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Petersen School Student Testimonies on Why I Love Jesus

Megan Pendleton, Grade 6 - When I was young, my grandma and grandpa took me to church whenever they visited Wisconsin. When they left for Tennessee, I had no one to take me to church. Then I thought that maybe I should ask my dad to take me. Dad said, "Yes," and he started taking me to church and leaving me there until it was over. Then he would pick me up and we would go home. I asked him if he would stay with me and he said, "Yes, I will stay every other week." But then he decided to stay every week. Ever since, he has been going to church every week with me. Now my dad preaches at jails and prisons in Wisconsin. It makes me happy to know my dad loves Jesus just like me. "Delight yourself also in the Lord, and He shall give you the desires of your heart." Psalm 103:5
Joshua Raney, Grade 8 - Three years ago my grandma had cancer. At 11 years old I didn't understand, so my mom would just say, "Grandma has a little problem." But later I was told the truth. My grandma's cancer was rare and it was going to be hard to get rid of. After grandma had the cancer for about six months, we went into the doctor's office to do a test on the cancer. When the doctor looked at the test he said, "On no, it is twice the size as big as before." So we all prayed. I said to God, "Please help the cancer go away." A month later the doctor called. He said my grandma was to come in He had found a way to get rid of the cancer but it was a long shot. Thankfully it worked! Today grandma is still living and doing great!"It shall come to pass that before they all I will answer, and while they are still speaking, I will hear." Isaiah 65:24
Benjamin Martling, Grade 6 - My reason for believing in God is the main reason worth paying attention to, the Holy Bible. IT is the most important source of information on God, Jesus, and the Holy Spirit. The Bible teaches about their teachings, miracles, and greatness. It also tells about where Jesus was, where He went, what He did, and what He said while He lived on earth. It has information on that specific time and tells about the fear, terror, war, faith, goodness, and righteousness that people experienced. The reason I believe in God is because I believe the truth, teaching, and wisdom of the Bible.
Kaitlyn Bell, Grade 7 - When I was about three or four years old, my mom was diagnosed with cancer. It was hard for me and my family because my mom had to be in the hospital for about a month or so every year. My grandma from Arkansas had to come stay with us once a year while my mom was in the hospital. Every night we would go and visit her in the hospital. Sometimes we would just watch her sleep until 11:00 or 12:00 at night. Now she is healthy and strong again and I'm very happy to see my mother happy again. I as hard to see her sad, crying all the time and weak in a bed. It is fun to have her healthy again because we can laugh, go places, watch movies, and I can even have friends over. If she wasn't healthy right now she would be in a hospital bed and my family and I would be crying right next to her. The cancer is still there, but it is not growing. "Casting all your care upon Him, for He cares for you." 1 Peter 5:7
Alyssa Isensee, Grade 6 - One night, when I was 9, my mom and dad said to me and my sisters, Maya and Kayla, mom was going to have a baby. Right away I said, "I hope it's a boy!" Months later we all went to the doctor so my mom could get an ultra sound. We soon found out that Mom was going to have a baby boy! I hated to think that my mom was carrying a human being in her. On November 5, 2009, and 6:07 pm, after a long wait, I had a baby brother. He was, and still is, the most beautiful baby boy I have ever seen. Now Owen is two. He started talking and has never stopped. When Owen was born, I started reading my Bible more because I want to be a good influence on Owen. "Draw near to God and He will draw near to you." James 4:8
Austin Bell, Grade 5 - About three years ago, we lost our dog, Sarah. Sarah was a little bit older than a puppy, so she would always try to run away. One day she succeeded in running out of the year. It took us about half an hour to realize she was missing. We searched everywhere and she wasn't anywhere to be found. We sat down and prayed. About two hours later we started to drive around and ask people if they had seen our dog. When we drove around I saw a dog but it was really far away, so I told my dad to drive closer to the dog. Sure enough, it was our dog, Sarah. We drove up to her, picked her up, put her in the car, and drove home. At home we all sat down and thanked God for helping us find Sarah and that she wasn't hurt. We were all very happy. "The Son of Man came to seek and to save the lost." Luke 19:10
