“I was a theology major, devoting my life to studying Scripture. Charleigh was born with her health issues and then I lost my father four days after her premature birth. That chain of events kind of left me drifting. I became agnostic. I could no longer feel the presence of God. It was so devastating and heartbreaking to me that I walked away from my faith entirely.
My daughter Charleigh attended VBS here at Berean and asked me to go to the service and ice cream social after the completion of VBS. I went to be a good parent and fully expected to pop in and out. As far as I was concerned, my faith was part of my past. The people I met here at church that night were genuinely nice, caring people. You make it a point to learn my name, embrace me and make me feel welcomed. I saw the connection Char made with Victoria, Pastor Stephanie’s daughter. I saw how much you all completely cared for and loved her. Sincerely and completely loved her. Charleigh asked me if she could start attending Sunday school here on a regular basis. She asked me if she could be water baptized. I asked her if she knew what that even meant and she told me that Jesus had died to save her life.
Small and subtle changes began to happen to me. I began to look forward to taking her to church here. I was moved completely by her baptism and her complete certainty that there was a God who loved her. I watched her quietly pray. For the first time in years, I felt compelled to pick up a Bible. I began reading and studying again and felt the hollow feeling inside of me for so many years beginning to find peace again. I felt a passion inside of me for studying the Word. I slowly but surely began to feel Him again. It dawned on me that perhaps that great void I had felt was His way of helping me find my inner strength. He was never absent. He was just quietly in the background letting me fight my own battles to prove that I could. He had faith that I would find my way back to Him even if I had none myself.
I still have a long way to go on this journey to reclaiming my tripartite self. I have forged many friendships here and I am grateful. I have not been judged but embraced like the prodigal son finding his way home again. But I have Charleigh to thank for it. How could I have ever doubted in a God when He gave me such a miracle in her? She had less than a 20% chance to see age 5, she wasn’t expected to make it off of life support, etc., etc. I don’t know what her grand, overall purpose will be in life. However, I do know that she has helped restore my faith and she isn’t even aware of it. The kingdom truly is the children’s.”
—Testimony given by A.C. from Carnegie, PA
“At five years old I remember attending Pastor Mark and Stephanie's Sunday school class. The Lord made such an impression on my heart that I knew I could rely and trust in Jesus. Also, the significance of the class introduced me to learning the importance of the Holy Spirit in my life. It was empowering to know that God wants to move through children. Every child needs the opportunity to be taught the truth of God's Word. He longs for us to see Him as the loving Father He really is. As the Lord continued to water the seeds of God’s Word planted in my heart, I have grown into a woman that loves and serves Jesus. Today my husband and I are the founders of the Pittsburgh Dream Center and I serve at Cornerstone Network as a co-host and Prayer Partner Manager.”
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