I’m so thankful for godly parents. Not the parents that just show and sit in a pew, but they showed us and pointed us to Christ even in our home. We had family devotions, and I tell people that I had a drug problem when I was little…I was drug to church every Sunday morning, every Sunday night, every Wednesday night, we were there. My dad had the privilege of helping to build Trinity Baptist Church in Martinez, Georgia. So I didn't have a choice when I was little, and I’m so thankful for that.
At the age of 7, I followed my best friend down to the altar, didn’t really know what I said, but I took it and ran with it. My dad was a bus captain, what a joy it was to see the bus ministry. I saw a whole family get saved, and that is what did it for me. God began working in my heart as a young girl to see lives changed just by sharing the Light of Christ.
At the age of 14, I started helping in AWANA, leading music in Junior Church, even teaching a Sunday School class. But at the age of 15, I heard a message on having a head knowledge of Christ, and a heart knowledge of Christ. That night, the Holy Spirit spoke to my heart and said “You’re pretending. You know church, you know how to smile, you know all the memory verses.” One night after church, my Mom was driving on I-20, a major highway through our area, and she asked me, “What is wrong with you?” And I answered, “Mom, I’m not saved.” She pulled over on the side of that busy interstate, and opened the Scriptures, the Scripture that I had memorized. But that night He became more that just a memory verse, He became more than just a song I sang, He became the Reason that I live. I asked for forgiveness of pretending, for forgiveness of my sins. I was a good kid, but I was lost. I’m so thankful He opened my eyes to the Truth that day.
I was reading in my devotions one day, and God led me to the latter part of Psalm 71:18, “O God, forsake me not; until I have shewed thy strength unto this generation, and thy power to every one that is to come.” It was like the Holy Spirit said in a still small voice, “I’m going to use your life.” God used this verse to put a desire in my heart to shine His Light to children who are in darkness.
After Bible college at Atlantic Baptist Bible College, God opened the door for me to serve Him as a missionary sent out of Great Hope Baptist Church in Chesapeake, VA with Baptist International Missions, Inc. I’ve been in Uganda for five years now, and I’m so thankful for how God has opened doors for me to serve Him.
What a joy it is to be in the center of God’s will, and to have people holding the rope. They are in the ministry with me right along side, with support and prayer, and I am so thankful. What I can’t do, they are doing so that I can be in God’s will. Please pray for me and my Ugandan children as we shine our Lights for Christ!
|Kerri Phillips - Uganda - Psalm 37:4||