Rachel Ferrel, Grade 8 – When I was 10 years old something happened that made me believe that God really was watching over me. It was a cold winter afternoon and my sister, Naomi, and I had just finished shoveling the driveway and decided to play outside for a while.  Naomi went inside for a minute to tell Mom while my 10-year-old self came up with a seemingly brilliant idea. I thought I could play a trick on Naomi by climbing a tree and dropping snow on her as she went past.  It wasn’t a very well thought plan.  I was wearing clunky winter boots and climbing an icy tree. I had climbed pretty far up into the tree when, all of a sudden, I was falling! I had slipped and I couldn’t grab a branch but I accidently flipped myself around so I was plunging headfirst to the ground!! I remember thinking, “Lord, please help me!” I felt a sharp tug on my ankle and stopped! Ilooked up and saw that my face was six inches from the ground! I looked up and saw that my foot had gotten caught between two branches! I might have died if God hadn’t saved me! I was thanking God while hanging upside down in a tree when Naomi came back and started laughing! She finally got me down and we went inside. “I find protection in You alone.”  Psalm 31:4.
Jordan Roberts, Grade 7 I used to live on Highway S. My mom was in school to be an X-ray Technician and I was in school too. We were very poor. We struggled for food, heat, and electricity.  Our landlords were very nice and let us stay there even though we couldn’t pay our rent. When we didn’t have electricity, I would play outside or lie on the couch and listen to my mom read Pilgrim’s Progress or the Bible. During that time I got closer to God, My relationship with Him grew stronger. I wasn’t so lonely when I thought about Him. When I was in the woods I would pray for people or for guidance. I could recite memory verses or sing songs that I knew. My favorite Bible verse was Psalm 23: “Yea though I walk through the valley of  the shadow of death, I will fear no evil for Thou are with me; Thy rod and Thy staff they comfort me.” That verse helped me then and it helps me now. When I look back on that time, I remember that nothing happens without God’s OK.  I believe that this happened so that my mom and I could get closer to God.
Olivia Sloan, Grade 7 – I experienced a personal reason for believing in God at camp last summer in 2011. For vespers on Friday night we did a walkthrough of different events when Jesus died. One of the first tables my cabin went to was the candles. You lit a candle and placed it back down by the others forming a cross made out of candles. It was pretty. Then we sat at a table with bowls of vinegar and cotton swabs to dip into the bowl. We had to taste it just like Jesus did. It was hard to taste, but it was meaningful. Then we came to a table where there were a bunch of clothes with red paint on them (to represent Jesus’ blood) that you had to tear.  The next table was probably my favorite table because it meant so much to me. There was a half circle of chairs then in the middle was a table. The table had a thorny crown that you held and prayed over. It meant a lot because that time was just me and God – no one else. The next table we went to had a cross, hammers, and nails on it. You pounded a nail into the cross to represent the soldiers pounding Jesus’ hands and feet into the cross. The last table my cabin went to had a big white sheet of paper that were supposed to put our names on with red paint. It represents how Jesus can make our sins as white as snow. For me, camp is the best way to learn about God and get to know Him more. I think camp is a big reason to believe in God. Jesus said to him, “If you can believe, all things are possible to him who believes.  Mark 9:23
Matthew Ceithamer, Grade 7 – It was a school day like any other. My sister, Ruth, had picked me up from school and she thought she had wet herself. At this time she was about eight and one half months pregnant. She realized it must have been her water that broke. So instead of taking me home, we went to the Beaver Dam Hospital. It turns out that my little niece, Quinn, had her umbilical cord wrapped around her neck. This worried my sister, my mom, and me. After a while, the staff at Beaver Dam Hospital decided to send my sister to Meriter Hospital in Madison. At Meriter, Ruth had to have a C-section. My family and I all prayed that she would be OK. We went home, did chores, then drove back to the hospital to see my sister. When we got there, the C-section was already done and my sister and the baby were all right. This was a very happy moment for my family and me. The bad thing was that after a week my sister was very sick. It turns out that when the doctors did the C-section, they left something in Ruth that should have been taken out. We finally realized this when we went to our family doctor in Columbus. Our family doctor is not a surgeon but he knew right away what was wrong. Thanks to him, my sister was OK. Now my niece, Quinn, is three years old. Even though born a preemie, she’s still pretty big and loves to have fun. When she comes it is always time to play! I think Quinn is OK today because of prayer. Without prayer who knows what would have happened. “The Lord is good, a stronghold in the day of trouble; and He knows those who trust in Him". Nahum 1:7

