Lancaster Evangelical Free Church

BAPTISM JANUARY 29, 2017

The following are the testimonies of those baptized January 29, 2017 at the Congregational Life Gathering at LEFC.

LINDA BOWMAN

Before Jesus Christ came into my life, my life was very sad, lonely, and a lot of heartache. Like a puzzle, you're always putting pieces together. Two weeks ago I finished my puzzle when I put Jesus Christ into my life. I now have peace and I'm not alone anymore. I've been set free from my chains. Praise the Lord.

 

 

 

 

 

 

JUSTIN MARTIN

I am Justin Martin and I am 19 yrs old.  I was raised in a Christian home and asked Jesus into my heart at young age. My parents were a big influence in my desire to follow Jesus.  They have taught me that my actions can be a testimony to the Lord and no matter what I do, if I do it for the Lord it can be a witness to the unsaved. Colossians 3:23 says, “Whatever you do, work at it with all your heart, as working for the Lord.” This is how I desire to live my life.

 

 

 

 

 

MARISSA MARTIN

I’m Marissa Martin, I’m 18 years old. I was born and raised in a Christian home. My parents have always done their best to teach my siblings and I right from wrong, about responsibility, honesty, and all that good stuff. But most importantly how much we need Christ as our savior. Because no matter how much I try, I will always fall short of the glory of God. I first accepted Christ as my savior when I was 5 or 6. (I don’t remember exactly, but I know it was somewhere around Kindergarten). A former Sunday school teacher of mine had asked me if I had accepted Jesus into my heart. I said “no” and told I wasn’t sure that I knew how to. So she prayed with me and I did it! I was so excited! As I grew older I gained a deeper understanding of what that meant. For me it’s really about faith. One of my Favorite verses in Hebrews 11:1, it says, “Faith is confidence of what we hope for, and assurance of what we do not see.” This verse has served as a great reminder anytime that I might have doubts or questions. It reminds me that I don’t need to have all the answers, because its’s not about having all the answers, it’s about having faith. It’s so wonderful that we have a savior we can put our faith and trust in.

 

ZACH MARTIN

I’m Zach Martin and I’m 20 years old.  I grew up in a Christian home so I don’t have a very exciting testimony.  I remember talking with my parents and asking how to have Jesus in my heart (I don’t remember how old I was).  So pretty much since I can remember I have known Jesus.  However, perhaps one part of my life that has drawn me closer to God (besides my parents influence) is dinosaurs.  Ever since I can remember I have had a huge interest in them. This interest lead me to learn about them from a Biblical prospective.  And this led me to explore the book of Genesis, which led me to read and study the entire Bible.  I can definitely say that without my interest in dinosaurs from a young age, I would not be as close to God as I am now.     

 

 

ALEX MATTESON

When I was 4 yrs old I asked God into my heart, but then I asked myself, did I really mean it? Before I turned 6, I started have seizures.  In my life, I’ve dealt with Epilepsy and brain surgery and depression. I'm an epileptic survivor. In 2008 I got surgery and within a couple hours I was done with Epilepsy. God didn't have to cure me, but He did. Some of you may remember praying for my family and I during that time.  Thank you!!!

Then I got the privilege to go on a Make-A-Wish trip. I chose to swim with the dolphins in Florida. While there,  I ran away. My heart was beating like crazy, I was so scared. I then went into a hotel and called my parents.  We also went to Disney World "the Magical Kingdom". Then we left on an airplane and rode a limo back from Philadelphia to my place.

For about 4 yrs I "thought” I believed in Him, but I was wrong. After being homeschooled for a couple years, I started back to public school again. I was being surrounded by an evil & dark environment. In Middle school years, I started dealing with depression. I'd cut or think about running away and committing suicide. I even thought that I was a mistake. I've also dealt with depression by body image. I would stay away from friends thinking, do they really like me or are they just trying to make a fat guy "like me" feel comfortable? School 80% of the time is a dark and unforgiving environment along with making fun of overweight people or ugliness, being uncool, etc. In high school, it's been tough and dark. After a while I noticed I was feeling unfulfilled and that something was missing. That something was God's unfailing love & grace. God has helped me to see how much I've been missing out on. Two weeks ago I recommitted myself to the Lord. Satan can't stop me when God has other plans for me.


I’m being baptized this evening to show that my spirit is renewed, show that I’m a child of God, and a Man of Christ. In Psalms 139:13&14 it says that he knitted me in my mother’s womb. I praise him for I am fearfully and wonderfully made. My favorite verse is Psalms 1:3… He is like a tree planted by streams of water that yields its fruit in its season, and its leaf does not wither. In all that he does, he prospers.

 

ANDY SCHELL

My story is a journey of 20+ years. Thankfully, I had the opportunity to grow up in a Christian home, going to church and attending a Christian school. I accepted Christ at a young age and grew up doing all the things a "good" Christian should do. But in the end, the things I did were often rooted in myself. 

Over the last couple years, God got my attention as my wife and I have dealt with infertility. I had a life plan. I knew what I wanted my life to look like and I figured that I could just make it happen. When that proved to be wrong, it was a hard lesson to learn that I'm not in control and that I need to surrender my plans to God. My life can't be about pursuing my personal desires, but about pursuing Christ and finding true peace and purpose in Him. 

I believe that God has a reason for everything that happens. And although I often wish things could be different, I'm thankful for what God is teaching us and what he will continue to teach us through this journey. It say's in James 1:2-4, "Consider it pure joy, my brothers and sisters, whenever you face trials of many kinds because you know that the testing of your faith produces perseverance. Let perseverance finish it's work so that you may be mature and complete, not lacking anything." Trials bring growth. Part of that growth for me involves putting aside my fear for being in front of people and obeying Him through this step of baptism.

 

CADEN SOWADA

Hi – My name is Caden Sowada. 

I was about 5 when I realized I needed a Savior.  There were many people in my life that I could trust in, my teacher, my parents, and my older friends from my dads youth group.

I realized I needed to trust God as my shield, not these other people. I can call God for help whenever I want… while these friends just brought me comfort.  God is a place I can turn to when I am afraid.

These people can’t actually remove my fears or my sin like God can and has.

Isaiah 41:10 has been a truth that has helped me face my fear. This truth reminds me of what God can do. 

“So do not fear for I am with you; do not be dismayed for I am your God. I will strengthen you and help you and will uphold with my righteous right hand.”

Because of my relationship with Jesus Christ, I can lean on God when I am afraid.

I am being baptized today to show everyone that I am Christian. I want to publically identify with Christ and say that He is my Lord.