My Testimony of God Saving My Soul


Daniel E


I will never forget the night I got saved. God brought me out of a miry pit of despair, guilt, and shame, resulting from my drug use, drinking, stealing and lies.  I was saved in June of 1990 on a Saturday night at 10:30pm. My life was a mess and my marriage was at the critical stage.  I wasn’t alone in my drug abuse but this testimony is about me. I could be in my house with my wife and two boys and feel absolutely alone. My life was more committed to getting, selling and doing drugs. The drug of choice was speed, crank or methamphetamines, what ever you call it. I also smoked pot and drank. I really hated myself and probably treated myself worse than anyone. We lived in Shamong, NJ from 1985 to 1990. During that time there lived directly across my street a Baptist minister named John Mitchell. He and his family were wonderful to my family and me. I envied them and their happiness and joy, which I could not find. My drug use escalated to heavy use right before I got saved and it seemed to be all I cared about.


The Mitchell family had always reached out to us with Christian love and concern. Jackie (John’s wife) would bake for us or prepare meals and my boys played with their son Brian. John started visiting my house on his church’s soul-winning night and planting seeds. He would say “Dan, do you believe the bible is God’s Word?” Or, “Why don’t you come out to church?”  At the same time, my mother was urging me to go to church. It is funny how God works in people’s lives as He draws them. I began a bible study on Saturday’s with John and his son and my two boys. I also went to the Shawnee Baptist Church a few Sundays in a row. I would sit in the back with my mom and Pastor Dyer would preach and then give an invitation. I would raise my hand with tears streaming down my cheeks but not walk the aisle. John must have been watching, knowing God was moving in my heart. It was after one of our bible studies that later that night all alone that I watched Charles Stanley preach to his church on the T.V. He preached on heaven and gave an invitation at the end to his congregation. I was crying and under strong conviction. I muted the television got on my knees and asked the Lord to save me. He did. I got off that floor with a load of guilt and shame gone. My sins were forgiven and I was free. My life began to change.


            It was 6 months earlier that I had been divorced. (Jan.1989) I tried to reconcile with my wife but restoration was not the case. She had been unfaithful in our marriage and my salvation and change mattered little to her.  Here I was a new creature in Christ but my marriage had ended and I was now out of the house soon after I was saved. It was in 1992 after some time of getting to know my wife Kathy that we got married on May 16th.  Things were not perfect but my life was new and joy filled and I was growing rapidly in the Lord. I loved the Word of God and studied it furiously. I began teaching S/S at my new church Ocean County Baptist in Toms River. I was now living in Bayville with my wife Kathy and we were serving the Lord with joy. God has put a desire in my heart to serve Him through weekly soul-winning, discipling others, teaching S/S, choir, and since April of 2001 I have been a bus captain. It was in March of 2003 at Promised Land Baptist Church in Gastonia NC while visiting friends that God called me to the mission field. I have since been accepted by Word for the World Baptist Ministries and hope very soon to be on the field of Ireland. I am thankful for my sending church The First Baptist Church of Southard in Howell NJ. The Lord has given me a strong, compassionate, God fearing pastor. God changes lives and He certainly changed mine. I love the verse 2Cor. 5:17 for we are “new” creatures when we become saved.  I have a few life verses of which one is Acts 20:24 and the other is John 12:24 “Verily, verily, I say unto you, Except a corn of wheat fall into the ground and die, it abideth alone: but if it die, it bringeth forth much fruit.”


Thank you Lord