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I grew up in church, I went to camp every summer and was very active in the youth group, however God wasn’t real to me. In 1988 at the age of 18, I joined the United States Marine Corps and in 1989 in Okinawa, Japan, by the time they found me, I had died of alcohol poisoning. Over the next 4 days the doctors would have to revive me several times and it all went down hill from there. Shortly after the 1st Gulf War in Kuwait, I got involved with drugs and got out of the USMC. Over the next 20 years I lived my life my way, never hitting rock bottom and I thought I was alright.

In 2011 I met my (now) wife and she asked me if I would go to church with her, I basically laughed at her and said “You mean you still believe in God?” We continued dating and about 7 months later I had what I call “My Jacob Moment” where I wrestled with the Lord every night for 2 weeks while we sat there on her balcony drinking and listening to music and she didn’t have a clue that anything was going on. Too many details to mention now, but I will say this, by the time I knew what was going on and after all my “fleeces thrown down” I said almost angrily, “Why would I want to follow or serve you and end up at the end of my life with my head down and miserable?” and Jesus replied “They know about me but they don’t know me.” After she went to sleep that night, on June 5th 2012, I surrendered my life to my LORD and Savior Jesus Christ. Jesus made me whole (Sozo) not just spiritually but mentally and physically too, but that’s another story.

We would go on to get married and because of the transformation that my wife saw in me and what a true relationship with Jesus should look like, she would after spending 50+ years going to church, surrender her life to Christ and be born again.

After living my life for “the world” for 42 years and dreading getting up each morning. I made a promise to live for Jesus. I look forward to getting up each day and making him known in me and through me.

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