When I was 20 years old, I decided to follow Jesus. I experienced something that the Bible calls rebirth. Jesus made everything new and filled me with peace and joy. Later I was baptized – as a testimony for the visible and the invisible world. I became a member in a lively church and was received and supported by lovely brothers and sisters.
I am now 77 years old, and when I look back upon my life I am amazed by the love and mercy of God. In 1966 I was married. In the beginning, my husband visited the church services, too, but later he stopped. I experienced many blessings and miracles and learnt more about God through “digging wells in the desert”, that is, seeking God when my life was particularly challenging. My husband was healed from cancer, and I was healed too from pain and disease. Jesus is so wonderful. No one matches him!
I grew up in a Christian family, which gave me a strong foundation of faith. As a young boy, I helped my mother with her sermons by performing plays and I supported my father in worship with my guitar, which was hand-made from a piece of wood. Through these experiences I learned to hear God’s voice in a creative and joyful way. His joy lived like a child within me, and I was baptized in a lake when I was 13 years old to fully commit myself to him. When I was on a trip to Australia, I experienced my relationship with God in a new way. I learned that you can always feel at home if you search for God’s presence, even if you are at the other end of the world. Since being back in Karlsruhe, I have joined the AGAPE youth group, and I am so glad to be a part of this community. I want to pass on the love that God has shown me to others. I demonstrate the character and love of God to my fellow coworkers and my community at university through kindness, acceptance, and appreciation. “I will not be ashamed, for my Savior knows my name.”
After one year of marriage, we both came to know Jesus.
Michael: “Before accepting Christ, I struggled with the same questions over and over again: ‘Is the meaning of life just to be born, live a fairly good life until I am old, and then die? Is that all there is?’ I said to God, ‘If you exist, show yourself to me.’ He heard me, and he showed himself to me. My first very strong experience of God’s existence was when he instantaneously freed me from my addiction to nicotine.”
Ute: “I followed after my husband because I couldn’t imagine going different ways as a married couple in important matters. I thought, ‘If this turns out to be a delusion, then I’ll just go back to my old life. I have nothing to lose. It’s my free choice.”
But after we made our decision to follow Christ, we couldn’t let Him go. He changed our characters in an astonishing way. Today we are very different people from who we were before we knew Christ. Without Jesus as our common Lord, our marriage wouldn’t have lasted, but with Jesus it has lasted for 32 years and continues to reach greater depths.
Getting to know God
It is not difficult enter into a relationship with God! A simple prayer can have great power when it is spoken from the heart.
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