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LaVerna’s Testimony


Like many other people today I came from a broken home. I can say I have always been aware of God and never doubted He was real. My family went to many different churches throughout my life none on a regular basis. I believed in God yet knew nothing about Him. when I was 16  my mother married a man who used to be a pastor he taught me about Jesus Christ our savior and how He died for us.I learned of my need for salvation and during church went down to the altar and accepted Jesus Christ as my savior. I was soon baptized and could not wait to tell other people about Jesus by passing out tracts through the neighborhood and starting a bible study with the kids on our street.                                                                                                  I wish I could say I stayed strong in my walk with God but lack of instruction and wisdom led me to struggle as a young adult.A difficult marriage and family problems led me to take my eyes off Jesus and trying to take care of things my way. Thankfully Jesus never let go of me. At the age of 29 a drunk driver hit the car I was a passenger in- I was ejected from the car going 40 miles an hour. Complete silence and a bright light surrounded me, I rolled and stood up ( like a stunt woman) I heard God ask me “were you ready to die?” “no” I answered. God let me know it was time for me to come back to Him and follow His ways. It was then that I re-dedicated my life to God. I decided to stay and fight for my marriage no matter how bad things got. I never again took my eyes off Jesus I learned to lean into Him not away.I became involved in children’s ministry and have been teaching for over 20 years now. What a privilege and honor to serve God in this way. I now have been given the opportunity to minister to other women as the Director of Women’s Ministry at the “Living Water Rescue Mission”. What a wonderful God we serve as only He can turn our trials and struggles into triumphs!                                                         1 Peter 1:6-7  In this you greatly rejoice, though now for a little while, if need be, you have been grieved by various trials, 7- that the genuineness of your faith, being much more precious than gold that perishes, though it is tested by fire, may be found to praise, honor, and glory at the revelation of Jesus Christ..                                        ( I have traveled on many broken roads and found myself in familiar valleys, but these roads have taken me on the path that eventually led me home. Praise God for His mercy and grace for I will strive to honor and serve Him til I draw my last breath!)