In October 2006 I was battling depression. Less than a month earlier I had just had back surgery. I had begun experiencing a new pain. I was scared because I had started having neck pain with stiffness. I hadn’t told anyone because I was ready to get on with my life and I needed to get back to work.
I had begun crying out to God and He had put a hunger for the truth in my heart, a hunger I had never experienced before. I began to feel God pull me closer to Him in search of knowledge, strength, and comfort. I shared my feelings with one of my friends. In the conversation we both realized how much we needed God to move in our lives. We decided to try the new little church in Gassville, Arkansas, True Connection Ministries.
Even though it was an October night, it was cold outside. I was honestly a little nervous about our choice; this kind of church was so new to me. My background of faith was Baptist. What I experienced that night was not within my Baptist upbringing.
As we entered the church I could feel peace in the air but on the inside I was fearful and confused. It was no mistake I was there. God does order your footsteps when you ask Him to. I so needed a Word or a touch from God. I needed to know God still heard my prayers and loved me.
At the end of the service, Pastor Ronald Childress began praying for people in the congregation. Needless to say, I was skeptical. He called me up front so he could pray for me. The closer I got to the front of the church the stronger the anointing became. Normally I would have been nervous about being in front of so many people but God gave me strength and the congregation was so accepting. I felt a peace from the top of my head to the tips of my toes. After he prayed for me he said, “Now turn your head.” I had absolutely no pain or stiffness in my neck. This was amazing to me; especially since I hadn’t told anyone about the pain but God. I knew God was working through this man.
Since then I have seen many miracles and positive changes in people’s lives, including mine. Pastor Ron has taught me and my family so much about what is truly possible when we place our trust God and allow our faith to be strengthened by hearing God’s Word.
I am a work in progress; but I’ve come a long way. I no longer walk in fear. The Holy Spirit has helped me put my fears, anger, and sadness in God’s hands. He fills my heart so there is no loneliness. He has taken away the depression and keeps me from experiencing confusion. I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me.
I now know that God loves me and accepts me just the way I am. I finally feel like I’m moving forward and I’m excited about what God has in store for me and my family. I continue to gain knowledge in Christ and His love. I’m learning to walk in that love more and more every day.
Pastor Ron and Pastor Kimberly have played such a huge part in my walk with God. My heart is comforted and blessed by knowing they keep me and my family in their thoughts and prayers. They are wonderful teachers of the Word and I’m blessed to be able to call them my friends. My heart is filled with love and respect for them.
Our choice to visit the little church in Gassville launched the beginning of a new journey that God has so ordained for me and my family. What a difference it’s made in our lives.