My name is Jeff. I come from China and I am very happy to share my testimony with my brothers and sisters in Moraine Valley Church. When I started out, I wasn’t an atheist like my wife, who was baptized here last year. I was a Buddhist for 10 years, until 2008.
There has been many miraculous stories that happened to my friends, my family, and myself since my childhood, which cannot be explained by science, logical reasoning, or common sense. I have always felt there must be a supernatural power that humans didn’t recognize. I read all kinds of spiritual books to find the answer, but gained nothing except disappointment.
I started to read the Bible in 2008 and began to believe in God after I finished reading it for the first time, since I finally found satisfactory answers for many of the questions that bothered me all the time. Then I believed that Jesus must be the Son of God and the only Savior when I read the Bible second time, because there was no other possibility to explain it. Consequently, I trusted in the Trinity after I read the Bible for a third time. Although everyone told me that I was already a true believer, and I also thought I was a true believer by then, I still had a little problem. I had never felt the Holy Spirit, never recognized God’s calling, and never experienced God responding to my prayer.
The miracles happened on September 18th, 2016.
Our family came to worship in church on a regular Sunday morning. I glanced at the topic of the sermon in the flyers. It said, “God is Planning to Bless You.” A question flashed through my brain at the same time: “Is this God’s response to my prayer?”
During the singing worship, my eyes filled with tears I couldn't control. This was the first miracle, because I had not cried since my teenage years. Even when I heard my mother had passed away in 2011, I was filled with pain and wanted to cry, but no tears came.
Consequently, I found that I understood every single sentence of Pastor Pat’s sermon. When we read the verse Galatians 3:26-27, “For you are all sons of God through faith in Christ Jesus. For all of you who were baptized into Christ have clothed yourselves with Christ,” I suddenly understood that I had become a son of God once through faith in Christ Jesus and I will have clothed myself with Christ once I was baptized into Christ. I heard a voice and believed that must be God’s response, must be Jesus calling to me and must be His Holy Spirit. It made me decide to be baptized right away. Because the Holy Spirit chose me, it made me believe in Jesus and follow Him. This was totally God’s grace to give me an opportunity to be free from sin and become a Christian.
After we returned home, I discussed my decision with my wife, who was surprised. When I told her that verse, she didn’t remember it, so I took a Bible randomly. It was a version I had never read. I just opened it and the verse was right there. It was the fourth miracle that day.
Thanks be for God’s Grace and thank you for hearing my testimony.