God is working in many lives and we hope you find encouragement by some of these stories.
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Josh Kok's Testimony
"For the first time, I felt the truth that I had been suppressing: that I was fearfully and wonderfully made. I was not an illness, worthless, or broken. I was a son of God, made in His image, and infused with the Divine purpose to love and to serve in His name."
Read the rest of Josh's testimony here.
Daniel Wanak's Testimony
"The more I learned about Christ, the more I believed in him. I accepted Christ three years ago during an amazing worship service at Fountain of Life church, where I felt really drawn to Christ. I wanted to have Jesus in my life."
Read the rest of Daniel's testimony here.
Juliana Van Eck's Testimony
“Hearing and believing God’s truths, my soul found the anchor and purpose it craved. I was baptized in May 2001 as a 14-year-old by sprinkling.
“I have been praying about being baptized again—by immersion—and the Holy Spirit convicted me of this while reading Romans 6:4 this fall. ‘We were therefore buried with him through baptism into death in order that, just as Christ was raised from the dead through the glory of the Father, we too may live a new life.’”
Read the rest of Juliana's testimony here.
Pei-Shan Yen's Testimony
“I no longer doubt why I exist because I recognize that I am loved by my Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ.”
Read the rest of Pei-Shan's testimony here.
Josiah Finklea's Testimony
“So here I am…looking forward to a new life with God at the center. A life with joy not depression, love not anger, and the power of life in Christ instead of being paralyzed in fear and darkness.”
Read the rest of Josiah's testimony here.
Sarah Mahair's Testimony
“Being baptized on Easter reminds me of His death and life, just like when I go under the water shows that I am dead to my sins and was brought up out of the water to a new life… I am very excited to be baptized and know that Jesus Christ is my Savior!”
Read the rest of Sarah's testimony here.
Hailey Stude's Testimony
“I know I’ll never be perfect, but I want people to see Jesus in me. Now that I know Jesus, I can accept how I look and the things he gave me because he knows best and he loves me.”
Read the rest of Hailey's testimony here.
Grant Gunderson's Testimony
“For so long I felt that I would fail at whatever God asked of me. I felt weak. And I was right, I would. But not with Christ, He is my strength!”
Read the rest of Grant's testimony here.
Jeff Burge's Testimony
“…In part due to this thinking, I have often failed to focus on and appreciate the true nature of the Gospel message. Jesus came to earth to die for us and save us because of our repetitive failures. And despite these failures, repentance and baptism are steps that put me in a place to stand strong as I have received the gift of the Holy Spirit.”
Read the rest of Jeff's testimony here.
Jie Gu's Testimony
“It was hard to lay my problems and weaknesses at the feet of our Lord, but it got a little easier. It was hard to pray and to trust in prayer, but I do it more. It was hard to understand what God’s love for me means, but I’m striving to learn.”
Read the rest of Jie's testimony here.
Britney Washington's Testimony
“For years I was living my own life, but not a God-led life. There in that hospital room I was finally able to distinguish the angels from the snakes, the light from the dark, and what it meant to live rather than to die.”
Read the rest of Britney's testimony here.
Benjamin Kurkowski's Testimony
“All my life I have been looking for a relationship that's truly ‘intimate’. Through Christ, I found a relationship that couldn't be closer.”
Read the rest of Ben's testimony here.
Matt Garcia's Testimony
“Finally I was able to raise my hand up towards the sky and I cried out ‘Jesus Christ, if you are my Lord and Savior, please help me.’ Suddenly, a hand reached out to mine and I knew it was God.”
Read the rest of Matt's testimony here.
Lindsay Douma's Testimony
“I liked the church, but felt like a fraud since I hadn’t followed God for many years… Now, I look to Jesus instead of myself. I ask for forgiveness rather than continuously feeling guilty about my sins… I give myself to Him, the most loving Father anyone could ask for.”
Read the rest of Lindsay's testimony here.
I was raised in a small-town Christian home where we went to church every Sunday, along with Sunday school and youth groups weekly. I was very involved, going on multiple mission trips to help others. I was raised by a very faith-filled family and I am forever grateful for that. However, when it came time for college, I took life into my own hands. Sure, I believed in God, but I put Him on the backburner of my life for almost all four years of college. As the years grew on, the more distant I became with my faith and the church. I no longer prayed like I used to because I thought I could do life just fine by myself.
It wasn’t until after college and I found my job here in Madison over six years ago that I began to become curious about God again. Funny coincidence was that my first apartment here in Madison was literally one block from High Point Church. I went by myself for a couple Sundays many years ago and I would just cry. Cry because I felt guilty for not going for so long, but mostly I felt alone. I liked the church, but felt like a fraud since I hadn’t followed God for many years. I got uncomfortable and didn’t come back for three years. My ache to belong somewhere grew, and it finally led me back to High Point Church again. I told myself, “no matter how much you cry, you will sit through this service and listen to what God has to say to you.” I cried like a baby for the first few Sundays because I missed God so much and felt like I had betrayed and ignored Him for so long. How could He ever want someone like me?
