“In May of 76, God brought me to the brink of death. You can’t describe the emptiness that I experienced. I was hurten so bad. I was doing things that I wouldn’t normally do. I was out of control. I was trying to satisfy a void. I felt all alone. In 8th grade, one of my friends brought a green bible to school. I always wanted to be close to God. I bought that bible. The second semester of my senior year I took a death literature class in English. This class directed me to suicide. I thought about how I would do it and decided I was just gonna go ahead and hang myself. The only reason I’m still here is because my green bible happened to be on the kitchen table. I was broken, miserable, and desperate for answers. I started getting restless again. I was sitting in my bedroom talking to God. I finally decided to pray the prayer, asking Christ to come into my life. I actually felt I was being poured into. I physically felt my heart filling up. I have never experienced that since. That was my surrender moment. I was 17. I’m now 58. My name is Karl and I surrender."
(Karl, Manhattan, Kansas)