Sunday, May 21, 2023
Wedding begins at 5:00pm Central Time
Remnant Fellowship Church
1230 Franklin Rd.
Brentwood, TN 37027
Plum Purple, Wisteria Purple, Ivory, and Champagne
It’s been a long and convoluted journey to reach this wonderful place that I am so blessed to call my church. I’ve moved from several different countries during my lifetime, and ended up in Franklin, Tennessee, seven years ago. At that time, I had never heard of Remnant Fellowship. However, I happened to be working with a few of the church members, and although I didn’t know why at the time, I remember them being so incredibly happy, humble, and righteous. Those characteristics made them stand out in my mind. I would eventually call these individuals my brothers and sisters in Christ, but at that time, I wasn’t ready to change yet. However, God allowed me to keep those examples in my heart of His people who were truly living out His will.
In the spring of 2021, I made every single bad decision that I could and was on a very destructive emotional, spiritual, and physical path. Desperate for answers, I left on a motorcycle trip alone in pursuit of a new life. On this path, I found myself at the edge of a cliff, literally; I now know that God allowed me to crash the bike to truly wake my heart up. I was safe, thankfully, but I quickly realized that if the accident had happened just one mile before, I would have died. I finally realized I was totally lost in life and deeply in need of guidance. I had to humble myself and ask for help from every person that I could find in order to make my way back home, now a man ready to change.
My biggest praise to God is Alexandria, and I have no words to thank Him for such an amazing woman. Her loving and peaceful nature, the compassion that rules her heart, and the desire to follow the examples of those who came before her is astounding. I cannot wait to share my life with her and to grow our love for God together. - Cristhian
I found myself back in Franklin, and on my first day back to work, I saw an angel as I entered. Alexandria and I became friends instantly. She also was a member at Remnant Fellowship, and she was quick to talk about God and to show her devotion to Him. This made me curious — I had never seen someone my age so grounded in her beliefs, especially after all of my own had been shattered. I asked questions, and she answered them, making the friendship evolve from surface level, worldly subjects to a friendship based around God. It was around this time that the accident occurred that claimed the lives of seven Remnant Fellowship leaders. It was difficult to see someone so dear to me lose such amazing people who were so well-loved, examples of God-fearing men and women. As I tried to provide any comfort or encouragement possible during this time, I was able to grow closer to Alexandria and the other church members that I was friends with. However, every time I talked to them, I actually left feeling more encouraged myself. Despite losing such amazing friends, Alexandria and everyone else carried themselves with dignity and kindness and were incredible examples in handling their grief. I knew this was the life—and the person—that God had been preparing my heart for the entire time.
I came for my first visit to Remnant Fellowship, and then I continued to visit pretty much every week from that point on. I loved every minute of it. As someone who wasn’t really sure what I believed in at the time, never did I think that faith could have such an impact in my life. Growing kinder, more joyful, and peaceful by following Jesus’ example is all I want to do for the rest of my life. I decided to take the next step in growing closer to God and officially became a Christian, and I became a member of the church over a year ago. To add additional blessing on top of everything else, God also allowed love to grow between Alexandria and myself. My biggest praise to God is Alexandria, and I have no words to thank Him for such an amazing woman. Her loving and peaceful nature, the compassion that rules her heart, and the desire to follow the examples of those who came before her is astounding.
I am beyond excited to marry such an amazing person. I cannot wait to share my life with her and to grow our love for God together. I have so much hope for the rest of our lives as we continue to encourage each other and walk out this amazing life we are so blessed and grateful to have!
My mother learned about Remnant Fellowship in late 2009 after remembering Gwen from Weigh Down in the 90s. I was ten years old, but even at such a young age, when I heard Gwen speak, I could feel her passion for God and for His Kingdom. In 2012, my journey really began when we were able to visit the church in person, and I met people who were living out this love for God, and I started to form wonderful, deep friendships that have lasted until this day.
