Life Change Stories are back!!!
Paul wrote in 2 Corinthians 3:2-4 that our lives are living letters written so that God might be glorified. People often write in to Elevation and share the work God is doing in their lives through our church. When I read these stories, I am reminded that we serve a powerful God who still works miracles in the lives of everyday people. These stories inspire me to keep giving, keep serving and continue praying for those who are far from God. I hope they will do the same for you.
If you have a story you would like to share, email us at firstname.lastname@example.org
I love Darin’s story . It is not only a testimony of how God can work in someone’s life, but also a testimony of the generous people of our church. I am so proud. Ok, check out Darin’s story…
My name is Darin. I went to Elevation for the first time on December 23, 2012. I had been walking past the Gaston campus for some time on my travels into town. You had set it up in the high school I went to – Forestview. I thought it would be interesting to see the inside of my old school again. So after walking by it every Sunday for some time I gave in and decided to go check it out. I figured it would be a chance to get warm at least. (I lived in a tent on a freinds property in the woods). As I approached the parking lot I spoke to a member of the parking crew and she told me that there were cookies inside. Considering this I increased my pace towards the doors. There I was met by my now good friend Dave. We spoke and he actually had seen me walking around town and was actually meaning to stop and invite me to church. It felt like I was suppose to be there. My mom had raised a very polite and happy son and to my enjoyment I realized that everyone around was just as nice as I was. Which was a relief because at the time I didn’t really talk to people. I just assumed they wouldn’t like me. That was exactly the opposite in this wonderful place. They treated me like an old friend and as I was ushered to my seat I felt like I was in a concert. All the lights and the sound of the drums really got me pumped. Especially since I was a musician myself.
When Pastor Steven was shown on the big projector screens I immediatly noticed that this was completely different from the churches my mom had taken me to when I was young. He really got my attention and it was really like he was speaking to me. It felt really personal.
As I left the experience I felt refreshed and unburdened. I went and talked to Dave and he told me he was going to give me a bike and a sleeping bag. He invited me to come eat dinner with the volunteers at the church and he would give me the bike then. He even took me to eat lunch with his family. Afterwards I went to a freinds house and took a shower and got ready to go back. Dave picked me up and when we got there he introduced me to alot of people. Not having many freinds this was new for me but it was nice to have someone truly happy to meet you. After dinner we turned the corner in front of the office and what I saw really blew me away. Sure there was a bike but along with it were piles of stuff….everything from underwear to a propane stove, sleeping bags, food, a new tent, tarps…I could go on and on. I was overcome with emotion, I couldn’t fit it all in one truck – I needed two. I didn’t know what to say. They were just happy to help me and thanks to Elevaion Church and the help of my freinds I’m out of that tent and have everything I could possibly need. I thank God every day for this amazing blessing He has laid out on my life. Shortly after on January 20th I went to boot camp for the volunteers and decided to become an usher. I love seeing all the people coming in and I couldn’t be happier to tell them hello and that I’m happy they are there. And I mean it too. Because maybe…. just maybe….God will change their lives like He changed mine. What a beautiful thing to see.