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Salvation Stories 9: Jen Levy: Personal Testimony

Salvation Stories Day 9 – Jen Levy: Personal Testimony

Sometimes our salvation story can seem so simple and short, but there is so much more to our story than the moment we first believed. When I was approached recently about sharing my testimony, I was hesitant; I was saved at a young age and had a very simple story, so I thought there would not be much to tell. But then the Lord reminded me that there is so much more to my story than the moment I was saved, and what a blessed privilege it is to share how God brought me (and my family members) to salvation. 

My parents were both raised in homes marked by religion. They knew quite a bit about the Lord Jesus but not the full truth; it was more about religion than a relationship—at least from my perspective. My grandmothers were both good-living, church-going, sincere ladies, but I’m not sure how much they understood that it’s about a personal, powerful and life-changing walk with the Lord Jesus.

My maternal grandfather had professed salvation when he was young, but later deserted Grandma and six children, leaving my grandma bitter. Life was really hard for them after this. My paternal grandfather fought in WWI, and after the war was a rum runner and a sea captain. He was a decent man and a no-nonsense type, but had no interest in spiritual matters that we know of. 

My parents went along with the flow of the world, including parties and all that revolved around that lifestyle. Thankfully, my mom went to great lengths to protect us children from certain ill effects of that lifestyle. She also faithfully took us to Sunday School at the local Anglican church. She was searching for truth but hadn’t found it yet. My dad had no interest in spiritual things at that time. 

When I was quite young, my mom’s brother and family moved back to their hometown after being away for a few years. They came to rent an apartment in a Christian’s home—how wonderful our God moves! The couple had children’s services in their basement and invited them to send their children to those meetings. Through this contact my uncle and aunt were both saved. 

We visited our uncle and aunt fairly often, and, of course, were taken to those meetings as well. This was my first introduction to the gospel and the Bible; I loved the stories and songs from the first night. Though I was young, I observed such a warm and loving atmosphere there along with the Bible stories and singing, and I felt drawn to all of it. 

After my uncle and aunt were both saved, they desired to see the gospel brought to our community and so began much gospel preaching in our area. My mom and her best friend soon accepted Christ as Savior. My dad wanted no part of it so he accepted a job in the Arctic for a year, helping to build a new mining community. He wanted to get away from the gospel, but when he opened his suitcase in the north, there was a Bible my mom had packed inside. He eventually trusted Christ, as did his own father when he was dying, and later his mom as well. 

While my dad was away, the Lord was working in our lives. The nearest church gathering of believers was in Halifax, about 40 minutes away. We had no car, yet various Christians from different families came to pick us up for Sunday School and other services. What a precious memory! As I was typing this, I had to ask myself, Would I drive 40 minutes each way to help a family, or even one person, grow in faith or see more of their family brought to Christ? I pray I would. 

While Dad was away, my mom faithfully read the Bible with us children. One evening as Mom was reading, I realized that I was a sinner and that Jesus died to save me. That was the moment I trusted Christ as my Savior. I was so happy, and that joy has only increased as I have gotten to know Christ and His love more and more. 

Yes, my story is simple, yet oh so precious! I am so thankful to the Lord for loving me, and for Floyd and Edith Stewart’s faithfulness to reach souls and to love them well. 

“For ‘everyone who calls on the name of the Lord will be saved.’ How then will they call on him in whom they have not believed? And how are they to believe in Him of whom they have never heard? And how are they to hear without someone preaching? And how are they to preach unless they are sent? As it is written, ‘How beautiful are the feet of those who preach the good news!’” (Romans 10:13-15, ESV)

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