Stories Of Transformation

Karen Willms

When did Jesus first get your attention? Though I had been a Christian for many years, God got my attention in a serious way in my early 40’s when a combination of things forced me to look at priorities in my life and come to an understanding of giving complete control over to Him. It was not an easy time and things didn’t change over night but with His promises of forgiveness and unfailing love, I can say overtime that He has done a huge transformation in me and that “it is well with my soul.” 

What is a faith marker in your life? I accepted Christ at a young age and was always aware of His presence in my life growing up, but I felt Him asking me to take my faith seriously when I was 15 years old and others my age were getting baptized… I knew I wasn’t ready and didn’t want to just because my friends were… it took me another year to work through some things and know that I wanted to stand up for what He meant in my life… my baptism has always been an important benchmark for me!

What is Jesus doing in your life right now? Jesus is continually letting me know and feel His presence & peace… over the last few years of having grandchildren and retiring from work (so called “slowing down”), there is a feeling of contentment and joy which I don’t take for granted. Though the recent months have been uncertain and other issues are always close at hand… He has been faithful to His promises of which I feel very underserving.

What is a favourite scripture and why? When considering what verse to choose, I realized I don’t have a favorite – but my Bible has many verses underlined and this one really stands out for me…

            Philippians 3:7 “I once thought ‘these things’ were valuable, but now I consider them worthless because of what Christ has done. Yes, everything else is worthless when compared with the infinite value of knowing Christ Jesus my Lord. For His sake I have discarded everything else, counting it all as garbage, so that I could gain Christ and become one with Him.”

Why do you love our church? When I was baptized many years ago, I also became a member of the MB Church – which I didn’t realize the significance of at the time – over the years that community of believers (from a small town to the big city) have been my “home” to grow up in & become involved with while growing my faith… what a privilege!