Member Testimonies

My name is Ray A. Daniels. My parents divorced when I was 4. My mother worked to support us, so my brother and I were shipped from place to place to stay with different relatives and acquaintances. We were abused, physically and sexually at some of those homes.

I didn’t trust people in authority as a result of that and I was always in trouble at school with teachers, bus drivers, etc.

My father died of a drug overdose when I was 8. 

Most of my relatives were involved with drugs and alcohol. So, as a teen I also started drinking and using drugs. I was a violent person and got into fights often. I took up boxing and was pretty successful. I was the NY state regional Golden Gloves Champion and New England Golden Gloves Champion and Outstanding fighter of the tournament.

When I was in my early 20’s, two young Navy guys knocked on my door and spoke to me about Jesus and gave me a Bible, which I started reading. I was interested in the Book of Revelation, but as I had no one to help cultivate my interest in it, I continued down the wrong path.

My life revolved around drinking beer, smoking and growing weed and relationships with women. I got a job at a car dealership and worked there for 20+ years.

When I was in my early 40’s I went to the funeral of my friend’s 20 year old son. When the pastor gave an invitation to accept Jesus as my Savior, I raised my hand, along with a number of others. The church had a baptismal service for all who had accepted Christ, but they neglected to call me. So, I didn’t pursue it until my Aunt’s funeral the following year. I saw my wife-to-be there. She was a member of the church. I called her the week after the funeral to ask about getting baptized.

I got baptized and started attending church regularly, reading the Bible and listening to Christian radio programs. My wife and I got married two years later. We started attending her former church, Greater Grace Community Church of Malta, where Pastor David Moore is an excellent teacher of the Word of God.

 

We moved to Vermont in 2010 and continued to drive back to Malta for church until we found Cornerstone Fellowship in 2012. Cornerstone was very encouraging and helped me to grow in my faith. I am now a greeter and deacon. Hallelujah! All things are possible in Christ!


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