Pray for the Bennetts in Australia as they with God's help and for His glory are seeking to establish: Western Plains Baptist Fellowship, and Gilgandra Baptist Fellowship as New Testament Baptist churches.
I was saved at the age of 12 at the
funeral of an infant cousin; before I accepted Christ I
can only remember 3 incidents that made be aware there
might be a God and I wanted to find Him.
The first incident was when I was 4 years of age I vividly recall an incident that happened to me that I went outside by myself and looked up in the sky and begged an acknowledgment of God if He existed.
The second incident was when I finished 2nd class at school we lived close to a chapel that sponsored a holiday Bible school and we learned the song How Great Thou Art, I just didn't know who Thou referred to.
The third incident was when my parents took me on a Saturday night to their square dances because I was too sick to be left with my brothers. They made friends with some people who attended the Lutheran Church. They liked me so asked my parents to let me spend the night with them some time; I so looked forward to it, as I wanted to go to church with them.
Even as a child I couldn't quite figure out why a person who went to square dances would also go to church but I was just happy I would get to go to church for the first time in my life.
The time finally came but I was so disappointed because I didn't feel any closer to finding God. God brought me to Himself in His own time.
My infant cousin died and my mum was to find a preacher to conduct the services so she found the church notices in the paper and started calling pastors. She couldn't find a preacher but Pastor James Kirkland had taken my aunts' phone number in which he later told me he didn't have any intention of doing the services and didn't know why he bothered getting the number as he was not available at the time needed but the Lord compelled him to cancel his prior appointment and ring back to say he would take the service if he was still needed and of course my mum was happy to use him.
She told me later she regretted using him as she blamed him for me becoming religious. Pastor Kirkland gave a salvation message and extended an invitation to anyone that wanted to be saved and I talked to him after the funeral and accepted Christ as my Saviour.
What was amazing to me was he had a family in his church who lived 3 miles from us who would be willing to pick me up for church, I was so excited but little did I know the battles in my life were just beginning.
This family enrolled me in a Bible memory course of which I have always been grateful, I would learn the verses during the week and then quote them on my way to church for assessment. It didn't take long for my mum to begin to be concerned I was getting too religious in her estimation and our battles began.
She would use any excuse to keep me from attending church and the church in turn told me I had to attend church for my own good so I had this constant struggle with her and the people at the church. I didn't have the spiritual maturity to understand on my own to obey my parents and the Lord would honour that.
These battles continued until I finally told her I would make her happy and never attend church again. My stubbornness was not blessed of God and after a year of staying out of church I got right with God and started back to church. It was after this time the Lord began to speak to me about missions.
The people who faithfully took me to church had relatives who were missionaries and he spoke in our church and at that time I surrendered my life to whatever the Lord wanted for me.
I had been praying not long after I was saved to marry a preacher, I just wanted a guarantee of a Christian home more than I wanted to be a preacher's wife.
I married my preacher and thank the Lord for my husband. I thank the Lord for saving me and allowing me to serve Him alongside my husband.
My Favourite Verse:
Galatians 2:20 "I am crucified with Christ: nevertheless I live; yet not I, but Christ liveth in me: and the life which I now live in the flesh I live by the faith of the Son of God, who loved me, and gave himself for me."
My Favourite Hymns:
Be Still My Soul, Take My Life And Let It Be, and I Have Decided To Follow Jesus
Missionaries David and Pamela Bennett
The Bennetts Serving the Lord in Australia Since 1979.
Address: Dr. and Mrs. Bennett, PO Box 1241 Dubbo NSW 2830, AUSTRALIA
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