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Rosa Iacono

 

My illness was not a punishment from God.

Hello everybody, I’m Rosa I. I come from CattolicaEraclea (AG; Italy) and I really want to tell you how I met the Lord Jesus. I was born in a catholic family and I attended the Catholic church. In 1971 I moved to Germany with my parents and I got married in 1974. At the beginning of 1977, Gaspare S. invited my husband to an evangelical meeting, but I didn’t want to go, because I wasn’t interested in the Gospel. It was my husband which encouraged me to go. That night, it was talked about Jesus, who died for our sins and resurrected for our salvation. Those words touched my heart, I understood that Jesus had died and risen for me. We attended those meetings for a while, even if, for a short time, I also had contacts with the Jehovah’s witnesses. I didn’t like their way to introduce Jesus, not even their doctrines. I remembered Ephesians 4:14 “As a result, we aren’t supposed to be infants any longer who can be tossed and blown around by every wind that comes from teaching with deceitful scheming and the tricks people play to deliberately mislead others.” I made this verse my very own, and so I didn’t want to have any contact with the Jehovah’s witnesses anymore. There was a time in which we didn’t go to the evangelical meetings either. But God has never forsaken us, He has always loved us and the believers still came to visit us. In 1980 I fell ill and I was recovered in a Clinic. I stayed away from my husband and my two children for 3 long months. I had time to think; I knew my illness was not a punishment from God, and through this time of sufferance and loneliness, God spoke to my heart. He had never stopped loving and caring for me! I realized how great was His love for me, so I bent on my knees before Him and I asked Him to forgive my sins and to become my Savior and Lord. God, in His mercy, healed me from my illness and I thank Him for it. I left the Catholic faith, because I finally understood what is written in 1st Thessalonians 1:9. I had to adore the true and living God and I couldn’t serve idols anymore. When I came back home, to my family, I restarted to go to the evangelical meetings, and I got baptized in 1981. God has powerfully blessed me, I’ve had more children (I wasn’t supposed to have children anymore because of my illness). Now I thank God that I can serve and adore Him along with my family. My wish for you, who are reading my witness, is that you could meet Jesus as your Personal Savior and that you could discover His love for all the world. God bless you.

 

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