grateful for the love and mercy of the Lord to me. As a child growing up, I had a loving and caring mother, although God did not have a proper place in our home. My mother had been carefully taught to serve the Lord with her whole...

  • You Are Called to Serve

    You Are Called to Serve

    DECEMBER 2019 | ANTONIO CASTILHO

    From before my birth, my parents were faithful members of the Catholic Church in Angola. I was born on July 9, 1953, and water baptized ten days later. From a very young age my parents instilled in me a reverence for God.

    My mother was my first teacher. She taught me...

  • Being a Witness Wherever You Go

    Being a Witness Wherever You Go

    NOVEMBER 2019 | BOBBI DOWNEY

    Have you ever wished for more opportunities to be a witness? That thought certainly has crossed my mind at times. I work at our church headquarters office, and am involved in numerous church activities. Most of the people I see on a daily basis are already Christians. When I do...

  • A Flight that Changed My Life

    A Flight that Changed My Life

    OCTOBER 2019 | SUSAN ANDERSON

    It was another white-knuckle flight. My short vacation had come to an end, I was on my way home to Portland, and I was terrified because I knew if the plane went down, I was not ready to meet my Maker.

    From my birth, my parents brought me to the Apostolic...

  • From Hatred to Happiness

    From Hatred to Happiness

    SEPTEMBER 2019 | GARFIELD CHARLES

    In my early years, I was known as a problem child. It seemed I was always getting into trouble. While still a boy, my grandmother told me, “If you don’t change, you’re not going to live long.” If God had not intervened, I know she would have been right, because...

  • Who’s in the Driver’s Seat?

    Who’s in the Driver’s Seat?

    AUGUST 2019 | ELLEN MORGAN

    At an amusement park not long ago, my granddaughter was thrilled when she had the opportunity to drive a small two-seater car. Though the vehicle was lightweight and perhaps only five feet wide by eight feet long, it was a car with those all-important features: a gas pedal, brake, and...

  • Communism Could Not Stop Our Faith

    Communism Could Not Stop Our Faith

    JULY 2019 | DANIELA HRUBA

    Growing up in Slovakia, I had a very precious heritage—relatives from both my mother’s side of the family and my father’s side were born-again believers. My parents were also Christians and they raised my two sisters, my brother, and me to know the truth of the Gospel.

    Some of our relatives...

  • Milestones and Miracles

    Milestones and Miracles

    JUNE 2019 | ROHAN AND CHARMAINE CLOUGH

    Rohan’s Story From the time I was a child, I heard about the Gospel. Although I was born in the Bahamas, when I was one year old, my mother sent me to live with my grandmother in Jamaica. My grandmother attended the Apostolic Faith Church, and she took me with her....

  • A Millionaire without Money

    A Millionaire without Money

    MAY 2019 | FLORAH MAMPHISWANA

    As a child, I lived in a mission house where my grandfather was a minister and the Bible was read almost every day. From a young age I learned to love God and to pray earnestly.

    One night, while just a young girl, I dreamed that I was inside a pure...

  • A Change in Plans

    A Change in Plans

    APRIL 2019 | CATEY HINKLE

    A little over a year ago, I went on vacation with a few friends, and throughout the trip it seemed I was learning a repeated lesson: be ready for your plans to change! On one of the days, I had booked an all-day tour to visit several World War II...

  • The Persistent Love of God

    The Persistent Love of God

    MARCH 2019 | ADEGORIOLA ASAYA

    In 1882, George Matheson wrote the words to the song “O love that will not let me go.” The love of God that he wrote about has been a constant in my life. I was born in 1977 to Nigerian parents who were studying in Boston, Massachusetts, and was the...

  • From Resistance to Resolve

    From Resistance to Resolve

    FEBRUARY 2019 | DAVID AND ROSIE LAMBERT

    David's Testimony I was blessed to be raised in a Christian home and saw numerous godly lives lived out in front of me. Yet, like many who are raised with great wealth, I took it for granted. Though never questioning God’s existence or whether or not He could save someone, I...

  • Staying Right-Side Up While Feeling Upside Down

    Staying Right-Side Up While Feeling Upside Down

    FEBRUARY 2019 | CHERYL DOWNEY

    My entire life I have been surrounded by Christians. Born into a wonderful Christian family where my parents regularly took me to Sunday school and church, they taught me that serving God was the only way to experience true satisfaction. My parents had been saved a few years before I...

  • Redeemed and Rejoicing

    Redeemed and Rejoicing

    DECEMBER 2018 | JOSEPH AND GENEVIEVE RUIZ

    Joseph's Testimony My parents were both faithful members of the Apostolic Faith Church when I was born. As a young boy, I attended church services regularly, mainly because it was a requirement in our home. Now, I am so thankful for that because it helped me learn about the Bible through...

  • Perseverance and Pumpkins

    Perseverance and Pumpkins

    NOVEMBER 2018 | KAREN BARRETT

    It was spring, and planting season was upon us. My young grandson and I were browsing the aisles at a home and garden center while waiting for my husband to purchase supplies needed for a yard project. We passed by a colorful display of seed packets and paused to study...

  • Though a Child, I Knew What God Did Was Real

    Though a Child, I Knew What God Did Was Real

    OCTOBER 2018 | CARRIE KEJU

    The family I was raised in was one where Christian testimonies were lived out before me. However, our home did not start that way. Both of my parents had been raised in Christian homes, but as they grew older, they left God and the faith of their childhoods. When they...

  • Who Will Cut Back the Hedge?

    Who Will Cut Back the Hedge?

    SEPTEMBER 2018 | DEE CUMMINS

    One of my earliest memories is my mother gathering my sisters and me around her and reading the Bible and our Sunday school lessons, and then praying with us. I am so thankful for my godly heritage and the privilege of being raised in a Christian home.

    Growing up, I always...

  • 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,...