Growing up in a Seventh-day Adventist home doesn’t always guarantee we will become Christians, but it certainly helps, and we are very thankful for having that opportunity.

It was our grandparents, Merle and Ida Lehman, who were instrumental in helping my sister Jennifer and myself enroll at Dakota Adventist Academy for high school, and it was while attending that we first met Jesus and accepted Him as our Lord and Savior.

However, life gets busy and after academy we found ourselves more preoccupied with living and less with Jesus. Thank God for His patience with us!
Three years ago our mother, Karen Rorich, was involved in a serious motorcycle accident which led her to reach out to God more than before. During the recovery process she was unable to work and she began Bible studies with Pastor Christian Ronalds.

While Mom, Jennifer and I had all accepted Jesus as our personal Savior before, we had allowed ourselves to become consumed with worldly obligations. Now we were meeting on a weekly basis for Bible study and we could feel that we were growing closer to the Lord, and He was at work in our lives.

God used a tragedy to bring our family closer to Him and to each other. He has a way of turning tragedies into triumphs when we trust Him. Now we are also sharing the same hopes and aspirations with our children so they will also learn to follow the Lord.

We feel very fortunate to be a part of such an amazing church family. The Lord’s movement in our hearts brought forth our decisions to be baptized and to devote our lives to serve Him. We are so blessed to become a part of something much bigger than ourselves—His kingdom.

Jaime Johnson is a newly baptized member of the Red River Church in Fargo, North Dakota.