Mighty to Save, Pt. 3 – Calvary Temple Sterling VA Juvenile Detention Center Ministry

I’ve been a member of Calvary Temple Church in Sterling VA for over 25 years now.  We are passionate about reaching the lost and encouraging the Believers in our community.  We have many Events throughout the year to spread the Gospel.  I hope you find the following story to be a blessing.

Last week I gave a good report about ten kids receiving their salvation in the Juvenile Detention Center after a guest speaker shared his powerful testimony.  Today in our final installment of Mighty to Save I’m going to share the details of that testimony with you.

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His father abandoned his family of 10 when he was only five years old.   As a child, his life was ruled by anger and violence. Robbery, vandalism, and excessive fighting was a means to survive.

He began smoking, drinking, and getting high in elementary school.  To put that in perspective for you, that is roughly the ages of 5 to 11 years old.  Soon his life was controlled by drugs and alcohol. Like a garbage can junkie, he was always trying out whatever new drug hit the street.  To support his habit he began dealing marijuana.  His drug use escalated and soon he was both using and dealing everything from several kilos of marijuana to hundreds of hits of LSD, PCP, heroin, speed, pills, and a long list of others.

He found a new family when he joined a dangerous gang which encouraged a lifestyle of crime, violence, and immorality with women.

Many times over he should have died from drug overdose, alcohol poisoning, or fallout from very dangerous drug dealings.  He was hit by cars four times, was in various motorcycle accidents, and nearly drowned more than once yet his life was spared.

The tide started to turn when lifelong friends abandoned him.  He was double crossed by people he trusted in the drug world and burned during some routine deals.  He began to have a growing realization that world is cold and uncaring.  And accumulating wealth, power and women by this dangerous lifestyle left him feeling empty.

The Lord used these to break him and bring him to his knees.  By the grace of God he called upon the Lord for salvation.  He forsook his entire former life and all ties with the drug world.  Turning his back on the money and power that could be obtained by sinful pursuits, he radically separated himself from the world and began to seek God with all of his heart spending that time in prayer and reading the Bible from morning till night for many months.

The Lord called him to begin street evangelism and plant churches often to reach those who society had cast off.  Soon he began to preach the Gospel as a missionary.  Even reaching the remote areas of the interior of East Africa.

For over 35 years this one man has faithfully continued to reach out to those who need Jesus and many, many lives around the world have been touched.  His life is a testimony to the mercy of God.  There is no sin you can commit that God can’t forgive you.  There is no darkness you can hide in that the blood of Jesus is not powerful enough to cleanse you if you call on Him.

If God can do all this through one man with this past what can he do through you?

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About Calvary Temple

Calvary Temple is an independent church which holds to all Assemblies of God tenets of faith. Calvary Temple ministries include Discipleship Training, adult Bible college, media ministry, and an aggressive missions program.

Pastor Star R. Scott is Senior Pastor of Calvary Temple in Sterling, Virginia, where he has ministered since 1973. In addition to the pastoral gift, Pastor Scott functions in the five-fold offices of apostle and prophet. He has planted churches, and currently oversees the pastors and ministries of numerous satellite churches.

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