After every visit to Tennessee, I would return to Ohio charged up and encouraged, but then would begin to fall back into my old habits a day or so later. Deep in me was the desire to move to Tennessee so I could be around the encouragement of my church friends every day, but it was buried under a lot of pride. I was caught up in selfishness, and my ego and carelessness was harming dear friendships. Worse than that, I was damaging my relationship with my parents as I was not under authority and always thought I knew better than they did. My grades were falling, and I felt lonely. All this time, I was supposed to be a Christian, and so I put on a happy face, but inside I felt purposeless.
Cristhian is always laughing and brings joy wherever he goes, always putting everyone else around him before himself. I truly feel so blessed and undeserving to have a gentleman who personifies the Fruits of the Spirit as much as Cristhian. I cannot wait to marry the Prince Charming I have prayed for since childhood, and I know I will continue to grow more in love with God by Cristhian’s side. I am forever grateful to God for his resounding faithfulness and love.- Alexandria
God did not give up on me, though! I praise Him for His mercy when I cried out to Him one day, and He answered with a very humbling experience that made me realize how into myself I had become. All the faces of the beautiful, pure saints at Remnant came to mind, both here and in Heaven, and I knew they were cheering me on. I knew I needed to put the world and its desires aside, get under God’s authority line, and go all the way for God in my heart! It was time to be selfless and have humility.
I had an uphill battle for a while, but with the continued wisdom from my parents and from Gwen Lara, along with beautiful encouragement from Jessica Walters, I had the tools I needed to defeat lies and discouragement. After I gave my biggest heart’s desire over to God, He then granted a seven-year-long prayer and opened the door for me to move to Tennessee when I turned 18! Since moving here, I have learned more than I ever thought possible. I have discovered much deeper levels of love, more respect and honor toward my spiritual and earthly authorities, and more fun ways to serve the Kingdom! God has been so faithful the entire time with each learning experience and every moment of guidance. I feel incredibly undeserving and beyond blessed to have received His truth and answered prayers. I am so convicted and determined to go even further for God’s glory! I want to be an even better student and employee, an even better daughter, sister, and friend, and I want to be the best wife I can possibly be!
As a child, I grew up watching Disney almost daily, so you can imagine the big dreams that grew from these stories—the largest of which was to fall in love. This desire of mine became the area where I was tested the most. Going through college, God walked me through a lot of patience, watching many friends date and get married while I was still single, but this time of waiting was so genius of God! Throughout the waiting, I got to know Him more, and in turn, I got to know myself, learning countless lessons. This led to a lot of conviction, hard work, and change, and through this change, God ultimately led me to my future husband.
I met Cristhian almost two years ago at my job at a local restaurant. We became friends almost instantly, and he became the reason I was excited to go to work. I would sometimes even get there early just to see if we would get a few minutes to talk before the restaurant got busy. It wasn’t long before a sweet manager of ours noticed the spark...I have to give it to her, we love Corina! She always had our happiness as a priority in her heart and was the first one to strongly encourage us to get to know one another. I truly believe God placed Corina in our lives for this special reason.
Cristhian is the most amazing man I have ever met in my life. He has the most patient, tender, humble, loving heart, which was evident from the moment I first met him. I fell in love with Cristhian as I watched him fall in love with God. There hasn’t been a single time in our relationship when Cristhian was not gentle or full of love. His mother once told me that he has the most beautiful soul, and I could not agree more! He is steady and calm; I have never seen him angered. He is always laughing and brings joy wherever he goes, always putting everyone else around him before himself. I truly feel so blessed and undeserving to have a gentleman who personifies the Fruits of the Spirit as much as Cristhian. I am beyond spoiled with Cristhian, and he was worth every second of the wait I experienced before he entered my life. So of course, when he got down on one knee and asked me to be his bride, I said yes! May God have all the glory for this relationship and this love story that is straight out of a fairytale. I cannot wait to marry the Prince Charming I have prayed for since childhood, and I know I will continue to grow more in love with God by Cristhian’s side. I am forever grateful to God for his resounding faithfulness and love.