Testimonies

Allan Courtney: Thank you, Jesus, for “Hep C treatment”, & for brothers that are bold for the Lord!

Arthur Tunstall: I haven’t heard from my dad for 10yrs, this year he responded to a Father’s Day card I sent! Praise God for the letter he sent back! Thank you, D.O.C. family, for all your prayers.

Chris Lowary: Answered prayers! I’m going to school for my BA in Theology. I’m blessed, thanks for the prayers/support!

Donald Lilly: My daughter graduated high school 6/15/18 & will be attending college. College is an answered prayer!

Douglas Brittain: I give him praise as he has sent me down a different path this time. I’m going home soon, & it’s such a blessing because this time my relationship with him is solid.

Francisco Carrillo: I got a job working outside the fence sanding/painting doors for CDCR, nice chunk of change!

  1. Mike Lane: I thank the Lord. He’s working behind the scenes so Gayle Lane & her 4 boys will be together again; Thank you, Lord, for healing Mike Lane & others; thank you, Lord, for answered prayer!

James Wolfe: I thank Jesus for the joy/patience he gives me in the trials I must endure. I thank him for my brothers/sisters in Christ & every member of D.O.C. Inside/Out. I praise the Lord for all he has done in giving us the hearts to give ourselves to him in return. Thank you, Jesus!

Jay Yoder: June 12th we had water baptism on the yard for the 1st time after preparing for 4yrs to see it happen, 18 new believers baptized! Also, I’ve been blessed to continue to receive milestone credits to reduce my sentence.

Julian Paez: went to my annual & my points lowered, so waiting to go the Level 3 yard, Praise the Lord! Answered prayers, the Lord is working to restore my marriage, my mother & family member’s hearts softening toward the Lord.

Kipp McDonnell: Thank you, Holy Father, for your grace/peace/strength. For your mercy/love. We praise your Holy name & we glorify you oh Lord, our God. Amen & Amen!

Lawrence Beasley: Thank you Lord for creating me in the image of my father in heaven. Gen 1:26. Thank you for taking me from glory to glory. Let us praise God. John 1:14-18. Thank you Lord for loving me first. By His stripes I have been healed in Jesus name. Is. 5:3-5. The name Jesus has set me free! I can do all things through Christ that strengthens me. Phil 4:13. I am blessed with many gifts and talents to be a blessing. I will continue to daily seek first the kingdom of God. Matt 6:33. That I may more and more fall in love with my God. Thank you Lord for all spiritual blessings in heavenly places. Eph 1: 3-20. Continue Lord to do what you do in my life. It is no longer I that lives but Christ lives in me. Gal 2:20. Let us praise God July 12, 2018 the courts make a decision if they should overturn my 67 to life. I believe my God has said it is finished. How great is our God.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Chris Lowary: Father of marvels/wonders, we come to your with heart open/ready to receive of your glories. Show us your paths that await us, help us use wisdom skillfully & without any cloak to cover the truth. Let us speak truth & may every desire of our hearts/minds be according to your will/ways. Take us through the darkness & may we shine always/forever. In your son’s name, Amen!

 

Allan Courtney: revival & a fresh outpouring of the Holy Spirit on this yard!

Arthur Tunstall: continued prayers for my dad & his health.

Chris Grabeck: healing for my broken finger, comfort/peace/strength for me.

Chris Lowary: healing of my mom’s dementia & that she be of sound mind; that I excel in wisdom with each course of my schoolwork for my BA.

Claude Foulk, Jr.: May the gospel & Holy Spirit guide William Hammond’s walk when released & that he keep the faith; the Lord bless Jose Gutierrez with good health & he be transferred soon & blessings to his family & he stay in the word.

Dale Doebler: healing for my mom who has pneumonia; for my sisters as they care for my mom.

Douglas Brittain: to be part of my oldest daughter/grandchildren’s lives; strength within to not give in to temptation when released. Strong faith in His plan for me.

Edward Vizcarra: for me & my family.

Francisco Carrillo: to hear from the mother of my son.

  1. Mike Lane: for Mike/Roger Lane to be filled up with God’s Spirit; an open door for the good news of Jesus to spread rapidly in North Korea, China & Russia; victory with my appeal arguments; healing for Gayle Lane, Mark Lane & Debbie; for Gayle Lane & her four boys to be together soon.

Greg Prestigiacomo: a good cellie and when mine leaves that he continues his walk in faith.

James Staggs: God to place me exactly where He wants me when I am transferred.

