Wilma’s Testimony

I GREW UP IN A CHRISTIAN HOME AND GOING TO CHURCH WAS ALWAYS A PART OF MY LIFE, WHETHER I REALLY WANTED TO GO OR NOT! BECAUSE MY FATHER WAS THE CHURCH PASTOR, I ENDED UP GOING A LOT OF TIMES WHEN I WANTED TO DO OTHER THINGS. I USUALLY TRIED TO DO WHAT MY PARENTS WANTED ME TO, BUT THERE WERE TIMES WHEN I REBELLED AGAINST THEM IN THINGS I SAID AND DID.   THROUGH THOSE YEARS OF GROWING UP, I WENT TO BIBLE CAMP EVERY SUMMER BECAUSE ALL THE KIDS MY AGE WENT AND IT USUALLY WAS A LOT OF FUN AND A CHANCE TO BE AWAY FROM HOME FOR A FEW DAYS.

THE YEAR I TURNED 15 WAS AN AWFUL YEAR OF MY LIFE. MY FAMILY MOVED AWAY TO A VERY SMALL TOWN AND A FEW MONTHS LATER MY FATHER DIED. I FOUND MYSELF QUESTIONING EVERYTHING AND BEING SO UNSURE OF WHAT WOULD HAPPEN IF I DIED. WHEN I WENT TO BIBLE CAMP THAT SUMMER, I WENT WITH A DIFFERENT REASON BECAUSE I NEEDED TO HAVE AN ANSWER TO THAT QUESTION. THE SPEAKER TOLD US THAT THE BIBLE SAYS WE ALL HAVE SINNED AGAINST GOD, AND THE PENALTY FOR THAT SIN IS DEATH. HE ALSO SHARED THAT GOD SHOWED HIS LOVE FOR US BY SENDING HIS SON JESUS TO DIE ON THE CROSS FOR OUR SINS SO WE COULD BE FORGIVEN. HE SAID IT IS NOT BECAUSE OF ANY GOOD WORKS I COULD DO, BUT BY JESUS’ BLOOD AND MERCY THAT I COULD BE SAVED FROM MY SINS. I WENT BACK TO MY CABIN THAT NIGHT AND HAD A DREAM THAT I WAS IN HELL AND I COULD SEE JESUS IN HEAVEN AND HE SAID “WILMA, YOU COULD HAVE BEEN HERE TOO, IF YOU WOULD ONLY LET ME FORGIVE YOU.” I IMMEDIATELY PRAYED AND ASKED JESUS TO FORGIVE ME FOR ALL MY SINS AND COME INTO MY LIFE. THAT DECISION TO TRUST IN JESUS HAS CHANGED MY LIFE FOREVER.

SINCE THEN I HAVE GROWN IN MY FAITH TO TRUST THE LORD MORE AND MORE- THROUGH GOOD TIMES AND HARD TIMES. YOU MAY NOT BE SURE IF YOU WANT TO DO THIS OR NOT, BUT I ENCOURAGE YOU TO CHECK OUT THE BIBLE AND ASK GOD TO SHOW YOU IF IT IS TRUE. I AM GLAD I WAS SEEKING GOD AT BIBLE CAMP THAT SUMMER. IT CHANGED THE DIRECTION OF MY LIFE FOREVER AND I NOW KNOW THAT WHEN I DIE, I WILL BE WITH JESUS IN HEAVEN.

– WILMA O.

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