The Pulse: Live on Mission

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The Pulse: Live on Mission

DNA : Live on Mission

This Church planting thing is hard, but this Church planting thing is worth it.

 

I think one of the hardest things we will ever learn how to do together is to LIVE ON MISSION.

How to actually share the good new of Jesus Christ with people that don't know about the great love. If we actually get that figured out, if we learn how to actually bring people out of the darkness and into the light, if we learn how to actually bring people to Jesus we will have done something that few churches have learned to do. If we figure this out, we will be unstoppable.

 

Did you know that

•61% of Christians haven’t shared their faith in the last 6 months.

•79% of Christians haven’t invited someone to church in the last year.

•98% of Christians do not witness to nonbelievers weekly

•95% of Christians have never led another person to Christ.

 

 

This core value we have to LIVE ON MISSION is hard, but it is worth it!

One of the lessons I've learned this year with you at Go Church is that the way God made me to connect and minister to others is not exactly what works for everybody.

 

The mission of the Church, The great commission, hasn't changed but the strategy is always changing. The strategy that has worked for me in the past is always changing and evolving. I have to continue to figure out what will work best for me and the people in my life to get them to Jesus.

 

So…

what is your plan?

What is your strategy to LIVE ON MISSION?

How do you plan to change the statistics and lead someone to Christ?

 

We are created for this movement and purpose. You need movement to be alive.

You need rhythm to truly live.

 

You need a rhythm of filling up with the good news of Jesus, and a rhythm of pouring out into people with Love.

 

You need to Breathe In. Breathe in the true love of our Father in heaven.

Then you need to Breathe out. Breathe out the love you have received to people in your life.

 

Maybe that should be your plan.

Maybe that should be your strategy.

LIVE ON MISSION by breathing in the good news of Jesus Christ, the Love of the father, then breathe out and go to people in your life and love and invest in them.

 

Breathe in the Gospel. In fact be DRIVEN BY THE GOSPEL.

So that you can breathe out and LIVE ON MISSION.

I think some of your strategy must have awareness, Intentionality, and movement.

 

Awareness

Have enough awareness to see the people that are already in your life that need to good news of Jesus Christ. There are tons of opportunities right under your nose. Listen to what is around you. Look at the ponds in your life. Who is in your life? Start praying for the people that are the closest to you and them move toward those that are furthest away.

 

 

Intentionality

Maybe even start with “How to make new friends 101”

I want to clarify that to LIVE ON MISSION isn't having the right christian words to say in the moment, its better to just make friends and have some common ground so you can build a relationship that will last long past the conversations that will come. Go make some new friends.

 

 

Movement

Then be intentional and focus on a few.

Let them know you love them before you speak truth in their life. Start with listening. Ask lots of questions. By asking lots of questions you will see where your opening is to talk about Jesus and even if you don't see it right away, all your questions will help you get to know these people better. They will feel like you actually care about them because the conversations are all about them because you keep asking questions.

 

 

 

Great place to start. Great way to LIVE ON MISSION.

Breathe in the Good new of Jesus, let him give you the confidence to talk about him, Breathe in Jesus, let him give you the words and the actions.

 

Then Go, then move.

 

We are going to spend a lot of time this coming year talking about how best to accomplish this mission together.  I’m excited for February to talk about Love at length and how we can LOVE Spring Hill.

 

This Church planting thing is hard, but this church planting thing is worth it.

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G2k: Joshua McGrew

G2k: Joshua McGrew

My  name is Joshua McGrew.  I had the benefit of growing up in a solid family that loved me, a church family that cared for me, and with a God who gave me identity.  By Middle School, I already knew what my life was destined for – a future in ministry working with teens.  And so I didn’t wait.  I waded in and started teaching those who were younger than I.  I found purpose and acceptance through the relational investment that I made in others. 

I was able to see my dream unfold as i was serving in the church, a Christian college, hired as a part-time Middle School minister, and finally full-time Youth Ministry.  I wouldn’t be too far off in saying that I was the ‘golden child’ of my church.  My future was secure. 

Below the surface, this couldn’t be further from the truth. At the same time I started teaching, I began dabbling in pornography.  By my High School years, porn was a regular part of my life.  More and more, the Lord that I proclaimed (God) was replaced by the ‘lord’ that I honored (porn). 

Some things they don’t tell you about pornography:

·         It corrupts your God-given sexuality and makes you a slave to sexual sins.  Eventually, it becomes the master of your life.

