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Prayer and Personal Testimonies => Personal Testimonies => Topic started by: V. Hahn on October 05, 2012, 05:39:30 PM

Title: Junior
Post by: V. Hahn on October 05, 2012, 05:39:30 PM
I want to share a testimony about something that happened lately...

About four years ago I was invited to join a private, non-Adventist forum (in blog format) to discuss end-time events.  I joined it with the intention of being a witness, but when I revealed that I was a Seventh-day Adventist, the other members wouldn't listen to much I had to say.

Wondering how I could witness to these people, I started my own blog. (It only took about 20 minutes.) The only thing it said was that I was offering a free book--a "Great Controversy," and gave a little description about it.  Then when I would post something on the end-time events forum, anyone clicking on my name would be directed to my blog.

I did get one request for a free GC pretty quickly, but I don't know if the lady ever read it.  She stopped posting on the forum and I lost touch with her.  Over the years I thought of quitting the forum because I didn't seem to be making any headway on it and had no more free book requests, but I thought no one would see my blog if I didn't post on the forum.  There are thousands of blogs out there.

Then in early August I got an email:

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Hi,
 
A customer of mine gave me the link (to) your blogspot, and suggested I request the book. Thank you in advance.
 
Junior
[address]
Kentucky

I immediately sent him a "Great Controversy."

A week later I got this email:

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Hello,
 
I received "The Great Controversy" book in the mail yesterday. Thank you so much, I really appreciate it. I can hardly wait to get started reading it. God bless you.
 
Junior


Another week went by...:

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Hi Vicki,
 
All I can say is, WOW!. What a great book you sent me! What information! I can hardly wait to begin reading each evening. As soon as I'm able, I'm gonna order one so my wife and I can study this together. Thank you so much, and God bless.
 
Jr.

I offered to send his wife another free one and he emailed back:

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Dear Vicki,
 
By all means, go ahead. But I would like to send a donation for it. I really do appreciate your kindness. What a great book. And the chapter, "Liberty of Conscience Threatened" is right on the money.
 
Thank you so much, and God bless.
 
Junior

I sent them another GC (free, of course), but didn't hear back.  Not wanting to sound pushy or nosy, I almost chickened out of emailing him, but I remembered something I had read that said a person should follow up on things like this, so yesterday (Oct. 4) I wrote to tell Junior I was thinking of him and his wife, and wondered if she was blessed by the GC.  Later that day I got this email:

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Hi Vicki,
 
It sure has been, and is a blessing. As a matter of fact, I was planning on writing you to let you know this past Saturday we attended the Seventh-day Adventist Church located in the ajoining county. Unbeknownst to us, they were having a pot-luck fellowship meal after services, and we had a great time.
 
Thanks again so very much, we are continuing to read and study. If you'd like, I'll keep you posted.
 
Have a pleasant day, and God bless.
 
Jr.

I had never told Junior I was an Adventist, so he tracked it down himself.  Do you think I've been floating on air ever since??!! :yay:  It just goes to show that God can bless our efforts, no matter how seemingly small and insignificant.  

Please keep Junior and his wife on your prayer list!  Thank you!
Title: Re: Junior
Post by: Larry Lyons on October 05, 2012, 06:01:02 PM
I want to share a testimony about something that happened lately...

About four years ago I was invited to join a private, non-Adventist forum (in blog format) to discuss end-time events.  I joined it with the intention of being a witness, but when I revealed that I was a Seventh-day Adventist, the other members wouldn't listen to much I had to say.

Wondering how I could witness to these people, I started my own blog. (It only took about 20 minutes.) The only thing it said was that I was offering a free book--a "Great Controversy," and gave a little description about it.  Then when I would post something on the end-time events forum, anyone clicking on my name would be directed to my blog.

I did get one request for a free GC pretty quickly, but I don't know if the lady ever read it.  She stopped posting on the forum and I lost touch with her.  Over the years I thought of quitting the forum because I didn't seem to be making any headway on it and had no more free book requests, but I thought no one would see my blog if I didn't post on the forum.  There are thousands of blogs out there.

Then in early August I got an email:

I immediately sent him a "Great Controversy."

A week later I got this email:


Another week went by...:

I offered to send his wife another free one and he emailed back:

I sent them another GC (free, of course), but didn't hear back.  Not wanting to sound pushy or nosy, I almost chickened out of emailing him, but I remembered something I had read that said a person should follow up on things like this, so yesterday (Oct. 4) I wrote to tell Junior I was thinking of him and his wife, and wondered if she was blessed by the GC.  Later that day I got this email:

I had never told Junior I was an Adventist, so he tracked it down himself.  Do you think I've been floating on air ever since??!! :yay:  It just goes to show that God can bless our efforts, no matter how seemingly small and insignificant.  

Please keep Junior and his wife on your prayer list!  Thank you!
Amen Vicki!! What a wonderful thing to be able to see the results of your perseverance for so long with no apparent results. We never know what the Holy Spirit is doing when we do our part. Praise God!!
Title: Re: Junior
Post by: resolute on October 05, 2012, 06:14:12 PM
Awesome....just wow!

