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.

 

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!

Wednesday, 12 April 2017 11:11

Kaylee

I have had the privilege of being raised by parents who love Jesus and introduced me to Him at a young age. I grew up going to church and knowing, at least in theory, who Jesus was and that he loved me enough to die on the cross for my sins. As a kid, I didn’t really grasp the significance of this truth, but I found comfort in the church environment. For the greater part of my life, I was content with a more or less superficial relationship with God – Jesus was always part of my life, but He was never at the center of my life. I kind of took His presence for granted, and never put much time or effort into getting to know His character.

Despite my neglect, Jesus has always been faithful in my life, and He has shown me an unfathomable amount of grace. The image of Christ giving himself as a ransom, trading his life for my freedom, has been one of the most impactful revelations in my life; I am so  astounded that Jesus sees every part of who I am, all my failures and dark corners, and still considers me worth paying such an enormous cost. This affirmation of my value in Jesus’ eyes speaks so strongly to my heart, as my self-worth has been an area where I struggle at times.

Lately, Jesus has been guiding me toward full engagement in my relationship with Him. He is teaching me about trust, abiding in Christ, and finding fulfillment in His presence and love. He’s teaching me to walk with Him through each day and depend fully on Him. As part of my journey, I have been so blessed to find a community of fellow believers at KGF. I love that the love of Jesus is taught, embraced, and shared so freely here, and the friends I have made are a huge source of joy and encouragement in my life. I am looking forward to discovering what God has in store for my life and our church family. 

Wednesday, 12 April 2017 11:08

Thiago

I am originally from Brazil and moved to Canada 5 years ago for the purpose to learn English.

I grew up with my grandmother in a small city and at the time she was part of  Buddhism, so I didn’t have friends or family telling me to follow any type of church. But inside of me I knew there was something more powerful out there watching us, I was curious I think, and started going to a catholic church and that’s how I got to know little about Jesus, since that time even being very young 11-12 years old I already had my faith in God and Jesus.

In 2016 I went through I very tough situation in my personal life, I was feeling lost and even starting to get depression, It’s hard for me to admit that because I always consider myself a happy person, the one who will make people laugh, but yes I was not being me anymore and I actually could see that, the personality that I was showing to people around me was not my real me anymore and I could not find the way out of that.

In December 2016, I started to get closer to Jesus by reading the Bible and watching spiritual videos on internet.  Day by day I was feeling his presence in my life and feeling peace in my heart again. I decide to look for a church and bible studies in Kelowna because inside my heart getting to know Jesus and actually, not just believing but living Jesus’s teaching is the only way.

Wednesday, 12 April 2017 11:07

Karen H.

I was born and raised in Fort St John into a Christian/Mennonite home. I grew up going to church and accepted Christ into my heart when I as seven. As for many, my faith did not become real to me until I was a teenager. I spent a few summers being a camp counsellor and being able to feel God’s presence more intimately than I had ever felt before. My life seemed perfect. I had everything I ever wanted after graduation, until I slowly started trying to rely on myself to do everything. I remember thinking that I did not need God and that I could survive on my own. My entire world was turned upside down and I lost everything important to me. I remember feeling so ashamed that I did not think God could love me anymore. I did not think that things could ever get better, that God had given me too much to handle. I do not remember a specific night but slowly I just started feeling different, like God was gently telling me “You are my daughter, you have worth.” The realization that I was HIS daughter overwhelmed me and I broke down. I cried out to Him and repented of my sins. I know that the struggles of life are far from over but I do know that I don’t have to feel like I have to go through them alone ever again.  My life has not turned out as I had planned, but God knows the plans He has for me and I trust Him completely! 

Wednesday, 12 April 2017 11:05

Marc Andre

When I arrived for the first time to Kelowna about 4 years ago, faith was as abstract to me as contemporary arts. Coming from a small region in Quebec called Saguenay, I along with the majority of kids were raised without any concept of religion in a proudly secular society. So you can imagine my surprise when I saw the numerous churches in Kelowna. A couple of days after my arrival, I was hired to work for John and Robert Casorso on their farm. I was told by my friends to apply for a job there because their reputation for caring and treating their employees with kindness and respect was well known.

After a few weeks working for them, John invited me to his house to talk about Christianity and he introduced me to some basics information about the meaning of Faith and Jesus. I was not buying it at all tho but he always had an answers to my questions. The upcoming months would witness me and John s son John Paul having heated debates and arguments at work about Christianity. I wanted to show them that they were wrong so I decided to really look into the subject. Surely, after investigating I was put in a situation where a had to admit that Jesus is who he said he is and thus began my journey in Jesus s path.

The following year I went from being alone, faithless and hopeless to having a now fiancee who is loving and caring, to have a clear path in our life with Jesus and to be loved by friends and family in Kelowna. I needed this opportunity of baptism at KGF to publicly declare my faith in Jesus our Lord and Saviour.

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