Roy M . Richardson, Jr.
Born Again: December, 1990
Life before conviction is filled with worries that I now know to be trivial. For me, church attendance usually meant going with friends to many different denominations. In the fall of 1990, I attended Bethel College and was required to take religion courses. These classes opened my eyes to the truth. A high school friend and I began reading and discussing God's word, trying to understand God's will, but our confusion overwhelmed us. We decided to go to the source. We attended Huntingdon First Pentecostal Church. My friend was saved and I was happy for him, but still troubled for my soul. My niece became interested in going to church so I began taking her with me. I thought I could help her come to know Jesus. One Sunday, the pastor gave an invitation for anyone to come to the altar for prayer. I realized I was ignorant for thinking I could be a role model for my niece when I knew I needed the Lord myself. Tears began to fall as I asked the Lord, "If it is too late for me, please don't let it be too late for my niece." My niece noticed my tears and said, "Don't worry. Everything will be alright." At that moment, the Lord saved my soul and I knew the kingdom of heaven was like the innocence of a little child.
"Blessed is the man that walketh not in the counsel of the ungodly,
nor standeth in the way of sinners,
nor sitteth in the seat of the scornful. But his delight is in the law of the Lord; and in his law doth he meditate day and night.
And he shall be like a tree planted by the rivers of water, that bringeth forth his fruit in his season; his leaf also shall not wither;
and whatsoever he doeth shall prosper." [Psalm 1:13]