It’s been a little bit since I’ve had the opportunity to post a testimony. That’s not because God isn’t working, but because He is doing so much that our leadership team is super busy trying to keep up!
This past Sunday we had the opportunity to celebrate yet another story of God bringing someone from spiritual death to life. It was amazing to baptize this person as a follower of Jesus.
May this story encourage you and lead you to praise our great Savior!
Hi Everybody. If you don’t know me, my name is Mike Moreno. This is my story.
I grew up going to church with my grandfather and uncle. My Mom tried her best, but my Dad wasn’t involved. When I was 10 or 12 I thought I should get baptized. But I got scared. I thought I wasn’t good enough. I thought baptism meant that you had to be perfect. So I never went through with it, because I knew that I wasn’t perfect. I felt ashamed and started to pull out of church. I went into the world pretty hard and got in some trouble and went away to jail for several years. When I got out I made up my mind that I would be better and never do those things again.I held a steady jod for over 10 years. I had two sons. I seemed to be keeping my promise to be better. But I was so tired all the time. I started drinking and usually more than I should.
Then my Mom got cancer. I tried to pull myself together for her. I cared for her every day, getting her medicine, making her meals, and taking her to the doctors. But she continued to get worse. She was put on hospice and the last day of her life, I knew it was coming. I called out of work and just held her and brushed her hair and she passed away in my arms.
Things got worse. I started drinking some more. I broke my foot on my job and was prescribed Percocet for the pain. I became addicted and got out of control. I lost my job. I lost my house. And I really hit rock bottom when I went to my son’s mother’s house and she had moved with them and I didn’t know where they were. I had lost my family.
I was living in a shelter and getting outpatient therapy when I met Craig Weider, a member here. He was the first person to ever believe in me. He told me about TTR and Hope House and after speaking with John, I came in. At first, I didn’t like it. I didn’t want to be in the Bible studies and meetings. I’d come to church and fall asleep. But Craig kept encouraging me to stick with it. Eventually, I stopped resisting and started listening. It was amazing to me that the pastors here would not just preach the Bible, but would open up about their personal lives in their sermons. It made me realize that everyone is suffering in different ways and no one is perfect. I began to understand more about what it means that God loves me, Jesus died for me, and I truly am forgiven, loved, accepted and a new person in Him.
Today, I am a new man because of Jesus Christ. I’ve found my family and reconciled with them. I’m actually working with both my sons and I love getting to see them every week. And even their Mom and I have repaired our relationship and are friends again. God can truly work miracles and meet us in the lowest of lows and no one is beyond His reach.
I am getting baptized today, because I want to publicly declare that I’m a follower of Jesus. I’ve been born again through faith in Him and I want to take this step of obedience that He has commanded and be baptized. I am so grateful for all that God has done in my life and the people He has used to reach me. Thank you Craig for believing in me. Thank you John Carlson for how much you have taught me. Thank you to all the Bible study leaders who come to the house. Pastor Jeff for preaching the gospel and caring about me. Most of all, thank you, Jesus.