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Lisa Hanks Testimony 8-2023
Great Commission Church
My sister Debra led me to God. (She is the best sister ever.)  She never stopped praying for my salvation and having the church pray for me.  If you ever prayed for Debra’s sister, you were most likely praying for me, and I am so grateful for all your prayers. 
I started my church experience very early.  I went to a Pentecostal church from birth to about 18 years old.  We had so many rules and restrictions and I started feeling like I would never live up to God’s expectations.    We didn’t hear about God’s love, only about what we shouldn’t do. I guess I thought if I really loved God and did what the pastor said, I was saved. As I got older, I just had so many questions about why we believed the way we did but had no real answers.   I was so discouraged and angry that what I had perceived as the one and only way to God was just a false religion.  So, since I was so confused, I stopped going to church all together and I guess I was rebelling.
I started praying and reading the Bible. I was reading and praying for relief from this burden I was carrying around.  I asked God to forgive me of my sins.  I read how he died for my sins and how he loved me enough to sacrifice his only Son for me so that I would be saved.  
Why would he do that for me? Why would he go through that pain and humiliation for me?  He was buried and rose again so that we could live with him in heaven forever.  I don’t know why he did it but I’m so grateful that he did.  If you have questions about your salvation, I encourage you to pray and ask God to do the same for you.  I regret all the years I rejected God, when believing in him, and asking him to forgive me of my sins, was such a simple thing to do.  I’m so thankful for God’s love and all his greatness - and I want to spend the rest of my life praising him and thanking him for his grace.  He has blessed me so much.  Please continue your prayers for me and my family.