Sunday, September 27, 2020
Navy and Gold
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My name is Matthew Bauer, I was born and raised in Yonkers, New York, and I have had the privilege of being a member of Remnant Fellowship for almost 7 years! For all my life, I’ve had a hard time fitting into a crowd and an even rougher time believing and trusting in a God. In my later years of high school, I’m ashamed to admit that I was perfectly content with believing there was no God. I was overweight, unhappy, and angry with everyone and everything. I was running all of my friends and family away, and I thought that was okay. I thought that was just part of growing up.
Fortunately, in June of 2013, my aunt Annemarie Sena reached out to me to come to Tennessee, and I had the blessing of officially moving here, to live with the Sena family for several years. I was taught so many things in that time that I would never be able to live without. The main thing that I learned that I will keep for the rest of my life is how to have a God-fearing household.
I could go on all day about how much having Cara-Joy in my life has changed me for the better. Her loving kindness, and gentleness are only some of the things that make me the luckiest guy in the world. Her love for God keeps me motivated to continue my own growth and raise a Godly household for many years to come.- Matt
During the past 7 years, I lost about 70 pounds of overweight and feel healthier than ever before. I also no longer feel the overwhelming depression that I had for as long as I could remember. I thank God every morning when I wake up, not for weight loss, but for the opportunity for a fresh start and a new life! I know for a fact that I wouldn’t be here if I hadn’t followed the leading from God to move to Tennessee!
During this time, I also had the privilege of finding my love and trust in God that I lost for the longest time. With the teachings of the most wonderful preacher Gwen Lara, I learned how to imitate the Characteristics of Christ and how to trust in God with all things. Thanks to this, I’m happier now than ever before and feel God’s wisdom and presence all throughout my day now.
My greatest blessing by far though has been to get to meet and know Cara-Joy. Ever since I met her, I have been in awe by her willingness to help others who are struggling or in pain. Regardless if they are family, friends, or complete strangers; she is always there to lend an ear and be there for them. She has a heart of complete gold and compassion unlike anyone else I have ever met.
I could go on all day about how much having Cara-Joy in my life has changed me for the better. Her loving kindness, and gentleness are only some of the things that make me the luckiest guy in the world. Her love for God keeps me motivated to continue my own growth and raise a Godly household for many years to come.
Our favorite things to do together now is to help our friends in any way we can, whether it includes running errands, moving, babysitting, or decorating. It really shows we can be doing anything in the world but as long as we do it together, it is the most fun in the world. Cara-Joy never fails to make me smile, even during the toughest times.
I think about how much God has done for us in such a short time and I can’t help but tear up. Without God and Remnant Fellowship Church, especially the amazing teachings from Gwen Lara, I know I would not be in the spot I am right now. I wouldn’t trade the life I have now for anything. I am beyond humbled but also extremely ecstatic to begin my life with Cara-Joy as we build a household together that puts God first and foremost! I will forever be grateful and call myself the luckiest guy on planet Earth!
My name is Cara-Joy Braun, and I grew up in Canada where I lived with my mother. I have known about Remnant Fellowship from a young age and would pray every night that my mother and I could someday move to Tennessee to attend the Church in person, rather than virtually. We soon realized that no matter where we were physically, we were surrounded by a group of people who were living out modern-day Christlike characteristics and where the focus was all about God.
While growing up, I attended public school. I was sad, lonely, angry, and feeling lost, as I did not have many Godly friends around me. I struggled with major depression through many difficult life changes beyond my control. It is then that my worldwide amazing Church family, as well as Church members who were near me locally, supported and encouraged me as I went through a major health issue. With much prayer and love from those around me, our Amazing Heavenly Father cured me of leukemia. Every day when I get to wake up, I am grateful for another day of life. It is a true miracle.
In 2018, God Almighty answered my lifelong dream to be able to move to Tennessee with my mother, who gave up so much to allow me to fellowship with friends who love and support me and help me grow in this relationship with God. I have learned the blessings of following in the footsteps of Jesus Christ, our Lord and Savior. Becoming more Christlike in all things, focusing on God’s will, and following Christ’s example has shown me the path of joy, peace and hope. I have learned to truly love and be caring toward those around me. These lessons I have learned at our Church from our amazing preacher, Gwen Lara, and from all those around me.
As Matt and I got to know each other better, I discovered this gentle, kindhearted man who loves God wholeheartedly. He has a fun, caring, gracious, consistent, humble, and endearing spirit. When I am with Matt, my heart melts as I watch him take care of those around him… I am growing more in love with Matt every day, and I am so grateful to God that I get to marry him! - Cara-Joy
One evening while at Church, I noticed Matthew serving at a fellowship gathering, busy taking care of tasks in the back. I thought to myself, that is so kind and humble, and I noted his joy in serving others. I was so convicted by him! From that moment on, I did everything I could to serve the church as much as Matt did. In striving to be more Godly, I fell more in love with God and got to know Matt even better.
One of the many blessings from putting this Truth into practice is getting to fall in love with Matthew, whom I treasure. As we got to know each other better, I discovered this gentle, kindhearted man who loves God wholeheartedly. He has a fun, caring, gracious, consistent, humble, and endearing spirit. When I am with Matt, my heart melts as I watch him take care of those around him, even down to always opening doors for me. I am growing more in love with Matt every day, and I am so grateful to God that I get to marry him!
God is so good—I don’t know where I would be if it were not for this message of Truth, where I learned how to be under God’s authority. Now, I am no longer depressed and I no longer have a desire to bite my nails with anxiety. But even better, I now have an amazing, daily, growing relationship with God. He has done so much for me and my family. I am eternally grateful for Matthew, as we now get to grow closer to God together! I love how we get to serve together in various ministries—decorating, baking, delivering food, setting up for gatherings, reaching out to out-of-towners, or even doing dishes after fellowship meals...we definitely have a lot of fun together!
The day that Matthew got down on bended knee and asked, “Will you marry me?” I was overjoyed and so grateful to God to be able to say “Yes!” to my best friend and the man I love. It was an answered prayer and a huge blessing. I am so extremely thankful and excited to start this marriage with Matthew because I know that he will put God first in everything!