Mrs. Jenny Wood
I was raised in a Christian home. My father was a pastor in a small Baptist church in Burlington, Iowa. My parents taught me the Bible from a young age and I often heard my dad preach about salvation. I prayed prayers many times as a very young child and I was baptized when I was 6 years old. When I was 11 I came to a deeper understanding of my own need for salvation and what it meant to be a sinner. I don’t know when I was truly saved, but I know after that point I did not struggle with doubts about my salvation any longer. Looking back, I see God’s hand in my life leading me to a deeper understanding of His love and my need for Him. In high school I felt called to missions or some kind of full time ministry, and so I went to Faith Baptist Bible College and got a degree in Secondary English Education with the intention to use it on the mission field. I met my husband at Faith and though we were both open to missions we did not have direction about where to go. We got involved in the international student ministry at our church, and later the high school and college ministry. We have enjoyed being able to serve our church and the community through these various ministries.
As I’ve grown as a Christian, I’ve seen the Gospel in a new light. As a child and young adult I saw the Gospel as something that you learn to get saved. As an adult I’ve realized that the Gospel impacts us every day. It shows us who we are and how we are to love each other. The simple message that Christ came as a baby, fully God and fully man, lived a sinless life, sacrificed himself and then rose to give us life, has a profound effect on every aspect of our lives. I’m thankful for God’s hand in my life, leading me even when I don’t want to be led, and giving me blessings I didn’t have the faith to ask for.