Today I get to have a small part in the wedding of one of my best friends. I think to keep it short that I will give you two posts on this but I want you to know Jeremy and Bekah well.
Here are their testimonies from their web site.
Growing up I visited church on occasion with different family members. In those times that I went to church I heard the Gospel message. I knew the Truth but I rejected it over and over. At about age 15, I started hanging out with the wrong crowd that led me very deep into sin. I participated in just about everything the world has to offer.
After graduating, I attended Dalton State College. It was during that time that I came to a low point in my life; I knew the Truth about Heaven and hell and knew I didn’t want any part in the latter. At the age of 19 on a Sunday Morning at Whitfield Baptist Church I accepted Jesus Christ as my personal Lord and Savior.
Sorry to say, I only lived for Christ for about a year before slowly drifting out of church. My main focus became myself. I was only interested in making money and pleasing number one. I devoted all my time to working and playing. I would do anything to fill the void.
In March of 2004, I went to South Africa to attend my brother’s wedding. I was just looking for another elaborate vacation and stamp on my passport. I had not attended church in the previous five years, but had decided to do whatever my brother asked of me during this trip. Of course he being a missionary, we went to church every time the doors were open. It was through the preaching and the things I saw there that God redirected my life.
Upon returning to the States I made my decision public at my church. A few months later I attended the Baptist Camp for World Evangelism and it was there I gave my life to missions. Just four months later I had sold my house and quit my job. I was off to Peru to work as a volunteer. I worked there as a volunteer while taking classes with the Baptist College for World Evangelism located in Arequipa. I continued the work of a volunteer until December of 2005, at which time I was accepted as a full-time missionary with Macedonia World Baptist Missions.
Through much prayer and study, God has confirmed my purpose. I will be continuing to serve as a missionary in Peru. My prayer is to be able to say what the Apostle Paul said to the church of Corinth, “But by the grace of God I am what I am; and that grace which was bestowed upon me was not in vain; but I labored more abundantly than they all, yet not I but the grace of God which was with me.â€
From the time that I was born, my parents have made sure that I was in church. I have been very blessed to be able to grow up in a Christian home. At a very young age I made a profession of faith. My sister had just accepted Christ as her Savior and she was my “role model” so I thought that maybe that was something that I should do too. I did not fully understand the magnitude of my sin or Christ’s love and mercy.
For the next several years after that I struggled with my salvation. I was not sure if I was saved, but I never took care of it or told anyone else because I was afraid of what people would think. I was a good girl and had grown up in church and in a Christian family. How could I tell everyone that I was not really saved? So I put off making a decision for a long time. Finally, at the age of 17, I could not take it anymore. I was driving to church with my mom and she was discussing how the clouds looked like the rapture was about to occur. That was not something that I wanted to hear at that time! Also that night, our pastor preached about the assurance of salvation and then as I drove home that night a preacher on the radio was preaching a sermon about the same topic!
God has a way of working through many different circumstances and I thank and praise Him that on that night He showed His grace and love to me by not letting me go on another moment without Him in my heart and life. On that night, after I arrived home, I spent a great deal of time pouring my heart out to God and casting my burdens on Him. It was at that point in my life that I accepted Christ as my Savior and asked Him to forgive me of my sin. There have still been many times in my life when I have disappointed my heavenly Father, but I know that He loves me and will forgive me of my sin if I will only ask Him.
Jeremy and Bekah are missionaries to Peru. They will finish raising their support this year, Lord willing, and go on to Peru. I want both of you to know that I could never be prouder of you. Betty and I love you and respect you very much.