Then, God worked His way into my fiancé’s life in the most amazing way and brought us both closer to God through our amazing friends, Pastor Vince and his wife, Joanna. They have helped me restore my faith and grow as a child of God. Now, I look to Jesus instead of myself. I ask for forgiveness rather than continuously feel guilty about my sins. Daily I seek to be closer to God. Somedays He is quieter than others, but then that is when I pray. I am eternally grateful to be loved unconditionally by such an awesome God. So I give myself to Him, the most loving Father anyone could ask for.
Growing up my family and I had suffered tremendous losses of family members including my older brother when I was just eleven years old. Throughout these events it left me angry and resentful of God, but that was before I knew Him. I felt alone, lost and confused. My family and I never regularly attended church. However, we would join my grandmother at her church on occasion. But beyond that there was no real relationship with God. As the years went by I knew that deep down inside something was missing. Like there was a giant hole in my heart.
Prior to reaching out and connecting with the church, I had a dream that changed everything for me. In the dream I was lying on my back and couldn’t see anything. I couldn’t move and could only hear whispers around me. This was very frightening to me. I tried getting up but was unsuccessful. Finally I was able to raise my hand up towards the sky and I cried out “Jesus Christ, if you are my Lord and Savior, please help me.” Suddenly, a hand reached out to mine and I knew it was God. My hand was then placed gently back to my side and I instantly felt a wave of calm from His presence. It was an experience I’ll never forget. When I woke up the next morning, I knew I needed to learn more about Christ.
After the dream, I filled out an orange connection card that next Sunday and I was able to talk with my mentor and now a good friend of mine, Pastor Vince Pierri. He showed me the foundations of Christianity and never once did I feel judged for what I did not know. I learned so much about what it means to be a true believer and to walk with Jesus in my daily life. Since knowing Jesus, my heart has been filled with a sense of peace I’ve never known and a deep love I’ve never felt before. I’m no longer ashamed of who I was before God was in my life. Now that I know God will never leave me and He is in control, I am even more excited to continue living a renewed life with Him.
I grew up in a large family, and despite our size (or maybe because of it), I never felt truly known. This isolation left me feeling lonely and feeling not truly loved. In 7th grade, I decided to go to a Christian conference where I learned that God knew me and loved me and that He wanted to be in a relationship with me. This was my first exposure to just how much God loves me. Still, over the next few years, I couldn't help but seek love through other avenues. Relationships, achievements, popularity, partying. None of it could satisfy my longing for love. I still remember nights being the hardest and where I felt the deepest sense of loneliness.
It was when I met a great girl in high school that I thought that hole could be filled. We became very good friends, and spent many nights talking till the very late hours of night, sharing everything about ourselves, and I felt so known and cared for. I began to look forward to the nights, which used to be so lonely, because I knew I wasn’t going to be alone. Eventually she grew distant and she decided to end our relationship, and that emptiness came rushing back stronger than I had ever felt.
When I arrived on campus in the fall I was really hurting, but that's when I met a friend named John. John sought me out consistently and purposefully; inviting me to hang out, play games, and study. I thought it was awesome that this guy who knew nothing about me, wanted to spend time with me and get to know me. He really cared.
One night after Cru we were walking back to my dorm and John explained the Gospel to me. I was able to rediscover what I once knew: that I didn’t have to be alone, that God made a way for me to have a relationship with Him through His son Jesus Christ. God loves me and desires to be in a relationship so much, with me specifically, that he gave his Son as a sacrifice for my sins so that there was a way for me to come to Him. I truly remembered this amazing truth and decided to rededicate my life to Him that night; it was the best decision I have ever made, because I was able to have a relationship with God, who I knew that would never fail me and would never leave me, and had the best planned for me.
After accepting Christ’s invitation to new life, I found great joy in knowing I wasn’t alone, that the God of the Universe had become my Father and I His son, and He wanted to know me and spend time with me. This knowledge enabled me to start living out my faith, not because it was the right thing to do, or as a task I had to do during my day, but because I was so overjoyed with the truth of God’s love in my life. I was able to learn and realize that spending time with God by reading the Bible, being with Him in prayer, and pursuing him through other opportunities like Bible studies and church was an opportunity and something I was able to look forward to. All my life I have been looking for a relationship that's truly "intimate". Through Christ, I found a relationship that couldn't be closer.
