Hope Restored

J. P. – New Jersey

I woke up this morning so happy, and it didn’t take long to appreciate that it is something well beyond human power that made that possible. Not long ago, I was stuck in a life that left me feeling mostly empty. I had gotten to the point that the only thing getting me out of bed was seeing my kids every other weekend. Then I began to feel that my influence in their lives was actually bad for them, and that was really it for me. Without that, I could see no path forward or reason to find one.

God had a path, though, and once I let go of my pride and asked Him for help, I was on that path immediately. Now, 17 months later, I wake up happy. I have purpose and joy and gratitude. I am so blessed to be a part of this church and its mission. This is not to say there are no trials in my life, but because I vividly remember that time when everything felt hopeless, I can now say, “This seems difficult, but I know God is with me. I may not see the answer, but He does. He saw a way for me out of the darkness, so this is just no big deal at all!”

For all those out there who have no hope, this church works tirelessly to bring the only thing that will give hope: Truth. How could I be even a small part of this and not wake up happy? I am so grateful to have this opportunity—and this constant stream of blessings!

I would also like to add how grateful I am to all of our members doing this work. So many all over the world are doing their part, and that is incredibly inspiring! We had a laugh the other day about how, from a human sense, we have such an unlikely mix of people, but that it is utter proof that God is the only cause, because how else could this happen? Thank you all!