ON THE JOURNEY

MICHAEL DUVAL, CO-PASTOR

Here are life-change stories shared by two people who have committed their lives to Jesus and were baptized this month to show it:


My Story

Before I trusted Christ completely, I was at the lowest point in my life and had been disillusioned by “religion” and “church”. I struggled with alcohol and drug addiction. I was one of those people that led a semi-normal life most of the time, fooling the people around me. I have five beautiful children, but as time went on and my addiction grew, I lost any kind of relationship with them. I have been married three times. I lost everything, even a place to live. I spent every day wishing I could die. I truly hated myself. God let me get that low so that the only thing I had left was him. I started attending Journey Church and growing in God’s Word and finally understood a “peace that passes all understanding”! My life today is full of love and gratefulness. The relationships with my children are healing. Even though I don’t have many material things, I have peace. Jesus is my best friend. I don’t know where I would be without him!


My Story

Before I trusted Jesus, I was lost and confused. I didn’t know what to believe. I have had many losses in my life. I have highs and lows just the same as everyone else. I had been to other churches, and I always felt worse coming out. I wanted to believe in God, but I could never understand why he would let bad things happen to good people. I separated from my husband of 19 years. When I left, I left everything except for my clothes and some furniture. I lost my job of 16 years. At that point I realized I was at rock bottom. I could end my life and leave my children without a mother, or I could have faith it would work out. My best friend had been asking me to come to church. Something in me felt the need to go to Journey. I needed faith in my life. Having Jesus in my life pulled me out of a very dark point. Since deciding to follow Jesus, I may not understand everything that happens or why, but I know God will handle it. God had a plan for me. I just couldn’t see it at the time. I am such a better person now for having to go through all the struggle. Coming to Journey Church and surrounding myself with wonderful people and having faith has made me a more loving and caring person. I try to look for the positive in everything.


-Michael