The next 20 years were spent in and out of mental hospitals, going to
psychiatrists every week, shock treatment, insulin treatment - the works.
Nothing worked for long. Then, suddenly, just over 5 years ago, in June
1976, the Lord brought me back to faith in God.
The thing that initiated it was just a single Bible verse which caught my
eye at the U.N. Habitat conference at Jericho Beach in June 1976. The verse
said: "Except the Lord build the house, they labor in vain that build
it." (Psalm 127:1). I instantly knew that there lay the answer to my
problems. So I decided to turn
my life and my family over to Him.
From then on God took over and we've had nothing but good things happen to
our family ever since. First of all He started me reading my Bible again. In
6 months I no longer needed a psychiatrist, so I dropped him and his
pills. The Lord started me attending church every week - the one I had left
over thirty years before - and I began to know the joy of Christian
fellowship once more.
My wife and children began to see positive improvement in my life. This
must have started them thinking. Then, in October 1978, my oldest daughter
Diane "happened" to attend a Baptist young people's retreat on
Vancouver Island and came back a totally changed person. It was exciting -
the Lord was beginning to answer prayer.
The following summer, at a Christian camp in the Okanagan, both my wife Joan
and youngest daughter Arlene came to God through Jesus Christ; and all three
were baptized in our little chapel in Vancouver, BC.
The Lord has been good to us day by day. The Christian life is just one
long marvelous and endless growth process. It is tremendously exciting. And
the beauty of it is that it does not stop at death. In fact, death is only
the beginning. by Hilary C.