Susan Johnson - Superior Adventist Church

Susan Johnson has 17 horses, 6 dogs, 1 cat  and a South American parrot.  
As a baby I acquired Listeria, a disease that has killed many young children and babies. The doctors did not think I would live. Then and there my mom dedicated me to God. "Lord, Susan is in Your hands," she prayed. "I dedicate her to You." For 16 days I lived in a neonatal intensive care unit, and praise God He spared my life.

As a child, I remember Mom taking me to the local Adventist church each week. She made sure I sat very still and listened to the sermon. When we got home she would ask me questions about the sermon. This made me start paying more attention, and as I grew older I became genuinely interested in what the pastor's sermons were about.

My parents took me to several complete evangelistic series. I loved them and felt on fire to preach for the Lord myself. In fifth grade I tried to write my first sermon. It couldn't get it to come together right, and set it aside. At age 15, my pastor, Titus Naftanaila, encouraged me to preach for a youth week of prayer. I was very nervous. Since then I have been able to preach several times. I pray before speaking and ask God to calm my nerves. A sense of peace comes over me and I actually feel comfortable on the platform. I believe the world needs to hear the message of Jesus. Sharing his Word is one way I can show my love for Him.

Another way I witness for Jesus is by standing up for my faith at my high school. I have had some debates with teachers over the topic of religion and creation. Many classmates join me defending creation over evolution. My friends respect me for my beliefs, but they aren't exactly interested in religion. I am left out of a lot of things because I keep the Sabbath, but I don't mind. Some people have tried to prove my beliefs wrong, but in having to answer them I've found myself looking deeper into the Word of God. Prayer is the key to keeping my relationship with  Jesus alive and growing.

I'm glad I'm able to be involved in my local Adventist church. I serve as our pastor's evangelism assistant, a deaconess, assistant to the treasurer, and a member of the social committee. Participation in our church is a big factor that keeps me involved. In the future I would like to taking nursing, archeology, and maybe become an evangelist, but those plans may change. I want to follow the path the Lord wants for me.

Susan Johnson is a high school senior living in Superior, Wisconsin, and is an active member of the Superior Seventh-day Adventist Church.


Keith Hatcher Completes Ironman Triathlon

Keith Hatcher completes Ironman triathlon.  
Keith Hatcher, principal of Three Angels Adventist Elementary School, completed the Ironman triathlon in Madison, Wisconsin, on September 11, 2011. This race demands a continuous 2.4-mile swim, 112-mile bike, and 26.2-mile run be completed in under 17 hours. “I try to show my students that a healthy lifestyle can be fun,” said Hatcher, “although not everyone may think a 140 mile race is fun. Those three sports are my favorites.”

“When I first started training last January, the runs were cold and I biked on a trainer in the basement. As summer came, I swam a lot in a local lake and ran and biked outside. The training got tough as the summer wore on, as I included several 100-mile bike rides and three hour runs.

“When I was younger I competed in swimming and running races. After I got married and life got going, I didn’t do very much of that. When we moved to Madison, we met several young couples in our church who had done the Ironman. They told me I could do one easily.  I had done triathlons for a few years and felt it was time for the ultimate race.

“It was incredible to be one of the 2,800 athletes.  My students and friends from church came to cheer me on. The last half of the run was the most painful part of the day. The crowd really helped me keep pushing. During that time I heard a friend yell, “You can do all things through Christ!” That was a big encouragement. I finished in 12 hours and 12 minutes. The spiritual parallels of a race like this are many.”


