Charlie and Sarah Billenstein’s Testimony

I have accepted Jesus Christ as my savior. I understand that God sent his only son to die on the cross for me a rebellious sinner, it is through his blood my sins are washed away. I find that so humbling that I can’t put into words how I feel. I know that it’s only through Gods grace that I’m even here and live the life that he allows me to have. Everything I am, have, or do is all for his glory.

My journey with Christ began at a young age.  My brother, sister, and I would spend the weekend with our grandparents and church on Sunday morning was a part of the package.  Grandma taught Sunday school occasionally and prayer started the dinner hour.  As I grew up, spending the night with Grandma lost its appeal and I stopped going to church.  Looking back, I find that while my belief in the Trinity never wavered, I never reached spirituality on a heart level.  Mine was more on a historical level.  I learned the stories of the bible as any good student would but completely missed the fact that Christ died FOR ME!

The sin in my life reached its max last summer.  My lifestyle almost cost me my family.  There were many tears, many broken hearts, mine included.  At my lowest point, when I was utterly and completely broken, Jesus stepped in and lifted me from the pit, revealing his love for me and showing me the error of my ways.  It was like flipping a switch.  I stopped running away from the trials in my life; stopped seeing adversity around every corner and started to put my complete and absolute faith in Jesus Christ.  A love I never fully understood now made sense and I was finally able to grasp the meaning of unconditional love.

Today, I am a new woman, filled with a peace and an overwhelming need to weave my life around Christ.  I still marvel at the concept of Grace.  I DO NOT DESERVE IT!  But that is the beauty of it; grace literally means “the freely given, unmerited favor and love of God.  What a magnificent gift.

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.