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Jordan Reimnitz

Phone: (605) 770-6051

Email: reimnitz45@hotmail.com

Testimony: Hello, I am Jordan Reimnitz.  I live on a farm east of Corsica with my wife, Sarah, and 6 children--Lauryn, Ethan, Brooke, Noah, Haylee, and Luke.  I was born and raised about a mile from where I live now.  I would like to share a little about myself and my testimony.  

I grew up attending a Lutheran church with my parents where I was baptized as an infant and confirmed as a young teen.  Being a Lutheran church, it was heavy on baptism, confirmation, and tradition and an adherence to doctrine as taught by Martin Luther.  It is rather confusing because while the gospel is believed or preached, it is muddied with the ideas of baptism and confirmation and other things.  Growing up in that doctrine doesn't really allow for a real relationship with our Lord and Savior as "works" are brought into it.  By the time you are old enough to understand things, baptism had been taught so much that you think you are OK without actually "owning your faith" yourself.  You were always a child of God since baptism. 

 I was a rebellious young kid and that carried on into my  late teens.  I was leading a life of destruction and while I didn't know it because of my beliefs, it was obvious that I wasn't living as a regenerated, new creation, that was indwelled by the Holy Spirit.  In college, I met my best friend(other than my wife).  He grew up in a different church than I did.  As we recognized that we believed different things, it caused me to really dig into the Word for answers to see what the truth was.  I think the Holy Spirit really started calling me through this as I recognized that the things I believed about my faith were not actually true and I began to be convicted of the truth as I searched it out.  I also met my wife while in college.  I think some evidence in what the Lord was doing in me was that she came to faith through my witness.  Even though we weren't obviously living for the Lord, He was drawing us nearer.  We were married in 2005 after we moved back to the Corsica area.  

When we were looking for a church to attend, we needed a church that believed what we did.  And the Lighthouse was just that.  We've been attending there for about 3.5yrs and love the family and truth found here.

Rom 12:2--Do not conform any longer to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind.  Then you will be able to test and approve what God's will is-His good, pleasing and perfect will.
2 Cor 5:17--Therefore, if anyone is in Christ he is a new creation; the old has gone the new has come.

Aaron Timmermans

Phone: (605) 946-5141

Email: aarontimmermans@hotmail.com

Testimony:  Hello, my name is Aaron Timmermans.  I would like to share a little about myself, and how Jesus Christ has transformed my life.  I grew up in the Corsica/New Hollland, SD area, where I still live today.  My whole life I went to church, attended a Christian School, and I even taught Sunday school before I knew who Jesus Christ was.  My teen-age years and early 20's showed, through my lifestyle, that I did not have the Holy Spirit living inside of me.  I lived a life of drunkeness, sexual immorality, and everything I did would benefit ME somehow.
 
BUT... Read I Corinthians 7:11,  Ephesians 2:4-10
 
The Spirit of God started drawing me (John 6:44), and by God's mercy and grace, He revealed Himself to me.  For the first time in my life, I knew I was seperated from a Holy God because of my sin.  I always believed the facts of Jesus' life, but for the first time I asked Him in my life.  This gift of salvation was the best gift I have and will ever recieve, and I did not deserve it.  Nobody deserves it, but thanks to Jesus who took our punishment and is our mediator, we can spend eternity with God our creator.
 
The person that was most instrumental, and the tool that God used to share the Gospel with me was my (now) wife, Renae.  She also has been through many things in her life.  I am not going to go into all the details right now, but maybe in a future blog.  When we first met, I did know she had something I did not, and lived an uncompromised lifestyle, something that was very new to me.  For my 25th birthday she bought me a study Bible, (she knew I needed it) so I started reading it.  I started in the New Testament in Matthew.  By the time I got to the 10th chapter when Jesus addressed the disciples, that is when I found the Jesus I did not know before.  He said things like, " I did not come to bring peace, but a sword."  He also said that if you did not acknowledge Him, he would not acknowledge you before His Father. 
 
My life then radically changed.  We got married in December of 2000.  We have 4 beautiful healthy children.  I now like to go on missions trips instead of weekend binges.  I look forward to Sunday worship instead of sleeping through church with a hangover.  I also would rather talk theology with my friends/brothers instead of telling filthy jokes and perversed language.
 
JESUS CHRIST CAN SET ANYONE FREE, FROM ANYTHING, AT ANYTIME- JUST TRUST HIM

Scott Menning

Phone: (605) 946-5618

Email: casemen@siouxvalley.net

Testimony:  Hello everyone my name is Scott Menning.  I grew up in Corsica, SD.  I was raised in a Christian family that went to church every week.  I went to Catechism every Wednesday night.  I thought I was fine with the Lord!  The problem with the church in my case was I went to please my parents and it became nothing more than a habit "something you just did."  I graduated from college in 1992.  Shortly after graduation my life was turned upside down with trials.  These trials lead me to alcohol abuse and an unforgiving heart.   In 1995 my folks asked me to come back to the family farm.  I knew I needed change so I thought this was the answer.  Little did I know you can move a thousand times but if the heart doesn't change your ways won't either.

In 1996 I met Audra who was also looking for change.  We started going to church together.  One year later we got married.  Up to this point I was living in unforgiveness and selfish ambitions.

After our first child was born we were at a baptism service when I realized that I couldn't raise a child in Christ when Jesus wasn't in my own heart.  Shortly after that service I cried out to the Lord.  That is when the Holy Spirit revealed my heart was full of unforgiveness and bitterness.  I also needed to ask for forgiveness for my many sins.

2 Cor. 5:17  Therefore, if anyone is in Christ he is a new creation; old things have passed away; behold, all things have become new. 

I am a living testimony that there is new life through the death and resurrection of Jesus Christ.  No man will be denied if he calls upon the Lord Jesus Christ and repents.  My question is for you then, are you looking for change?  Call upon the Lord Jesus Christ and He will turn your darkness into light.

The Lord has blessed me with my wife Audra, daughters Erika and Courtney, sons Clayton and Cordel.