Shirley Johnson - Dunkerton, IA

Shirley Johnson - Dunkerton, IA

I was baptized as a baby and confirmed as a teenager and went to church every Sunday. When I took communion I thought all my sins were forgiven.

I took my children to Children's Sunday School Meetings in the little town of Dewar, IA and remember thinking, I've got what they have when they talked about being saved.

When my daughter was five, she ran out in front of a car and was killed. When people came to the visitation at the funeral home they told me she was in heaven and I wondered if this could be true?

Then there were tent meetings in Dunkerton and I thought I was okay, because I knew I was a sinner, but I didn't know I was lost.

One day when I was driving to work, the thought came to me, if I've made a mistake and end up in hell, no one will care and it will be my fault.

The next day, Sunday, I was sitting on my davenport reading my Bible trying to get saved. I was so lost and couldn't figure it out and finally said, "Lord, if you want me, you'll have to come and get me". I laid my Bible down and laid down to take a nap. My doorbell rang and I went to the door and there stood two of the Lord's servants. I said, "How did you two men know I wanted to get saved?" They came in and sat down and told me to open my Bible to Ephesians 2 verses 8 and 9. I read, "For by Grace are ye saved through faith and that not of yourself, it is the gift of God. Not of works, lest any man should boast."

I said, "Oh, God doesn't even care that I was baptized and confirmed. It's what His Son did for me on the cross." Then I could see Jesus hanging on the cross and saying, "It is Finished." I knew then that's where my sins were paid for. I was saved July 23, 1972.