My personal Testimony– Kade Bloom
I grew up in a family with 11 brothers and siblings on an 8 acre farm in Gainesville,GA. My parents homeschooled all of us and raised us up in the admonition and fear of the LORD. They were both saved and so I was raised in a family where the Bible was read and talked about. Where the Gospel was clearly explained, and Heaven and Hell were understood. I grew up knowing about God, about Heaven and Hell, and about the Bible.
I knew all of this yet, I was a filthy, rotten, sinner on my way to Hell and deserving every bit of it. When I was around 12 years old, I decided that I did not want to go to Hell, I wanted to go to Heaven. So, I prayed the sinner’s prayer and told myself that since I was now a “Christian”, I needed to stop sinning. I was determined to stop sinning, yet at the end of the very first week after I prayed, I had sinned just as much as before. I was frustrated and disappointed with myself, but figured that I must just try harder. So, I did, but I still got the same results.
Time went on and I continued to sin. There was a day I remember when I was somewhere around 13 or 14 that I came to a point where I was totally broken. I had tried my hardest to stop sinning and live like the “Christian” that I said I was, but I was still in bondage to sin. I remember crying out to God and asking Him to free me from sin, to help me stop sinning. At that point I realized that I could not stop sinning on my own, I needed something else.
I was not saved at this period of my life. I was trusting in the act of me praying a certain “prayer” to be saved. In fact, over the course of those years I tried praying the same prayer over again just incase I hadn’t said it right the first time. It was a scary time in my life because I was unsure whether I was going to Heaven or not. I was just hoping that I had said everything right and sincere when I prayed and just figured that I would find out when the time came. (What a scary and shallow hope!)
Time passed and I was now somewhere around 15 or 16. I don’t exactly remember how old I was, but it was somewhere right in that area. I was working and listening to Michael Pearl preach the book of Hebrews. He was talking about Jesus offering Himself up as one sacrifice for sins Forever.
Hebrews 10:12 (KJV) But this man, after he had offered one sacrifice for sins for ever, sat down on the right hand of God; He was saying how salvation is not based in anything we have done or could ever do. It is 100% based in what Jesus has done for us. Jesus Christ Himself paid the penalty for our sins by dying in our place. 1 Peter 3:18 (KJV) For Christ also hath once suffered for sins, the just for the unjust, that he might bring us to God, being put to death in the flesh, but quickened by the Spirit: Jesus Christ obtained eternal redemption for us by his blood!Hebrews 9:12 (KJV) Neither by the blood of goats and calves, but by his own blood he entered in once into the holy place, having obtained eternal redemption for us.
The blood that Jesus shed is good enough to pay for the sins of the whole world. This is gift of Righteousness, eternal life, and salvation that he holds out to us! All we have to do is reach out and take it!
Oh, what a joy! What a burden rolling off me! I turned to Jesus, believed God’s Word, and was given the Righteousness of God. What’s more, He gave me freedom from sin! I was no longer bound to sinning, but indeed dead unto sin and alive unto God! Romans 6:11 (KJV) Likewise reckon ye also yourselves to be dead indeed unto sin, but alive unto God through Jesus Christ our Lord.
Romans 6:6-7 (KJV) Knowing this, that our old man is crucified with him, that the body of sin might be destroyed, that henceforth we should not serve sin. For he that is dead is freed from sin.
1 Peter 2:24 (KJV) Who his own self bare our sins in his own body on the tree, that we, being dead to sins, should live unto righteousness: by whose stripes ye were healed.
I could now be freed from sinning and live righteously!
What an amazing transaction! Jesus took and bore the penalty for All my sins and gives me at No cost the perfect Righteousness of God that HE earned.
By his life and by overcoming as a man, He was the only man in the history of the world to earn and deserve to go to heaven. He offers me the perfect righteousness that He earned, if I will but turn to Him and believe that what He says is indeed true.
I have, and my salvation is based in that Jesus died to pay for my sins and has given me His perfect Righteousness in exchange for my sins. The perfect blood that Jesus shed has paid for and washed away all my sins past, present, and future.
So, I now have full peace, assurance, and confidence in my salvation because it is Not based in me or in anything that I have done, but it is based in the blood that Jesus shed and, in the death that He died in my place. My faith is in Jesus Christ alone! I now have a very sure hope of eternal life and I can’t wait to meet my savior in clouds when he comes to take His bride home. Praise the LORD!
