Testimony of Salvation for Missions
I am grateful to God for the privilege of growing up in a Christian home. As a child I attended Calvary Baptist church in Ypsilanti Mi. I was saved at the age of nine, after a Sunday evening service. I was afraid of going to Hell, because I knew I was a sinner. My parents showed me from the Bible how I could be saved. I repented of my sins and believed upon Christ as my Savior. Complete assurance and peace came into my heart and life. I was later baptized by Pastor Hall in Ypsilanti, Mi.
While in High school, I surrendered my life to do God's Will. God led me to train at crown Bible College in Powell Tn. God called me to preach during the summer of my sophomore year, while reading Lu 10:2 "...The harvest truly is great, but the labourers are few: pray ye therefore the Lord of the harvest, that he would send forth labourers into his harvest."
During my time at Crown college, I was given the opportunity to study and to serve God in England for five months. While I was there God began to burden my heart for the people of England.
I graduated from Crown college with a bachelors in Pastoral studies, and a masters degree in ministry. I then began working for pastor Fittis in Mcminnville Tn., and in 2010 Kimberly and I were married. As the assistant pastor at Calvary Baptist church, God allowed my wife and I to serve in many different areas, from working with children and teens, to leading music, and overseeing the visitation program.
In 2014 at a missions conference we surrendered our lives to be missionaries. As I was reading Mark 1:38 God called us to the country of England. Jesus said to His disciples, "let us go into the next towns, that I may preach there also". We count it a privilege and a great responsibility to be ambassadors for God to the people of England.
I accepted Christ as my Savior on July 4,1991 when I was five years old. A missionary had preached at a special service at our church, Sun and Shield Baptist Church. As I lay in bed that night I then ran into my parent's room and told them I needed to be saved. They showed me from the Bible how I could be saved. I knelt beside their bed and asked Jesus to forgive me of my sins and to save me. A few months later I followed Christ's example and was baptized.
My father was in the Air Force. We moved to Okinawa, Japan when I was six years old and we lived there for three years. I surrendered my life to serve the Lord during a Mission's Conference at our church when I was eight years old.
As a young teen I would hear English missionaries speak of England's great need of the Gospel and the Lord began placing a burden in my heart for the people of England. I had already developed an interest in England when I was a little girl. Three of my grandparents are British, my mother was born in Cambridge, England, and some of my family still live in England.
One day Jamie asked me if I would be willing to go to England. We had a two month old, a two year old, and we had lived in our house less then a year. We were finally settling into our life and ministries in McMinnville. I had to tell him that I was not willing to go. He asked if I would pray about England. I told him I would pray. The next morning as I was doing my devotions I remembered that I had told him I would pray about England. So I did. I prayed, "Dear Lord, I really don't want to go to England. Amen." That was how I prayed for England for several weeks. A few months later we went to a missions conference. The Holy Spirit pricked my heart as I realized that if I would not let the Lord use me then He would bypass me and use someone else. I finally surrendered to go to England if that was what the Lord wanted us to do.
I am so thankful that the Lord has chosen us to be a part of His work in the United Kingdom. Please pray for us as we take the Gospel to the people of England.