I Want What Those Women Have

Terri Zamitalo says, "I haven't been happier in my whole life."  
Two years ago, Pastor John Strehle began studying the Bible regularly with Dottie Almaroad. Dottie shared an apartment with her daughter, Terri Zamitalo.

Knowing when Pastor John was scheduled to come, Terri tried to not be around. She wanted nothing to do with the Bible study. Sometimes when Pastor John arrived, Terri found herself at home. From the other room she could hear the Bible study.

Over time, Terri sensed a growing interest in what her mother and Pastor John were studying, especially after witnessing her mom’s baptism. Terri recalls looking around at the women in the church. They looked so content. She thought, “I want what these women have.” Now she wanted to study. Looking back, Terri says, “I know now what those women had, it was the love of Jesus in their heart.”

Pastor John began studying the Bible with Terri. Soon however, he told her he was moving. Pastor, Nate Skaife would soon arrive and continue studying with her. Terri did not welcome this news. She continued the studies determined not to like Pastor Nate. In spite of her resolution, Terri finally decided Pastor Nate was all right. 

Terri was baptized on December 17, 2010. “I haven’t been happier in my whole life,” declared Terri about her baptismal day. “It was beautiful. It was everything I expected and so much more! I don’t think I have smiled that much in my entire life.”

Looking back, Terri can see how the Holy Spirit has worked on her heart. Terri is currently enjoying ongoing Bible studies and sharing how God is working in her life.


Deb Finds Courage at JC Penney

Deb Pomplun and Juanita Edge at JC Penney department store.  
My name is Deb Pomplun. When digital TV took over, 3ABN was my only channel. I was fascinated and watched it all the time. My daughter christened it “God TV”.
I work at JC Penney. Our biggest sale is on Saturday. I struggled with whether I should work. I earn the most during these sales, and felt I couldn’t commit to Sabbath. I believed, but couldn’t bring myself to tell my boss. Something must change if I was going to live sola scriptura.
One day a lady came in and asked about upcoming sales. Her name was Juanita Edge. I told her it was on Saturday. She said just as easily as can be, “Well, I wouldn’t come in on Sabbath just to save money.” It got me thinking, “That was so easy for her. Maybe it doesn’t have to be a big production. Maybe you just say, ‘This is how it is’, and that’s it!
I changed my availability through the computer.  I would no longer work on Saturday. It worked…for a while. Once again I found myself scheduled for Friday night.
This time I told my manager I was keeping the Biblical Sabbath and could not work. He apologized for scheduling me on Sabbath! I’ve had Sabbaths off ever since.
Others said, “Surely you’ll work Saturday sales.”  I simply said, “JC Penney’s or the Word of God…isn’t the choice obvious?”
“Look at me!”, I thought. “I’m just like Juanita calmly saying ‘This is what I believe.’” She was that little bridge that carried me from watching “God TV” to acting on what I believe.
November 19, 2011, I was baptized in the Madison Community SDA Church. Now I do my best to follow Jesus and the Bible.


Horace Gentle Discovers Power of Fasting & Prayer

Horace Gentle and his wife fast and pray weekly for people on their prayer list.  
My wife and I began fasting and praying in 2010, and I wouldn’t change this habit for anything,” said Horace Gentle, member of Emmanuel Seventh-day Adventist Church. “It has changed the way I live, think and make decisions.”
While reading the book, 40 Days: Prayers and Devotions to Prepare for the Second Coming, Gentle and his wife became convicted they should fast and pray. They chose to fast on Fridays, eating only a little fruit if needed between Thursday supper and Friday supper.
As the book suggested, they called people on their prayer list asking them how they could best pray for them. “One of the people I chose to pray for was my granddaughter who lives in Arizona,” said Gentle. “I prayed for God to impress upon her heart to turn back to Him. That was all. Within a year she started going back to church.” The Gentles continue to add names to their prayer list as God brings people and needs to mind.
Gentle says fasting and prayer has literally changed the way he thinks about everything. He feels it is essential to his life and has no plans to quit.


