Joshua's Testimony:

The Lord dealt with me about my sins when I was 9 years old. I was afraid of dying and going to Hell, so I prayed to Jesus on my knees and told Him that I believed that He died on the cross for my sins and rose again and I asked Him to come into my heart and save me. That was the greatest day of my life and through the years, I have felt in my heart that I was different from the world. The Lord later called me to preach through a verse of scripture when I was 17 years old.

My dad surrendered to go to Spain as a missionary when I was 11 years old and we were sent out of the Shady Acres Baptist Church where Bro. Jack Wood was the Pastor. Who knew then that the Lord would one day use my Dad's obedience to the "Call of God" and one day call me to the same Mission field?

The Lord had moved us to a church affiliated with our church in Northeast Alabama in 1995. The Lord then started dealing with my heart in 1997 about going to Spain as a Missionary during a Sunday night service through the preaching of another Second Generation Missionary going to Papua New Guinea. That night I surrendered my life to the Lord and was willing to go to Spain as a Missionary. My wife and I then really got involved in the ministries going on in our church and we knew that the Lord wanted us to be faithful to HIM by being faithful to our church and our Pastor.I realized after several years that the Lord wasn't in no hurry for us to leave. The Lord was using us in the church, my wife was the piano player and taught Sunday school, and I was preaching on the streets, in Nursing homes, Junior church and taught Sunday school as well. I had the privilege to preach in Spanish in our INS Jail Ministry and was able to preach to men from all over the world and saw many, many men come to the Lord for Salvation!

The Lord then started dealing with our hearts about moving back to Houston to our home church in 2008 and we felt in our hearts that God was moving us towards the Mission field once again. After fervently laboring in prayer and talking to Pastor Farley, the Lord spoke to my heart through a verse of Scripture (Romans 15:24) on September 9, 2009 and told me again that He wanted us to go to Spain as Missionaries. The Lord gave myself, my wife and my Pastor peace in our hearts that this was the will of God and we started Deputation at the end of 2009. 

My wife and I have had our heartaches over the years, I lost my mother when I was 10 yrs old and my wife lost her mother 6 years after we were married, but we have learned alot about the "Grace of God" and I know that the Lord doeth all things well and I know that we will really need His Grace in the days ahead. I am so thankful that the Lord has given me a good wife to serve the Lord with and for our 4 childrenAutumn, Caleb, Benjamin and Aaron!

 

Denise's Testimony

I was saved as a young girl during Vacation Bible School at Shady Acres Baptist Church in Houston, TX. My parents had recently gotten saved and I saw a big change in their lives. We started going to Shady Acres and for the first time I was hearing the Word of God preached. I learned that there was a Hell and that if I died without receiving Jesus Christ as my Savior I would go there. The Lord started dealing with me about this and my heart was troubled. During VBS I responded to the invitation and asked the Lord to save me.

I stand truly amazed at the Goodness and Grace of my Lord and I am so grateful for all the things that He has done in my life. They are too many to tell. It is amazing to me to look back and realize that the different ministries that the Lord has allowed my husband and I to be a part of were preparing us for the mission field. I am thankful that the Lord has allowed me to play the piano for our church for several years and also to teach Sunday School classes and work in VBS. What a blessing to be a servant of God!