·         You stop viewing people through the lens of being God-designed and start viewing them as objects to lust over.  As a result, your relationships with the opposite sex begin to dissolve. 

·         You’re never content.  Sexuality becomes a hunger that takes you deeper and deeper into brokenness. 

By the time I was in my early 20’s, my mind was a mess. Choosing to follow God – to fully surrender and make Him the lead in your life – is no joke.  Jesus makes it clear that we ‘cannot serve two masters’ (Matt. 6).  Eventually one will win out over the other. I kept finding myself making grand commitments to God: ‘Never will I look at this again!’ and ‘I promise to seek wholeness and purity in You.’

Those commitments would sometimes last months.  Usually it was weeks.  Or days. At the age of 25, my sexual hunger finally got the best of me.  I had an affair with a co-worker.  This choice would bring a tremendous amount of brokenness into both of our lives, the lives of our families, and the lives that we interacted with regularly in the church. 

The words ‘I’m pregnant’ can carry all kinds of weight.  For me, it was enough weight to help me hit rock bottom.  I spent a couple of days thinking through every option that I had; most of them involved running away from the mess that I had made.  But finally we agreed to own up to our mistake.  To do what we could to make restitution.  To find forgiveness. 

We went around to our coworkers and loved ones and told them our sin.  We told them about the brokenness that we had caused.  And we told them that we would own our mistake and resign from our positions at the church. 

Sunday morning I found myself standing on the stage in front of my church family, openly sharing my brokenness and begging for their forgiveness.  One thousand people. And as I stood there, a man stood up.  He said, ‘I forgive you.’ 

Something broke inside of me.  In those three words, I heard God’s voice: ‘I forgive you’. This is the beauty of grace: it is given, not earned.  All of my life I had tried to earn the approval of God and people: get the right grades, make the right choice, say the right things.  The outcome was a life full of pride and emptiness.  Two thousand years ago, Jesus walked this earth and chose death in my place so that I wouldn’t have to strive to be ‘good enough’.  I had replaced Jesus’ name with my own, but I was doing a terrible job of saving myself.  It was in that moment, grace broke through all of the ugliness. 

That morning I experienced grace for the first time.  The people of this church surrounded me.  Cried with me.  Prayed with me.  Loved on me.  Jesus took on flesh and accepted my brokenness.  Grace took on flesh and helped me discover a real relationship with God. 

It was the worst and best day of my life. 

Healing took a long time, but it started in that moment.  Even now, I find myself battling some of the brokenness of my past: scarred relationships, misguided pride and a lurking lust.  But God is good and is transforming me to be the person He originally designed me to be. 

Speaking of transformation and grace:

·         I have a wife who loves me and puts up with my brokenness. We’re walking this road of transformation together. 

·         I have a horde of children who need me and who have become my pride and joy. 

·         I have a church community (the very same community as above, believe it or not) that I get to serve in and that I continue to experience grace through. 

·         And I have a God that sees through the mess that I made and continues to say, ‘I forgive you.’ 

God’s doing the hard work – I just have to daily choose to surrender to Him and obediently follow. 

 

 

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The Pulse: The Gospel

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The Pulse: The Gospel

Charles Swindoll comments, “News articles may inform us. Novels may inspire us. Poetry may enrapturee us. But only the living, active Word of God can transform us.”

 

At Go Church we believe the gospel is so good that it is the driving force behind all of what we do. The gospel is what motivates us to do what we do. There are plenty of things that motivate a church, you could be driven by guilt or fear, driven by obligation or personal glory. The church will never go very far unless it is motivated by the love of Jesus Christ. When you look at Jesus and comprehend what he has done for us, it drives us to love in return. It drives us to love God and love others. If we are motivated by love we will go further and deeper then we ever could have imaged. The gospel is the gas in the tank needed to accomplish our mission the great commission. The gospel is the message we carry to every person and nation of the world. The very heart beat of this church is the gospel of Jesus Christ. We don't have ANYTHING if we don't have the gospel. Our house is built on the gospel which is the rock that stands against the storm.

 

The gospel is the message we share and is used to motivate us to accomplish the great commission but it does more than that. The Bible is a collection of stories that all point to Jesus and what he did for us. This is good news for all people. The good news or gospel is more than just good news.

This gospel is like a sword:

The gospel divides soul and spirit, divides joints and marrow.The gospel is the only set of words that when read are also reading us back. The gospel will speak to the heart and transform the way we think about our lives and the world around us. Be careful what you read you will be cut to the heart.

