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Personal Testimony of a Young Evangelist

September 10, 2014 by  
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Personal Testimony

Copper Canyons, Mexico, 2006

I was born November 22, 1984 in Odessa, TX and raised in a small West Texas oil field town called Crane. Growing up, God graced me with the best family I could have ever wanted. Though we were not rich and I was not given a free ride through my adolescence, my parents loved me and did their best to give me everything I needed and a lot of stuff that wasn’t a necessity. Above all, they raised me to love God and trust in Him.

Despite their love for God, my parents’ love for the church was crushed by the time I was four years old due to immaturity in some of their fellow believers. (I am not placing blame, but just saying that stuff happens.) We left church before I turned 4 years old shortly after my brother was born, and I was raised without a church family to help me along.

During this separation from the church, I tried to unite with other believers in F.C.A., fifth quarters, and a few random Sunday invites from friends. Through all that time I never doubted my love for and trust in Christ that my family had instilled in me, but all the talk of “getting saved” confused me.

At 16, I decided it was time to get serious about my faith and plugged in to church because it was obviously something lacking in my life. I contacted the new pastor at my childhood church and asked to go to church camp. It was at that camp that I understood the message of the Gospel and what salvation really meant according to Romans 10:9-10, and I was made certain that my faith in Christ was real and personal.

Since that day, I have known that Jesus loves me and will not let me go, and as the years roll by, I continually see the affects of His goodness and grace transforming my life little by little. I was “baptized with the Holy Spirit” while in Bible College, and now I spend my time preaching the Gospel to the lost, training fellow believers to reach their neighbor and the world, and praying for healing and deliverance to anyone in need.

As I long for the day of final perfection, I have the joy and honor of inviting others into this same journey with Jesus that I am on. What a privilege!

“To God be the glory.”

 

Anthony “Scott” Ingram is the Director of Evangelism for Heart of God International Ministries. In this role his goal is sharing the gospel of Jesus Christ with the lost around the world, and equipping the church to do the same. Scott remains actively involved in preaching and teaching, training Christian leaders, counseling and praying with individuals, and loving the lost wherever he finds them. 

You can read more about Scott and his ministry activities here: http://anthonyingram.com/

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