"Then I heard the voice of the Lord saying, 'Whom shall I send, and who will go for Us?' Then I said, " Here am I. Send me!' "
Although the building has expanded considerably since I attended there, I grew up and was baptized in this church on the border between Howard and Miami counties near Kokomo, Indiana. My parents were faithful members from their marriage to their going home, and their graves are nearby.
I was reared in the Mennonite Church and was privileged to have parents, grandparents, aunts, and uncles who taught me at a very early age to know and love my Savior and Lord Jesus Christ. I am very grateful for their devotion and faithfulness, which had such a deep impact on my life that I cannot remember a time when I did not know that Jesus loves me. The most important, life-changing event in my life was my baptism when I was thirteen.
My life has been defined by my faith in God. Even during times when I wandered from his path and through the pain of a failed marriage, God has always been the most important Person in my life. I know by experience that it is the prodigal who loves the Father most, for he has seen most vividly the price the Father paid to redeem and restore him. Though I have not yet attained the goal of the high calling of Jesus Christ, it is my joy and privilege to seek always to keep my eyes on him, to listen for his voice, to follow where he leads, and to strive to glorify him in all I do.
Forgiveness and redemption are real. There is a God who loves you and seeks to claim you for his own. You have only to reach out to him, and he will pardon and restore you. If you haven't done so yet, don't delay another moment. His coming is near!
"I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me."