My name is Britney Washington and I am a 23-year-old from Little Rock, AR, originally from Austin, TX. I am blessed to live here in Madison where I am pursing my PhD in Biomedical Engineering. I am grateful for my mom and sister, my family, and friends. I am even more grateful that God loved me and protected me before I understood the magnitude of his grace. I have struggled with judging and gossiping about others because of my own self-doubt and insecurities. I have struggled with profanity and impure thoughts and actions that I know aren’t reflective of who God envisions me to be.
In college I fell into the life of the dark where the motto was ‘you only live once’ (YOLO), but I soon discovered that the more I lived in sin the more the real me died, not lived. As I laid in the hospital bed in April of 2017, my so-called friends who had encouraged me to turn from Christ were nowhere to be found, and the body that the Lord had blessed me with was failing due to my lack of care and protection. For years I was living my own life, but not a God-led life. There in that hospital room I was finally able to distinguish the angels from the snakes, the light from the dark, and what it meant to live rather than to die.
We are in a world were because of my gender and the color of my skin, my life circumstances matter to very few. The darkness loved that I could never let go and forgive myself for my past indiscretions and for my born-into circumstances—circumstances of a violent and drug addicted father, a poor single-parent home, and an overall environment where ignorance, adultery, and money ruled everything. But through the blood of Jesus Christ the battle for my soul has already been fought and won, and I have no reason to live in doubt, in ignorance, or in fear. Only God knows what I have gone through and what he has saved me from. I pray for his forgiveness, his safe keeping, and his guidance. I put all of my faith, depression, finances, and worries in God’s hands. The day Jesus died for my sins he showed me more love than I’ve ever seen or could imagine, and because of this, my mind, my body and my soul will only be for Christ, will only live in Christ, and be for the mission of Christ.
Every day, I strive to grow closer to God and to bear his image. I thank my mother for praying over me, and for always being an example of a both a Godly and a God-fearing woman. I thank her for showing me the road to Christ, but never forcing it upon me. I know that my trials and tribulations will be many but Joshua 1:9 states, “Have I not commanded you? Be strong and courageous. Do not be afraid; do not be discouraged, for the Lord your God will be with you wherever you go.” This has been proven in my past, my present, and I have faith that his mercy and grace will shine in my future!
On a cold February Winter in 2014, I started on a journey that would lead me here today. I was making some breakfast in the apartment when my roommate casually asked if I was interested in checking out this local church he found. I agreed, and soon I first set foot inside High Point Church.
I’m a stubborn person. I’ve been coming to High Point Church for four years and only now finally decided to become baptized. The reason it took me so long was because I thought something profound would happen to me. That didn’t happen. In the beginning of 2018, I decided to read through the bible from beginning to end, and once I finished it, I would get baptized. I was being stubborn and stupid because I knew Jesus wanted me to be baptized. But I wanted it to be more significant. Then I read Job:
“Who is this that obscures my plans with words without knowledge?” ~ Job 38:2
“Who then is able to stand against me? Who has a claim against me that I must pay? Everything under heaven belongs to me.” ~ Job 41:10b-11
And I realized in my heart God wants me to be baptized because he loves me, and who was I to put a condition on that pure, single fact?
I didn’t come to Christ under extraordinary condition. In fact, it was very ordinary, gradual. I was agnostic, and my life was good. I had a loving family, went to college, found a job, and volunteer at the library. I didn’t really think that much about religion. I look back on the aspects of my life before 2014 and see that they were like seeds pointing to Jesus and becoming a Christian. But without water, they would only be seeds.
In 2014, I listened to my first sermon at High Point Church. No big change came over me, but I thought that the sermon was wise and educational, and inspired deeper pondering. The seeds were starting to be watered. I don’t recall exactly what Nic’s sermon was on, but I remember the ideas of self-control and doing the right thing even if it’s hard. “These should be some of the tenants in my life!” I thought. So I made the choice that I would go to High Point next week. I made the choice to go to High Point week after week, month after month.
The people I’ve met along the way were like the nurturing soil, their friendship and fellowship helped me learn about myself, about the bible, and about Jesus. I had a hard time opening up about myself at first, but now I think I’m doing a better job (it’s still hard). It was hard to lay my problems and weaknesses at the feet of our Lord, but it got a little easier. It was hard to pray and to trust in prayer, but I do it more. It was hard to understand what God’s love for me means, but I’m striving to learn.
Because of the water and the soil, the seed has grown, and I think I can see now a little more than what I used to be able to see. I used to think I had everything I needed, but I see now that I was missing the most important thing I needed, Jesus. I now choose to live my life meaningfully, and because of this I believe in Jesus. I accept that Jesus took my sins upon the cross. I choose to live my life joyfully seeking to glorify God.