Every now and then a testimony comes through our offices which so defines our mission and purpose as a ministry I like to share them. We all know that few things move our spirits as much as a real-life testimony from someone who finds the Lord in a powerful and life-changing way. The testimony below is just such a testimony. May the Lord quicken praise for his great mercy and love when you read this one.
“I grew up in a Christian home with loving parents and was home schooled along with my 2 brothers and 2 sisters.
When I was about 8, I was sexually abused for a year or so.
I grew up believing that it happens all the time and to just get over it. I tried for several years until I heard a Youth for Christ leader’s similar story to mine. For the first time, I realized that it may happen a lot but it’s not normal and it’s not okay. I kept living my life pretending to be okay on the outside but broken, lost and very angry on the inside…how could a God who says He loves me let this happen to me. Where was He when I needed Him the most?
So I concluded that I didn’t want anything to do with what my parents believed. I told my parents that I didn’t need a relationship with God, that I would be better off on my own.
I got involved in partying, drugs, guys. Anything and everything to try and get as far from God as I could… to prove I was happy without God. (I feel sorry for some of the woman leaders in my life who had to sit and listen to all my guy problems). But that’s what I liked about Youth for Christ…they loved me for who I was. They didn’t try and shove Jesus on me but they just listened, truly listened to me. Of course I always knew where they stood on the whole Jesus thing but they didn’t try to push it on me.
On September 21st 2012, my mom invited me to go to this True Woman conference with their church. There was a free ticket, some shopping, good eating and it was in Indianapolis where this guy I had been talking to lived, so of course I was all in.
I spent almost the entire conference fighting God and trying to shut Him out but on the last night Joni Ericson Tada, who is paralyzed from the shoulders down, got on stage and sang…”Amazing Grace, how sweet the sound, that saved a wretch like me. I one was lost, but now I’m found, was blind but now I see”. In that exact moment, I said “that’s it God! I’m done. I can’t do this anymore. I am so tired of running from You. Please, just take me as I am.” And He did! Right then and there I became a child of God.
I don’t know where I would be today without the True Woman Conference, Youth for Christ and the leaders there. They helped me through so much and never stopped loving me. My parents continued to faithfully pray for me. I now have a job working for a Christian dentist and shortly after asking Christ into my life I met a man who loves the Lord with all his heart and respects me. A man who I am now married to. I can’t wait to see what all God has in store for us in the years to come.”
Thank you so much for standing with us. Please know this is the fruit of your support of Revive Our Hearts. We are so grateful for your generosity to this ministry.
Please consider going to TW14. When we use words like transformation we hope you see the full potential of a unique meeting of women like a TW conference. Who knows what God may have in store for you in Indianapolis this October.
In any case, thank you for standing with us – you are making a difference!
Gary and Paige McCauley
Revive Our Hearts
Calling Women to Freedom, Fullness, and Fruitfulness in Christ.
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