Cheri G.

Cheri G.

from KS
Story #187
I was raised in a Christian home by two parents who were both strong Christians and took my brother and I to church regularly. When I was 11 years old, I was at my grandmother's house watching Kansas City Youth for Christ on television. At the end of his message, the preacher said "If you were to die tonight, where would you go?" I thought about how that question related to my life, I realized that I was a sinner and that I my sin separated me from God. I had learned at church that Jesus had died on the cross to take the punishment for my sin. As I heard that question asked that evening, I knew that if I died that night I would spend eternity in hell separated from Jesus. That evening, at family devotion time I asked Jesus to forgive my sins; thanked Him for taking the punishment for my sin, and asked Him to be Lord of my life.

In junior high, I went to church camp and got excited about sharing my faith. I came home and was able to lead two of my cousins to the Lord. I've always loved music and God has allowed me to share His love through music by touring with the Continental Orchestra and Carpenter's Tools International. My first job was an elementary music teacher. My three years there were a real faith-growing time and I leaned heavily upon the Lord's strength in my weakness. In the spring of 1999, during my first year of teaching band, I called my mom after a particularly difficult day. She told me that my aunt had called her that morning saying that she had found the perfect position for me in the paper. That open position was a music director for a Christian daycare. I transitioned into a preschool teacher and I love getting to teach children about Jesus.

God has allowed me to share His Love in many ways. I've had the opportunity to go on several mission trips. Currently, I am serving Him through sharing His Love with kids at work, singing in the choir at church, and playing keyboard in a Christian cowboy band.