It reminds me of a thought I regularly have when I stumble upon gems on the net.....viz.."I thank God these people wrote this stuff down so that I can get to read it now." Never underestimate the power of writing things down, somebody will eventually stumble upon it and find it useful.

great experience though...the giver and receiver are both strengthened
Title: Re: Junior
Post by: restoretruth on October 05, 2012, 07:46:12 PM
I want to share a testimony about something that happened lately...

About four years ago I was invited to join a private, non-Adventist forum (in blog format) to discuss end-time events.  I joined it with the intention of being a witness, but when I revealed that I was a Seventh-day Adventist, the other members wouldn't listen to much I had to say.

Wondering how I could witness to these people, I started my own blog. (It only took about 20 minutes.) The only thing it said was that I was offering a free book--a "Great Controversy," and gave a little description about it.  Then when I would post something on the end-time events forum, anyone clicking on my name would be directed to my blog.

I did get one request for a free GC pretty quickly, but I don't know if the lady ever read it.  She stopped posting on the forum and I lost touch with her.  Over the years I thought of quitting the forum because I didn't seem to be making any headway on it and had no more free book requests, but I thought no one would see my blog if I didn't post on the forum.  There are thousands of blogs out there.

Then in early August I got an email:

I immediately sent him a "Great Controversy."

A week later I got this email:


Another week went by...:

I offered to send his wife another free one and he emailed back:

I sent them another GC (free, of course), but didn't hear back.  Not wanting to sound pushy or nosy, I almost chickened out of emailing him, but I remembered something I had read that said a person should follow up on things like this, so yesterday (Oct. 4) I wrote to tell Junior I was thinking of him and his wife, and wondered if she was blessed by the GC.  Later that day I got this email:

I had never told Junior I was an Adventist, so he tracked it down himself.  Do you think I've been floating on air ever since??!! :yay:  It just goes to show that God can bless our efforts, no matter how seemingly small and insignificant.  

Please keep Junior and his wife on your prayer list!  Thank you!

A great testimony Viki !!!
Title: Re: Junior
Post by: Ed Sutton on October 06, 2012, 05:29:27 AM
  With the word of God in his hands, every human being, wherever his lot in life may be cast, may have such companionship as he shall choose. In its pages he may hold converse with the noblest and best of the human race, and may listen to the voice of the Eternal as He speaks with men. . . . He may dwell in this world in the atmosphere of heaven, imparting to earth's sorrowing and tempted ones thoughts of hope and longings for holiness; . . . like him of old who walked with God, drawing nearer and nearer the threshold of the eternal world, until the portals shall open, and he shall enter there. He will find himself no stranger. The voices that will greet him are the voices of the holy ones, who, unseen, were on earth his companions--voices that here he learned to distinguish and to love. He who through the word of God has lived in fellowship with heaven, will find himself at home in heaven's companionship.  {CC 31.5} 

Part of the joy of Heaven, does not wait till a person gets there.   Galatians 6:9  And let us not be weary in well doing: for in due season we shall reap, if we faint not.

I am so glad you hung in there.  Should folks be in Heaven because of how God used love, you, blogging, books, in His process and time; how glad shall your mutual relationship with those people be ?    :-D
Title: Re: Junior
Post by: V. Hahn on October 06, 2012, 07:13:37 AM
What a beautiful quote, Ed!

You said, "God used love, you, blogging, books, in His process and time..."  Yes, think of all that God, angels, and others contributed to someone like this finding truth.  Who knows what has happened to Junior to prepare him to receive truth, but just think about what had to take place to get this specific juxtaposition...

--Mrs. White wrote the book by inspiration of God
--This book had to continue to stay in print and be available well over 100 years later.
--Someone started a blog, and then someone I met on a vacation had to invite me to it.
--Someone "out there" happened to see my blog and had a relevant conversation with Junior about it.
--Junior had to follow up on the conversation.
--The ABC carried a nice, illustrated, inexpensive version that I could buy online and send to him.
--The Holy Spirit blessed his reading of it and led him to a nearby church.
--Now the church in Kentucky will take over! (Please pray that they will.)

There are many more links that could be mentioned, but all have a part, knowingly and unknowingly, in bringing truth to a stranger far away.  What a blessing and how wonderful to be a link in the chain!!

Title: Re: Junior
Post by: newbie on October 06, 2012, 07:31:07 PM
wonderful testimony Vicki....  keep up the good work  :-)
Title: Re: Junior
Post by: Richard OFfill on October 16, 2012, 03:20:15 PM
(using teen language for emphasis). Hey dude, that's cool!

We, or at least I do, need to hear stories like this!
Title: Re: Junior
Post by: V. Hahn on January 15, 2013, 01:25:39 PM
Here's a follow-up on Junior.  I hadn't heard from him, so sent a quick email several weeks ago to ask him how his & his wife's spiritual journey was going.  He replied today, and this is what he said,

"Hi Vicki,

"So sorry I've took so long to reply. We have a situation here concerning our grandsons and abuse they have received from their mom's boyfriend. It's a real mess. Our son, the father, had to take an emergency leave from the Army, he was in South Korea. Please keep us in your prayers, and please ask your church family to pray as well.

