My name is Janet. I was born and raised in a small town in a rural area in Michigan. My dad was strict and moral. He often quoted scripture to me to teach me to behave. Therefore my conscience was sensitive and I feared God. As I grew up, my sensitive conscience preserved me through the years.
I eventually married and had three children. My third child became very ill. There was nothing the doctors could do. I became so mentally and physically exhausted that one night I cried out in desperation to God. I told Him I had to know whether or not this baby would live or die. Two days later there was a big turn for the better in his health. So I shared that prayer with my husband and tried to share it with some of my close friends. No one seemed to understand that I had received an answer from God. I realized I’d had a genuine experience with God, but I had no one to share it with.
I had to wait another sixteen years before I heard a clear gospel message. By that time I was already 44 years old. My oldest son had just been saved through the “Jesus Movement”. So I went to one of their meetings. I saw young people singing with joy and praising the Lord. What they had my daughter and I wanted and we were saved right then by receiving Jesus into our hearts. After that my life changed. I had an extreme hunger for the word and Christian fellowship. I went to meetings several times a week. Then most of the young believers that I fellowshipped with in the “Jesus Movement” married or went off to college.
About a year later, I met a group of believers who had an intimate life together loving the Lord. When I attended the first meeting, I realized this is what I had been looking for all of my life. They practiced a genuine church life that helped me realize I never wanted to go anywhere else.