Damien Brendon McTeague's Testimony

 Damien Brendon McTeague’s Testimony

 

I’ve never written a testimony before and I never truly did understand that I was lost before.  I’ve knocked on many doors before coming to the Lord; the doors of Santeria, Voodoo, Wicca, Santa Muerte, Islam, Jehovah’s Witness, Hebrew Israelite and others.  I’ve studied Siddha Yoga, Buddhism, Hindu, paganism and animism and whatever other “ism’s” came my way.  None promised heaven.  Some promoted oblivion and annihilation as beautiful!   I don’t want to “cease to exist” and I was confused about how many good deeds it takes to get to heaven.  What if I come up short?  Now, as the Bible says in Ecclesiastes “and what my own soul, spirit, and mind long for is eternity, we were created for it!”  I realize God gives us a choice to be condemned or forgiven, but He will not make the choice for us. 

We are created in His image, which means to me; the ability to choose and understand right and wrong, good and evil, accept or reject.  I accept to share in the sonship, the brotherhood and the fellowship of Jesus.  I don’t always understand what I am reading but I have hope, faith and trust that God will explain through the spirit in His time and He will accept my efforts, intentions and prayers for the truth, for happiness and for love. Amen. 

I was born in Philadelphia September 25th 1979.  Momma was only 17; we were both children, both poor in possession but rich in love.  With an Irish and Mexican background, I was baptized as a Catholic, but of course I had no idea what they meant, just being a baby and all.  Daddy came and went, employed to unemployed, moving here and there.  I went to Catholic school a short while, but remember learning nothing about the Lord except rules, nuns, priests, rosaries and fear.  Finally Dad decided he didn’t like fatherhood and Momma took me and my sisters and moved to Florida. 

We moved from place to place and Momma tried to teach us love, morals, compassion; she always kept a roof over our heads, food in our bellies and clothes on our backs.  Mormons, Jehovah Witnesses and whoever knocked on our door was welcomed in to teach us about faith, God, beliefs, etc.  We were free to make our own decision about God.  Me, I just remained undecided.  I realize now that being undecided is a type of rejection, rejection of God and rejection of Heaven; but at the time my mind was open to possibilities and to me those most fun were sinful. 

I started using drugs, every kind, you name it, and I abused it.  The same with sex, I tried just about everything.  But after sex, drugs and rock-n-rock, I still felt empty.  I just got use to feeling empty, I just became numb.  I was in and out of jail since the age of 13.  I’m 32 now and between jail and prison I’ve done 12 years.  Prison is an awful place but the prison inside of me, surrounding my heart, my soul, my hope for happiness, for heaven, for a relationship with God, to feel love, this darkest prison encapsulating me was Satan’s lies, fear, and doubt. 

With a release date from this physical prison being 2021 I knew I wasn’t going anywhere for awhile.  Being on 24 hour a day lockdown in a single cell, I realized I had to face my fears, face myself and make a decision.  One day the book guy came around with some books on a cart, I saw a book called “One Heartbeat Away –Your Journey into Eternity” by Mark Cahill.  The book explained God, Jesus, Heaven and Hell scientifically, logically, and in an interesting straight forward manner.  God sent me that book and used it to call me into the fold, to break the prison doors down inside me, free me internally so I may be free eternally.  I still don’t understand some things, but I’ll lean not on my own understanding and trust God will explain through the spirit in time.  He just wants me to have faith, hope and trust in the One He sent and be patient and put on the Armor of God as I go about my day.  All we have is now, all we have is God, and all we have is each other, in Jesus Name Amen.

 

I hope this testimony has been a blessing to you.  If you would like to read how others in similar situations have experienced the life transforming power of God please write to me at the address below.  We now have over 45 testimonies of those whose lives have been transformed by God’s amazing Grace.  Please send us your testimony as well.

 

Bro. Otto Ball C/o

Crossroads Ministry

P.O. Box 363

Hyde, PA  16843

 

Fellowship of the Unashamed

 

I am part of the Fellowship of the Unashamed.  The die has been cast.  I have stepped over the line.  The decision has been made.  I am a disciple of Jesus Christ.  I won’t look back, let up, slow down, back away or be still.  My past is redeemed, my present makes sense and my future is secure.  I’m finished and done with low living, small planning, smooth knees, colorless dreams, tame visions, mundane talking, cheap giving and dwarfed goals.  My pace is set, my gait is fast, my goal is heaven, my road is narrow, my way is rough, my companions few, my Guide reliable, my mission clear.  I won’t give up, back up, let up, or shut up until I’ve preached up, prayed up, paid up, stored up and stayed up for the cause of Christ.  I must go until He returns, give until I drop, preach until all know and work until He comes.  And when He comes to get His own, He will have no problem recognizing me.  My colors will be clear.  “For I am not ashamed of the Gospel of Christ”

                                           Romans 1:16.  

 

Glory to God Ministries

PMB  233

1726 Gregory Avenue

Sunnyside, Wa. 98944

 

Newsletter contains inspirational teaching and a fun section filled with challenging games

 

The Gospel Tract Society, Inc.

P.O. Box 1118

Independence, MO  64051

Provides free Gospel tracts and a newsletter.

The newsletter often contains an article from one who ministers in prison.

 

ANYWAYS….

 

People are often unreasonable, illogical and self-centered; Forgive them anyway.

 

If you are kind, people may accuse you of selfish motives; Be kind anyway.

 

If you are successful, you will win some false friends and some true enemies;

Succeed anyway.

If you are honest and frank, people may cheat you; Be honest and frank anyway.

 

What you spend years building, someone could destroy overnight; Build anyway.

 

If you find serenity and happiness, they may be jealous; Be happy anyway.

 

The good you do today, people will often forget tomorrow; Do good anyway.

 

Give the world the best you have, and it may never be enough;

Give the world the best you have anyway.

 

You see, in the final analysis it is between you and God;

It was never between you and them anyway.