"We are relying on Christ's strength at this time. Otherwise, we couldn't make it.

"Thanks so much for your concern. God bless you.

"Jr. "

So I ask you to pray for Junior and his family during this awful time.  Only God has the solution and only He can heal.  Thank you, and may God bless you.
Title: Re: Junior
Post by: Ed Sutton on January 15, 2013, 08:13:36 PM
I hope Junior & his wife get custody of the grandkids till his son, their dad can finish his enlistment.  Through the GC Project you can get GC's @ 55 cents a copy if a bulk order is purchased with free shipping to your local church.

Plus email me and I will email mobipocket reader file, instructions, and mobipocket compatible EGW freeware ebooks,  PP, PK, DA, AA, GC, COL, MH, MB, SC, and the PDF the 1952 Principles of Life compiled by the GC , and a few other good SDA PDF's I have located.  I will PM you my email.  Once resident on a home PC, laptop, smart phone, emailing a person, the EGW freeware ebooks & mobipocket reader can be emailed to anyone as a free gift.
Title: Re: Junior
Post by: V. Hahn on January 15, 2013, 08:54:25 PM
Sounds great, Ed!  Thanks!  Tell me some examples of how and when you send these to people.  Do you have some testimonies you can share?
Title: Re: Junior
Post by: Ed Sutton on January 16, 2013, 08:10:20 AM
I compose an email or reply to an email, click on attach a file,  then a dialog box opens where I was last at on the computer, I click and direct to the folder where the EGW files are & hold down the control key and click on the files I want to send  ( all the EGW prc file ebooks  & the mobipocket reader exe file & the basic directions file ) then click on the box that says open, wait till they fully attach in the email, hit send, done. 

Sometimes, most often it's emails sent to coworkers EGW & ebooks discussed with them beforehand .

A few folks have read, and responded, most never hear from,  but each is like a message in a bottle flung away from shore, sent in hope and trusted to God. 

Great Controversy project is 55 cents / book per order of either 500 or 1000 per order free shipping to local SDA church. 

I ask "Have you read National Geographic ? "  most say yes, then I tell about the presentation on Revelation, one of the 4 presenters said they did a homogenization mixing job on the presentations to say what they wanted,  and that one of the 4 presenters Doug Batchelor uses this book as his main reference book just behind the Bible .  His web site is in the back.  Then give them a hard copy of the 1911 Great Controversy.  Most say thanks & take one or more. 

Wife just rolls her eyes and walks on till I am done talking, or just walks on and does nothing.

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link to download EGW freeware ebooks & freeware mobipocket reader

  http://www.whiteestate.org/books/ebooks/help/mobibooks.htm   (http://www.whiteestate.org/books/ebooks/help/mobibooks.htm)

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  basic directions for mobipocket ebook usage
1. save the files under download folder
2. right click on the mobipocket reader file and tell it to run / install and put a shortcut on your desktop.
3. from mobipocket reader once opened and installed, click on import and brouse in the downloads folder and click on each of the nine .PRC book files and click import or open, that loads a copy in mobipocket reader.
4. make a folder in mobipocket reader and hold down shift key with one finger and left click and hold and drag file into the folder and unclick, do for all the books.
5. left double click on a book file to open it, and top right arrow key on right margin of page = next page, left top arrow on margin of page = previous page.
6. you can change the font size and color, and put in a background highlight color to cut glare.
7. to stop reading click the X at top right of page, mobipocket saves the page you stopped reading at, so never losing the place.   
Title: Re: Junior
Post by: V. Hahn on February 26, 2013, 07:10:59 AM
Here's an update from Junior!  His email below shows the result of your prayers on his behalf.  God is so good. 
 
Thank you for your prayers, and please continue to keep Junior and his family in your prayers that they may continue to grow in God's grace and truth.
 
Vicki

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Hi Vicki,


Just a short to let you know that my wife and I have temporary custody of our grandsons until their dad gets back from South Korea. He had to go back to close up some things so he can be discharged honorably.


The judge at the hearing made no bones about his decision. He even claimed that their mother keeping our oldest out of school was a terrible case of child neglect and abuse.


Their mother and her boyfriend had to meet with us and 3 social workers. It was then that the results of their drug tests (which were anything but voluntary) were made known. Not only were they using marijuana and assorted pain pills, they were also involved with heroin, and in a big way. Their mother even admitted using it just the day before. No sorrow was evident, she even claimed it's influence made her a better mother.


It's so sad what drugs can do to people. If someone had told us this would have happened 4 years ago, we would have laughed in their faces.


The boyfriend even had a violent outburst during the meeting, justifying what us and others had told the judge and the social workers concerning what the boys had been through.


But anyway, the boys are healthy, happy, safe, and are starting to become kids once again. And what a relief both sides of the family now feel.


We give our dear Lord all the credit, praise, and glory for all this. Thank you and all others who remembered us in prayer. God bless you all real good.


In Christian love,
Jr.