Witnessing Through Sign Language

Charles Stevens, deaf since he was a year old, learns about Seventh-day Adventists from Jan Wright.  
Charles Stevens, deaf since he was one year old, learned about the Seventh-day Adventist church while attending a sign language class at the Wisconsin Technical College in Rice Lake, WI.

Jan Wright, member of the Rice Lake Adventist church, met Charles while attending the same class. “I could tell he was interested in religion,” said Jan. “So I began praying for him. As Charles was deaf and I was not, we found it mutually beneficial to practice signing to each other in class. Often we signed about Biblical topics”.

Once when Jan and Charles were both early for class, they had a deep discussion about what happens when a person dies. Charles became very interested, as a close friend of his had recently died. “I shared with him that I was a Seventh-day Adventist, but had never invited him to church,” said Jan. “That’s why I was so surprised when he showed up at church one Sabbath morning.”

Then Jan decided to give Charles a copy of the book The Great Controversy. He read it, loved it, and wanted to learn more about the Seventh-day Adventist church. He had been a member of several churches through the years, but sensed he needed something more. Charles began studying the Bible regularly with an Adventist church member who knows sign language.

On November 14, 2011, Charles was baptized into the Rice Lake Seventh-day Adventist church. “Charles isn’t a bit bashful about sharing his new faith,” said Jan. “He brought our signing teacher and another friend to witness his baptism.  He continues to learn and share about the Bible every opportunity he gets.”


David Lunderville Baptized in Superior

David Lunderville was baptized in Lake Superior by Pastor Titus Naftanaila.  
I attended the Lutheran church regularly with my parents when I was a child. At age 13 I started attending the Baptist church, and devoted my life to God during some meetings. I quit going to church later in my teens.
After I was married, my wife and I occasionally attended various churches. We were not serious about it, but I never stopped praying and believing. Our marriage did not last.
In 2007, God put a burden on my heart to search for Him. I started listening to 93.7 Hope radio and 3ABN. As I listened to the great preaching of David Asscherick, Doug Batchelor, Kenneth Cox, and others, the Bible started to make a lot of sense. I began to know the depth of what it is to be a true follower of Christ. After hearing Shawn Boonstra, I signed up for Bible study guides through Voice of Prophecy.
Pastor Titus Naftanaila, of the Seventh-day Adventist church came to visit me, and about a month later I began attending the Superior SDA Church. Immediately I felt right at home, and decided that this was the church for me.
I started making changes in my life, and got rid of my TV. The road is not always easy. We struggle in a fallen world.
On September 10, 2011, in Lake Superior, Pastor Titus Naftanaila baptized me into the Seventh-day Adventist Church.

A Friend Led Me to Christ

Burnetta Fidler baptised at Camp Wakonda into the Antigo SDA Church by Pastor Rowell Puedivan.
"Even though I was a Christian, I knew something was missing in my life,” said Burnetta Fidler, who was baptized into the Antigo SDA church on June 25, 2011 at Wisconsin Camp Meeting.

In 2010, at an uncle’s funeral, Burnetta made contact with Jane Gerndt. “I was elated,” said Bernetta. Jane was a childhood friend who had taken Burnetta to an Adventist church several times when they were schoolmates. Now, Jane again invited Bernetta to attend the Seventh-day Adventist church with her.

“Jane is the one who made the difference,” said Bernetta. “She was the trigger in my coming back to the Lord.”  Jane and Bernetta spent hours on the phone.  Soon after their reconnection, Bernetta started attending Discover Bible study lessons at the Antigo church with a group of ladies. When the lessons were finished, more people wanted to join the group, so they decided to go through the Discover lessons again. “I got a double dose,” said Bernetta, “but it was good.  What I missed the first time, I picked up the second time.”

Burnetta remembers her mother telling her, “If you ever decide to get back to church, go to the Seventh-day Adventist church. They follow the Bible to the tee. Other religions pick and choose what they want you to hear.”

“Changing my life hasn’t been easy,” said Burnetta who is the only Adventist in her family. “I have to be careful because it is dangerous being around bad habits.  I remember as a little girl learning the song, ‘O be careful little eyes what you see,” and ‘Be careful little ears what you hear.” I do have to be careful.  But I’m also able to witness to my family.  The other day my brother who now calls me “the church lady” said he didn’t have a Bible. Well I went and bought him one at Wal-Mart. Everyone should have a Bible.”

