A woman who gave her life to Christ after struggling with crack cocaine addiction is crediting a Canadian church for keeping its doors open despite local COVID-19 regulations.
Trinity Bible Chapel in Ontario, Canada may have incurred over $100,000 in feeds for violating the Reopening Ontario Act and the Emergency Management and Civil Protection Act, but according to Jennifer Scott, they also rescued her.
“I know for a fact that I would be dead right now if God had not used this church in my life,” she said in a testimony posted to Twitter with the hashtag #OpenYourChurch that has since gone viral, as The Christian Post reported.
"None of these things would have happened if Trinity closed it's doors and was solely online…I'd be dead right now if God had not used this church in my life."
— Trinity Bible Chapel (@TBCWR) January 11, 2022
“Before Christ, I was a very angry person, and filled with fear, doubt and self-pity. I was constantly seeking avenues of filling the hole in me that only Jesus could fill,” she says, according to The Daily Wire. “It began with marijuana and ended with smoking crack cocaine and intravenous drug use. I was a slave to darkness.”
Scott was invited to a prayer group at Trinity by her son, where she asked for prayer to help stop using drugs. She then began regularly attending services led by Pastor Jacob Reaume.
“I left a comment on one of Pastor Jacob’s sermons on YouTube. Pastor Jacob took the time to find out who I was and tracked me down and called me to pray for me to encourage me to keep coming to church. I did,” she explained.
Not long after the congregation began to pray for her, she was offered a place at a sober living house and kept attending services.
“I’ve been clean and sober now for over seven months, moved into my own apartment and the Body of Christ here at Trinity has helped me with [furnishings] and other blessings,” she says. “None of these things would have happened if Trinity closed its doors and was solely online. I know for a fact that I would be dead right now if God had not used this church in my life.”
“The Gospel is the good news that we have salvation through Jesus Christ,” Scott said. “God came down in the form of a sinless man, Jesus, and poured out His wrath onto Him, that He might spare us eternity in hell; if only we believe that He is the Son of God — the King of Kings, Lord of Lords, and the Truth, the Way, and the Life.”
It is to share this Good News that Reaume says the church opted to defy local orders and remain open despite the hefty fines.
“Jesus is worth it,” he said at the time, explaining that worship services “are not ours to give up.”
“They belong to Jesus. He purchased His worship with the price of His own blood,” he explained. “Not only do we rejoice that our extravagant worship services have given us the opportunity to lead many people to Jesus, as it seems we learn of new people every week who have been saved during this time of persecution, but also now our extravagant worship services have furnished the opportunity to bear witness to the worthiness of Christ before the Superior Court of Ontario.”
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