I wanted to go to the altar. I had no idea what that meant, but agreed. I didn't know how to pray, This is my story!
I grew up in a dysfunctional home and ultimately became a child of divorce. I knew God and Jesus existed, but didn't really understand who they were. We had a Nazarene family move next door to us when I was around 15 years old. They invited my brothers to Bible school.
When my family went to the VBS program, Connie Sheets' brother, Lonnie, asked me out. I wanted to go to church, so I could be with him. A few weeks later, he asked me if I wanted to go to the altar. I had no idea what that meant, but agreed. I didn't know how to pray, but others prayed with me. I prayed the prayer of salvation without really knowing what I was doing. I didn't know what it meant to be saved, but in time it started to sink in.
I NEEDED God so much in my life. He was totally what I was looking for! I latched onto Him with all I had. I was determined to serve Him and continue to seek Him for the rest of my life. And, I have! Thankfully, God gave me a wonderful, Christian mate, Ron Keiser, whom I met at ONU.
God has guided and helped me so much! He has helped my through two miscarriages, the loss of an 18 day old son, infertility off and on for ten years, the birth of three kids (after almost losing them), losing my dad suddenly and my sister at only 48 years old, surviving my son's divorce, etc. I have leaned on God so much to help me get through all of that...reading and memorizing scriptures, lots of prayer and always faithful to church and all of its activities. God has used me by working with the teens and singing in the choir for over 35 years, serving on the church board, mission trips, etc. I am forever grateful for Connie and her family for accepting me as I was and nurturing me in my Christian faith!
By Karen Keiser, Marion, Ohio