“When I get down, I pray. When I get a few extra minutes, I turn on 3ABN. When I sit down in the evening, I pick up my Bible and start reading.  I just want to stay close to Jesus.”


A Card, A Garage Door, and a $50 Bill

Dennis Hulett is baptised by Pastor Carlos Ancheta at the Raymond SDA Church.  
On June 4, 2011, Dennis Hulett stepped into the baptistery on the lawn of the Raymond Seventh-day Adventist church.  Not far away, Karl, Karen, and dozens of his church friends watched with tears in their eyes. It had been a miraculous journey for Dennis ­– a journey involving a card, a garage door, and a $50 bill.

Things had been a bit rough for Dennis.  He had lost his job, was going through a divorce, and was feeling worthless. Looking through his mail one day he noticed a card with a multi-headed dragon with crowns on it. “Immediately I knew what it was,” said Dennis, who has always been interested in Bible prophecy.  Many times his great grandmother had told him, “Dennis, you are going to see the Lord come and harvest all his people.  It is going to be in your lifetime that you hear the trumpets blare, and God’s going to come and get you.”

Dennis went to the prophecy meeting by himself and sat in the back. “It was way different from what I had been taught,” said Dennis, who was currently reading the “Left Behind” book series.  “I went to the meetings every night.  It was really fun! We went through Daniel and Revelation letting the Bible explain and defend itself.  I thought, ‘This is exactly the way Bible studies should be conducted.’”

The prophecy meetings were held by the Raymond SDA Church.  Dennis immediately developed close bonds with the members, including Karl and Karen Frantz. “Dennis rented the house next door to us,” said Karl, a long time member in the Raymond church.  “When he moved, in my wife and I prayed, ‘Lord, help us to be a good influence on Dennis.

After the prophecy meetings, Dennis continued attending Raymond church most Sabbaths. “That’s when a significant event made everything I was learning just click,” said Dennis. “I had noticed that Karl’s shop garage door was always open, except on Sabbath. I could set my clock on it that before sunset every Friday those doors would come down and not come up again until Saturday night.”

“I was unemployed at the time and recycling cans. I needed money because my daughter was coming for a visit the following Monday. As I headed out Friday to recycle my cans, I saw Karl’s garage door was closed. The first thing I thought was, ‘I can’t insult God by working on Friday night. And what would Karl think if he saw me out recycling?’ I decided I couldn’t do it. I didn’t know how I would get some money, but I would just have to figure out something else.”

The next morning at church, somebody put a $50 bill in the offering plate with a note saying, “Give to Dennis.” Denis was speechless. “It was enough for food, gas, and stuff to have a nice week with my daughter! That was significant. Since then I have been blessed daily. God even blessed me with a job with Sabbaths off!”

“Karl alone, by having his garage door closed like clockwork on Sabbath was the significant event that made everything I had learned click,” said Dennis. “Then when God provided the money I needed, and then the job, I felt like He was saying, ‘I got you covered.’”
Dennis is actively involved in the Raymond church helping remodel their community center. 


