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An Atheist Finds a "Better Life"
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As far as we knew there was nothing unusual about Better Life’s visit to the Roseburg Seventh-day Adventist Church one Sabbath a few weeks ago. In fact, about every three weeks our team travels to one of the local churches in our viewing area to record the worship service for later airing on Better Life. But what we didn’t know was that God had something special planned for us that day.
As the worship service began, Ron and Marta Davis, Better Life station managers, stood in front of the congregation to briefly share some of the news of what was happening at the ministry. As part of their presentation Marta read a viewer letter that we had received just a short time before. In part it said, “I am writing to say that I’m very grateful you’re still broadcasting in analog, I don’t have a digital TV, so I’m left with two channels. Better Life comes in very clearly, but the other does not—and that’s good, since it has led me to renew my love and relationship with God after 30 years of hating (yes hating!) Him.”
In the audience Kris Niedbalski sat listening as Marta read the letter. The words sounded oddly familar and then it hit him- “that’s my letter!”
This was Kris’ first Sabbath visiting the Roseburg Seventh-day Adventist Church, he had tried to come the week before but things had just not worked out. Now as he sat listening to his own testimony being read he was moved to tears.
Kris’ story actually begins years before when as a young man he turned atheist and sank into substance abuse. For years he had lived a godless life but it only led to hopelessness and despair. After a time he found himself living in a trailer behind his work place with the TV as his only friend. But he was even losing that as channel after channel converted over to digital. A painful physical condition only added to his discomfort. Kris says, “I couldn’t work effectively and I couldn’t sleep and that made my abrasive personality even worse. Finally, after another sleepless night, and another warning from my employer, I found myself cursing God for my life and pain. Then I thought, ‘If I’m cursing God, I must believe in Him.’”
Kris found himself drawn to the programming on Better Life. He says, “Since their signal was better, I started watching Better Life more often. As soon as I’d think of another reason to hate God, it seemed like the very next sermon would be about that subject and I’d see my error!
“Then came the sermon that impressed me with the fact that God cares so much for us that He weeps with us when we’re hurt by others, and for us when we do wrong! That was the final straw—the thought of God weeping for me made me so sad that I prayed and asked for His forgiveness.
“When God moved into my life I couldn’t continue with my addictions,” Kris says, “so that very day I gave up smoking pot, my occasional alcohol use, and my caffeine addiction. Not gradually, either. I gave them up overnight.”
The more Kris watched Better Life and studied his Bible the more changes came to his life. “I’d been watching Better Life for just three months when my employer took me aside. But this time it wasn’t to reprimand me again. Instead, he’d noticed a change in my attitude and wanted to give me a raise—the first one since 2002! My financial situation hasn’t changed—except for the fact that since I’ve started tithing, I haven’t run out of money! I can even support Better Life and the Discover Bible studies project at my church. Although I don’t have a car right now, I’ve made a lot of friends who are always reminding me that they’re only too happy to give me rides to church.”
And so that’s how Kris found himself at the Roseburg Seventh-day Adventist Church for the first time that fateful day. As Marta finished reading his letter, Kris recognized the hand of God. “It was like a very personal message from God saying, ‘You’re in the right place, Kris; you’re doing the right thing. And it’s about time!’”
Kris was later baptized in that same church and has been warmly welcomed into his new church home.
Better Life is so thankful for supporters like you who help keep the Good News beaming out to souls like Kris. Praise the Lord!
You can view a portion of Kris' baptism HERE.