by: Korie Rowe
First Baptist Church of Fannett is a body of believers made up of people from different backgrounds and stories joined together because of the gospel of Christ. Family Friday is a blog post highlighting some of those amazing members that are willing to step out in faith to share their stories. As you get to know our members through their stories, I ask that you pray for them and the ministry they are involved with at FBCF. Pray for them as they share their faith journey with you so that YOU may get to know the heart of FBCF.
What ministry do you serve in?
I am excited to be a part of the Media Team. My main role has been designing and updating our church website as well as keeping our church FaceBook page current. Another ministry I am involved in is our new Women's Ministry at FBCF. I have the honor of introducing and leading our ladies in the Precept Upon Precept Bible studies.
What is your favorite thing about serving?
I believe it is important for everyone to know and understand their Spiritual Gifts as well as know what they are passionate about. Once you figure out what those are you can begin to serve in a more productive way that not only glorifies God but also edifies the church as a whole. My top three Spiritual Gifts are Evangelism, Preaching & Teaching. I am able to use those gifts through serving our church in both the Media Team duties as well as the Women's Ministry. One exciting thing about our Women's Ministry is taking what we learn together through our studies and reaching out to our community doing a service project in our smaller groups. Giving us all an opportunity to show the love of Christ and witness to the ones we love on.
How long have you been a member of FBCF?
My husband and I have attended FBCF since April of 2020 online due to Covid restrictions. Some time in or around June my husband and I began visiting in person. We knew very quickly FBCF was where God was leading us. But we did not join right away. We continued to come in person or followed the online Live Stream services for several months as we prayed about the decision. Since we had been in prayer about finding a new church home for more than six years we wanted to be sure it was God leading us to FBCF and not us just filling another seat. January 31,2021 the church voted us in as new members.
What's one thing you would tell someone who is thinking about joining FBCF?
Choosing one thing is hard! FBCF is more than a building. It is a group of people who gather together in unity of worshipping Jesus Christ. The Bible has many scripture references about not only attending church but being an active member of the church. FBCF members are active in serving God in so many ways. From an abundance of nursery and childrens workers to men and women spending their days off work helping their neighbors. Personally, I have found FBCF to be a great example of what it means to be a Christian. They focus on growing disciples not just converting a person to add a number to their role.
Would you like to share your testimony?
One day I learned my dad was not my dad. My dad was my stepdad and my biological dad was a man I never met. I was 8 years old. At 8 years old I had already gone through more pain than many adults. I watched my mom be beaten constantly but said she was happy with her life. I watched my brother and sister being raised in a world of pain but said they were fine. I only knew a dad who used me in disgusting ways and said it was love. The good days were days of moving to a new town and feeling like we could start over only to have it become the same. Suddenly I was told there was someone else who could have saved me from all of that. One day I sat outside in my Nanny’s yard talking to God. A God at the time I only knew from Sunday school and a God I felt was more of a story than a person. As I spoke to Him, tears rolling down my cheeks I began to ask the question. Who IS my daddy? Is my daddy the man who abandoned me and my mom when I was conceived? Is my daddy the man who shows love in the scariest ways? Who is my daddy? More than anything, at that moment of anger and heartbreak I realized how much I really wanted to be loved. I wanted a real Father. One that would protect me and teach me how to overcome this harsh world. I was only 8 years old but I knew there had to be someone who loved me that much.I got up off the ground. Walked to my Nanny’s door. She opened it with tears streaming down her face. She did not know what I was doing or who I was speaking to. As she opened the door she said she had been praying for me while I was outside. She grabbed my hand and asked me if I wanted to meet Jesus. I was not completely sure what she meant. I knew Jesus. But at the same time when she said that I realized. I did not KNOW Jesus. At that moment she told me of a man who was God. He gave up all of His riches, all of His power to live on earth and feel the same pain I felt. This man lived a life as a carpenter. A hard laboring life that gave Him little respect from others or popularity. After years of living a sinless life He was beaten and tortured. He then died. She told me how He did all of this for me. Because He loves me. 3 days after, Jesus Christ, rose from the grave. He proved to us all He is love. He is life. The most incredible moment in my life was when I was 8 years old. It was the moment I understood that was real love. And that was the moment I met Jesus. He introduced me to my Daddy. All we have to do is believe He is who He is and our entire world changes. John 3:16 New International Version (NIV) 16 For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life. This is my life testimony. I am ashamed of many things in my life. But knowing Him is not one of them. ❤️This is my Easter Victory ❤️