Testimonies

“When I came to HeartsAlive, I got far more than I expected, “It’s a really great bible study” was the teaser that drew me in, but it turned out to be far more than just another bible study! I thought I knew a thing or two about God, and certainly thought I knew a fair portion of scripture. After all, I had once been a pastor’s wife. What I DIDN’T know was the amazing way that God would use HeartsAlive to bring healing to my life, and to show me a new work of Grace that I had never experienced before. HeartsAlive became more than a bible study, it became a diligent search to find the riches that had been mine all along, but that I didn’t know how to recognize and apply. I learned to have a deeper walk with God, and a purer form of worship. I realize I have far to go on this journey home, but HeartsAlive has further equipped me for the God-Adventure that lies ahead. I continue to pray that lives will be changed, healing and hope will spring forth, and personal ministries will arise from the Family of God through HeartsAlive ministries.” Yolanda

“My marriage of almost 16 years was crumbling down around me due to my husbands addiction to pain meds. I learned of the discipleship addiction program that Fred Shelton had at Oak Hill Baptist church through family members. I asked my husband Andy to go and at least see what they had to offer. What I found they had to offer was to “love the addict and the addict’s family to freedom”. Andy is almost 6 years sober & we just celebrated our 22nd wedding anniversary in December of 2013. HeartsAlive is a ministry that truly loves people and wants to lead them to Christ so that through Christ they can live a life full of meaning and happiness.” Angie

“In the summer of 1982 I asked the Lord to save me. I KNOW in my heart that he saved my soul that night. LIttle did I know at that time the relationship I started that night would later save my life as well. Through the discipleship recovery program at Oak Hill Baptist church the Lord changed, forgave, and rebuilt my life to what I get to enjoy and live everyday today!!! Thank you brother fred and HeartsAlive ministries for leading me and my family back to a wonderful new life in Christ!” Andy

“We all have addictions whether we think we do or not…these teachings have given me a DEEPER under-standing of GOD’S love, grace and power in my life. Thank you for helping me to GROW in our wonderful LORD!!! It is so good getting to know HIM more than just a SAVIOR.” Alicia

“HeartsAlive has been such a powerful tool from God. I now see with spiritual eyes where before I was a wretched and unhappy person. I now see with eyes wide open understanding how God has brought me to an abundant and life. A life of peace and my miseries are long gone. My only regret is that HeartsAlive wann’t in my life sooner.” Rose

“When I went through the doors of HeartsAlive the first time I was broken, mentally and physically. My family was was so torn apart from my sons addiction, that hurt my heart so much. I thought I had religion to help me but that wasn’t working. What I learned was that I didn’t have God in my life, once I found him, I learned alot about myself. I learned how big he was and that I could give him all my worries, that took the weight off my shoulders and I could stop crying all the time. Then I learned no matter how much I loved my son, I could not change him, I could only change myself. I stopped being his enabler and started changing what was wrong with me. I stopped the anger, refused to give up on him and my family, but mostly I learned to love him unconditionally no matter what. If God loves me no matter what I’ve done wrong then how could I not do the same for my son. My family is close now, they have learned from my example that we can’t change my son we can only love him. He’s doing okay but if the other shoe falls God will deal with it, he already knows our path.” ~ Brenda

“I’ve known Bro. Fred nearly 20 years, and his ministry has had a significant impact on my life. I was raised in church and felt like I knew the Bible, but that close fellowship with the Lord was something I’d only felt a few times. HeartsAlive has helped me to draw closer to the Lord, to see the areas of my life that I need to surrender to Him, to see His working in my life. I’ve also seen changes in my husband as he learns to lean on the Lord and trust Him more. God is good and brings people into our lives to help point us to Him.” Teresa

“I started helping out in the Hearts Alive Program thinking I knew almost everything there was to know about the Bible and God. I was almost content with my spiritual life, privately thinking that I had “made it” and that I had achieved some sort of spiritual aptitude. 7 years later and I am just recently realizing how little I know and how great my God is. Through this program God has revealed to me my great need for Him and how He longs to help me. The reflection passages of these work books have really helped me to focus on what God is doing in my life personally as well as helped me to reflect on the Character of God. Seeing God in action in your own life is miraculous! Everyday, ordinary experiences turn into opportunities of learning and ministry. I cannot begin to say how much this literature has meant to me and how it has helped me to grow in my walk with the Lord. I am very excited to continue my walk and I know that I can do that with the aid of this program.” ~Mary

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