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Testimony Tuesday: Story #1 from Jo Johnson Antzak

My story began by going to Faith Furniture (a Trinity ministry). I applied for social services because I experienced going through an extremely violent relationship that left me disabled.  Faith graciously supplied me with furniture to start again. 

Debbie and Chet became lifesavers for me.  I spoke briefly to Deb about my situation. She then gave me a card and encouraged me to come to Trinity.  It was holiday time and I was all alone in Whitesboro New York. My family were living in New Jersey and North Carolina. Although, social services provided me with an apartment and food stamps there was no cash allowance left over to give me. I became very anxious and wondered what I would do next. It was one of the lowest and loneliest times of my life.

It took all the courage and strength I could fathom to attend the Saturday evening service. Coming out of abuse, I felt ashamed, insecure, and afraid.  Walking into the gathering room, I saw many people and almost turned around and left. Rhonda H. was one of the first people who came up to me.  She seemed  jubilant and friendly.  I sat in a pew towards the back next to Jean P. and her girls, Kile and Jess.  To make a long story short, we introduced each other and she offered to take me out to dinner after the service. 

I told her of my plight and she was extremely kind to me.  Fast forward: she took me into her home and helped me regain my sense of worth and dignity.  I met with her primary Dr. for help and meds and also her former psychologist who I still see today and that was back in 2010.  All I can say is God’s hand was on it every step of the way.  

My story is not a coincidence by any means.  I was led to Trinity by the grace of God.  I am not the same woman who walked in, fearful and ashamed.  I know my worth in Christ and I am a “Child of the most high God”.   I truly enjoy the sermons,  praise music, and fellowship.  I also listen to K-love which plays many of the worship songs we sing. 

Thank you Trinity United Methodist Church for being a beacon of light for me in my darkest hour!!

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