The gospel is like a quilt:

Each patch on a quilt has its own design, and all the patches together make an overall design. Each patch is securely sewn to near by patches to create unity and strength in the whole. The same is true of the Bible. Each part has its own message, but each part complements the others without clash or contradiction. They join together and combine into the overall message of God's beautiful plan for mankind.

The gospel is like a bird's feather:

A feather is a work of art when seen from afar or close up. From a distance a feather looks simple yet graceful, but, when examined under a microscope, it is amazingly complex. At the same time, God's Word is a plethora of patterns and details that interface and interlock with perfect harmony.

This gospel is like The Ocean:

There are places in the ocean where even the smallest child can get their feet wet and play at the shore. There are also places in the ocean a diver can go deeper and deeper, one new world of wonder after another opens up to view. Likewise, casual Bible readers enjoy the familiar messages near the surface. Those who delve deeper discover new wonders that, while not as familiar, are perfectly designed and delightful.

This gospel is like an operation manual:

How many of us make serious mistakes trying to operate a machine without reading the manual. God provided an instruction manual for the humans He created. (He also offers service and repairs for when we are broken or dysfunctional, but that's another story.) The truth is that the Creator knows better than anyone else how we are supposed to live, but we try to operate our lives without reading the manual.

 

We are so blessed to have the gospel to do the work we have been called and created for. We cannot accomplish our mission with out it!

At Go Church we have some great ways for you to stay connected to the gospel.

We have been reading through the Bible together using an outline provided by TheRead Scriptureapp & website, and content from The Bible Project. I am so grateful for the videos that provide a great summary of the books of the bible and the overall message of the gospel. Don't miss these great tools to help you live a life Driven by the Gospel.

 

There are plenty of things that will motivate you in life. but remember there is nothing that will give you more energy and purpose then the gospel, the good news of the love of Jesus Christ that is for all people.

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G2K: Jim Redmile

G2K: Jim Redmile

My Testimony - Jim Redmile

My mother was raised catholic, and I call my father a secular humanist, who ultimately believed in himself and the goodness of people. It took him awhile to get there though, because he had a bad experience coming back from Vietnam. As a kid, my mom took me and my sister to many churches here in town, but nothing very consistent, and my dad didn’t come with us.

I was supposed to do well in school, and by middle school we studied the theory of evolution. Not coming from a strong bible background, I was confused about how God created the world in 6 days but science told me the universe was billions of years old.

I did have some belief in God though, from where I’m not really sure, because if we were losing in baseball or football or whatever game I was playing at the time, I would make deals with God telling Him how I’d stop doing this, or start doing that, if only he would use his superpowers to help us win the game.

As a junior in high school, I transferred to a private religious high school in Philadelphia and learned about a man named Emanuel Swedenborg who wrote what he believed to be the internal meaning of the bible in the 1770’s. I didn’t have much biblical background at the time, and was more interested in sports and girls than I was in studying or theology. Most Christians would call the Church of the New Jerusalem a cult, but I didn’t know any better.

After graduation, I lived and worked in Philly for about 4 years and began my new career in drinking alcohol and doing drugs (mostly just smoking weed).

But I wasn’t making barely any money and wanted to go where there were a lot of girls, so I got myself into a private religious college, Newberry College in South Carolina. There I met a lot of fellow drinkers and smokers, many of whom were studying to be Lutheran priests.

I graduated with a 3.4 GPA (not too bad) and went to work in Clemson, South Carolina, where my girlfriend and soon to be ex-wife was finishing up school. But student loans were starting to come in the size of small mortgages and I moved back to Florida to work in the family appraisal business.

I got married but we continued our party life, which wasn’t sustainable. We divorced after a couple of years, and I continued in my partying ways, living a lost and dark life (at least that’s how I look on it in hind-sight).

And then one day I met this girl, 13 years younger than I was, and I pursued her. I was still living the same way, but she was different. She gave me grace (I didn’t know it was grace at the time) and I tried to push her away at one point, but she woudn’t let me. She wouldn’t let me continue in the pattern I was accustomed to.

Soon I learned - as I got closer to her and her family - they were Christians, and most of their beliefs contradicted mine. But I came to the conclusion that I could live with these people, and after three years I asked her to marry me.

Later I learned that my soon to be mother-in-law practically forced pastor Dave, from Christian Church in the Wildwood (CCW), to marry us, because he was against marrying a Christian with a non-Christian; two people who were unequally yoked.

But it was during one of these pre-marriage counseling sessions that the light turned on and I realized I was lost and needed a savior.

