Janet moved from California to Oregon a few years ago, trying to start a new life away from her abuser husband. ”I have no luck in life, I had suffered so much; my life has been destroyed, I’m a wreck”, she said. When she was 8 years old, her own father try to sexually abuse her. When she expressed to her mother that something improperly almost happened, she was surprised, astonished that her mom did not believe it. She was afraid and went to different family home just to be away from her father.
At young age Janet encountered a handsome gentleman, hoping to fulfill her dream of being happy. Her dream turned to a nightmare, her husband became her worst enemy, after she got pregnant with the first baby; then she have the second, third and fourth children. Her life in California had no meaning, she tried many things; partying all night, drinking, smoking just trying to be happy, but nothing worked. She decided after lengthy deliberations with a friend to go north, and went to Portland. She didn’t know anybody in Oregon, but she came anyway with her four children and belongings.
Life in Oregon was very difficult, without a job, a home or friends. Physically, emotionally and spiritually, life was not worth living She suffered from insomnia, depression, anxiety and loneliness. Many times she heard voices telling her to grabb a sharp knife to end her life by cutting her veins. But she thought a lot about her children and the suffering it may cause to them. After many emotionally, mental and spiritual battles, she started reading the Bible. “The Bible brought peace to my heart, hope to my future and joy to my family.” She went for few months to a Sunday church with her children. Something happened doctrinally at that particular church, and she stopped going; but she kept reading her Bible and praying at home.
After seventh months, she found out about the Sabbath, and started keeping it. One church member invited her to go to the Seventh Day Adventist church. She asked what day the Seventh Day Adventist church kept. The person told her, that they keep the Sabbath. “That must be the true Church, because the Bible mentions the Sabbath to be kept holy”.
The first time she decided to go to church, I went with another person to pick her up. We spent one and half hours looking for the address and never found it, (we didn’t have her phone #) Next day she called again with the exact address. After that day she’s gone faithfully to the crusade with her children; at the end of the crusade she was baptized. Her life changed, she found peace, joy and hope in her Redeemer and Savior Jesus Christ. She’s an active leader in the church, a true testimony of the power of the Gospel to change lives.
She loves the promises in Romans 8:38-39) “For I am persuaded, that neither death, nor life, nor angels, nor principalities nor things present, nor things to come, nor powers, nor height, nor dept, nor any other creature, shall be able to separate us from the love of God, which is in Christ Jesus our Lord.”
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