Daniel and Bethany,
Grace, Luke, and Ethan
From: Wauseon, Ohio
Arrived in the Dominican: June 2, 2019
Current Financial Support Level: 100%
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I grew up in a Christian home, going to church regularly and hearing the gospel. I had many Christian people influencing my life. I was homeschooled, and we used a Christian curriculum that had a short devotional at the end of the lessons. When I was about 8, my mom and I had just finished the lesson and read the devotion. At the end it asked the question, “If you died, do you know if you would go to heaven or hell?” Although I'd heard about Jesus and knew about heaven and hell, I realized that I'd never personally asked Jesus into my heart. I talked with my mom about what it meant to have a personal relationship with Jesus, and I realized that I had sinned and could not go to heaven without God's gift of Salvation. So at that time, we prayed together and I asked Jesus to save me and forgive me of my sins.
I am seeking God's plans for my life and desire to grow in Him and in my faith. As He shows me areas of weakness where I need to trust Him, I am intentionally seeking His will and praying. I would like to use the gifts and talents He has given me to continue to find new ways to serve Him.
I was 3 years old when my dad first asked me if I wanted to ask Jesus into my heart. Growing up in a Christian home and loving Jesus, I agreed. However, I didn't really understand the gravity or seriousness of the question. I didn't realize that I was a sinner in need of being rescued. I said a quick prayer and went back to playing with my toys. I was 10 years old, in the throes of changing from child to adult and realized I had so much anger and frustration that I was taking out on my family. I started hating myself. I would cry myself to sleep at night just asking God to take the negative emotions from me. One day, after having family devotions on forgiveness, my dad sent us all to separate rooms to pray. I broke down and asked God to save me and forgive me. I told my dad and he encouraged me to give my whole self to God, my future, my desires, everything. I did, and felt so loved. It didn't take away my emotions, but God's Holy Spirit filled me with good ones like love, patience, and kindness.
I love learning about my heavenly Father. He is merciful, kind, just. He has blessed me way beyond what I ever dreamed. I look forward to what He has in store for me. Right now, I am focusing on becoming a prayer warrior. It is amazing how much prayer changes things, especially my attitude. I am praying that God's will be done as He leads us and that we will continue to “grow in grace, and in the knowledge of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. To Him be glory both now and forever. Amen!” (2 Pet. 3:18)