Because Your Story Matters. Everyone has a story to tell. But a story life-change is created when God interrupts and transforms a life.
I showed up at Mountain Park on the very morning that Greg Battle was announcing that the church would be soon leaving on their yearly mission trip to Honduras. I had always felt called to missions however was held back by many things in life, some my own, some placed on me by others. On this day I decided it was time. I signed up to go. Little did I know how my life would change. The day of the trip came and I was terrified but determined. I didnt know anyone going, I was quiet and reserved, with challenging personal issues oftentimes rising to the surface as I faced uncertainties both on the trip and in my own life. Based on my past failures how could God use me? I didnt feel worthy to be there or be with this group of wonderful people who obviously loved God and had no other problems in life.
BUT SOMEHOW I KNEW I WAS MEANT TO BE THERE.
What I would learn on this trip and what God has done since then is a testimony of his love, compassion, and kindness toward us. I not only met other wonderful believers who listened to my story and treated me with kindness and compassion, I found that others too had struggles in life. Instead of keeping everything in and pretending that everything was fine they chose to talk about it and seek advice from others who did not judge harshly or cast them out but rather came alongside them and walked with them through their times of trouble. God showed me his incredible love through each of them. - Susie Butler-Ching
Each Sunday we go to church and I think I don't want to go. But every single Sunday my Mom and Dad come to get me from class and I never want to leave." - Kolton, 8 years old
When Neal and I first got married we started out at Mountain Park Church. We absolutely loved the way the message was shared every week. However, despite that, we did not feel connected to the church body. Looking back and reflecting, we were lost and did not know what we needed or where to turn at that time.
Our friends went to another church so we thought we would try it. The kids enjoyed the youth program but we still felt like we were missing something.
We made a decision that we wanted find our 'Church Home.' We took a second chance at Mountain Park. It feels like God's timing allowed us to find a place to belong as a FAMILY.
WE ARE HAPPY TO SAY WE HAVE FOUND OUR 'HOME.'
Kolton, our 8 year old family critic, absolutely loves Entourage and Sunday mornings. He heads into the kids ministry space ready to spend time with the staff and volunteers, especially the high school boys in the room. Kolton looks up to and admires Gordan, especially.
I'm not saying our boys don't still give us a run for our money some Sunday mornings (boys will be boys. I guess.) However, even though Kolton may give us a little bit of a difficult time some days, by the time we go and try and get him out of class he never wants to leave.
Our entire family looks forward to continually growing together as a part of the Mountain Park community." - Kinsey, Neal, Kolton and Kade Kendrick
In the spring of 2016, I met an amazing family (who attend Mountain Park) when I began dating my girlfriend, Amanda. One Sunday I tagged along with them to a service at MPC. I wasn't really a believer, but I did call myself a Christian. On that Sunday I begin to really FEEL a connection to God. It was amazing; And with Amanda witnessing to me, I knew it was time to get my faith really started.
When school started again in the fall, I joined in with the High School Student Union group. That was a big step in helping me grow in my faith. My group leader, Jesse, really became my spiritual mentor. My experiences in SU small group that Fall changed me and that is when I truly considered myself saved.
AFTER SU'S WINTER CAMP, I MADE THE AMAZING DECISION TO BE BAPTIZED.
I felt ready to openly declare myself a follower of Christ. I even got involved with volunteering at the in the children's ministry!
My family isn't really one of faith, and Mountain Park, the Adkins family and my church group has really helped me have courage to start to try to witness to others. It's been a great journey and I'm grateful for the people in Student Union who have walked it out alongside of me.