Below are Stories of Transformation from Josh and Kelsey Moreau who joined membership at FGCC on December 11th, 2016..
I have known about Jesus since I was a child. I went to Catholic elementary and High School, and attended Catholic mass regularly during my childhood, and occasionally throughout my adolescence.
My relationship with Jesus was very turbulent throughout my young adult years, until God put my wife Kelsey in my life. When Kelsey and I started dating, I was very guarded towards talking about God. I respected Kelsey’s faith, but was not interested in making mine stronger. I attended church with Kelsey’s family occasionally, but was never able to connect.
It wasn’t very long before I fell in love with Kelsey, and her family, and I started to open my heart to Jesus. I saw the love that they had for Jesus, and wanted to feel the love that Jesus had for them. Kelsey and I decided to start looking for our own church that we could grow in our faith together at. After attending a few churches that just didn’t feel right, we finally found Forest Grove. After the first service we knew we had found our church. It was a rainy day, and when we got out of our vehicle there was a man waiting for us with an umbrella. God had shown us where he wanted us to be.
In the past year Jesus has been really great to us. He has guided me through my Commerce degree and has reassured me over and over about my career choice. Through his guidance to Forest Grove, he has put many great mentors into my life that I have used as inspiration for who I want to become. The scripture that is guiding my heart right now is Proverbs 3:5-6,
“Trust in the Lord with all your heart and do not lean on your own understanding. In all your ways acknowledge Him, And He will make your paths straight.”
My motivation for becoming a member comes from the need for more accountability in my faith. I want to be a contributing member of the congregation, and I see becoming a member as the first step.
Jesus has always been a part of my life. I was blessed to have godly parents who taught and modeled Christ through my childhood. I excepted Jesus into my heart when I was four years old with my Sunday school teacher. I attended youth growing up and was baptized June 2008. Throughout high school I struggled up on the fence and dabbled in many circles but Jesus was never far from my side. “Being confident of this, that he who began a good work in you will carry it on to completion until the day of Christ Jesus.” Philippians 1:6
Josh and I were married in February 2015. We were quickly faced with some big decisions. We were about to start our life together and it was up to us to choose how we would live it. We were both struggling in our faith but when we found Forest Grove Community Church the decision was clear to us. This would be our home church and we committed to growing in our faith together. ““For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the lord, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.”” Jerimiah 29:11.
I’ll be very honest with you, reading scripture is something I struggle with to this day. I am working to make it a daily routine but I always find “something better” to do or just forget all together. I know that this is the best way to truly grow in my faith and the learn through the spirit. A passage that I have loved since I was a child is Psalm 23.
“The lord is my shepherd, I shall not want. He makes me lie down in green pastures, he leads me by still waters, he restores my soul. He guides me in paths of righteousness for his name’s sake. Even though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil, for you are with me; your rod and staff they comfort me. You prepare a table before me in the presence of my enemies. You anoint my head with oil; my cup overflows. Surely goodness and love will follow me all the days of my life, and I will dwell in the house of the lord forever.”- Psalm 23:1-6
I am becoming a member at Forest Grover Community Church today with excitement in my heart. I pray that I will grow in love and become more like Christ through fellowship with his church. I am excited to use gifts God has given me with all of you. I look forward to getting to know you all better and growing together in Christ.