Child of God - Wendy Fuller
My name is Wendy Fuller and this is my story:
"When I was a young child, I did not have Christian parents. But I had a Christian grandmother. As an adult, my Grandma Gosnell had repented of her sin and trusted in Jesus alone to save her. (listening to a Billy Graham Revival on her TV).
My grandmother prayed for her children and grandchildren. And each of the grandchildren received a Bible storybook from her for Christmas. Though my parents hadn’t yet become Christians, they would take the time to read to me from that storybook Bible. And God used those stories from His Word to spark in me a desire to know Him.
When I was 10, I met a friend at school that was different from the other kids. Her name was Jill, and the different thing about her was Jesus! Because of her example and because of a neighborhood church investing in my sisters and me, I learned the truth that to know God, I needed a personal relationship with Jesus Christ.
On Sunday’s, that local church sent a bus to pick up children in our neighborhood. There at that church, my sisters and I heard the stories of Jesus in Sunday School classes. In big church, we sang songs about "The Old Rugged Cross" and listened to the words of "What a Friend We Have in Jesus." And we heard the gospel clearly preached. The Lord used those things to draw me to Himself. I recognized that I was a sinner and that only Jesus could take away my sin. At 11 years old, I cried out to God, telling Him that I knew I was a sinner and that I wanted Jesus to take away my sin.
Before that time, I had an ongoing internal struggle with hopelessness. I did not understand how I’d ever be enough. I felt guilty and ashamed so much of the time. But once I trusted in Jesus, those feelings were gone. He replaced them with a confidence that I was right before God because of what He had done when He died on the cross.
Since putting my trust in Jesus, I know The Hope of the World. I know that He is more than enough! Life isn’t always breezy, but I do not lose hope as I face trials. I love knowing, “for those who love God all things work together for good, for those who are called according to His purpose.” (Romans 8:28) That is all things, not just the good things.
Next month I will celebrate 29 years working at Henderson Hills Baptist Church. I praise the Lord that He called me to serve Him here. He has used it to further my love for Him, to convince me more and more of His faithfulness, and to grow my passion for knowing Him through His Word. I pray He continues to use this church to call many children, students, and adults to know and love Him more."