My heart is so full of joy and praise when I think of how God brought our family into this Gospel. We were living in Mist, Oregon, when somebody came and told us about the Apostolic Faith people here in Portland, Oregon They told how the Lord was pouring out His Spirit and was doing such wonderful things. My dad said to my grandmother, “We will have to go up to Portland and investigate for ourselves.” They did, and they were so overjoyed to think that the Lord let them hear the Gospel.
One day my father had just finished praying, and as he was getting up from kneeling, when one of the brothers came and tapped him on the shoulder and said, “Brother Marvin, can you take some bad news?” My father was so full of praise and thanksgiving to God after praying, he said, “I believe I can take anything.” He told my father, “Brother Marvin, your house has burned down, but your family is all saved.” My father‘s answer was, “Blessed be the name of the Lord. He giveth and he taketh away. Bless His holy name.”
We had a large farm, and the next year, 1909, we sold out and moved to Portland. We were so overjoyed that the Lord brought us into the Gospel. God saved my soul when I was just a small child, and kept me through my school days and in the business world.
I am so thankful that the Lord saved my parents, my grandparents, and many of my relatives who have made the Goal through hearing this Gospel preached in its fullness. I love the standard because it is according to the Word of God.
He has been our Physician. When we were small—there were five children—we would run to mother and say, “Mother, I’m sick.” She would get the little bottle of anointing oil that had been prayed over by the ministry, would get down on her knees after anointing us with the oil, and would pray and God would heal us. Mother was a real prayer warrior and loved the Lord unto the day He called her Home to her reward.
I thank God for the privileges I have had in the Gospel. I played a clarinet in the orchestra in Portland for about fifty-six years. For about twenty-three years, I have had the privilege of working in the mailing department of the Apostolic Faith headquarters office—helping to send out the Good News to others throughout the world that they, too, may hear and find the joy and peace I have experienced these many years.