Fall Testimony Series 2023 Day 9 – Delanie Knight McDonald’s Testimony
I was very fortunate to be raised in a Christian home. Some of my earliest memories involve spending time in a church building, and I’m so blessed that my parents made that an important part of their lives.
From a young age, I was particularly interested in Billy Graham. Now that I look back, I laugh at my 8-year-old self for having such abnormal interests. Nonetheless, I was so fascinated by the way he spoke and, more importantly, what—and Who—he spoke about. Because of this, I chose to do a report on him in the 3rd grade. My research made me even more interested in his message, and it was then that I really started paying more attention to the Sunday sermons. I was starting to understand who Jesus was and is, and the weight and importance of His death.
One day after one of those sermons, on the way to school in my mom’s minivan, I asked her some questions about Jesus, His death on the cross, and what it means for my eternal life. I remember her answering my questions, but also mentioned that maybe I needed to talk to Mrs. Johnnie to help further clarify some things. Mrs. Johnnie Laye was a precious woman who directed the children’s ministry at the church I grew up going to.
In the following weeks, on a beautiful sunny day in the springtime of 2006, Mrs. Johnnie took me to an old-fashioned drugstore for what I consider to be the very best chocolate milkshake of my life. We sat outside and talked for an hour or so about the gospel of Jesus Christ. It was then that I realized that I was a sinner in need of a savior, and that Savior is Jesus Christ. Because of Him, I am redeemed and have been transformed—and you can be, too!
I am eternally grateful for the gift of salvation, and for wise counsel and the many heroes of the faith that dutifully and faithfully shared the gospel!