Since I was a very young child, I remember always wanting to be close to God. I listened to the teachings from the denomination I had been brought up in, but all that did for me was generate more questions and confusion. I asked my teacher questions and was told to read particular scriptures. Later when I looked at the scriptures given to me, I found that there were no answers there at all. When I was older I decided to ask everyone I could what their “philosophy” was on life and almost always was given the same answer: I would not be able to be close to God until I died. People told me that I would have to go to heaven to be close to God and that would only happen when I died.
So I decided that I would do just that! I would die a few years from that time and be with God. I continued living life, and as time went on, my brother came home on leave while in the military in Okinawa, Japan. I remember exactly what he said to me: “I have found what we’ve been looking for.” I said, “What?” He repeated it and said he had found what we had been looking for—answers to life. I asked him, “Where?” He said he had taken a class and was attending fellowships that teach these things and more! I said, “Well, I can’t go to Okinawa!” He said, “There is a fellowship right here in this town!” I replied, “Let’s go! When can we go?” He got a big smile on his face and said he would call them and let me know.
When I attended my first Way Ministry fellowship, I could sense there was something there that I wanted! I didn’t know what it was they had, but I wanted it too! I spent all the time they would allow me to spend with them! After taking the Foundational Class, I finally became close to God. I also learned about the law of believing. God’s Word gave me a reason to live! Joy and peace now filled my heart, and I finally had the answers to life that I had so desperately longed to have!
I was introduced to God’s Word by way of our Foundational Class when I was twenty years old. Session by session, my life transformed as I pondered and believed the accuracy and integrity of God’s Word taught. I noticed that big changes were taking place in my life in a relatively short period of time, and so did others. This marked change stopped my family, friends, and coworkers in their tracks. They had never seen such a positive change take place in a person so quickly. Many of them asked me what happened? Who is this man and what changed him? I was a more confident, more radiant, and more peaceful man. I walked in love towards others and put in an honest day’s work. Gone were the negatives in my life and on my lips. I had a new identity and a new life, and I enjoyed telling others what God could do for them.
Over thirty years have gone by, and I still keep in touch with a few of these acquaintances from “the old days.” I still receive calls from some of them, and very often the first question they ask me is, “Are you still with that ministry that changed your life?”
I answer, “Yes I am!”
As a young man, getting ready to graduate from college, I needed direction for my life. I was told by some to read the Bible because that’s where I would find answers. So, one day I picked up a Bible and started reading a section of scripture. But I struggled to understand the meaning of the verses. Frustrated, I set the Bible aside and moved on with my life.
Sometime later, two young people started a conversation with me at a retail establishment near the university that I was attending at that time. They told me they were in a Christian outreach program for The Way Ministry and that one of their purposes was to help others learn how to read and understand the Bible. I shared with them my frustration in not being able to do that for myself. Then they showed me a verse in the Bible, Ephesians 3:4, which reads: “Whereby, when ye read, ye may understand my knowledge in the mystery of Christ.”
Soon I started attending their college fellowship on a regular basis. Later they told me about an upcoming Foundational Class where I could learn keys to how the Word of God interprets itself so that I could read and understand the Bible. It wasn’t long before I signed up to take the class, and I quickly began to enjoy reading and understanding the Bible for myself. Once I had an accurate knowledge and understanding of the Word of God, I no longer needed to take another man’s word for it, or have someone else interpret it for me. I was empowered to live and enjoy the more abundant life that Jesus Christ came to give, while walking in the fullness of God’s glorious power and might.
My understanding of the Bible opened up new possibilities for the direction my life would take. I was so excited about the knowledge from God’s Word that I had learned in the Foundational Class that I wanted to share it with everyone I knew. I realized that as an “ambassador for Christ” I was called by God to be His representative and to share the knowledge of His Word with others. I signed up for the same ministry outreach program that the two young people that had initially told me about Way Ministry fellowships and the Foundational Class were participating in. Participating in this service opportunity that focused on reaching out to others to speak God’s Word served as the springboard for my personal lifelong quest for continued spiritual growth while endeavoring to reach out to others so as to help them read and understand God’s Word.
Ultimately I entered The Way Corps training program that laid the foundation for my lifetime of Christian service. The training resulted in my becoming more deeply rooted in God’s Word and even more dedicated to serving others. With a “God first, others second, and I am willing to be third” attitude my spiritual, physical, and financial needs have been met abundantly for over three decades. God’s Word promises that “a faithful man shall abound with blessings…” (Proverbs 28:20), and my life is an attestation to this powerful and dynamic promise because of what God has done for me as a result of what I have learned in The Way Ministry.