I was invited to a VBS when I was just 6 years old. I learned that Jesus loved me, and He died so I would have a way to go to heaven. I prayed a prayer during VBS, which is one reason VBS and Children’s Ministry are such an important part of ministry for me, but the prayer was just that – a prayer. It wasn’t real in my life. I thought I was saved, but there was no real change in my life – during teen years or adulthood.
While serving in Peru, due to some hard questions that I was asked, I realized that I did not know for sure that I’d go to heaven when I died. At the end of the hard questions, my wife asked me, “Scott, if you died right now, do you know that you know that you know that you’d go to heaven?” I paused to think. I realized that I couldn’t say “yes.” So, Stephanie said, “Scott, you know what you need to do. You need the relationship with Christ. It’s not religion that’s going to get you to heaven. It’s relationship with Christ, the only one who can take your sins away.” Although I wanted her to lead me in a prayer, she said, “The prayer isn’t what gets you to heaven. It’s the faith in Him. Say what’s on your heart.”
So, now I can say, on June 1, 2021, I accepted Christ as my own personal Savior. What a difference in me already!!