In the summer of 1992, the Lord led my father and mother in surrendering to be missionaries to the people of the towns of Wahpeton, ND and Breckenridge, MN. In April 1993, we began to travel to different churches throughout the Midwest, and Canada, raising support to go to Wahpeton. In November, after 6 months on the road; in which time the Lord had been working greatly in my heart: we moved to Wahpeton.
By this time I had spent 11 years in a good, independent, fundamental, Bible believing, unaffiliated, Baptist church. I had heard the Gospel of Jesus Christ, God’s Son, preached by many different men of God, in many different ways. But I had never understood what the Gospel meant to me. On Tuesday, November 9th, 1993, at about 10:30pm, I came to understand that it was my sin that put Jesus on the Cross, my sin that held the whip, and plucked His beard. I was guilty of murdering the Messiah. But there was hope. Christ said that “…him that cometh to me I will in no wise cast out.” John 6:37. I repented, turning from the sin which condemned me, and accepted Christ Jesus as MY Saviour, and as My LORD. No longer did I want to live in the rebellion, anger, and pride, which I had come to see as normal, but instead, I sought to fit into a new culture. The culture where all things are viewed according to the Light of the Glorious Gospel of Jesus Christ.
Since that night, the Lord has done a wondrous work in my life. He has been my strength when I was weak, and when I thought myself strong. Though I have fallen often, He is always there to lift me up, and set my feet again upon the Rock of my Salvation.
If you do not believe that it is possible to enjoy being a Christian because of the “Do Not’s” then you are sorely mistaken. Christ said in Isaiah 51:11 “Therefore the redeemed of the LORD shall return, and come with singing unto Zion; and everlasting joy shall be upon their heads: they shall obtain gladness and joy; and sorrow and mourning shall flee away.” My God supplies my every need, including the fun and games that bring laughter and joy. Even better though, my God gives me the strength to enjoy those times when life seems to have dealt me a bad hand. I can smile and honestly tell anyone that I have joy and peace, for my God fulfills my every need. No matter what others may say.
If you would like to know my God, just find a King James Bible, authorized in 1611, and begin reading in the books of John and Proverbs.