Saturday, October 20, 2018.
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I want to begin by thanking God and my parents for the opportunity to have a testimony. My mom found Weigh Down in 2008 and joined the church in 2010 when I was 14 years old. She brought my brothers and I with her to Feast of Harvest that year and I could not believe the incredible, welcoming youth I met! It was so different from anything I had experienced. I made friends that weekend that are still my best friends today! After we got home that year, I told my mom that I wanted to join the church so I could be a part of this amazing place!
Unfortunately, as I grew older I allowed my focus to wander off of God first and on to things of the world. I lost the excitement and connection to God I had felt in the beginning. Then in the early summer of 2016, God orchestrated several events that brought me to my knees, and back to focusing on Him alone! Even though it was difficult at the time, I praise Him for loving me enough to do whatever was needed to show me how far I had strayed in my heart and for revealing things I had put before Him.
"As we continued to get to know each other, we made it a priority to grow in our relationship with God as individuals and as a couple." - Tristan
It was in just a few weeks after I repented that my good friend, Austin Mendl, suggested I ask Hannah to attend a dance class with me. Even though God blocked that meeting, He gave me another opportunity to meet Hannah. Austin persisted with our meeting and introduced Hannah and me at the Feast of Harvest that year. I was immediately struck by her sweet, gentle heart and her loving nature.
As we continued to get to know each other, we made it a priority to grow in our relationship with God as individuals and as a couple. One of the things we most enjoy is to read either the "History of the Love of God" or the "God-Fearing Families" books together. Those resources by Gwen Shamblin Lara have helped us to keep our relationship focused on Him, and He has allowed our love to grow with each passing day.
After much prayer and with the blessing from my parents and Ms. Tracy Voorhis, I decided to propose to Hannah on Christmas Eve 2017 at the family Christmas party. I knew it was important to us both that we be surrounded by those who love and support us the most for such a memorable event. God showed me how completely He cares about every little detail and even had the help of Hannah’s grandmother, Jan Voorhis, come up with the perfect idea at the last minute—I ended up on one knee in front of Hannah while we were completely surrounded by our loved ones. We would not have had it any other way!
I know Hannah and I are completely grateful to our families for stepping out and joining Remnant Fellowship, to our selfless leadership and Gwen Shamblin Lara for providing a place where we are taught to put God first and then watch Him bless us beyond our wildest dreams. But most of all, we are grateful to God for everything He has done to guide our lives and for bringing us to this moment! We are so full of hope for our future, and we know He will be there with us as long as we continue to put Him first!
In the summer of 2002, my amazing Grandparents, Al and Jan Voorhis made the bold decision to step out of mainstream Christianity despite much persecution from family, friends, and their previous church. This allowed the beginning of a journey that my mother decided to take with my four siblings and me, joining Remnant Fellowship Church alongside our grandparents while living in Riverside, Michigan. Our entire family soon moved down to Tennessee to be closer to home location of the church. I was about 7 years old at the time, and am so grateful that I have had the privilege to grow up in these teachings and so many amazing friends.
I have always known it is the truth based on the fruit that I’ve seen from the lives around me. However, I did not make the choice to put what I learned we into practice until the year of 2015. I had gone through life half-heartedly listening to the messages, and feeling truly empty as a result. It was definitely an example of the man who looks in a mirror, then goes away and forgets what he looks like (James 1:24). I spiraled through a self-focused depression and would attempt to fill up on relationships, TV, and anything that could keep me distracted from looking inward to change. This did not work. Finally, I came to a breaking point in 2015 where I hit my rock bottom and cried out to God for help. With the help of my amazing mother and grandparents, my dear friends at Remnant Fellowship, and most of all God Almighty, I was pulled out of this dark depression and began to see the light of hope that I could change for the better. I made the choice to seek God rather than the things of the world to fill me up.
"Tristan is the man of my dreams, and as I fall more in love with God everyday, I continue to love Tristan more and more." - Hannah
Immediately I began to see fruit in my life, and was able to let go of things of my past and truly focus on a real relationship with our God Almighty. More and more I could see clearly what was in my heart that had kept me from realizing the full truth of the messages that we are taught in this Church. My relationship with God grew immensely and I have not regressed back into any sort of depression since!
The following year, during the Fall of 2016, I began wanting a relationship with someone and immediately went to God with this desire. I sincerely prayed for HIS will to be done and for the patience for His perfect timing, quickly making the decision not to grab for any relationship on this earth, and continue looking only to God and inward at my own heart. The perfect saying about relationships from Ms Gwen, “In order to find the right person, you must be the right person,” played through my head over and over.
Truly miraculously, not even two hours after I had prayed this prayer, my sweet Tristan came walking towards me at a gathering during the Feast of Harvest and the rest is history! We began a dating relationship after seeking guidance from our parents, and as I got to know Tristan I found that his heart is truly for God and His kingdom. Every small detail that I could have wanted in a man was granted. Above all, a heart for God and a desire to serve His kingdom forever, together. Tristan is the man of my dreams, and as I fall more in love with God everyday, I continue to love Tristan more and more! I find that our relationship is just one small instance of proof of how quickly God can move if He wills it.
On December 24, 2017, just over a year since our very first conversation, Tristan asked me to be his wife forever. I of course leapt into his arms with a resounding, “YES!” as I had already known for months that THIS is the man that I want to spend the rest of my days serving God with.