Stories

Stories

Jesus heals. Jesus loves. Jesus is legit.

 

Rodrigue

They’ve become my family and are now a part of my life. I grew up Catholic, but I did not know much about God. I didn’t know if God knew me or cared about me, which made me indifferent. It made me wonder if church really matters in life, so I turned away from God. Since I was a troublemaker growing up, I escaped death many times. During those times, though, I felt that something bigger was in control of…

Naomi

For most of 2017, this line from a song defined my life: I’m smiling in everyone’s face, I’m crying whenever they leave the room. In November of 2016, I began to experience shortness of breath and throbbing pain surrounding my heart. Doctors wouldn’t figure out what it was until the following April. You know when people say, “my heart hurts?” Well, my heart was literally hurting. But God was calling me to a season of putting my own physical pain…

The Yangs

We are the proud parents of four energetic, fun-loving little boys. Parenthood can be difficult, even at the best of times, and we are so thankful to be with a community of believers at Sower Church. We have peers in the same stage of life that can mutually encourage and laugh (or cry) with us about the craziness, fullness and busyness of life with small children. There are families with older children who have gone before us that can offer…

Barrios

Teach us to number our days, that we may gain a heart of wisdom. Psalm 90:12  We are international students from Columbia, Renys is pursuing a Ph.D in Civil Engineering and Yenis happily stays at home with our two kids: Joshua and Victoria. We love our kids and we prayed to the Lord to have another. So, we were excited when we discovered that Yenis was pregnant last September. We shared the good news with family and friends. But three months…

Cindy

Around September of 2017, I reached a point where I felt spiritually burned out. Everything I had experienced or seen in the last few years – doubt, disappointment, hurt, friends slowly fading out of my life as if our friendship didn’t matter, my parents struggling financially, feeling unworthy – just sort of culminated. I was simply tired. I looked for ways to sever ties and move away or find a new church for a fresh start. Just when I thought…

The Acunas

Three and a half years ago, we came to Lincoln to start a training process at the university. The change was naturally quite strong for our small family; however, God continued to bless us greatly with a new member in our home and promise of hope for the rest of our lives.  We are sure that our Lord set up everything so that we would meet the people of Sower Church and have the opportunity to get closer to Him…

Ashley

This year God has been calling me to a deeper relationship with Him. I think for a lot of years, my initial reaction has been to run from God and try to figure things out on my own. But He has really taken ahold of me this year. I feel like His hands are on my face and He’s looking into my eyes. He’s saying, “I’m here. Stop running.” There are times when I question God: “What is your purpose…

Fathia

Before I got saved, I was Muslim. I grew up with my mother and two older sisters. My mother raised us as a single parent living in a foreign country, so it was really hard for her. She felt wronged and took out all of her anger on us. I really loved her, but as I became aware of how much she was hurting me and my sisters, the love I had for her was covered with frustration. I sometimes…

Sarah

How can I tell about what God is doing in my life? It’s so big, so all-encompassing. Yet, how can I not tell about what He is doing? He’s becoming part of who I am. He’s becoming real to me. He talks to me when I feel sad or rejected and counsels me when I’m believing lies. He sends me people to change my day when I’m failing on my own.  He has given me amazing relationships. People who love…

Zach & Kristin

“And now these three remain: faith, hope and love. But the greatest of these is love.” – 1 Corinthians 13:13 When we think of this verse, it reminds us of what sustained our relationship for so long: the hope that one day we would become one unit under God. Although we met in high school, it was church that helped forge the bond we had for so long before we were married. Sower Church has been a tremendous blessing for…

Jason & Claire

We moved to Lincoln just over a year ago, wanting to get plugged into a church quickly, but also wanting to ensure it was the place God wanted us to be. We decided to try Sower Church. There were three things that stuck out to us at our first service: 1) The diversity. Sower Church is a church that exemplifies Revelation 7:9. “…there before me was a great multitude that no one could count, from every nation, tribe, people, and…

Kaiston

Most of my life I have been blessed and surrounded by amazing people. I grew up in Lubbock, Texas in a loving Christian family. I went to church on Sundays and Wednesdays along with my family and friends. My senior year of high school, I was given the opportunity to move to Seward, Nebraska to play college football at the University of Concordia. I decided to take this opportunity and started my freshman year of college in August of 2018.…

Jemimah

When I moved to Lincoln, I identified as a Christian but I was in a VERY bad place. My whole life was a “do what you feel” kind of life. It was very selfish and self-centered. As much as I sang and said God was the center of my life, I never really desired Him. Before I moved, I remember asking God for a church I could consider family, a place where I could be involved and serve, and a…

Josh & Savanah

After I graduated from Concordia University in May 2017, I felt called to live in Lincoln so I could be near my then fiance, Savanah. It was hard. I had nowhere to live, no job prospects and all I knew was that I wanted to be close to her. It was incredible how when I followed God’s prompting to be near her, He opened doors of incredible opportunity. A member of Sower Church and his family invited me to move…

Del

I need Him more than ever before. At Candlewood, what is so uplifting to me is that Christ is truly front and center in everything. The leadership and congregation are focused on knowing and following Jesus, being changed by Jesus, and committing themselves to HIS mission. As I’ve come to understand it, that is what discipleship is all about. Several years ago in Omaha I heard an Iron Sharpens Iron Conference speaker talk about “Getting and Spreading the DNA of…