James Wolfe: Lord, I pray you have your way in our lives/hearts, that you would give us strength/courage in the days you have planned for us. Lord Jesus, give me the boldness to proclaim you Lord Jesus in every moment. In Jesus name,

Jim Davis: for men going to BPH in July/August this year; our Head Chaplain; Brown card holders; our warden/staff/free staff, Lifers, those taking classes for salvation, backsliders; my son & grandkids; all prison ministries; Lord, bless me with some diabetic shoes.

John Manning: Lord, give strength to Dennis Sukon; abundant health to Jack Victor as he has need of your strength. Thank you, Father God, for your love & guiding hand in our lives. Amen!

Julian Paez: my marriage; salvation of my mother & family.

Kipp McDonnell: Blessed Father, hallowed be thy name. Lead us Lord in your will on your path. Let us not stray, Abba, but keep us true to your, our Lord/Savior Jesus Christ. Watch over all the D.O.C. family, bless us all & keep us close to your hear. In Jesus name, Amen!

Marcus Borges: protection for my family & that I’ll get better; faith be strengthened. Judge & DA understand my case.

Nikko Quarles: strengthen my faith; my family/girlfriend; my Christian brothers/sisters.

Roger Lane: complete healing for my brother Mark & for my niece April; for all the Lanes to be together again soon; the laws change so Roger & Mike lane can go home to mom.

Thomas Carlton: healing for my heart, Dr.’s say there are issues with it.

Valerie Bolden: for me; the thieves be revealed in our unit; my relationship with my new cellie flourish.

Virginia Lee-Rios: relationship between me & my kids; for all the women here.

William Hammond: Claude Foulk Jr., be well health. Father, Bless him, in the name of your son Jesus Christ. Amen.

William Pollock: for Pastor B.D. & the church @ south yard, you are missed/loved.

 

 

 

 

 

Raymond Bassett: On May 20, 1996, I gave my life to the Lord. For 20 years I was faithful in serving Him. I was discipled and discipled in return. I had spent many years in sin and realized I needed a Savior. Not knowing what was next, I started reading my Bible. Each day I would go to the dayroom and I would share what I’ve read with another inmate. He would do the same. After some time, I started evangelizing the cellblock where I was housed. My life consisted of reading, studying, meditation on God’s Word, and study. Soon after, a ministry came into my life and offered a scholarship to their Bible Institute. Given what God has so wonderfully given to me, I have given to God. Back in 2013, I allowed the little foxes to enter into my life. Not paying attention the little foxes spoiled the wine. My life was now full-blown in sin. In 2017, sitting in a jail cell, I repented of my sin and have sought to please my Lord. The Lord’s chastening did not come without a cost. Due to my sinful life, I have lost everything- friends, family, and earthly possessions. The Lord’s judgments are merciful and true. Like David, sin comes with future consequences. I recognize this, but also, as David, I recognize God’s mercy. I am faithful to the Lord again.

 

Antwaine Boner: My ex-girlfriend had cancer in the throat and it spread to her brain. She told me to pray to Jesus and it would be alright. He would make it right. She is now 100% cancer free. So I do believe a higher power was at work.

 

Terry Briley: I got locked up for armed robbery in February 2017. I was a gang member living homeless in the streets. To survive I robbed and stole every day and night until I finally got caught. I accepted God in my heart over the phone with my Christian mom. I mostly did it for her. Today on May 26, 2018 in XXX prison I was walking along and saw a group of people with guitars, singing for God. I was immediately lured in. I sat down in the circle by choice and listened to the preaching. I felt instantly at peace. After I received Jesus in my heart this time by my choice I repented from my sins and made Jesus my Lord and master.

 

Demetrius Cole: All hell is breaking loose in my life. What do you do when the enemy attacks the brain? It seems like the more I pray the enemy gets stronger. This is the biggest fight I have ever had. I am fighting for my soul, and I know life has trials and tribulations. You may feel

 

 

 

you can’t go on, but I can’t give up and I can’t be discouraged, even though the trials seem so long. But God blessed me to wake up to see another day and His

Word I have hidden deep in my heart as I go about my way. Just like Nehemiah, I am building on a rock so when the storm comes, I still have to build, when the rain comes, I still have to build, when the wind blows, I still have to build. I can’t let Satan block my way because I am bound for higher ground. I need help from the Saints of God to climb Jacob’s ladder. But what do you do when the enemy attacks the brain? I have a son that I love to death, and I need a chain-breaking miracle to survive the struggles. You see, no one knows the struggle unless they understand the struggle. But I know there is a place in God where there is no envy or strife, and I know there is peace like a river in my soul.

