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Editor's note: The following story was written for an Ivy League Black History Month celebration in 2004. It features Calvin Johnson, our brother and a member of the Los Angeles International Church of Christ. It is reproduced here for archival purposes and is not updated; Calvin provided a recent update at the end of the article.
January 3, 2004. That was the day that I decided to change my life by giving it over to Christ. While I know this decision was paved out in the book of life for me, I can tell you that, save for one very important resource, I may have had to take a much longer and harder road to get here. That one resource was the Internet.
Hannah Kauffman (now Hannah Dignan) considered herself an atheist her sophomore year of high school -- she had seen hypocrisy among peers who professed to be Christians and was not able to develop her own faith in God. Like many other teens in her affluent suburb of Chicago, Hannah experimented with unhealthy choices. Seeking fulfillment from worldly pursuits and empty promises proved futile, but she continued on that path for a while. She thought nothing of it when she heard Lindsay Dawson (now Lindsay Heigerick), a fellow student in her speech class, give persuasive speeches in class on the existence of God and the resurrection of Jesus.
This is third in a series of miracle stories shown at the 2014 New England Christian Conference, "Everything is Possible." In this video, the Renshaw family of the Worcester County Church of Christ tells their story of redemption: from divorce, walking away from God, and an unplanned teen pregnancy, God has brought tremendous healing and reconciliation to this family of seven. Share this moving testimony with your churches, as well as your friends and family who want to learn more about our fellowship.
Two brothers in Bangalore learned what it means to suffer for the name of Christ after sharing their faith one afternoon. After evangelizing to a mysterious man, a group of men surrounded them, beat them publicly, and then allowed the police to arrest and imprison them under false accusations. Both brothers lived to tell the tale, and one of them, Prem, shared the story with ICOC HotNews.
When Nalani, a sister in Chennai, decided to start following Jesus she immediately faced serious persecution from her father. He kicked her out of the house, beat publicly in front of 300 people, handed her to the police, and continued to cause her distress for three years. By God’s grace, she persevered and she shared her story with ICOC HotNews.
This is the first video in a series of miracle stories shown at the 2014 New England Christian Conference, "Everything is Possible." Jim Bombaci of the Greater Hartford Church of Christ describes his powerful, life-long journey from atheist to Christian. Share these moving testimonies with your churches, as well as your friends and family who want to learn more about our fellowship. Stay tuned for more to come!
Editor's note: This is our tenth and final story in a series of testimonials on "I Love My Church." See the full series here >
My church is so special. I’ve have been to many but none come close to the Johannesburg Church of Christ, where I’ve been a member since May 2010. The leaders are like no other – approachable, open, honest and will readily admit to any fault because they are accountable. They lead by example.