Reach | Testimony #2
Joyce Lyman | Worship Team
“For the wages of sin is death, but the free gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord.” Romans 6:23
What do you say about someone who has been in church their whole life? As it turns out, and as I have learned, God writes everyone’s story differently. I have been attending The River Church since I was about eight. It was during my days in Awana that I accepted Jesus as my Savior. I then decided to get baptized at the same time as my cousin, with my uncle baptizing me. Having all of this happen at such a young age sort of hinders me from knowing what life was like before knowing Jesus. I continued to stay in all of the kid’s programs, expanding my knowledge of the Bible, little by little.
Looking back, I can see how well God took care of my sister and me through my family’s struggles and as we went into middle school and high school. I was always one to keep my feelings to myself, but then God showed me how to express my emotions through music. He allowed me to participate in the choir for seven years, until graduation, which gave me opportunities I would never have received otherwise. During that time, God also worked through others to mentor me and prepare me for leading worship in the church. I have such an indescribable feeling of gratitude and zeal towards the Lord’s work and His people. It is such a joy to me to know that I belong to a big, loving family that truly cares for me.
At this point in my life, I feel as though God has called me to work in worship ministry. Where? When? How? Those are the questions I will see answered in God’s timing. With the faith, I have come to know and the trust I have built up, I pray that I am able to follow what God has in store.
“God is spirit, and those who worship him must worship in spirit and truth.” John 4:24
“Therefore, since we are receiving a kingdom that cannot be shaken, let us be thankful, and so worship God acceptably with reverence and awe, for our ‘God is a consuming fire.’” Hebrews 12:28-29 (NIV)