 

Sean Damewood; I lived my life like it was one big party. Drinking in excess and using drugs as recreational and was never addicted to or dependent on them, I felt it wasn’t a problem. And I didn’t consider myself an alcoholic because I didn’t drink alone or in depression. The problem was I socialized every single day. I had many, many “friends” so I never had a problem finding someone to drink with me. Even though I so many friends and all the material things I could ever want, there was something missing. I was never happy. In 2016, the walls of my life came crashing down and I ended up in prison. I wasn’t an atheist but since I couldn’t see or have proof that there was a God, I really didn’t believe in Him. I felt there was a better chance that alien’s created the heavens and the earth than some fictitious character. Well, I am now one hundred percent certain that God exists. I see him working in my life and blessing me every day. I am in here so He could get my attention and save my life. What started out as the worst thing that has ever happened to me, turned out to be the best thing. Even though I am in this horrible place, I have never been so happy or at peace in my life than I have since giving my life to God. I have removed every aspect of my old life expect my family. I hope to get out of here someday and be a disciple and a loyal servant to God. Thank you for allowing me to share my testimony and may God bless you.

 

Kevin Flemings: I grew up in the church and my mother played the piano. I left in my early years, but I found myself back because of a Christian girlfriend.. I was always a believer, but I had no roots, lukewarm, attending church faithfully on Sundays but never studying the Bible or even praying during the week. I had 2 businesses and lots of toys and female friends but when I was by myself I felt empty. I now know that was the absence of the Lord in my life. The first time I went to prison for 5 years. I met my co-defendant and was attending church {attempting to get my co-defendant to start going to church). Instead, I got caught up in her world and ended up with a life sentence under the 3 strikes law. After I was arrested, …I decided to “truly” give my life to the Lord. I am happy to say that I haven’t turned back once! The Lord has given me so much favor over these 21 years and has used me as a teacher of His Word. I am proud to say I am a bondservant of Christ and I love the Lord! The Father has truly changed my life over the years, and I’m so glad that I came to prison in God’s plan so that I could hear His voice.

 

Ben Gors: Before prison I believed in God and Jesus, but I didn’t really pray for protection from temptation. In prison I am able to see that the devil sets many traps and temptations for us, but we do not see them because we have not protected ourselves from them with prayer. I believe if I had done that I would not have fallen and be here now. Once you are in prison, you find the only place to turn to is to Jesus, who died for us, so that when all goes wrong, we have a way back to the Father and redemption. I am a new creation now. I was baptized in prison in June 2, 2018. I keep my eyes looking forward to God’s eternal glory.

 

James Insular: I am 32 years old and serving a prison term because of my addiction to drugs. Throughout the years I have made many mistakes. I am tired of living a sinful life and I know Jesus gave His life for my sins. I have fallen and He is helping me pick myself up and make me stronger. I ask Him everyday to forgive me for my sins because I am weak. With Him in my life I will be stronger, for the evil that awaits for me, He is my Lord and Savior.

 

 Paul Kaios: I came from county jail. I was changed [when I gave] my [life] to Christ Jesus. Then I went to reception and I meet some brothers who helped me meet some others. I learned lot of things from those brothers. In prison I meet a lot of brothers in Christ Jesus and thank and God bless. One more thing, please pray about my kids and my friends and their family. Amen.

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Travis Lamb: I’m down for a one punch murder, to keep it short. I defended myself against 2 drunks and threw one bad punch. They tried to give me the death penalty so I went to trial and lost, but only got 18 at 85%. God’s mercy and grace for sure, But I still pay attention. : I’ve been ‘out of state’ for 5 years and 4 ½ of those years I gave up & slipped back into the world. I’d given up, started using heroin, got strung out for 4 ½ years yet never O.D.’d or died. Again God’s mercy. So, what drew me back to Jesus? Well, on my way back to California, God kept tugging at my heart, letting me know He loves me, He has a plan, and He’s been there the whole time. Therefore, I renewed my faith and continue to walk with my Lord every day. Even when I should be bitter, depressed, and hopeless. I walk in love, joy, kindness, long-suffering, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control. The fruits of the spirit. Jesus loves us and teaches us to love one another. We show mercy to receive mercy, show grace and receive grace. Nevertheless, grace is a free gift through Jesus, not to be earned, but to be cherished. God bless you all, and may our Lord keep you.

