Justin and I were not on the same page when we began our journey towards Christ. I was about 8 months postpartum, dealing with anxiety and depression coming out of COVID. Justin had never set foot in a church in his entire life! I felt like I needed to be in church, around others, covered in prayer during everything that was going on.
My sister introduced me to the Trinity Fellowship Pampa campus and I got involved pretty quickly. I was baptized and started going to church weekly. Every weekend I would ask Justin if he would come with me, but he always said no. Because of his past and his recent struggles, he was not interested in coming to church at all. I prayed and prayed, asking that God would give him the nudge he needed and come!
One day when I asked Justin to come to church with me, he randomly said yes! After the service, Justin said that “a heaviness was lifted from him”, and from that day forward, everything changed! He had an encounter with God that day that changed his heart forever.
Justin and I both started to become more involved at TFC. We went to Growth Track, both served on Dream Team, became a part of a Wednesday night small group, and we never missed a Sunday. We still never miss church! Justin even told his old friends from his past that if they wanted to hang out, they could meet him at the church! God became so important in both of our lives.
It was such a miracle to see how far Justin had come. He wanted to give his life to God and planned to get baptized. Justin and Pastor Mike planned the entire baptism as a surprise to me! It was so beautiful to watch and still see how it unfolds in his life today!
When we started this journey, Justin and I were not married. We had a new baby and I had always dreamed of our wedding, wanting to make that covenant with him forever. Justin always was against it, because he didn’t fully understand the meaning of marriage. After conversations with Pastor Mike, Justin’s heart was changed, and he proposed at our daughter’s first birthday party! We were married in July 2021.
Jesus and our relationship with him has completely changed our lives! Justin went from drug use and jail, to a faithful follower of Jesus, completely made new! We are now married and parents to our daughter, with another baby on the way. When I look at old pictures of Justin, compared with who he is today, I can see the light of Jesus, in his face and in his eyes! Trinity Fellowship and the Pampa campus have been an amazing resource, home, and family for us during our journey! We are walking a completely different life now.