Anniversary – 9/2/2000
Jeff’s Birthday – April 1 :: Heidi’s Birthday – May 31
We never attended church so I knew nothing about God when I was growing up. I had a lot of anger and frustration about my parent’s divorce, the death of my grandfather, and the normal pains of growing up as a teen. It seemed like no one had any answers for my hard questions so I just figured there weren’t any and I eventually decided to drown out the pain with drinking, drugs, and girls. I dated a girl in college whose family was still together like mine used to be and they seemed happy. I don’t know that they were saved but they went to church and after we broke up, I remember thinking that the reason her family was still together was because they went to church. At the Iowa State Fair that summer, there was a place where all kinds of businesses set up their booths to give out information. As I was walking through, I noticed a church booth and I decided to pick up all of their information. I picked up info from every church booth in the building and began reading it over the next couple of weeks. I really only remember the gospel tracts and Bible verses. I didn’t have a hard time understanding that I was a sinner but I had never realized that God loved me and sent His Son, Jesus to pay the price for my sin through His death on the cross. I believed what God said in His Word and asked Jesus to save me in August of 1996.
I accepted Christ as my Savior when I was five years old. I was a “gift” in our church’s Christmas program and had to say Rom. 6:23. “For the wages of sin is death, but the gift of God is eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord.” My mother explained that the gift was Jesus dying on the cross and rising again. I confessed my sins and believed in Him. I was baptized at age ten and gave my life to the Lord at age twelve.