 

Clifford Lewis: God had to send me to prison to remind me I can’t hide from Him and that my wrong doings still had consequences even if they were in the past. God can’t have a sinner or liar in His kingdom or His presence. As painful as this experience has been or may seem, the hope of being in His presence, looking upon His face and just truly thanking Him in person for His mercy and grace drive me forward, giving me the spirit not to give up or give in. I’ve lost my marriage, access to my kids, my money/bank account, cars/trucks, dignity and credibility. However, God has blessed me with a “new life” in Jesus and continues to bless each member of my family every day. So you can say He’s blessed me with peace in the pain.

 

Ricky Mankini: I’ve been going downhill for a long time, wishing God would have gotten me out of all my bad situations, but just because He didn’t doesn’t mean He hasn’t blessed me through it in His own way. He didn’t say the road is all easy through life’s journey so, yes, true I am blessed to be alive. I know lots of people throughout my lifetime that didn’t have the chance to wake up. I love the chance to hook up with positive people who are true believers such as yourselves. I believe God puts people in our lives for the purpose for us to choose our path to go. There is no bigger thing in one’s life than the path to Christ.

 

James McBride: I have been blessed to be with the presence of some truly anointed people. From the date of my conversion the Spirit has shadowed me and produced very positive actions. I was faced with the possibility of doing prison time in 1981 and was given a chance, instead I went to a Teen Challenge, a Christian based program. I was asked if I was saved and I said yes just to get into the program, but I did not fully understand what that meant. After sometime I realized I was not saved and I was lead to the Lord at Teen Challenge. I smiled for days after because at the same time that I was saved, I got baptized and received the Holy Spirit. I have now committed my life to the Lord and I know with certainty that the Spirit has never left me & continues to aid and protect me.

 

David Moore: I grew up in LA. I lost a brother to gang violence in ‘94 and was shot in ‘95. To say I had it rough would be an understatement. Even more tragic is what my mom went through those years. I was shot twice more in ‘96 and arrested in ’98. I was fortunate enough to be acquitted of those charges and released in ’99. I managed to clean my life up, get a good job, a girl, and have 2 beautiful kids before I started using drugs in 2006. I ended up in prison for 3 years and when I was released I realized I was further away from my kids than I ever intended. Thanks to my mom and her couch, I found a job, and got my own place within a year. In 2011 my mom died and I lost my best friend and last of my family. I maintained for a few years and then came the drugs again. Found myself back in my old neighborhood. I was shot 4 times in 2014. I kept using. I was arrested in 2016 and there started my spiritual journey. I vowed to only read self-help and spiritual books while I was incarcerated. While in Ad Seg, I officially and whole heartedly gave myself to the Lord Jesus Christ. God is good and I’ve never felt better.

 

Sean Noland: I accepted Jesus as my Lord and Savior and was baptized with my three children. I served as an usher in the church for three years. My wife, Jill, got breast cancer and after ten months of chemotherapy, she died. I couldn’t understand it and was angry at God, and turned my back on God, trying to drown my miseries in vodka, heroin, and meth. After about three years, I was homeless, addicted, and alone, crying out to God again. “Why”? I had finally lost everything in this a heroin addict at the age of 14 and kept using until 2017. I became violent to hurt others and myself. My daughter was born in 2006 when I was 22. I was in a relationship with her mother and not married. Everything seemed okay until domestic violence started to happen. I brought violence from the streets to my home. My life was out of control. In 2007 I was arrested for torture, robbery and assault with a fire arm. It did not end there. I kept committing crimes in jail and was sentenced to life in prison. From 2007 to 2017 I lived life in crime being bitter and hurting my loved ones . March 23, 2017 I received Jesus Christ as my Lord and savior and by the grace of God, I’m saved and repented from my sins. Ever since then I live in peace, love and joy and my life is better. The Lord has had mercy on me.

 

Richard Rocha: Father I confess anew that Jesus Christ is my Lord and Savior today. You are the head of my life. I completely yield myself to you. My will is now your will. My plans are now your plans as a new creation in Christ Jesus. I accept the gift of righteousness and all the gift includes – health, prosperity, peace, joy and life abundant. I put aside every weight and the sin that so easily besets me. I now look unto Jesus, the author and finisher of my faith. According to your word, I can now reign in this life as a king. The power of sin and death in my life has been overcome. No longer am I ruled by the forces of evil, but by the God above all gods. I am more than a conqueror through him who loves me. I determine today to walk conscious of my right standing with you, Lord, and with every step to draw closer and closer to you. Thank you for the gift of righteousness. Because of the gift I

can do all things through Christ who strengthens me, In Jesus name amen.

