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Stories of Impact—Sharing Our Faith

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“Be careful, then, how you listen; because those who have something will be given more, but whoever has nothing will have taken away from them even the little they think they have.”

Luke 8:18 GW

—a Lakeview Family Member shares their story:

In 1975, my family immigrated to the U.S. from Cuba. We had been a part of the Jehovah’s Witness and also heavily involved in superstition and spiritualism. To my knowledge no one on either side of my family had ever heard the true and complete gospel of Jesus Christ.

During our early years in America, there were several regular, ordinary individuals who reached out to my family, shared the Gospel with us, and invited us to church. There was the “Open Bible lady,” who invited us to church and the eye doctor, who shared the gospel with my mother. All of them were plain, ordinary individuals.

Because of their acts of simple, obedient faith, my family became the first members in the history of our ancestral line to become born again. Today all of us are serving the Lord. It was not fancy; it was not quick, but God used them to impact our lives for eternity! 

I share this to encourage us all to never give up. We can make a difference!

Jesus said, “Don’t hide! Find your place of eternal impact.”[1] There are many ways to find our place of impact, in the church and in the world.

Our greatest source of impact is outside the walls of the church. May God light a fire in your soul. May you find your place of impact.

[1] Luke 8:16 paraphrased


About Ron Bontrager

Lead Pastor of Lakeview Church in Indianapolis.

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