Life Stories

There is power in stories of life transformation.  It's really what God is most interested in.  At KGF, we celebrate the work God is doing in each one of us, and hope that you will be encouraged and challenged in your own walk as you read, listen to and watch some stories from this church family.

 

Saturday, 17 June 2017 16:28

Jennifer G

Hi my name, is Jennifer my story began with Lindsay Nicholson, and old friend with a great heart. She knew my background and told me all about KGF and to start by watching the live feeds if I wasn’t ready to be there in person. I took her advice and began watching.  Not long after I met with Pastor Mike and knew I had found my home.

Pastor Mike made me promise to come to Christmas in the City and I did. I sat beside this wonderful amazing man named Ed that night. Already on my journey Ed sealed the deal and the message that night changed my life.

In the new year, I started coming to service in person, and my daughter agreed to come as well. While my journey continued hers started. I had already agreed that I would try Alpha and so my daughter also wanted to have the opportunity to ask questions and learn. Alpha is for everyone and everyone should do it. God blessed us with Wendy and Rob as our Alpha leaders and they were/are amazing people. Both have opened our hearts even greater and broadened our love to Jesus even more.

Just about a month ago I woke from a dream which was unusual, later I would find out Victoria my daughter did as well. We were looking for a home in Leduc, AB. We looked at several homes via skype and upon looking at the last one the people started outside, as they approached the door I stated that I did not require seeing the property as I had already seen the house number and new this was God's work. This would be my home. That same night Victoria dreamt that she would go to Law school, she was grated acceptance in the University of AB. All this came from God finally I was offered a position with the courts highest court, everything in threes.

The baptism not only starts my life as one of God's children but also a new life, thank you to Pastor Mike, Pastor Levi and all the family at KGF, you are loved. 

Thursday, 15 June 2017 15:14

Ben & Gaylene

Our prison ministry began in Manitoba at Milner Ridge Correctional Centre several years ago.  We became involved with this ministry through a friend who is the chaplain at the Correctional Centre. We went every two weeks and presented the message of God’s love and forgiveness.

We also had the opportunity to follow up with one inmate we had ministered to. After he was released we connected with him and saw how God had not only worked in his life, but also in his girlfriend’s life.  They both started to attend church with their children and did the Alpha course together.  It was so wonderful to see how God had changed them and how He was working in their lives in many different areas.  There might be those who fall back but their are many, many exciting stories of how God has changed lives.

When we moved to Kelowna almost two and a half years ago, we became involved with Chuck Colson's Prison Fellowship Ministry.  We, along with a team of anywhere between 4 to 8 volunteers go up to Kamloops Corrections Centre one Sunday a month.  We do three services, which include singing, a message and a short time of visiting with the inmates.

We feel so blessed that we can be used by God to help these men realize, through our testimonies, of how God has changes our lives, and He can and will do the same for them. These men are broken and they need to know that they are loved, especially by God.

We are excited to be officially joining the KGF Church Family as members.

Thursday, 15 June 2017 15:12

Nathan M.

I grew up in a loving Christian home and accepted Jesus into my heart when I was about 6 or 7 years old. Its a time I will never forget. I built a foundation on Jesus and I knew the path. As I grew older and became a teen/adult I started relying on myself more and more. It wasn't long before I stopped listening to God and put my faith in myself. I was leaning on my own understanding and I made my own decisions. I never prayed for guidance or for His Will in my life. I sought after worthless things - money, success, career, power. I sinned alot. I made mistakes. I was lost but He never forgot about me!

It was through divine appointments (alot of them!), loving parents, great friends/fellowship, and reading His Word that God softened my heart. He spoke to me and showed me the way back to the right path. Every day is a great day with Him by my side. I love Jesus and I want to live INTENTIONALLY and PURPOSELY for Him.

A verse that I love and cherish is JOHN 14:6 - "I am the way and the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me." It has been a light in the dark; to know that I can trust in Him with everything and that He is the WAY!

Be Blessed!

Nathan Matis

Thursday, 15 June 2017 15:11

Kiah

God has taken away the things I used to define myself as in order to bring me to a place where who I am is defined solely by him and therefore all of my value and worth and purpose is too.  

Along with losing my old identity came a loss of confidence; not knowing exactly who I was anymore or what my life would look like having God in complete control felt amazing but a little scary too. Now I feel like He is showing me that I don't need to have any fear or anxiety about my future because he knew the plans he had for me even before I was born and whatever my future holds he is looking out for me and wants the very best for my life. 

It is a peaceful thought knowing that the God of this world, the creator of the universe, cares about me and has a purpose for me in this life. Even when the odds aren't in my favor I can rest knowing that God has complete control over every situation and if he wants something to happen he will make it happen; I don't have to worry about taking things into my own hands and needing to get through things on my own. 

I am excited to take this next step in faith with God and use it as a tangible reminder of my commitment to let Him take over my life and lead me along the path he has planned. 

