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April Mendenhal’s Testimony

I was a lost sinner, and I had no hope for the future or for eternity. I was lost in myself and my narrow minded ways…Trying hard to control my life as it was getting more and more out of control. I was not into drugs or crime, but I was guilty of thinking that if I tried harder, then I could make things happen for me and my family. Boy, was I wrong…No matter how hard I tried, I just couldn’t do it.

I grew up going to church on and off with my grandparents. I enjoyed the songs and bible stories. But, once I got older, I didn’t really believe in them. I thought of the stories and the bible as a story or books that were not real. I believed in the theory of evolution and what I was learning in science class. So, as I grew up, I had mixed feelings on religion and my beliefs. As an adult, I lived my life as if I was the one in control of it all.

Last spring, that all started to change. I began attending Grace on Easter Sunday. I took the summer bible study, started doing Sunday school lessons with a friend, and began reading the bible more often. Through it all, the Holy Spirit was working in me, softening my heart. God showed me that I was born a sinner, that I deserved to spend eternity in Hell, and that nothing I could do would change that. Only through the work that Christ did on the Cross would my sins be forgiven and by faith alone I would be saved. So, by God’s grace, I accepted Jesus Christ as my savior. I believed!

I am still a sinner, but I am so thankful that I can repent and get a chance to try again! I praise God for all He has done in my life. I thank Him for leading me to Greenville Grace, and for my new family here. I thank God that you allowed Him to work in your lives to bring me to where I am today!

Jeff Beavins Testimony

Jeff Beavins

Hi, my name is Jeff Beavins. I’ve been attending Grace for 2 ½ years.

As a kid, my grandparents took me and my siblings to church. That was the only knowledge of Christ I had. I did not grow up in a believing home and didn’t grow up hearing the Bible.

Even my marriage began under sinful circumstances, having had children outside of marriage. As sins continued to build, my life and marriage became more difficult. God used those difficult circumstances, however, to show me my need for Christ.

These sins caused me to lose my marriage and struggle through separation from my family. I knew things needed to change. I sought out a person I thought was religious, and asked about attending their church. By God’s grace, this person told me not to come to their church—which I later found out didn’t preach the gospel—but instead sent me down the street to ask a family who attends Greenville Grace. I started receiving counseling and realized my problem was not life circumstances, but my sins before God.

By God’s grace, He revealed my need for Jesus Christ to pay for my sins. In the last couple years, I have lost my marriage, nearly died in an accident two years ago, and struggled through other difficult circumstances. Yet, God has shown me I have received more than I deserve, I have salvation through His Son.

Note:  We were blessed to hear testimony of God’s faithfulness to six brothers and sisters this past Sunday at their baptism.  It is our joy to share their testimonies with you and will be posting one testimony a day this week for each individual or couple.

Praying for Dan & Jeni Berger

We want to continue to encourage the body to support the Berger family through prayer.  At this time, Dan’s surgery is scheduled for March 20th.  The date for his surgery could possibly move up, but as of right now, it has not.  Therefore, we’ve organized two ways to support the Berger family in prayer:

Concert of Prayer: We will be having a “Concert of Prayer” at Grace from 6:30 – 8:00pm on Tuesday evening, March 16th.  We invite you to come, and invite others who might know Dr. Berger, to join us for a season of praying for him and the family.  We will also spend time praying for others who are struggling through physical difficulties at this time.

Day of Prayer and Fasting: We would like to encourage those who are physically capable, to consider taking a day next week to pray and fast for the Lord’s work in the Berger’s lives.  If your schedule permits, we’re encouraging people to consider March 19th, the day before Dan’s surgery (currently March 20th).

As Elders, we encourage you to consult your doctor about whether you are physically capable of observing a fast.  If you have any questions about fasting, please contact the office for more information.  We also understand there are many others in the congregation who are struggling through disease, cancer and other heart breaking effects of the curse of sin.  We do not wish for these members to feel marginalized, but want you to know we are praying for you as well.  We feel this time of prayer is an excellent way for our Body to honor the time Dan spent serving our church as an elder.

to the praise of the glory of His grace!

Danny Wright