Chris—I professed salvation in Christ, without possessing salvation, at the age of 17. I spent the next 6 years learning how to “live” as a Christian where I was taught how to develop a Sunday School Lesson, lead and direct Children’s Church, perform duties as an Usher, and began multiple Nursing Home Ministries, and various other outreach ministries. It wasn’t until in 2002, at the age of 23, while stationed in 29 Palms (MCAGCC) during my time in the Marine Corps, that I came under deep conviction of my need for salvation. During Bible College classes at Calvary Baptist Church in Yucca Valley, California, the realization that I’d not accepted Christ as my personal Savior became frighteningly evident. I thought, “I never accepted, by faith, the shed blood of Christ on Calvary’s Cross for my sin debt.” After class that night, I reviewed the Gospel of Christ and how a person accepts Eternal Life through faith in Christ with the teacher. I then bowed my knee and received true forgiveness of my sins that very moment. Since then, I have strived to live a life of faithful, obedient service to my Savior.
Rachael—I was saved when I was 6 years old, at Calvary Baptist Church in Yucca Valley, CA. I was in my Children’s Church class, on Sunday Morning in 1988, and became convicted of my sin. I went to the back of the class and was led to the Lord by my teacher, Mrs. Jeanette Gordon. I was raised in a Christian home and attended church my entire life. It wasn’t until I was 16 that the Lord spoke to me about my walk with Him. I felt as though I couldn’t be saved if, in my heart, I knew that I wasn’t where God wanted me to be. I spoke with my mom about my salvation experience, we reviewed God’s Word regarding what it meant to be saved, and I received assurance of the decision I made ten years earlier. It was during this time of prayer that I rededicated my life to the Lord.