Brad & Stacy Ostlund
Not only our lives, but the quality of our lives and those of our children have been greatly changed and blessed because of God, but that was made possible because of Pastor Gregg Clark and his wonderful, God called ministry.
One morning I had woke up on a Sunday needing to find Christ. So I decided to go to the previous church I went to back in 2011 and went to drive by the old church and wasn't there anymore. So I was searching on line but didn't seem to find it. So I gave up and said one day I'll find a church.
I was 19 years old, and my life was literally a wreck. I had just crashed my car 72 MPH straight into a tree. I walked away without a scratch on me. After being miraculously spared, I couldn't stop asking myself why! A week later I ran into an old friend who invited me to church. At church I heard the gospel and put my faith in Christ. First Jesus saved my life, then Jesus saved my soul!!!
Long ago I started going to church for many years and never missed a day. Then one day I just quit going. It took me about 15 years after to reach out to God and ask for forgiveness. I had hit rock bottom. I was lost and I stepped away from God as if he never existed.The world was crashing down around me and I didn't even know the purpose for my life. I felt as if I was in limbo. It seemed like a lifetime I had wasted. I cried my heart out to God and prayed for my life to change. I WAS SAVED!! It started as the worst day of my life and instantly changed to the best day of my life.
Before I got saved I was someone who didn't care about life, and had a bad attitude with my mom, my dad, and my sister, because I didn't see the point of life. I thought I was going to live a constant cycle of the same thing every day like everyone else. Then my friend constantly asked me every day if I would like to come to Aurora Baptist Church so I said yes just to shut him up.
ABC has changed my Christian perspective and has impacted my life in a positive way. My faith has grown and I have discovered how to be saved. I never knew that there were certain steps to be saved. ABC has taught me that the Christian life is more than believing in God but living it as well. My faith will continue to grow for the love of christ thanks to ABC.
I've been attending Aurora baptist church since opening day and it's been such an honor to serve The Lord with my church family. We are not at all a perfect, self-righteous, have it all together church, but rather a joyful, exciting, loving and hard working church that labors only for the glory of Jesus Christ!