I was baptized on August 21, 2005 and we were married on January 7, 2006. But I still struggled for nearly a year with alcohol and drugs.

On October 7, 2006, I finally surrendered to Jesus, to the Holy Spirit, and I believe I was delivered from drugs and alcohol completely.

I’m nowhere near perfect, and as I mature in my relationship with Jesus, I realize how far I have to go, and that I need to pick up my cross each day in my feeble attempt at Christ-likeness.

But my life has been a 180 degree change, realizing dreams that I’ve had since I was a kid, with a wife who is daily a positive example, and two children, the older Luke who has, as a 9 year old, surrendered his life to Jesus, and Zeke, 7 years old, who is on his way.

We are a part the GoChurch, an intentional church plant from CCW meeting at Deltona Elementary in Spring Hill, Florida with a mission to “Go and make disciples.”

The apostle Paul said in a letter he sent to Timothy, Christ Jesus came into the world to save sinners, of whom I am the worst. Now, Paul may have been the worst, but I feel like I was a close 2nd. And if you talk to someone who has come to know who Jesus is, they’ll probably say they were the worst. But I do know this… if he can change me he can you too.

If you’ve actually read this far, and would like to talk to me about how Jesus can change you, please feel free to call or text me at 352.540.5185 or you can email me at jimdanielle.redmile@gmail.com. God bless.

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THE PULSE: Oh The Places We'll Go!

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THE PULSE: Oh The Places We'll Go!

I love our name, Go church... But at first, I didn’t.

I personally wanted to call the church Remedy Christian Church. I liked the sound of that much better; I'm glad it wasn't my decision alone to make. I think God knew what the church would be named before we did. I think God also knows what we will do before it happens. I have to say, I'm excited to see what happens next. I absolutely love being a part of this church. This past year and a half has been such a wonderful adventure. Sometimes it seems like a dream come true,  while other times feel like we bit off a little more than we could chew, but it all has been worth it. God has given us such a wonderful opportunity and I know that I want to do the best we can, with the time that we have been given.

I love the name, Go Church, because it reminds us that we should be moving, that we have a purpose that requires movement. If we are going to live up to our name we cannot sit still. We have to keep moving! Go Church is going somewhere! We should be intentional and specific about where exactly we go. Jesus spoke into my life just as He has spoken into others lives. He told us what our purpose was, and gave us a clear mission. His final word on earth to His disciples (and to you and me) were, “Go make disciples of all nations.” Jesus told us to baptize people in the name of the Father, Son, and the Holy Spirit. He told us to teach them to
obey everything He commanded us to do. And then, after giving us our instruction, Jesus promised us He will be with us always, to the very end of our adventure. This is our purpose that requires movement!

Jesus commands us with the first word, “Go” and that is exactly what we will do. The real question is, how are we going to go? How are we going to “GO MAKE DISCIPLES”? We would like to use this blog as another way to tell you how we at Go church are going to go. We want you to read and learn about how we are going and growing together. This will be a great way for you to look a little deeper into who we are as The Church.

If you want to know where Go Church is going then check in here for "The Pulse".
Every other week we will have new content for you to enjoy and hopefully grow from. Our goal is to create a culture at Go Church to help us accomplish our mission, and we have been forming a strategy to help us accomplish our mission. In the weeks to come there will be more content from the Go Church leadership team focusing on HOW we accomplish this mission. We have constructed 5 core values that will help us get there. We call these 5 core values the Go Church DNA. In the coming Pulse blogs you will hear more about our DNA.

In addition to talking about how Go Church is going, we would like to talk about how Go Church is growing. Next week will be the first of many written testimonies from our members that will give us an opportunity to get to know each other a little bit better. A chance for you to see how we are growing closer to Jesus all the time. I believe if you want to get to know the church you have to get to know the people. In fact, I don't think there's any other way. You will also catch a glimpse of the one who is truly responsible for all the transformation that happens in and around Go Church, our Lord Jesus Christ. Don’t forget: Our purpose requires movement! Please join us as we go make disciples and check back next week to stay informed about the adventure of Go Church. I will leave you with this.

“You're off to Great Places!
Today is your day!
Your mountain is waiting,
So... get on your way!”
― Dr. Seuss, Oh, The Places You'll Go!

