Advocates for the Evidence since 1992

Sustaining Faith

Testimony of My Faith

You don’t have to be an expert to know that this world is full of troubles and problems. My life has been no exception. In addition to a demanding profession, I have three special-needs children, now adults. Two are adopted. Their biological mother was a drug user and an alcoholic when she was pregnant with them. After she went to prison, they went into foster care where they were physically and emotionally abused by a misfit foster mother.

When they were ages 9 and 11, my wife and I became foster parents for these children. First my son came into our home, and then a little later he was joined by his sister. Each of them brought with them with tons of emotional hurts and scars. In order to give them a sense of family, belonging and heritage, we adopted them. Shortly after the adoption was final, their biological mother was murdered–stabbed through the heart by her boyfriend who was drunk and angry.

Two years later, my beloved wife of 21 years left the kids and me to search for a new life, and eventually filed for divorce. Needless to say, I was devastated, but I had three kids who depended on me, and I had to go on.

The next turn of events was a phone call telling me that my 16 year-old biological son had been in a car accident. He suffered a broken back in three places, a fractured femur and worst of all a traumatic brain injury. Four doctors prepared us to be ready for his death, since his injuries were so severe that survival and recovery were not deemed possible.

Sometimes it seems that life is going to crush us. So it was in my case. But that hasn’t happened. I am still here and still functioning, still have a happy heart and hopefully, still make a difference in the lives of others. And, it is because of one factor, and one factor alone. My faith in God and a God who is worthy of my faith. Psalms 28:7 describes it in these words: “The LORD is my strength and my shield; my heart trusts in him, and I am helped: therefore my heart greatly rejoices; and with my song will I praise him.

Through all the trials of life, He has sustained me. For the past twelve years He has given me the strength to be both mother and father to three needy children. He heard the cries of my heart for my dying son, and I watched as a miracle occurred. To the amazement of the medical professionals, he didn’t die. He came out of the coma while still in intensive care, and was transferred to a rehabilitation hospital where it was estimated that he would spend 6-9 months.

When we took him to the rehab hospital, he was like a huge infant. He couldn’t walk, talk or even eat. He just laid there. I couldn’t leave him, and so for the entire time he was in the hospital, my business was conducted from there also. As thousands of prayers ascended for my son, I watched as those prayers were answered. A mere six weeks after he was taken to the rehab hospital, he was discharged and walked out under his own power.

Two years later, he went back to high school and finished the year with all C’s or better. He got his driver’s license back (this is very difficult to do after a brain injury) and commuted to Santa Rosa Junior College where he took classes for and passed his GED test. He now works at a local hospital in the purchasing department where he is in charge of receiving and routing everything that comes in to the hospital. He also does modeling on the side for corporate advertising. They call this a miracle.

Because of these life experiences, I know the truth of these words from Isaiah 40:31 that so aptly describe the God in whom I trust: “He gives power to the faint, and to those who have no might, he increases strength. Even the youths shall faint and be weary, and the young men shall utterly fall: but they that wait upon the Lord shall renew their strength; they shall mount up with wings as eagles; they shall run, and not be weary; and they shall walk, and not faint.

If you have a need in your life, whether it is small or so big that only God can deal with it, I invite you to turn to Him. He is always there.

For spiritual encouragement please visit: www.SabbathFellowship.org. This is my church’s website and it contains material that I have compiled on finding strength through a relationship with Jesus. The material can be downloaded from the homepage.

May God sustain you and bless you.

Gregg Stutchman