Made New

Something happened to Mike

Something happened to Mike

Mike Billat’s family attended Crane Community Chapel in Austin, Minnesota, for several years while he stayed home or did other things. He had no interest in God. One Wednesday evening while his wife and children were at church, Mike asked God to speak to him and show...
Son’s overdose death leads mother to Christ

Son’s overdose death leads mother to Christ

I lost my son, Gregory, on August 25, 2015, to an overdose. He was 26 years old, an Army veteran and the most loving and kindest person who always put others ahead of himself. The night I learned of my son’s death, I got very angry with God and screamed and cried and...
A new story for a new year

A new story for a new year

It’s been more than three years of battling anxiety over health problems for our precious boy. Andrew was born 10 weeks early in 2014 with an unconnected esophagus and spent 13 weeks in the NICU. While he is doing well today and has a fully connected esophagus (thank...
Blankets and bathrobes

Blankets and bathrobes

The service had not begun on time and quiet whispers echoed in the quaint sanctuary. Nearly every pew in the sparsely decorated church was full as we anxiously awaited the beginning of the annual children’s Christmas pageant. It was the Sunday before Christmas, the...
80758: one more ZIP code

80758: one more ZIP code

One couple’s positive experience with The Wesleyan Church in Greeley, Colorado, years ago left such an impression on them that they have since explored the possibility of planting a church. For the past several years, Larry and Pam Neuschwanger made their home, raised...
Drugs, death and redemption

Drugs, death and redemption

Rachel McCue had never known such darkness. On November 25, 2012, her world painfully crashed down around her. Her live-in, drug dealer boyfriend had beaten her 19-month-old son. The brain injury was so severe that Evan died. Immersed in drug abuse herself, her...
The story of Ruth

The story of Ruth

Ruth* was raised in Pakistan as a Muslim, hearing in the Koran that Jesus was only a great prophet of Allah. However, she discovered a Christian friend in Pakistan who left a good impression of Jesus Christ. Years later, she received a scholarship for an education in...
OKWU celebrates 35 student baptisms

OKWU celebrates 35 student baptisms

A host of Oklahoma Wesleyan University (OKWU) staff, faculty and students gathered at the OKWU Lake on September 28 to celebrate numerous baptisms. More than 30 OKWU students (and an alumnus or two) chose to be baptized on campus. There were a few tears and lots of...
New and updated websites resource The Wesleyan Church

New and updated websites resource The Wesleyan Church

To continue improving The Wesleyan Church communications with first-time and consistent web visitors, an updated official website and a new web resource were launched September 25, 2017. Updates to wesleyan.org include navigation changes, videos called “Made New...
​Amplified faith

​Amplified faith

“God is doing things that are outside our categories of ‘normal.’ A while back, we met with a middle-aged woman who, years before, had become desperately ill and was dying in a hospital. She saw a man dressed in white beside her bed who comforted her...
​Righteousness: power to make right what is wrong

​Righteousness: power to make right what is wrong

Crucifixion: Understanding the Death of Jesus by Dr. Fleming Rutledge, an Episcopal priest, offers a thorough and compelling consideration of what took place outside of Jerusalem two millennia ago. Her insights are powerful. Halfway through the book, the concept of...
​A marriage transformed

​A marriage transformed

Stephen and Ruth Ziraba had a difficult marriage relationship. Ruth had problems with demons. She came from a family that was demonized. She was chosen to be the next witch doctor in her family. She was so tormented that she took a chance and went to a pastor for...
Phill Tague: ​You have a story to tell

Phill Tague: ​You have a story to tell

Now I know some of you are thinking that your story isn’t worth telling. Maybe you think your story is of a life that is too broken and God could never use it. You have lived a life far from God and are ashamed of your story, and there’s no way God could...
​Ninth grade dropout no longer ashamed

​Ninth grade dropout no longer ashamed

There’s no way to adequately describe how deep darkness can affect you when you fail like I have. An unbearable and cavernous solitude was created when I, a homeschooled ninth-grade student who had barely finished that year’s coursework, chose to end my...
​Darrell Two Bulls and Camp Justice

​Darrell Two Bulls and Camp Justice

District Superintendent Rev. Isaac Smith of the Northwest District sent in this report from the Greatest Commandments Church of Rapid City, S.D. (co-pastored by Barbara and Daniel Gammeter). The tiny church only averaged seven in attendance in 2016, but it has a...
Rain in the desert

Rain in the desert

This report just arrived from a W. long-term worker serving as a medical doctor in an Asian country that presents security problems, so his name and the name of the country are withheld, and certain words are intentionally abbreviated to avoid being found by search...
From rehab to heaven

From rehab to heaven

I have been attending The Wesleyan Church for over a year, and I want to share a story about my husband Dean who got very sick in 2015. He was in and out of the hospital from January through August of that year. Dean was put in the Seaford Rehab and Pastor Larry...
Danielle and Rachel made new

Danielle and Rachel made new

How does transformation of heart and life happen? How are people made new? Through the miraculous work of the Holy Spirit, faith launches people on the new journey following Jesus Christ. But Danielle and Rachel’s stories show that God most often uses the...
Unleashed Disciples

Unleashed Disciples

The mission of the church is nothing more and nothing less than a mission of discipleship. Almost everything we could talk about passionately in regards to the church could be covered under the heading “discipleship.” When we talk about discipleship, we...
​Discipleship theme of “Wesleyan Life” winter issue

​Discipleship theme of “Wesleyan Life” winter issue

The winter 2017 issue of Wesleyan Life magazine will hit mailboxes soon after this Christmas. This issue’s theme centers on discipleship, as the denomination engages in the work of “multiplying disciples until The Wesleyan Church has a transforming...
He’s made new: a social media journey

He’s made new: a social media journey

A Pennsylvania man returned to church after a 17-year absence and was led to a local Wesleyan church by an Internet search. Rev. Thomas Carney tells this man’s story and speaks of the importance of a church’s social media presence. Something interesting...
​Newlywed pastor’s wife discovers “made new”

​Newlywed pastor’s wife discovers “made new”

I had been living as a pastor’s wife for two weeks when the The Wesleyan Church’s General Conference convened in Buffalo, N.Y., on June 4. My husband and I, Rev. Tim Jones, were married at the end of February. But it wasn’t until May that I sold my...
Hundreds “made new” in Indiana South

Hundreds “made new” in Indiana South

Indiana South District is celebrating many lives being “made new” this past year. Dr. Mark Eckart, district superintendent, reports that 318 people placed their faith in Jesus over the past year. Churches in the district are also celebrating 177 baptisms,...