 

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G2k: Jami Gibbs

G2k: Jami Gibbs

My husband and I began this long weekend at a conference focused on Jesus. More specifically, directed at pastors, ministers, Church staff and volunteers and imploring us to rethink our own faith and inspire those who are not in a relationship with Jesus to fall in love with him. Now, here I sit in an awesome little coffee shop and bookstore in the heart of Asheville, North Carolina and I have the immense pleasure of writing our very first Go Church blog. I have the privilege of sharing my heart for Jesus and telling my story of how my journey toward ministry began. When I was 15 years old, I felt God call me to missions. I listened to a very compelling sermon given about missionaries at a Christ in Youth conference. The pastor spoke about how things used to look for missionaries and how dire their conditions were. They left their homes and traveled to far off “savage” countries to carry out the Great Commission. They went not knowing how their message would be received, not knowing if they would ever return home or see their families again. For this reason, before they set sail for their pilgrimage, they built a wooden box to pack their belongings in. This box would double as their coffin should their message fail or should their message take root, leaving them to carry out the rest of their days in this foreign land for the sake of the gospel. And as scary as that sounds, I couldn't not stand on my feet when the pastor said “If you feel called to missions, please stand”. I never imagined that my mission field would be my hometown. In fact, I was straight up against it! I never wanted to live in Hernando County again once I left. Not that I had bad experiences, I loved my childhood! But I just knew that I was meant for more, that God had big plans and a big calling for me, bigger than Spring Hill, Florida! Or so I thought. It was only after I ran from home, trying to chase what I thought God had in store for me that I could crave being back home and finally let God fulfill His purpose for my life. On top of never wanting to return to Spring Hill, I never wanted to be a part of Go Church. I knew I had married someone who had a heart for church planting, but when we talked about planting churches it never looked like this and it certainly never included staying in Spring Hill. But once again, I was focused on me, my calling, my big dreams. For someone who felt called by The Lord to carry out His mission, I somehow continually left him out of the equation and prayed that He’d get on board and bless my own path. I don’t know if you have ever chased your own plan or gotten ahead of yourself or gotten ahead of God, but if, like myself, you have then you know that once you stop and come to that place of being at peace and knowing that you are exactly where God wants you to be… you don’t likely want to go back to chasing your own desires any time soon. This was CCW for us. It was where we stopped chasing and found peace. It was home, it was good and it was very comfortable. It was exactly where God wanted us to be for a season. Go Church was a call out of our comfort zone. It was a call away from the place we found refuge after a season of unrest and a call away from the people who had taught us, encouraged us, built us up and poured into us. And it was exactly what we needed. God called us to Go Church when we least expected it and we’re so glad he did! While I thought I was destined for far off places, God has always know exactly what we needed. Somehow He has stretched and molded us in the comfort of our hometown and brought us far out of our comfort zone all at once. He is growing us in so many ways and revealing His heart for today’s church every day. This mission field doesn’t look anything like I expected it to when I answered that call 17 years ago, but neither does today’s world. One of the biggest lessons that I am learning as the years go by is to not get comfortable. Not in a place, not in a circumstance and definitely not in Ministry. If i’m comfortable, I’m not growing and if I’m not growing, I’m likely not doing much good for the kingdom. The world is changing every day, which means ministry is changing every day. God is the same yesterday, today and tomorrow. Though the mission field may change, the call is the same and the command is simple. Love. A very encouraging and inspiring quote from our time at the conference this past week was: “The church was never meant to be a place. The church was and is a movement!” Jesus brought a movement, He was the movement! Now he left us to carry out His mission, to literally be His hands and feet and keep moving! His calling on my life is clearer now than it was all those years ago as I stood to my feet in reckless abandon and submitted my life to a life of Mission work. I thought I was pumped up then, I had no idea. How exciting to see where we go from here! I am so blessed to be on this journey and to be a part of the movement that is The Church. I can’t not jump to my feet for the call of the mission and for the sake of the gospel. I hope you’ll GO with me.

 

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It's Never Too Late

It's Never Too Late

Hello everyone my name is Maria Rosanti. I come from Indonesia. I have been in the US for about 12 years. The story of what I am going to tell you is not about me, it's about my mom. My mom was raised by a Muslim Mother and Catholic Father. When she was 5 years old her father was taken by the Japanese and taken to a camp during WWII. My mom was the first born child, she has 2 brothers and 1 sister. After my grandfather was taken away from the family and placed in a war camp my grandmother had a hard time taking care of the 4 children. She had to work and my mom had to take care of her younger siblings. Her sister died from malaria during this time at age 3. This heartache lead my grandmother to make the decision to place the 3 children in foster care. The children were separated from each other in multiple foster families. My mom was living with a Christian foster family and she learned about Jesus at that time. When my mother was a teenager my grandmother took all her kids out of foster families and put them in a Catholic dorm school, but males and females were separate so my mom was again separated from her brothers. In this Catholic school my mother earned her certificate and became a kindergarten teacher for Dutch children. She spoke fluent Dutch and Indonesian. She continued practicing Catholicism until she married my dad who was Muslim. In order to get married my dad became a Catholic. Mom and Dad had 9 children, 5 boys and 4 girls. As a Catholic my mom went to church every Sunday with all of us children except my dad. To my knowledge my mom was very strict Catholic and practiced all their rituals faithfully.

