Jenny Smid - Dunkerton, IA

Jenny Smid - Dunkerton, IA

I am so thankful to God for being born into a family who loved the Lord Jesus Christ and who understood the most important thing in life was to be born again. What a priviledge!

When I was 7 years old, my youngest brother was diagnosed with Leukimia. I remember lying in bed one night thinking, "What if I was the one sick with cancer instead of my brother?" I knew if I died, I would be in Hell because I had never trusted the Lord Jesus Christ as my Saviour.

Another experience that I remember, I was riding on a tractor with my Grandpa. Grandpa said to hold on tight as he backed up to pick up a haybale. As the tractor backed up, I turned around to watch, and let go of the handle. I remember starting to fall backward towards the rear tire as the tractor jerked backward and Grandpa grabbed my arm just in time. I was reminded again of death and how if I had been run over, my soul would have been lost forever.

I remember at night before falling asleep, I thought if the Lord comes tonight, I will be left behind. I would lie really still and try to hear Mom and Dad breathing and then would know the Lord hadn't come yet because they were ready to meet God but I was not.

I was 8 years old in September of 1988 and very troubled about my need of Salvation. I wanted to be saved with all my heart. I had been to so many Gospel meetings, I could tell someone how to be saved, yet was not saved myself. On September 3, 1988, I sat in the living room with my parents who tried to point out verses, but to know avail. They finally wrote some verses down, and I went to my room to read them on my own. I read many verses and came to the conclusion, I can't get this, and I will just have to go to hell. That is when I came to the verse in Isaiah 53:6, "All we like sheep have gone astray; we have turned everyone to his own way, and the Lord hath laid on Him the iniquity of us all." I knew I was a sinner who had gone astray, but I had never believed the last half of the verse, "the Lord hath laid on Him the iniquity of us all." There it was, the Lord punished Jesus for my sin. I simply rested on God's word, the first half and the second half of the verse. I experienced doubts a couple years later, and thought did I really get saved, maybe that was too easy, and there is more to it. But I received assurance from God's word as I was sitting in a Gospel Meeting and Mr. Goff was speaking. Mr. Goff held up his Bible and said, "God's Word says, Jesus Christ died for our sins, all God asks of you is to believe it. I realized nothing else is needed for salvation, Jesus died for me, God is satisfied, and so am I. John 3:16 says, For God so loved the world,(me) that He gave His only begotten Son,(for me) that whosoever believeth in Him should not perish, but have everlasting life.