The following testimony was shared with NCC and featured in the August 2009 issue of Solid Rock :
As a child I attended Sunday school and was baptized at the age of 12. I also went to a mission school. But I stopped attending church regularly when I started working as I didn’t have the time not felt the need. On hindsight, what I had then was a religion, not a relationship with God.
In early 2006 I was facing some challenges which prompted me to tag along with a friend to attend NCC’s midweek Bible study services. By mid-2006 I had begun attending the Sunday services regularly.
Pastor Prince’s teachings made me realize that I didn’t need to have it altogether to come into God’s presence. For the first time in my life I understood that His work is finished. There was nothing else I needed to do to be saved. I didn’t have to be perfect as I was already saved. Through Pastor Prince’s sermons I started living a life of rest and trusting in God’s abundant provisions. Recognizing that I am God’s favored child made me a better wife, mother and person. I think my husband sensed that also.
My husband used to claim to be a free thinker. He was not against me attending church but he had never wanted to join me. Then out of the blue in Dec 2006 he said, “Oh you are going to the indoor stadium for a combined X’mas service? I’ll come along.” That totally threw me off! After the church service my husband told me that he had never heard anymore preach the gospel the way Pastor Prince did. He came out of service with a new kind of hope and a hunger to find out more about Jesus and His finished work. Since then he has been faithfully attending church with me and our children.
Before my husband started attending NCC he would brush me off when I talked about visiting Israel. But in Dec 2007 both of us went to Israel with Omega Tours. My husband even sponsored my parents who came along with us. The trip made the Bible come alive for us! In that same month my husband stopped smoking and has not smoked a cigarette since. It was a huge feat considering he had been smoking for over 25 years! Ever since my husband accepted Jesus as his personal Lord and Savior he has changed in ways that have surprised everyone around him. He is now a more loving and caring husband, and a devoted father to our kids.
The gospel of grace has indeed impacted my marriage and family. I thank Pastor Prince for teaching us that our Heavenly Father loves us greatly without condemnation and for revealing to us what it means to be a beloved child of God.