Wednesday, 12 April 2017 11:22

Marisa

I have been attending KGF with my family for about 5 years. I have always felt loved and welcomed right from the start. I have been involved with the tech team and help out in the kitchen once a month. I really enjoy the Youth Group and with guidance from my youth leader is when I started getting closer to God.

Wednesday, 12 April 2017 11:22

Jackie S.

We are originally from Port Elizabeth in South Africa. We were in Oxfordshire, UK, from 2002 until 2013. We've been in Kelowna since then.

We helped start a young adults group in our church in South Africa and lead worship at the evening service. We were involved with Alpha and small groups in South Africa and the UK. We believe everyone should belong to a small group. Alpha is a good place to start.

Our son Wesley has graduated from high school and our son Keagan is in grade 5. They are currently being home-schooled.

Wednesday, 12 April 2017 11:17

Andrew S.

We are originally from Port Elizabeth in South Africa. We were in Oxfordshire, UK, from 2002 until 2013. We've been in Kelowna since then.

We helped start a young adults group in our church in South Africa and lead worship at the evening service. We were involved with Alpha and small groups in South Africa and the UK. We believe everyone should belong to a small group. Alpha is a good place to start.

Our son Wesley has graduated from high school and our son Keagan is in grade 5. They are currently being home-schooled.

Wednesday, 12 April 2017 11:15

Josh H.

I am excited to become a member of the KGF family. God has always been a big part of my life from as far back as I can remember. He has been there to give me strength in the hard times and guidance in the good times. I am looking forward to serving God more in the future and getting to know all of my new brothers and sisters at KGF.

Wednesday, 12 April 2017 11:13

Dan G.

I grew up in a Christian going to church on Sundays, going to youth group during the week and going to bible camp in the summer. I grew up knowing about Jesus but I never really understood who he was what he did until I was late into my teen years. Throughout the years I have had many struggles and I wasn’t always quick to turn to God to ask for help and guidance. Since attending KGF I have found a place of belonging and a place I can call home. Since being at KGF I have served with the youth and young adult ministries as well as the worship ministry. God has shown me many things in my life so far but I can personally say that when God brought me to KGF he saved me.

Do not remember my youthful sins and transgressions; but remember me in light of your gracious love, in light of your goodness, LORD. - Psalm 25.17 

Wednesday, 12 April 2017 11:11

Inie

I grew up religiously going to a non-evangelical church.  I knew all the parables and the Israelites history, and even taught Sunday School as a teenager.  I thought I was a Christian because I knew what Christmas and Easter were about and didn't disbelieve it;  but neither did I embrace it.  I never heard once in the 15 years that my family attended that church that there was such a thing as a personal relationship with Jesus.  I was VERY put out for a long time that I could be in church for that long and not hear or know that Jesus is a personal, initimate relationship.   I began a spiritual journey in my late twenties and had it revealed to me by the Holy Spirit.

I did commit myself to Jesus around 27, and my heart and attitude changed without even thinking about it.  I moved from being quite judgmental to more understanding and accepting and loving;  and eventually to being able to truly forgive;  from stingy, to generous with joy, in all areas of life, not just with money. 

After marriage I didn't go to church;  I didn't think one way or the other about it.... my husband had been raised in a very strict German speaking Mennonite church and he had rebelled;  but I assumed he was a Christian anyway because I didn't know any differently.  BUT, Jesus had a plan!  We moved next door to another young couple.  She had grown up in the Catholic church and was just being introduced to Jesus through a neighbourhood ladies (Stonecroft) bible study.  My neighbour assumed I was a Christian because I grew up in a Protestant church;  I assumed I was because I didn't know any better!  I started attending the ladies bible study with her and was introduced to Jesus in a way I never had been before.

With the revelation of who Jesus truly is, and in repentance and surrender, I moved into a life time journey, drawn by the wonderful, personal relationship with Jesus;  found a good, evangelical church, continued with the ladies bible study, and  Christian friends;  that was 37 years ago.  God's promise to me for this lifetime journey has always been "I will never leave you, I will never forsake you" (Deut. 31:6(c) Hebrews 13:5(b)).  I continued to be a part of Home Groups, and bible studies and mostly faithful with personal devotions as a part of several church families, with moves to different cities.  My 3 children cut their teeth on Dr. Dobson and Focus on the Family, and Chuck Swindoll and Insight for Living. 

I lived in Langley last year, for a year, and attended a great church that offered the 8 month Freedom Sessions course which I participated in.  It helped me to know Jesus in an even deeper, more intimate way, and to how to appropriate His love for me even more deeply;  a deeper understanding of WHO Jesus is, and who He is to me.

I have had  4 wonderful women who have, over the years at different times, walked with me, mentored me, put up with me, loved me, and I am so very grateful for them.

God brought me to my "Promised Land" (Kelowna!) and KGF, last summer, and I am now so privileged to be learning and growing in the "WHY" Jesus is, and why He wears the Crown of Glory as King of Kings..... which brings the desire for me to live "Unashamed".

 

I know that God's hand on me and my spiritual journey was, and is, my unique journey.  I am still in awe that eternity with Jesus is the reward!

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