My Conversion Story - by Lorna Chen
“My journey began 23 years ago when my daughter Kellie was born with a birth defect that prevented her from swallowing. I asked God why he had allowed that to happen and beseeched him to take the problem away. I felt so abandoned and sad then I heard a voice that said: ‘Oh Ye of Little Faith!’…..God now had my attention.
“I then began receiving special bottles from people who I didn’t even know. I was able to take my baby home and I gave up my job and independence to stay and bond with her. It was an uphill battle. I was told that it would require 3 surgeries to correct the problem but God corrected it in one. For my part I stayed close to this child through whom God spoke to me even though I had not yet come to a proper understanding of what it meant to dedicate my life to Him.
“Then fast forward to the year 2013, I awoke from a dream in which Kellie was ascending to heaven, and she was so happy. She took my hand in hers and asked me to come with her, and I did. As we were ascending I kept looking back for my husband and son, and she said that if they did it right we would see them again. About a month later Kellie decided to study the bible with Lovette from the KCOC and was baptized in 4 weeks.
I witnessed a transformation in my daughter that could have only been of God. It forced me to look at myself, and as the dream was still fresh in my memory I knew what I had to do next.
I began studying the bible with Sandy, Shelley and Kerry, and I thank God for their patience! I got caught up with religion or with form and not substance. For example, though I would attend church on Sundays, Friday evening devotions were not convenient for me; or so I reasoned, because I didn’t like to drive at nights. I was unwilling to step out of my comfort zone and my attendance was sporadic at best. Kellie fasted and prayed for me to have the right heart, and the disciples remained unyielding with me. I told them that I wanted to be baptized for my birthday in September, but they were unconvinced that I was ready. I felt frustrated and wondered if I should join another church until I realized that it was my sinful nature that was holding me back and that I had to learn to SURRENDER! I cried and released everything that was inside of me, relinquishing control to God. After a couple more studies the disciples recognized a change in me, and felt that I was now ready to be baptized.
I got baptized on October 20, 2013 and it has made such a big difference in my life. It has taught me to take my eyes off of myself and focus them intently on Christ. It has brought love and peace into my life. Now I no longer ask God to take away my problems but to take me through them, because the God that made this world can do everything.