Amanda Sandor - Ashland SDA Church
Pastor Titus Naftanalia with Amanda and Mark Sandor at their baptism.
In late summer of 2009 my unexpected invitation to a brand new life arrived in the mail. The Great Controversy was placed in our mailbox. In the back of the book I found an insert for the Amazing Facts Bible studies which I immediately I sent in.
The Bible studies were amazing! I learned so much, and was so excited, that I immediately started sharing everything with my boyfriend Mark. He had a lot of questions since he was raised a Catholic, but with much prayer and Bible research we started learning.
When we studied the lesson about the Sabbath, I just had to find a church that worshipped on Saturday. I had no idea what church I was looking for, as nothing about the Seventh-day Adventist church had been mentioned in the studies yet. I got out the local phone directory and began searching for a church that worshipped on Sabbath.
The next Sabbath, at 7:30 a.m. I arrived at the small Seventh-day Adventist church, two hours too early. A car was there so I went inside not knowing what to expect. Betty Butterfield was there and told me to come back in two hours when worship started. I was a little disappointed and thought to myself, “I don’t really want to stick around town any longer. I’ve got better things to do.” As I turned to leave, suddenly I saw a whole box of The Great Controversy books. I told Betty, “That’s the book that brought me here. I got one of those in the mail.”
I knew God had brought me to that little church. I definitely came back two hours later and have been coming back ever sense. 
That was the start of my new life. For the next 10 months Mark and I faithfully attended church. We learned so much and grew very close to the wonderful church family. Pastor Titus Naftanalia helped us plan an August wedding. We also planned my baptism for the Sabbath after the wedding. Pastor Titus figured Mark would need a few more months to work on some lifestyle changes before being baptized, but I said, “No, we are going to do this together. If there are things that need to change, God will guide us through it.” And sure enough He did. Mark and I were baptized together into the Ashland Seventh-day Adventist Church on that August day in a small stream near our farm.
Things did not change easily, but with the Lord’s help it all came together. We are so thankful for what God has brought to our lives. One small thing, such as a book dropped in a mailbox can bring about big change. 
Judy Dant - Fox Valley SDA Church
"Someday I'll walk with you on the streets of gold." Don Rattady
Slipping from the comfort of her bed Judy Dant made her way to the family room as the first hues of light formed on the horizon. This was her secret place with God. Opening her Bible, Judy prayed, “Lord, make me a blessing to someone today…” Lost in thought, time quickly slipped away as bright beams of sunlight chasing away the darkness.  “Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works and glorify your Father in heaven,” Mathew 5:16. “Lord,” she prayed, “make this verse a reality in my life.” Being a fulltime caregiver, Judy went to meet her new client, Don Raddaty.
Don had been a successful business man, never giving spiritual matters much thought.  Then he began losing his health to a rare disease. He appreciated Judy’s warm, friendly manner. As she cared for his physical needs, she found opportunities to share her love for Jesus and some beautiful word pictures from the book Desire of Ages. Don was becoming acquainted with the Jesus he never knew.     
One day, Judy was impressed to ask Don if he would like to accept Jesus as his Savior.  “Yes,” he agreed, and eagerly listened as Judy shared verses from the Bible and they prayed together. Then, with tear filled eyes, Don said, “Someday I’ll walk with you on the streets of gold!”
Two weeks later, Don died unexpectedly from pneumonia.  Judy was shocked. “You led me to Don, Lord. You knew he didn’t have much time. Thank you for answering my prayer.”
“The effective fervent prayer of a righteous man avails much.” James 5:16

Joshua, Joy, Jaclyn and Jonathon Harris - Middleton Fellowship Company
Joshua, Joy, Jaclyn and Jonathon Harris were baptized February 29, 2011, at Middleton Fellowship Company by Pastor Lisa Isensee.
Joshua Harris:
I was raised in a Seventh-day Adventist home. My parents are very religious, and have brought me up to love Jesus, the Bible and His church. The last several years I have been thinking more about my own relationship with Jesus. This year I have decided to follow our Lord’s example and be baptized. It means so much to me, and I am very glad to be brought up in the truth. I am very happy that my three younger siblings got baptized as well.

I gave my heart to Jesus at Camp Wakonda during the Wisconsin Youth for Christ event in 2010. I very much enjoyed the guest speaker, Sikhu Hlatshwayo, and Pastor David Guerrero. They challenged us to step out in faith, make friends with our neighbors, and tell them about Jesus.  I hope that all my friends and neighbors will come to love Jesus with all their hearts.

