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By Eduardo Mayorga

If I would have told myself two years ago, or a year and a half ago, “Hey, in the future you’re going to be going to church.” I would have been like, “On a Sunday morning? Do you know what I do on Saturday nights?” And I would have laughed at myself.

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Don’t Be Afraid

By Debbie Fletcher

When I retired seven years ago, after working full-time for so many years running my own business and helping my husband with his, I struggled with my new purpose in life. I had to deal with feelings that I never experienced before. 

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Adoption Journey

By Julie Walker

My faith story really began many years ago with the adoption of three beautiful children from foster care. I admit it was a bit of a whirlwind and most people probably thought we were crazy. It was so simple to my husband, Steven, and I; all children deserve loving homes. We knew God placed this on our hearts and we needed to say yes to the call. As a social worker and physician, we figured we got this; we could handle it; whatever he had in store for us…

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Loneliness to Holiness

By Anna Donnelly

Throughout my entire childhood, I struggled with loneliness. I had plenty of friends, but everyone else seemed to have a distinct best friend that I didn’t seem to have. Every movie that I watched or book that I read featured a best friend to the main character, and even the friends I had at school had someone to call a “best” friend.

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Grief into Growth

By Delisa Piercy

I was raised by a wonderful woman, widowed when I was one-and-a-half years old, in a faithful home here in Houston, Texas, however, without “church.” I struggled through my teen and young adult years thinking God was not really in my life, until I married a wonderful man.

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A Surprise Healing

By Fran Schaeffer 

I joined POP when I moved to Cypress in 2001 and was very excited to be a part of a faith community that was warm and inviting. I had been a single parent for most of my son’s life. At the time, he was a 22-year old in recovery from drug addiction that began at age 15.

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Living, Love, and Loss

By Harold L. Hart Jr.

Living through the ordeal of losing a spouse is nothing I ever planned for, but thanks to God, I am able to handle it. Not long after my spouse passed in 2016, I was presented with the opportunity to attend a Men’s ACTS retreat. I really didn’t know what to expect, nor how I was feeling toward the whole process, since all I knew that I really missed my wife.

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YEM Spotlight

By Gretchen Hollas

After spending a week in the mountains, being surrounded by a hundred teens praising God, there was no doubt that Jesus was present in that moment. There was so much peace and restoration happening with everyone bringing their needs before Him and it was a beautiful encounter I won't forget.

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Learning How to Love

By John Paccioti

To see me now and how much I am deep-seated in my Catholic faith and involvement in Prince of Peace’s Prison Ministry, you would never know that my faith journey up until my forties was very shallow and detached. It wasn’t until my life as I knew it began to fall apart that I gave in and finally let God change my heart. 

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YEM Spotlight

By Adam Forness

When I was in high school, I attended a Power Hour for my first time. Power hour was a night where we worshipped and adored Jesus in the Blessed Sacrament. At this point in my journey, I had not learned what the Blessed Sacrament is. But during that night, I met Jesus, and I knew there was no place I wanted to be but in His presence. I didn’t have to speak or pray any words. I simply just sat there and allowed Jesus to heal me from my sins and to love me.

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He is Love

By Ailyn Carbajal

Before sharing my testimony with you, I will admit at first, I was ashamed of what happened to me. I didn't want anyone to ever know about it and see that side of me; the vulnerable side of me. I now realize the love Jesus showed me every day of my life should not be hidden. His love should be embraced, because there are people that need His love and hope just like I did from all the heartbreak and pain that I went through. My story, my testimony is not about that, but rather, about God's love and how it changed my life, and everyone around me forever.

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