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My life before Christ
I was brought up in a Baptist church and Sunday school. I was a juvenile delinquent and at the age twelve, I was expelled from school and spent six months in a state juvenile detention center. I was a runaway from home and in trouble with the law.
How I Became a Christian
At the age of nine, I made a profession of faith but I did not understand it but I went to alter because my friends went to alter. Youth camp 1982, my associate pastor was asking how I became a Christian. I told him the story. He kept questioning me how I know. I got a little upset with him. Youth camp 1983, Wednesday night chapel service on August 8th, the preacher preached a message on Demas and used Matthew 6:24. He challenged the youth that night, “Are you going to live for the world and the devil? On the other hand, are you going to serve God and give your life to Christ? You are at a fork in the road, what direction are you going to take?” I realized I had to make a decision and went forward during the invitation. The associate pastor guided me through the Scriptures and the sinner’s prayer. I was baptized that Sunday night.
How Christ Changed my Life
James 4:14 is a verse of challenge, comfort, and peace of understanding to me. When I was thirteen years old, I was still getting into trouble at school. One January day I ran out of school and came home to find my father waiting for me. My teacher called the house and filled my father in on what happen at school. My father gave me lectures on what are you going to do with your life. Those are the only words I remember from the lecture. Two weeks later, my father was killed in the line of duty. After I accepted Christ as my Lord and Savior, God was pressing upon my heart to surrender to the Gospel Ministry. I first told the Lord I could not preach because I could not write or speak English properly. God just wanted me, took care of that problem, and provided the tools I needed. Just like God did when Moses said he did not have eloquent speech, God gave him Aaron to be his spoke person. Jesus took a boy who was on a road to be a convicted felon and when the school system said there was no hope for David, Jesus gave him hope and transformed his life. Today I preach and tell people that Jesus can transform their lives and that there is a hope if they trust Jesus because I am the living proof.
I am married to my wife of 22 years and I have 4 children. I have a daughter who is in her second year at a Christian college. My oldest son graduated from high school in 2012 and recently came back from a mission trip to Haiti. My other two sons are still in school. I have been in the poultry industry for over 20 years and in management for 15 years. My family and I attend Sherwood Baptist Church, Albany GA. I teach Sunday school, sing in the choir, and help out in various ministries in the church.
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