Journey’s recent outdoor baptism service at Loch Haven Lake was so very meaningful as 14 persons publicly declared their faith in Jesus. Here are some of their life change stories:
Before I trusted Jesus, although I had a lot of friends and very supportive family, my life was ultimately tough to navigate. I had been beaten down by toxic relationships, negativity, and constantly felt like I was fighting an uphill battle. I wanted to put myself in a positive environment. It took me time to open my mind to Jesus. I read the four books about his life. Once I took the time to learn about Jesus, I understood and saw things in a different light. Making the decision to follow Jesus led me to meeting my wife who has completely changed my life for the better. I just feel a sense of peace and love I never felt before. My life is exponentially better than it was before accepting Christ.
My mother raised my two younger sisters and me in a local church. After a retreat, I made the decision to commit my life to Christ. I distanced myself from God during my college years and let vices get the best of me. But I'm so thankful that God doesn't just give up on us. When I was at a very low point as a young adult, I cried out to Jesus, and He answered with a new community to take me in, mess and all. We can rely on His grace in our time of deepest need because He understands our humanity. This has been a huge source of hope for me. Jesus didn't give up on me. He knows just what we need before we say a word. There is nothing better than Jesus. It's time for me to declare that again in my own life and in my family.
Before I trusted Jesus, I was confused and lost but ready to learn and step into a new chapter of my life. I had friends, but I was always kind of alone in a way. I remember nights just by myself not knowing what to do and feeling so lost and questioning really what my purpose was. I hung around a lot of people who were not good influences and did stuff that was bad. I wasn’t happy or sad, I was just kinda there feeling alone. I decided to trust Jesus when one night I was sitting in my room by myself and not knowing what to do. I picked up the Bible in the corner of my room and started reading. The decision to follow Jesus has changed my life in a good way to where I don't feel alone anymore, and I actually have a purpose for something and someone that won't ever leave my side, and I can never be afraid if I trust God's journey.
Before I trusted Jesus, I was down and out. I had no direction. I started listening to Christian music, and God spoke to me through song. Since deciding to trust in Jesus, I have love and kindness to others. I know where I will spend eternity. I know God’s immeasurable love is the same for all people.