It all started about 7 months ago when my husband came home very excited with a soul winning script in his hand a smile and excitement I have never seen him with before. He told me he was flipping the channels and came across a Pastor and his wife who were speaking about what we have been questioning and praying to God about. He told me that he went down to the church and got trained up to go soul winning. He hit the streets and led people to the Lord for the first time. So the next night we came to a Great Awakening service and experienced God like we had never experienced him before. We were baptized with the Holy Ghost and Fire and received our heavenly prayer language. That was the first time that I truly felt the power of God, laid out on the ground speaking in another language other than my own pinned to the floor unable to move with a million thoughts going through my mind. I knew for sure for sure that God was real and that he loves me! Since that night my whole life has been changed I found a new love for others and look at life from an eternal prospective.
I want to see everyone saved and set free from bondage. I have learned that nothing I have is by my own strength but by the grace of God. I have been trained up to win souls for the lord and that is exactly what I do. I have lead many souls to the Lord including people at my work place which is very big for me. It is very big to me due to the fact that I get persecuted at work by not only co-workers but supervisors as well for being so into Jesus. They call me Jesus Girl at work and if they see me talking to someone they will interrupt a conversation to ask if I am converting someone else today. Well many of the seeds of the devil who were being a thorn in my side are now children of the Most High God.
We, like many other students, moved from a home and property that was paid for, left full-time jobs with state benefits and the securities of familiarity of environment with family and friends close by having those we love scratching their heads and questioning our sanity. For you see, the security we had come to know was in itself most recent, with both my husband and I gainfully employed for the first time in our 17 ½ years of marriage. Everyone had thought we had arrived at status quo, working at one of the most prestigious hospitals in the country and living the American dream. We however, we very unsettled in our spirits; knowing that there was certainly a greater picture and purpose for our lives. Everywhere we looked, be it the shuttle riding into the hospital or the cars surrounding us in the middle of rush hour traffic, we saw souls and questioned how many of them were counted for the Kingdom of Heaven. This burden continued to rise up in us until we could no longer question our purpose; we HAD to get to the River!
Since coming a little more than three weeks ago now to the Tampa area, just two hours from “home” near Gainesville, Florida, I have felt a multitude of emotions. In all honesty, there were many times, especially during that first week of adjustment for my family that I wanted to tuck tail and RUN; however, we adjusted accordingly, prayed a lot and learned to rely on God much more.
Since my arrival God has really changed my life. Before I got here I was living in a town filled with poverty and lack. My mindset about giving was infiltrated with religion. Though I had been broken through in the area of giving before, I didn’t realize I had backslid in that area. Last week when the giving services broke out, I felt the Lord pulling on my heart to do something big. Sunday morning while Pastor Rodney was teaching about offering and telling the congregation what happened in the school the previous week, the Lord began to deal with me about giving my alabaster box.
He said, “Give your wedding ring”. I was shocked. I tried to push the thought out of my head. I battled back and forth, taking the ring off and putting it back on several times. I decided not to give it, and made myself forget about it. As crazy as it sounds, about a minute later, the ring itself began feeling extremely uncomfortable. It was as if the ring was on fire! I couldn’t stand it! I had to take it off and put it on the alter. I moved to the end of my row and gained permission from the usher to place it on the alter. After I gave the ring to God I felt something break inside of me. The power of God fell on me so strong; I had to get on my knees before him.
I was crying and laughing at the same time. I was on my face like this for several minutes when I felt a tap on my shoulder. I looked up to see another Bible student. She took her wedding ring off of her hand and slipped it on mine. Not only was it beautiful, it was the perfect fit. My husband and I both had such an indescribable experience with God after this happened. I really cannot write it in words. All I know is I will never be the same again!
It’s been a huge blessing since I’ve come back for my second here at the river bible institute. Last year was a huge blessing doing the river school of worship. It was great being able to experience and learn everything about worship and music. So last year was absolutely a great blessing and throughout last I led 170 souls to Christ so it was a great time. And it’s great to be back, Tampa is a great place. Once I got off the plane after I landed I was really excited, thinking about everything that God was going to do this year. And this year I’ve been experiencing Jesus in awesome ways. Been really plugging in and seeking all that God has for me. And I’ve got a really great feeling that this is going to be my year.
I don’t know what’s going to happen, but I got a great feeling that I’m going to be doing all kinds of stuff for God. I know he has called my name, and I’ve been seeking his will since I was 15 and I’m 22 now. And I know Gods going to send me around the world doing all kinds of ministry things. Lately God has been revealing himself to me in amazing ways. And I really feel deep in my spirit that God is calling me to do music ministry. Music is the gift that God has given me, and I knew by the time I was 15 what I felt God wanted me to start doing. And I started singing and than started playing not long after that. And I’m really passionate about the gifts he has given me.
And he has really given me the ability to play and sing rock music. And I really enjoy using it for his glory and lift up his name. And I also feel that he wants me to preach as well. So I’m so excited and thrilled for what God is still having me do, and everything else he is going to have me do. And I’m really looking forward to traveling the world preaching the good news of Jesus Christ. God bless…..Robert A.