Joy Harris:
When I was younger I always carried my little Bible everywhere I went, even though could not yet read.
As I got into my teenage years I got busy with other things like horses, friends, and music, but there was always an empty spot that horses, friends and music didn’t fill. Now I know it’s a spot just for God. When I read my Bible and spend time with God I feel good.  I’m so glad to be in God’s big happy family. You can’t be totally happy until you have God.
Jaclyn Harris:
Ever since I was a little girl, I’ve wanted to go to heaven. I always thought I was pretty good. Last year I watched some of my friends get baptized, and I can still remember seeing the love of Jesus on their faces. That experience made me want to know God more and be baptized myself. When I was baptized on February 19th, I felt the closest to Jesus I have ever felt.
Jonathon Harris:
I am blessed to live in a Seventh-day Adventist home. In my spare time, I liked to look at The Bible Story books by Arthur S. Maxwell. These books have shown me a beautiful picture of Jesus and His plan to save me. I want to go to heaven. I want to show people that I am His child. This is why I decided to be baptized.     
Judy Dant - Fox Valley SDA Church
Bob Meers with his caregiver,
Judy Dant.
I work as a caregiver and I love to tell the people I care for about God and how wonderful He is. I’ve been sharing Jesus with Bob Meers, one of my clients, for several months. He always told me he didn’t believe in God.  My friends and I began praying that God would reveal Himself to Bob. I told Bob this.
About a week and a half later, I went in to help Bob. When I was finished, he told me he had a story. “It’s about God,” he said. We both sat down. Then he told me this wonderful story.
One day, Bob was fixing a cupboard door in his bathroom. He took it apart and had all the screws out.   He placed them on the counter and put the cupboard door on top. While he was looking inside the cupboard, he heard something awful – a screw rolling. He heard it fall. He knew that screw was important.
Bob looked everywhere, on the counter and on the floor, but no screw. He tried all the screws he had, but nothing fit. He went to bed thinking about that screw. He would have to take the drain apart to find it.
The next morning he went into the bathroom. There on the counter was the screw! With disbelief, he reached out and touched it. Tears came to his eyes. “God knew I was on the edge, wondering what to believe,” Bob said. I hugged him with tears in my eyes, crying, “I knew He would reveal Himself to you. He loves you. We have an awesome God!”
Since then God has answered many prayers for Bob. He says he feels better, and is able to sleep better than he has in a long time.                                                           
Tonya Laufenberg - Baraboo SDA Church

Pastor Christian Ronalds baptizes Tonya Laufenberg into the Baraboo SDA Church.
About two years ago, I met a wonderful young man who reignited my passion and interest in Christ. I was brought up Catholic, went to Catholic school, attended church multiple times a week, went to religious classes after school and was eventually confirmed in the Catholic church. However, the older I got, the more questions I had and many of the answers I got did not satisfy me. I stopped going to church almost completely after my confirmation. I still had interest and wanted to learn more about Jesus and the scripture so when I met my boyfriend two years ago, all I did was ask questions. That is when I started attending the Baraboo SDA church. At first, it was a lot to take in. The lifestyle is quite different from what I was used to but it got much easier the closer I felt to God. I started praying more than I had in years and I was beginning to feel at peace with myself.
Not every aspect of my life was so easy to change however. I managed a restaurant and it was extremely hard to get Sabbath off. The company I worked for was trying to demote me because of the scheduling conflicts. But God seemed to have other plans for me. Shortly after this, I was blessed to find a new job that made it possible to have Sabbath off. Many other wonderful things have happened over the past few years and I am sure that my love for God has made all of these things possible. I began studying for my baptism with my boyfriend Nathan and Pastor Christian Ronalds. I also studied with Nathan’s parents Debbie and Bruce Yngsdal. Everyone at the Baraboo SDA church was very supportive of my decision and were very welcoming.
In late 2010, my father, who has had Parkinson’s disease for 12 years, decided to undergo Deep Brain Stimulation to help with his disease. As he as going through the process of getting ready for everything, the two of us started talking more and more about our beliefs. His surgery went off without a hitch and he is doing better than anyone could have imagined. He has since attended church with me a few times, including the day I was baptized.
On the day I was baptized I felt like a whole new person. Since that day, I have been spending more time with the Lord in my everyday life. I am convinced that the decision I made to get baptized was exactly what I needed in my life and I could not be happier. I thank God everyday for all of the wonderful people in my life who have helped me through everything and have supported me through this amazing transition into my new life in Christ.