I am thankful that God had patience with me enough to lead me to a place of truth. A place where I know that God is real and alive in His people today. He is the same yesterday, today and forever. He has not changed, but I certainly have made a turn for the better.
I have always believed that there was a God, but not really sure how involved He was or could be in my life. I have always striven to do the right thing, but never had clear direction. As a child, I attended a church with traditional values. By following traditions, I felt as though I would make God happy. I also felt as though I were fulfilling some sort of obligation to God. I attended this church regularly until I was 20 years old. At that time, I became disillusioned by tradition. I felt as though there had to be more to God. My church attendance seemed to be meaningless. I grew tired of the weekly ritual. For a while I did not attend church at all, but there was something inside of me that was empty and longing to be filled.
I had my own apartment, a full- time job and kept my self busy by working and going out with friends. Every once in a while I would attend a new church. Sometimes I would go once, other times I would stick it out for a few months. I would always be willing to try a new church because I felt as though I could learn more about God. And I did. Little by little, the fact that God was a present God and not a far away God became more evident.
In April 1985, a co-worker invited me to an Apostolic church in Tonawanda, NY. It was a wonderful service and something inside of me said that this was real. Everyone seemed to be so genuine and to have a true love for one another. In attending other churches I had learned that we could be filled with God’s Spirit, but had never experienced it. That night, in my apartment, God filled me with His Spirit. I had been kneeling at my bed, seeking God, when He baptized me with His Spirit. A few weeks later, I was baptized in the precious name of Jesus Christ. I knew that this was the true church of Jesus Christ. After being a part of this church for 2 years, I married a wonderful man. Together we served Jesus. We were blessed with three beautiful daughters. Several years after our marriage, God opened a door to come to Rochester. My husband was laid off from his job one day and on the very same day was offered a position in Rochester. We felt very welcome from the very first service that we attended at New Life Assembly. We instantly became part of the family. I am very thankful to be a part of this wonderful body. I am glad to be able to raise my daughters in this atmosphere of love and acceptance. But most of all, I am thankful for the honest and straight-forward preaching of God’s word.