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Read the testimony and story of CLI student John Long Jr.
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My name is John Long Jr. I live in Menifee, California. I was born and raised in San Diego, CA where I met my (SUPER HOTT!!) wife back in 10th grade. We have two beautiful daughters who are both semi-professional dancers at their current ages of 10 and 6. My wife and I will be going on 12 years of marriage as of this December 21, 2014.
I was brought up in a Christian home. My father’s father ( my granddad) was and still is a senior deacon at the Calvary Baptist Church in San Diego, CA. I was that little guy who spent all his time in church, especially in my teenage years. Whenever there was an event going on at church my brothers and I knew without a doubt we were going to be in attendance. I accepted Christ as my Lord and Savior at the age of 13. I knew of God, The Son, and the Holy Spirit but I had never confessed it before the congregation. It seemed at that very moment when I was baptized my life was changed in the blink of an eye. I mean that very next day, which happened to be a Monday, I noticed a change in my thoughts. What used to matter just didn’t matter anymore. I thought something was wrong with me. At that particular time in my life, I didn’t recognize The Lord was transforming me into the person I am today.
I was called to ministry back in 2007 when my family and I were attending my father-in-law church. There I was the associate minister and youth director. I held that position for 3 years then moved to another church within San Diego, and there I was overseer for the audio/ video ministry, web designer and social media manger and The Young Adult President. I held those positions for about 2 years (not all at the same time) and then the family and I moved to our current residence here in Menifee, CA. We commuted from Menifee to San Diego for about a year before we decided to look for a new church home in our current city.
We visited a few churches in our local community, but before we committed to a new church we wanted to hear from The Lord. I applied to a local church in the city of Perris, CA as their Youth/Young Adult and Children Ministry Director and soon after the interview, I was given the position. But get this, less than 90 days into my new role, the church leadership fell apart and to make a long story short I pray fully resign from the position as Director. Having this feeling of wanting to serve The Lord in ministry and not being able to due to other people’s mistakes, I prayed to The Lord asking for His guidance and direction for our next move in ministry. Long behold, The Lord had a plan the entire time. As far as the church which I resigned from in Perris, CA, a few of its members showed up at my home on a Sunday asking, “what time does church start?” It was kind of funny because just a few nights before, I asked The Lord what was His purpose for sending my family to this new church if He knew I was going to resign in less than 90 days? But the knock on the door and the question which was asked, answer the question I had asked The Father! God knew His people were going to be in need of a new leader and Christ chose me to be that guy. I am now a pastor of a small home church in the city of Menifee, CA. We are about 10-15 members deep and we have been going strong for about 4 months now. I never knew how much work goes into being a pastor, let alone a senior pastor. But boy-o-boy it’s worth it!
I was looking to deepen my knowledge of Christ and further my level of understanding in His Holy Word. My wife actually found CLI and when she told me it was free I didn’t believe her. It actually took me 3-5 months to even look at CLI’s website to see if the school WAS free, let alone real! But here I am at CLI and loving every bit of it. I truly can use the CLI scholarship because it will help me to further my knowledge of God without having to stress about being able to afford a world class education of Christ Jesus and with more education that the Lord pours into me, I in turn can pour that same knowledge out on His people. Education is one thing no one can take away from you. So I strive to know all about Christ. Someone once said, “the better equipped you are , you are preparing to win the war”.
Please keep our ministry in your prayers by praying for “Kadesh Ministry” and please pray that The Lord will continue to use us right here in the city of Menifee and it surrounding cities.
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