 

Phillip Schwarz: When I was in jail, I tried to kill myself. One day I prayed to God to save me and give me peace. I asked God to save me and to forgive all my sins. The next day I fely what God has given me. From that day I had peace in me and I have forgotten all that has happened to me. When I was sent to prison in September, I went to church to be baptized. In October I sent a letter to my ex-wife and to her mom, asking them to forgive me. My ex-mother in law did forgive me. My ex-wife said it will take some time. I had a hardened heart to my ex-mother-in- law but God has put the light in us both. Now we write to each other giving the word of God and keep us in His name. In June 2018, I was jumped. I forgave them right there when

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we were taken to the cage. I asked God to forgive them. It is God in me to forgive them and His peace that keeps me going. Prison is bible study to me, not prison. God has forgiven me of my sins and it shows everyone that there is a loving God. If God can turn me, what can God do for you?

 

Michael Suazo: and I have had many hardships in my life brought on by my bad decision-making. I’ve always asked myself, “How come?” and “Why me?”. I’ve never invested time in myself to better my decision-making. I’ve gone to sleep countless nights without prayer, not thanking the Lord for my next breath, my next meal, for peace in my heart. I won’t say this is new to me, because it isn’t. I grew up in the Church, going to Sunday School, Family Night, until I walked away. I became too tied up in the flesh, the life, drugs, alcohol, and I spiraled out of control, never once giving it thought that it may have been what needed to happen in order to be the person I am today. I have my struggles, sometimes doubt, sometimes loneliness. Recently I have found myself surrounded by brothers who were once like me, who have found “peace”, who have found “love”, who have found the meaning of Salvation. (What I yearn for). In the beginning phases of committing my life to the Lord here in prison, something I thought I would never do, I asked for forgiveness and that the Lord would touch my life, touch my soul, help me to put one foot in front of the other, and to believe in myself that I can do it. I can be a better man, father, son, and friend.

The Lord does not love me any less. He loves me with all my flaws and baggage.

Simon Thornton: I recently had a suicide attempt and was put in a mental hospital. While there, I was under a doctor’s care. She was a Christian and she helped me to see that there is a higher power in God through Jesus Christ. I was struggling with the Christian faith as I studied the Bible and spoke with

her. Then one day someone slid a message under my door. On it was D.O.C.’s contact information and a note saying that D.O.C. would help me in my Christian walk.

 

Andre Thurman: … I was arrested for possession and sale of cocaine, with a firearm. I was under the 3 strikes law. At the first court date, they told me I was facing 133 years in prison. I was married at the time, and I heard my wife say, “I rebuke that in the name of Jesus.”. In the cell, I got on my knees and I prayed to God with all sincerity of heart. I know He heard me because I felt His presence, not just in the cell, but in me. I fought my case for 3 years in the county jail. On one occasion, my lawyer told me to write a letter to the Judge. I didn’t know what to say, … my Christian brothers told me God will give me the words to say, just to trust Him. So I asked God to give me the words to say to the Judge. I wrote a few words on a scratch piece of paper, and ended up writing a three-page letter to the Judge. The day of my judgment, I was sentenced to 29 to life in state prison. I felt my life was truly over. All I could think about was my children, who were crying in the audience. I told my lawyer that I forgot to give the letter to the Judge. He took it and gave it to the D.A. first, and they gave it to the Judge, who read it and looked at me, and overturned my sentence! From 29 to life to 17 year! God gave me a second chance. I told my lawyer thank you and he told me, “Don’t thank me, I didn’t do anything.” He said, “It was the letter.” And that letter was from God.

 

Edward Vizcarra: I would like to give God all the glory and honor. I rededicated my life to my Lord and Savior. I was a backslider and fell into drugs and alcohol but God showed me from other Christians the way back by prayer. I surrendered my life to Jesus Christ and allowed him to come to my heart and wash away all my sins and now I’m a child of God.

 

Joel Young: My testimony of the Grace of God was having my eyes tested when I was going blind, and had to go through three surgeries on my eyes. It made me look at things a lot differently, to give it all to God, believe in what His Word says, how good He is to us, the love He really has for us all, and all He is doing. Not being able to see makes you think about just how good life is. We are going to have things that go on in our lives, but with God we can make it. Not a day that goes by that I don’t pray to God, giving Him thanks for everything He has done and is doing, in my family’s lives as well as my own. You can’t help but smile when you sit back and think about that. Sometimes, when we fall flat on our backs, all we can do is look up, knowing God was the best thing that ever happened to us. I will tell anybody that wants to know just how good He is and His love for us. This painting is to honor three volunteers in the D. O. C. office. The lighthouse represents DeAnn who diligently shines her light to guide us to a safe place. Her heart. The school house is Alli who will teach truth guided by our Papa. The red flowers in the fields represent Michele who beautifies the earth and cares for the critters.I am honored to have you in my life. I hope this painting reminds you of the impact you have on everyone’s life.
Johnny B. Thompson

 

If God can turn me, what can God do for you?

