Dear Name of Donor,
Nine months later… and the Forgiveness Campaign continues’ to touch and change lives! At the time when Pastor Jerry presented the plan for our church to join an aggressive nationwide outreach, all we could think of was all the extra work it would involve. More work seemed to be the last thing we needed, but his determination and enthusiasm swept us, the staff, along in what would be a life changing experience personally and for our church family!
The planning, training and work that started in March, has continued to reap benefits into November. We have received and shared numerous testimonies from church members, neighbors, prison guards, inmates, friends and family members, as the Word has been presented and the people willing to walk in forgiveness.
Our records show that approximaently120-people attended the weekly home group’s mid-week meetings in the month of November! (That is exciting to us because in the past, only 15 to 20-individuals were coming out to a mid-week church service. Getting the meetings in their own neighborhoods has made a great difference!)
Here is a heart touching testimony that was shared from the home meetings by Carolina: “What I will share was a very painful time for me. I have been a widow for 20-years. The day that my husband died, I discovered something that I could never have imagined! The whole family was together at the wake when I noticed a woman weeping and mourning even more than I was. Her actions made me very uncomfortable, so I asked her if she was a co-worker, a friend, or an unknown relative? She responded, ‘No, I’m the wife of the man in the coffin!’ and continued to weep uncontrollably. I was completely dumbfounded, and went to ask my mother-in-law and sister-in-laws if they had known of this ‘situation’ and why they had never said anything to me? My mother-in-law said that yes, they did know of the situation. At that very moment I gathered my things, called a taxi and left that place. It wasn’t a good decision that I made that day, but I said: ‘I will never again have contact with these people!’ I didn’t go to the funeral. At this time I had a son seven months old, he is now 20 years old. BUT, God changed my decision with this Forgiveness Campaign. I realized that I was drowning in my loneliness and in sickness. The memory of the wake did not leave my mind until I decided to forgive. I forgave and the things have changed; now I can better understand the things of God, love, and much more! Glory to God!”
What a testimony! It’s true, this whole program continues to be a lot of work, but we are so thankful for the lives that are being changed with the Forgiveness of God!
(Proverbs 4:23) Keep and guard your heart with all vigilance and above all that you guard, for out of it flow the springs of life. (Amplified Bible)
Jerry and Connie