October 1, 2018
My name is Sarah Yoder, and I’m excited to be able to share my testimony and all that God has done in my life.
I am a mother to four precious little girls, and I’ve lived in Wisconsin for the past sixteen years. I grew up in a religious culture where strict rules and guidelines were practiced on a daily basis. I believed that it was necessary for me to follow those rules in order to go to heaven after I died, and I believed that I had to follow them to an exact T. Therefore, I was very dedicated to my religion even when rules didn’t make sense and I wasn’t always happy with them.
I got married within my culture, and my husband and I struggled a lot in our marriage. Because of our struggles, we went through months of counseling. Our counseling sessions kept us from our children for two and a half months, then again for seven and a half months during the summer of 2016, and then again last summer.
After my husband and I returned home, we noticed some of the same issues arising in our marriage. Since we weren’t able to find answers through our counseling, I turned to Scripture with an open mind and a longing heart. It took a lot to make me turn away from religion and search for something better, because I knew that if I followed anything other than the rules and guidelines of my church, I would be excommunicated from the people I was closest to—including my own family.
When I read scriptures like Romans 3:23, which says, For all have sinned, and come short of the glory of God, and Romans 3:10, which says, As it is written, There is none righteous, no, not one, I knew that the Bible was talking about me. This realization put me on the same level with everybody else.
The Amish call anybody outside the Amish religion “worldly.” For this reason, I thought I was part of God’s chosen few, and I felt fortunate to have been born into the Amish culture. I thought I was so lucky. Today, though, I realize that we all have the same need, and that need is for a Savior. Jesus, the Son of God, came down to this earth to fulfill the law and to free us from the law, because we as human beings were not able to fulfill it. He took the sins of the world on Himself, died on the cross, and arose again victoriously from the grave.
Today, I confess that I am a sinner and that I need a savior, who is Jesus Christ alone. I placed my faith in Him to bring salvation into my life, and I trust the Holy Spirit to lead and guide me for the rest of my days. I rest and have peace knowing that I am saved. HALLELUAH!
My desire is to now be baptized in the precious and loving name of the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit! May He use my life for His glory!
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