In 1983 I personally Jesus as my Lord and Savior, but I was not a disciple so I never grew spiritually even though I stopped going to the Catholic church and started attending the nondenominational church. In 2009 I went home to visit my family and as usual we had a fun time, but I never brought up becoming a christian and I don't even think they saw a big change in me, My life was "Christian" but I was not fully surrendered. When I became a new born Christian in 2012 I started talking about Jesus to my mom. All the time I spoke to her about Jesus and reading the Bible, she refused politely. She always told me that I have to leave her alone with her religion.

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I thought after I learned about discipleship that I needed to share with her God's story. This was a good strategy, I thought, for my ministry to my family, but I was wrong. I soon found out I only needed to pray and show them my change not to preach to them. This is when I asked my friends in my small group at CCW to pray about salvation for my mom and family. Prayers continued and God supplied my way. A week before i leave to Indonesia, June 4, 2017, my mother accepted Christ into her heart and life through the working ministry by Brother Martin, who has been ministering to my mom faithfully. June 12, 2017 I boarded the plane to Indonesia to see my family for the first time in 8 years. I had no agenda of my own. I surrendered all to the moving of the Holy Spirit. What I did want to do was show them how I had changed through each of them seeing my actions and responses. I remember one day during my prayer time I talked to God that I wanted to experience my mom's baptism when I was there. That was my heart's desire, but boldly I said to God, "Your will be done and not mine." I asked God to use me as he wants me to be used.

While home in Indonesia I slept in the same room as my mom. Every morning I did my devotions and read the Bible, and invited her to join me. We did together and we prayed together every morning; she loved it. One afternoon I met Brother Martin and his wife who were visiting my mom, and they invited me and my mom to their house and attend their church. We made a plan for Friday, June 30 and stay until Sunday afternoon. They also mentioned going to the beach with their family and friends on Saturday. On June 19 early in the morning I was praying, then somehow the Holy Spirit spoke to me by giving me the idea to baptize my mom at the beach on July 1, when we had planned to go to the beach. I was so excited and said to God, it will be great if that happens! Then I asked God, "How do I talk to my mom? How do I ask her?" I felt scared and unsure how to bring this up to my mom. I thought this task was too big for me. I asked God to give me the strength and courage to talk to my mom about baptism. Later on my mom came back to the room to do the devotional with me. as usual we talk and have a conversation about anything and everything. I don't remember the conversation we had until we talk about baptism. I felt the Holy Spirit present in our conversation. He spoke the words and I don't remember what I was speaking. I spoke of my experience of being baptized. My mom's response was, "I wonder if I would have that same kind of experience." With that expression I felt the excitement in me and asked her boldly if she wanted to be baptized, and she said enthusiastically, "Yes!" I was surprised and unexpected with her response because I know her and her strict Catholic upbringing that she might say, "Let me think about that." The joy that I had, I was praising God and said, "It's happening." then I text Brother Martin the news and asked him to prepare the baptism in the ocean. On July 30, 2017 we went to Brother Martin's house and the next day we went to the beach and my mom was baptized on Saturday, July 1,2017 at age of 82.

I could see the joy in mom's life as she wants to be God's witness. She gave a testimony at Brother Martin's church and said it is never too late to give your life to God. God cares about families, family is God's design. If you are praying for family members and other people you love, God is listening and is at work setting up situations in their lives so that they can turn to Him. I hope this testimony of my mom gives everyone hope and encourages you to keep praying. Today my mom has joined the worship team by playing the harmonica at the nondenominational church my sister has been attending. 

"Therefore, my dear brothers and sisters, stand firm. Let nothing move you. Always give yourselves fully to the work of the Lord, because you know that your labor in the Lord is not in vain."1 Corinthians 15:58

"Believe in the Lord Jesus and you will be saved- you and your household" Acts 16:31

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