Dan’s Testimony

I was raised in very religious home but had no idea that someone could  actually have a personal relationship with God. In 1987 the Lord  opened my eyes and heart and I accepted Jesus Christ as my personal  Lord and Savior. I soon began to hunger for the word of God and was  discipled by one of our pastors. As I learned the word of God and grew  as a Christian I began teaching the Bible to others.

The Lord granted my desire to have a successful secular career as the  store manager of a large optical chain. We soon began to enjoy the higher salary and the lifestyle that it brings. Because of the demands of my job I stepped away from most of my teaching ministries. It wasn’t long before I realized that I was not fulfilled with the new lifestyle and began seeking the Lord for his direction. To regain my walk with the Lord I knew I must surrender my management position and its benefits to become an hourly associate.  I knew the Lord could provide for us if he was directing me to step down from my position, but was I willing to make the move. After stepping down at work and resuming my ministries the Lord once again proved his faithfulness by supplying all our needs.

In 2005 I was asked to consider going to Kafulafuta Mission in Zambia, Africa to preach at their Resurrection Conference. When I was asked this, the immediate response in my mind was to say “I’m sorry I can not go because we can’t afford this”. Of course God not only supplied for the trip but he was also preparing my heart for the need in Zambia for the teaching and preaching of the word of God. As I prayed about the need it became evident that God was again preparing me to trust him by faith and not by sight. During a mission’s conference at our church that fall, the question was asked “how much can YOU give to the Lord?”  At that moment I knew my answer echoed what Isaiah when he said “here am I; send me.” I have returned to Zambia two other times to teach and preach the gospel. The Lord allowed me to graduate from North Star Bible Institute with a Bachelor of Divinity degree in May, 2009.

In Zambia, I teach the word of God, preach the gospel of Jesus Christ to the lost and help to build stronger Christians for the glory of God. My desire is to see many come to know Christ as their Lord and Savior so they too can fulfill the Great Commission.