My Journey to Ukraine– Kade Bloom
I graduated high school not long after I turned 18 in the Spring of 2018. That whole summer I traveled around metro Atlanta leading crews on overnight Target remodels for my Dad’s company: Prime Retail Services. After those projects finished, I started working on setting up and starting my own Handyman company: Rise&Grind Handyman Services.
Ben Sargent, Ashville NC, & Onward for Christ
In October of 2018, while still working on starting the handyman company, I went up to Ashville, NC and visited a guy named Ben Sargent. We went out on a Saturday, knocking doors, passing out tracts, and talking with people about Jesus. We spent the morning witnessing in a big apartment complex and then that night in downtown Ashville. (Which was a brand-new experience for me having never done anything like that before, and especially having never been downtown in a city like Ashville after dark on a Saturday night!) It was great and I loved it! (Definitely NOT the city, but the witnessing) God used Ben to motivate me to start going out and evangelizing in my own community! Ben’s desire is to motivate and challenge young men to be soulwinners in their own communities across America. His vision is to have a team of at least two guys in every state who faithfully go out evangelizing on a regular basis. He has created a website called Onward For Christ so he can connect with guys all over America to encourage them in evangelism! So, if you would like more information, follow the above link to his website and contact him directly! Anyways, back to my story.
Jonathan Ross, Handyman Business, and Basketball
When I got back from NC I was motivated and exited to start going witnessing right here in Gainesville, GA! I prayed and asked God that He would give me a partner who would go out soulwinning with me, and he did! A friend of mine, Jonathan Ross, heard that I wanted to start going out witnessing jumped in right along side of me! We went out about once or twice a-month over the Winter. We had a lot of good conversations, we were able to knock over 1,000 doors, and give out well over 1,000 Gospel tracts! Over the Winter months I also was busy getting the Handyman business off the ground and making a website for it; as well as playing on a Christian Highschool basketball team with my brothers.
Ukraine, Carpathian Mountain Outreach, ETO
In June of 2019 I went on a month-long missions trip to the country of Ukraine. The missions trip was called Carpathian Mountain Outreach “CMO” for short. CMO is hosted by an organization called Euro Team Outreach (ETO). ETO was started by two missionaries in Lviv, Ukraine named Joshua Steele and Nathan Day. It was great! There were three main ministry outreaches that we did while we were there.
1. We showed the film “ Courageous ” in 5 villages, and afterwards preached the Gospel
2. We did street preaching and took Bible surveys in downtown Lviv
3. We went to nearby cities and passed out 94,000 total tracts and invitations for their Bible correspondence course called Bible First
Click here to see the full recap of CMO 2019.
Before I went to Ukraine for CMO I had begun asking God for direction in my life and for Him to show me the path that He wanted me to take. By this point I had started and was running the handyman business and it was doing great. My initial plan after starting Rise&Grind Handyman Services was that I was going to run the business and go witnessing right there in my community. But as time continued I had more and more a desire to spend all of time sharing the Gospel. I wanted to spend as much time of this short life on earth telling people the Gospel as possible. Yet, I knew that if I was running a business I would be working full time. Additionally, I was at a point in my life where I could take any direction. I didn’t have anything tying me down or keeping me in the States. Yes, I had the handyman business, but I could sell or stop it at any moment. So I headed to Ukraine with all that going on in my mind, still praying and seeking God’s direction.
Throughout my time in Ukraine, I began to see that here was a great open door in front of me, and maybe this was the direction that God wanted me to take. Here were two missionaries that had both been here for over 15 years, that I could come to Ukraine and work along side of. I could come over, start learning the language, help out wherever I could, and get experience in missions hands-on.
Right in the middle of the trip I called my parents and asked them to pray about it and see what they thought. After praying about it for a week or two, they told me that they thought it was a good next step to take. Them being in support of the direction that I believed God wanted me to take was very impactful on my decision because they are wise and have great godly counsel. Proverbs 11:14 (KJV) Says: Where no counsel is, the people fall: but in the multitude of counsellers there is safety.
I wanted to be sure that I sought godly counsel, and if all the counsel was the same, then there was safety in that decision.
I am God’s servant, telling His great message. Where He wants me to go, that’s where I’ll be. If it is in Ukraine for the rest of my life, then I’ll gladly stay there. If it is to come back to the States or go to some other country, then I will happily do that as well. I just love my Savior and want to tell as many people as possible about Him. Wherever He directs me to do that at does not matter to me. I will follow His direction. Praise, Glory, and Honor be to our lord and Savior Jesus Christ!
– Kade Bloom