The Christmas Letter

I had been married four years when I attended my first Bible study and then gave my life to Jesus Christ. He entered my life and changed it completely.  I became a new person!  I still remember that first week when everyday I would see my life with new eyes.  My desires changed.  My life’s purpose changed. Moreover, God filled me with a new love, peace and joy that I’d never before known.

Later that year I received a Christmas letter from one of my closest friends from nursing school.  I wrote back sharing how Christ had changed my life.  I even sent her a booklet by Bill Bright called, Would You Like to Know Christ Personally?  https://www.cru.org/how-to-know-god/would-you-like-to-know-god-personally.html                                                      She did not respond to my booklet or my good news.

I did not hear back from her until the following Christmas.  Again I responded with a Christmas letter sharing new things God had taught me during the past year.  I also sent her a recorded message.

Again I didn’t hear back from her until the following Christmas.  Again I responded the same. This went on for ten years!  One day she called.  She was coming to town and coming over.  She said, “We need to talk.”

I was thrilled to see her!  Then she said, “You know all those letters and tapes and booklets about God you sent me over the years?  They were not wasted.  I read your letters over and over—the booklets too!  I listened to your tapes repeatedly.  I want you to know that they were instrumental in my decision to surrender my life to Jesus Christ.  He has changed my life and I am forever grateful.”  We hugged and cried and prayed together.

Even though she lives in another part of the world, we’ve become closer than ever.  After all, we are now true sisters in the Lord.  Moreover, her husband has since come to Christ as well.  How good is our God!  I will forever praise Him.

  •  In the same way, let your light shine before others, that they may see your good deeds and glorify your Father in heaven.     Matthew 5:16
  •  Remember this: Whoever turns a sinner from the error of their way will save them from death and cover over a multitude of sins.     James 5:20
  • GIVE ME A HEARTLyrics by Liana Wendy Howarth; Music by Kathleen
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This life is temporary.  This life is short.  When this life is over, our bodies will die and become empty shells, but our souls will continue to live forever.  Where will the “real you” live?  Will you live for all eternity separated from God?  Or will you spend eternity in the presence of God in heaven?   Learn more so you can make your most important decision:   http://www.godlife.com/gospel/

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About Kathleen

God delights in working through His people as they submit to Him. Jesus said to go into all the world and preach the good news to everyone (Mark 16:15). No matter where we live on this planet, people are separated from God because of sin. We ALL need a Savior, and there’s only ONE. It brings me great joy to share Christ with the lost and lonely. Over the years I’ve learned a great deal while facilitating Bible studies. I’ve found myself on college and university campuses, the beach, the streets, the hospital, the jail and the juvenile facility for incarcerated teens sharing God’s message of love. I also serve as an online missionary with Global Media Outreach. I’ve seen countless lives transformed when people turn away from sin and turn to Jesus. The changes God makes are real and lasting. These are some of my experiences. NOTE: My stories have been altered, removing any and all identifying factors. This includes names and other particulars in order to protect confidentiality and anonymity.
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14 Responses to The Christmas Letter

  1. Helene says:

    Persistence paid off and another soul was snatched out of the kingdom of darkness.

    • Kathleen says:

      That’s so true, Helene. Although at the time I didn’t think I was being persistent. I was just writing a good friend at Christmastime and sharing a little bit of my life.

  2. Thank you for your faithfulness and perseverance.

  3. Sandra says:

    Hi Kathleen, You speak of seeing things with new eyes – the time when we become born again. God is so amazing and what He offers us is beyond words can actually capture. We are so blessed! Thank you! Sandra

  4. Charlotte says:

    Lord has made you awesome. I pray everyone has a friend that loves like you.

  5. fking1371 says:

    Such a powerful testimony. Sometimes, you just don’t know the impact of the seed you are planting in someone’s life. But if you keep on watering the seed, we plant and water and God will give the increase.

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