The Local Church—My Home

My name is Susannah, and I graduated with a bachelor’s degree in Child Development from Cal Sate Fullerton. I grew up in Fullerton where I have been meeting with the local church since I was a child. My parents touched the church life in Los Angeles before I was born, so I was raised in the local church in Fullerton. I am so thankful to the Lord that He brought me into the church life. Ever since I was a child, I have been infused with the Bible and the truths in the Bible. I received the Lord when I was five and was baptized when I was twelve years old. However, it was not until high school that I really began to have deeper experiences of the Lord. The high school kids from the church in Fullerton and from other local churches in Southern California would go on a mountain retreat twice a year. During those retreats, the Lord was able to open my eyes to see many truths in the Bible. I was encouraged through these times to preach the gospel to my friends and give myself to the Lord. I realized that nothing but Christ can satisfy.

During my college years I tasted more of the church life. I lived in a house with seven other college age Christian sisters in Fullerton. It was so encouraging to have companions to pursue the Lord with. I began to see that I couldn’t make it without the other sisters. I saw more of what the church is through visiting other local churches in Arizona with the college students. On that spring break trip to the Grand Canyon, we stayed with different families in the churches in Tucson and Tempe. I had the realization that we are all one Body in Christ and one family. Throughout my college years I can testify that I experienced and enjoyed the Lord in my spirit and in the dear believers in the Church in Fullerton. The Lord showed me that people without the Lord living within them were just dead. He opened up so many opportunities for me to share the Lord with other college students and co-workers. However, without the prayers and encouragement from the other brothers and sisters, I don’t know if I would have made it through the college years still pursing the Lord. I can assuredly declare that the local church is my home

The Ministry of the Age

Listening to the speaking and reading the ministry of Watchman Nee and Witness Lee has been a tremendous blessing to me. Their ministry brings me into the enjoyment of Christ who lives in my human spirit. It brings me into God’s heart. God’s heart’s desire to put Himself into me and be lived out through me to produce the church is really detailed in Watchman Nee and Witness Lee’s ministry. One verse that has been opened up by their ministry is Galatians 2:20 which says, “I am crucified with Christ and it is no longer I who live, but it is Christ who lives in me…”. Witness Lee expounded that the old terminated “I” was without divinity and the new “I” has God’s life added to it. We have died in Christ through His death, but now He lives in us through His resurrection. I thank the Lord that these two brothers were faithful to share these truths.

– S. J.