A Testimony By Jessica Miller
My names Jessica Miller, I go to Pastor Tim Thiessen’s church Peace Tabernacle in Hillsboro, Missouri. I play saxophone and probably will for a living one day. I dream of being an evangelist one day.
My dad was raised Pentecostal and my mom was raised Lutheran, but her sister found a Pentecostal church and loved it and brought my mom with her and she fell in love with it. My parents knew the truth but never forced it on me and we would go to church maybe six times a year and on special occasions. I’ve always believed in God and if someone were to have asked me when I was younger what my religion was, I would have told them I was Pentecostal but I didn’t practice it.
I grew up going to a daycare which was led by the church we would go to. I remember in pre-school learning different bible verses, singing songs about Jesus’ love, and praying over our food and because of this I developed a love for God and I never noticed it until when I was nine. I was in the fourth grade and my mom became sick and the Lord called her home. It was hard on my dad and he started to shut God out of his life, but it was the exact opposite for me. I started asking dad all these questions about our faith and what we believed and if he would take me to church because I desperately wanted to be baptized. He would take me but would never go himself. He would drop me off and then come pick me up. I don’t remember any of the lessons they taught us, but I do remember in children’s service I felt the Holy Ghost for the first time. I was the last one there and my hands were raised and tears were rolling down my face as a lady named Diana Turnbull was praying for me. I turned around to see my dad in the back waiting for me with tears in his eyes. But that was the last time I went to church as a child. I completely forgot everything that happened to me and what I felt that day.
When I was a freshman in high school, I always saw a girl who wore long skirts every day and something just told me that she was Pentecostal. Every time I saw her, part of me wanted more of God. But I was in a relationship with this boy who was all wrong for me. He wanted me to do so many things that I knew were wrong to do before marriage. So I began to pray every single day. I would ask for forgiveness and a love for God started growing in my heart. I wanted to live for God so bad but my boyfriend didn’t believe in God and didn’t want me to be in church if I was going to be in a relationship with him. Then his step-dad found a job in Nebraska and was forced to move. The move made our relationship hard and so we broke up. I felt so free and the next Sunday I went to church for the first time in 6 years.
I remember walking in and seeing all the familiar faces of everyone I went to daycare with and I even saw that girl I always saw at school. After the service I knew that there was nothing else I wanted to do with my life and the next Sunday I was baptized in Jesus name. It was like nothing I have ever experienced. A few Sundays after my baptism, service was going great and they sang a few songs. Then they sang a song called days of Elijah and part of it says, “There’s no God like Jehovah” over and over and when they started singing that part, I started to tremble under the presence of God in the back pew. No one taught me about what I would feel as the Holy Ghost would begin to fall on me; it was a complete surprise to me. Tears started to roll down my face and my arms froze. I’ve never felt anything like that before! I wanted to lift my hands but it’s like my body was telling me no. Somehow I overcame that and was able to lift my right arm and the moment I did, tears started pouring out of my eyes and I started praising God. I felt a peace and joy I’ve never felt before. Then a church mom came over and grabbed my hand and led me to the altar where I got the Holy Ghost. My life was changed forever.
Things were going great. I even started bible quizzing as an experienced quizzer my first year. One of the quizzing coaches from the church kept questioning me and asked me if I wanted to be on the intermediate team which would be easier for me as a novice quizzer but my friend needed someone on the experienced team so I made up my mind that’s what I wanted to do and I let her know that and when she told me her name, memories started flooding my mind of when I first felt the Holy Ghost and how I completely forgot about it. My new quizzing coach was Diana Turnbull. She would call me every single day and I would quote all my material to her and we developed a love for each other that a mother and daughter have together. She completely took me into her arms and home and has made me a part of her family as if she’s always been my mom since the day I was born.
Then on my 16th birthday, an evangelist came to our church, Brother David Kline. He told his story and all about his missionary work in Africa and I was completely amazed. After service I felt led to talk to him and tell him that this is the kind of stuff I want to do and he started praying over me. Then the anointing started to fall and I was in tears and speaking in tongues like crazy! And ever since then, I’ve felt a calling to go all around the world and preach the gospel. Shortly after this experience, I met a boy who started coming to our church. I started to pray about it and no red flags went up so we started dating. One night we were praying together and we were both crying and speaking in tongues together and then he saw a vision. He saw a map of the world and a red line was running across it, the red line would stop in different places and when it did, a picture would pop up. One picture was of him and me praying for people at the altar and one was of me preaching in a pulpit. When it was over, it was as if everything clicked, the calling I have my life matched up perfectly with this vision.
It’s been a crazy journey for me but every moment has been great. When I started living for God, I had so little, almost nothing but God stepped in and gave me life, took things out of my life that didn’t belong. He gave me a love that I’ve never felt before, a new mom, and a future. He filled all the empty gaps that I never thought could be filled again and the ones I didn’t even know were there. Now my life is changed forever and I couldn’t imagine a greater way to live life.
Copyright 2015 Jessica Miller and Crystal Schmalz Ministries