ERIN CONNELL

HARVEST KIDS ADMINISTRATOR & EXECUTIVE ASSISTANT TO THE SR PASTOR

“And I am sure of this, that he who began a good work in you will bring it to completion at the day of Jesus Christ.” Phil 1:6 

I was born and raised in Burlington Ontario with my parents and older brother.  I did not grow up in a Christian home, but did on occasion go to church with school friends.  I had some difficult teen years fuelled by poor choices of friends and a fiercely independent spirit.  By God’s grace he protected me through those years.  I left home and school when I was 15 and God in His sovereignty, used that time in my life to connect me with a family of believers.  I lived with them and not only heard the gospel for the first time but saw the love of Christ lived out in their lives on a daily basis.  I longed for what they had, yet still did not think that God’s free gift of forgiveness and salvation was an option for someone like me.  I eventually moved back home and went back to school but soon found my old friends and behaviours. 

In December 2006 God brought me to my knees through a family crisis.  I had no idea how to “self-help” my way out of the situation, I had no hope.  I sought support from friends who were believers and they gave me a copy of the book “God Wrote a Book”.  I read it all in one night and suddenly found myself understanding the gospel for the first time.  I understood that the gospel was for broken sinners like myself who had lived a life with blatant disregard for him.  I was completely broken by God’s love for me and the sacrifice he had made.  I surrendered my life to Christ in December 2006.

I started attending Harvest Bible Chapel Oakville that month and was baptized two months later.  God led me to start serving in Children’s Ministry as a new believer.  I love how God allowed me the opportunity to hear the bible stories that I had never heard myself as a child.  In 2011 God led me to leave my career in social work in order to serve Him in Children’s Ministry and global missions.  In 2004 our family moved to Brantford to be part of the Harvest Bible Chapel Church plant. Over and over again the Lord has shown us that his plans are so much better than ours and that when we step out in faith he will provide abundantly more than we could ever ask or imagine.  God is so good!

My life verse is Psalm 73:28, “But for me, it is good to be near God”.  I know that regardless of my circumstances or how I feel or what I think, as long as I am walking with Him, it is good…even when it is hard.

 

MY HOPE FOR HARVEST

My prayer for Harvest Brantford is that we would be a faithful people who seek Him first and love Him with all our heart, soul and mind (Matt 22:36)…a people who demonstrate His unfailing love to those around us in deed and in truth (1John 3:18).