 

Michael Suazo: and I have had many hardships in my life brought on by my bad decision-making. I’ve always asked myself, “How come?” and “Why me?”. I’ve never invested time in myself to better my decision-making. I’ve gone to sleep countless nights without prayer, not thanking the Lord for my next breath, my next meal, for peace in my heart. I won’t say this is new to me, because it isn’t. I grew up in the Church, going to Sunday School, Family Night, until I walked away. I became too tied up in the flesh, the life, drugs, alcohol, and I spiraled out of control, never once giving it thought that it may have been what needed to happen in order to be the person I am today. I have my struggles, sometimes doubt, sometimes loneliness. Recently I have found myself surrounded by brothers who were once like me, who have found “peace”, who have found “love”, who have found the meaning of Salvation. (What I yearn for). In the beginning phases of committing my life to the Lord here in prison, something I thought I would never do, I asked for forgiveness and that the Lord would touch my life, touch my soul, help me to put one foot in front of the other, and to believe in myself that I can do it. I can be a better man, father, son, and friend.

The Lord does not love me any less. He loves me with all my flaws and baggage.

Simon Thornton: I recently had a suicide attempt and was put in a mental hospital. While there, I was under a doctor’s care. She was a Christian and she helped me to see that there is a higher power in God through Jesus Christ. I was struggling with the Christian faith as I studied the Bible and spoke with

her. Then one day someone slid a message under my door. On it was D.O.C.’s contact information and a note saying that D.O.C. would help me in my Christian walk.

 

Andre Thurman: … I was arrested for possession and sale of cocaine, with a firearm. I was under the 3 strikes law. At the first court date, they told me I was facing 133 years in prison. I was married at the time, and I heard my wife say, “I rebuke that in the name of Jesus.”. In the cell, I got on my knees and I prayed to God with all sincerity of heart. I know He heard me because I felt His presence, not just in the cell, but in me. I fought my case for 3 years in the county jail. On one occasion, my lawyer told me to write a letter to the Judge. I didn’t know what to say, … my Christian brothers told me God will give me the words to say, just to trust Him. So I asked God to give me the words to say to the Judge. I wrote a few words on a scratch piece of paper, and ended up writing a three-page letter to the Judge. The day of my judgment, I was sentenced to 29 to life in state prison. I felt my life was truly over. All I could think about was my children, who were crying in the audience. I told my lawyer that I forgot to give the letter to the Judge. He took it and gave it to the D.A. first, and they gave it to the Judge, who read it and looked at me, and overturned my sentence! From 29 to life to 17 year! God gave me a second chance. I told my lawyer thank you and he told me, “Don’t thank me, I didn’t do anything.” He said, “It was the letter.” And that letter was from God.

 

Edward Vizcarra: I would like to give God all the glory and honor. I rededicated my life to my Lord and Savior. I was a backslider and fell into drugs and alcohol but God showed me from other Christians the way back by prayer. I surrendered my life to Jesus Christ and allowed him to come to my heart and wash away all my sins and now I’m a child of God.

 

Joel Young: My testimony of the Grace of God was having my eyes tested when I was going blind, and had to go through three surgeries on my eyes. It made me look at things a lot differently, to give it all to God, believe in what His Word says, how good He is to us, the love He really has for us all, and all He is doing. Not being able to see makes you think about just how good life is. We are going to have things that go on in our lives, but with God we can make it. Not a day that goes by that I don’t pray to God, giving Him thanks for everything He has done and is doing, in my family’s lives as well as my own. You can’t help but smile when you sit back and think about that. Sometimes, when we fall flat on our backs, all we can do is look up, knowing God was the best thing that ever happened to us. I will tell anybody that wants to know just how good He is and His love for us.

 

This painting is to honor three volunteers in the D. O. C. office. The lighthouse represents DeAnn who diligently shines her light to guide us to a safe place. Her heart. The school house is Alli who will teach truth guided by our Papa. The red flowers in the fields represent Michele who beautifies the earth and cares for the critters.

 

 

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