How The Lord found me!
As a young boy I grew up in church and like some people who grow up in church, I had no clue what I was doing, or what I was listening to. I was raised by two wonderful parents that loved me very much and my mother prayed for me while I was growing up and she still does to this day. I also had a wonderful grandma that prayed for me every chance that she had too.
As I grew up, like so many others, I grew away from church, not wanting to listen to what anyone told me because I thought I knew what was best for me. For the better part of my life I have worked in emergency medical services giving of my time and helping people in their hour of need. This in turn made me think that I was a good person earning favor with God. Truthfully, I never really thought much about God while I was growing up. I knew about God and Jesus Christ, but I didn’t know anything past who they were.
As I got older I kept encountering people that would tell me about Jesus Christ and tell me that I needed to be saved. I thought they were off their rocker. I thought “Why do I need to be saved, I’m not in trouble.” I spent the better part of my life thinking that way. I encountered friend after friend that told me this, and my response was always the same, basically, “Thanks but no thanks.”
Growing up, I had my fair share of issues, but never really paid much attention to them. I thought they were just life happening. I made a lot of mistakes growing up by making a lot of silly decisions. At a very young age I was introduced to what would become an addiction, not knowing it at the time, but later finding out how much it hurt me in my life. This addiction would almost take everything away from me later in life. In the spring of 1999, I saw the most beautiful women who would become my wife, but I didn’t know that for another 2 years.
Fast forward to September 6, 2003…it was one of the happiest days of my life…that is when I married the women from that fateful spring day of 1999. We had many up’s and downs over the next four years, and this is where things get really hard. In 2005 we welcomed our first son to the world and in 2007 our second son was born. Over our first four years of marriage our lives would be put through the fire. A lot of my issues from when I was younger were starting to surface again…the addiction kicked into high gear as well. My poor wife had to put up with a lot of anger and frustration, and of course the addiction which still had hold of me. I was in a very bad place for a long time in our marriage.
It is hard to look back on this and reflect on where I came from, and what I put my poor wife through. She was never physically abused, but the mental and emotional abuse was just as bad. I would never know how badly until later, because I was blinded by not wanting to see there was a problem.
2007 is when everything came to a head. My wife had had enough. The last four years had taken its toll, my wife was ready to walk away with my two oldest boys, and be done with everything, and I still had no idea that anything was wrong.
During this time I started a new job with an ambulance company and my first shift was very interesting to say the least. I met my partner who would later come to be my best friend. I was literally at rock bottom at this point and when I reported for shift on that day, my first conversation with my partner was like this…
Me: “How are you today?” Partner: “I’m tired.”
Me: “Why are you tired?” Partner: “I had a late night at church.”
Me: “What church do you go to?” Partner: “Church of God.”
Me: “What denomination is that?” Partner: “Pentecostal.”
Me: “Oh, you’re one of those are you?”
This was the start of our first shift together. However, as our day and the rest of the month went on, this man began to show me love and minister to me about Jesus Christ and how much He loved me. He later gave me a bible to read and he told me to read the book of John. While we were waiting for a patient one day, he began to ask me some questions about death and what I thought happened after death. I told him, I’m a good person and he progressed to asking me a series of questions and showing me that I was not a good person and that I needed Jesus Christ to save me from my sins.
This brings us to October 21, 2007. As I was driving home from work, I was at a stop light that I stopped at every day. The day was overcast and cold. I remember feeling this overwhelming feeling of love come over me and at that stop light on that cold day, I told God I couldn’t do this on my own anymore, and asked Him to take over my life and save me from my sins and forgive me. And on that very day, I became a servant of Jesus Christ.
It was like a veil was lifted from my eyes and the sun was brighter than I have ever seen it before. That was the day everything changed. Five days later God called me to preach the Gospel and after arguing with God for many years, I submitted and began training for ministry. On May 19th, 2017 at a men’s convention, Words of Life Evangelism was born. Thank you for visiting Words of life Evangelism. I’m praying for you.
Remember: God loves you and so do I.
Adam M. Losekamp (Evangelist)
Words of Life Evangelism