Today we wanted to share with you, unedited, a powerful testimony of God’s grace. We pray you are blessed and encouraged but would also ask that you pray for Yoko for the reasons listed below. God bless.
This afternoon I finally got Pure Grace I had long waited for.
I’m so thrilled to have it in my hand.
I’m a Japanese Christian who listens to your sermons. I had a wonderful encounter with Jesus on April 19th, 1983. Until then, I had known nothing about God, but Jesus suddenly touched me and His love melted my heart. I kept saying to myself, “I’m loved by Jesus. I’m loved by Jesus.” How happy I was to know that I’m loved by God and would not have to worry about myself any more.
Everything around me started shining brightly. I joined the church, prayed, read the Bible and kept giving my testimony. I was sure I was in the right place.
In 2008, all of a sudden I found myself in the dark pit of depression. I couldn’t get out of it no matter how hard I tried. I prayed, read the Bible and rebuked Satan but the depression went on no matter how hard I tried. I felt as if God didn’t love me anymore and were punishing me for what I had done. During the depression I happened to listen to your sermon as a guest speaker in New Life Church in Colorado. Then I went to your church podcast and listened to almost all of your sermons available. Listening to your sermons, I gradually came to understand I had built up my own legalism and kept judging myself. Light started to glow in my heart.
Last August I found that I had the kidney cancer and had the surgery. I was very shocked and scared but I realized spiritually I had got much healthier. When I knew about my diagnosis, I didn’t feel like blaming either God or myself at all. On the contrary I had no doubt of God’s love. I believed I am a child of God and it’s time to trust the finished work of Jesus. Through your sermons, God has healed my heart.
Without God’s Pure Grace, I would never be able to stand here to praise Jesus.
Thank you, Jesus!!
Thank you, Pastor Clark Whitten!!
Thank you, everyone at Grace Church!!
My prayer is God will do His mighty work to allow Japanese Christians to read Pure Grace.
Thank you very much Yoko! You have our prayers.