Testmonies
We would like to invite you to read and enjoy the personal testimonies of our church family members and friends. The Word of God is an amazing tool in the life of a believer. The testimonies that we share are also used as a tool to encourage the broken-hearted, the sick, the oppressed and the unbeliever. We share our testimonies because we believe that God is not a "respecter of persons"...in other words IF HE CAN DO IT FOR US...HE CAN DO IT FOR YOU!!!
A MIRACLE
GOD PERFORMED A MIRACLE IN ME ..IN OCTOBER OF 2011 WE FOUND OUT THAT MY SISTER IN LAW WAS PREGNANT,SO I BEGAN TO FEEL THE PRESSURE OF BECOMING PREGNANT MYSELF BUT I WENT BACK AND FORTH IN MY MIND WONDERING IF THAT WAS SOMETHING THAT I TRULY DESIRED. I WAS 34 YEARS OLD AND BEFORE I WAS SAVED BY GOD I HAD SLEPT AROUND AND DIDN'T USE PROTECTION AND HAD, HAD FEMALE PROBLEMS IN THE PAST, SO I WASN'T SURE IF I COULD GET PREGNANT. ME AND ALLEN MY HUSBAND GOT MARRIED IN 2009 AND I ONLY USED BIRTH CONTROL THE FIRST YEAR WE WERE MARRIED AND I HAD NOT GOTTEN PREGNANT. SO AFTER TALKING IT OVER WITH MY HUSBAND WE DECIDED THAT WE WOULD ACTIVELY TRY TO GET PREGNANT, MY SISTER IN LAW RECOMMENDED WE BUY A KIT THAT WOULD TELL ME WHEN I WAS OVULATING TO BETTER OUR CHANCES. THE FIRST MONTH WE TRIED I DIDNT END UP PREGNANT, SO I BEGAN TO PRAY TO GOD AND TELL HIM THAT IF ME HAVING A BABY WAS NOT HIS WILL THAT I WOULD BE OK WITH IT BECAUSE HE KNOWS WHAT THE FUTURE BRINGS. AROUND CHRISTMAS TIME IN SERVICE DR. PASTOR MAYES CALLED ME OUT AND PRAYED FOR ME SHE BLEW ON MY STOMACH AND IN NEW YEARS SERVICE SHE WAS MAKING EVERYONE CLIMB A PRETEND WALL BECAUSE SHE SAID IT WAS A SYMBOL THAT GOD HAD SOMETHING FOR US ON THE OTHER SIDE OF THE WALL IF WE DARED TO CLIMB OVER... WHEN I CLIMBED OVER AND WENT BACK TO MY SEAT I FELT A WARMING SENSATION IN MY STOMACH , I TOLD MY HUSBAND AND PASTOR AND ON FEBRUARY WE WENT TO PASTORS HOUSE TO CELEBRATE PASTORS AND SHERRYS BIRTHDAY. WELL I WAS SUPPOSE TO DO A PREGNANCY TEST THAT MORNING BUT THE TEST DIDN'T GIVE ME A RESULT SO I PURCHASED ANOTHER ONE AND SINCE WE HAD TO GO TO ROME THAT DAY I DIDN'T HAVE TIME TO DO IT UNTIL WE GOT TO PASTORS HOUSE. IT WAS 12 O'CLOCK AND I TOLD EVERYONE GOOD NIGHT SO I DECIDED TO DO THE PREGNANCY TEST AND IT WAS POSITIVE I CALLED MY HUSBAND IN THE ROOM AND SHOWED HIM ...WE HUGGED AND CRIED AND BEGAN TO TELL EVERYONE WHAT GOD HAD DONE ....IN MY SIN AND EVEN WHEN I WASN'T 100% SURE IF I WANTED A BABY GOD STILL DECIDED TO BLESS ME WITH A CHILD AND EVEN IN HIS BIRTH GOD TOOK CARE OF HIM... HE WAS BORN EARLY AT 33WEEKS AND HE WAS IN THE NICU FOR 40 DAYS ...GOD GAVE ME PEACE THREW IT ALL..WHAT GOD BEGINS HE FINISHES... GOD STILL PERFORMS MIRACLES TODAY AND USES WOMEN AND MEN OF GOD TO GIVE A WORD AND THE WORD MANIFEST.

ALEX BYERS 1/21/2014

Latice Allen's Mother-in-law
Thank you GRM for all of your prayers for my mother-in-law. She was at Floyd Medical Center for 3 months where the doctors had given up on her they even asked my husband to put her on hospice. But thank you Jesus for the prayers of the rightous. She came off dialysis last month, they took the port out that was suppose to be permanant, she was over weight and lost a 100 pounds and she is now at home to her normal self. Thank you Jesus, not just for my church but my family. I love yall. Be Blessed

Latice Allen 10/17/2013

I Will Be Forever Greatfull
While I was pregnant in 2001 I thought I had lost my child. On my way to the doctors office holding this bowl hoping my child was not in it. Mind you I was not walking with God yet. I prayed God if this was not my child in this bowl I promise I will never pick up another cigarette again. To this day I have no cravings or desire to have one, God has completed released me of them (12 1/2 years later). When I was 24 months pregnant I decided to move to Northwest GA to be with my son's daddy, leaving all my family behind. I thought it was the right thing to do. Even though his mother said I should have aborted my child and that once I have my child we could not live with her. At 27 weeks I started having contractions and had to drive myself to the hospital. I was so worried I didn't want to go through this again having a child so early and loosing him too. Laying there alone when they tell me they have to do an emergency C-Section they couldn't stop it, so they started giving be
 shots to help with some of the development for my child. He came into the world with underdeveloped lungs and 2lbs. 4.7oz and 13in long. Two weeks after having him I get a call in the middle of the night saying I may want to come to the hospital Doug is not doing so well. I was so scared, I saw him laying there legs twitching. It was all I could do to contain myself. I had no one to hug, hold me or tell me any encouraging words. I excused myself and went into the bathroom and lost it. I got down on my knees and cried out to God "Please don't take this one I promise I will do what it takes to meet Doug's needs, just please don't take him, PLEASE." Doug is now a healthy 12 year old. God does hear and answers prayers. The doctors told me Doug will probably never walk and I refused to except that! My son now "RUNS." I AM AND WILL BE FOREVER GREATFULL!! I PRAISE GODS HOLY NAME!!

Connie Clark 7/22/2013

Greater Refuge 
Sunday when I got up to tell my testimony I was so emotional , and wasn't able to tell it all, but I just want to say prayer changes everything and when you think God doesn't love you because all the wrong you did he does. I remember being in and out of foster care homes growing up and didn't know how to love and trust , because on of the homes I was in I was molested time after time. I didn't know what was going on I was young. I later began trying to find that feeling at a young age . I started being hot and on the look for love. I was sleeping with guys who I thought loved me and they would leave so I'll find another and so on. I started living the fast girl life of partying and getting drunk and thinking oh yeah I got these men where I want them, I would lie to them find use them for there money and whatever they had, I was being manipulative and mean. But when I tell you I prayed for this lifestyle to stop because I was a mess and on my way to hell. God led me to greater refuge and I found love , the greatest love I could ask for and it was the love of Jesus and family that I always longed for. I'm proud to say that I haven't had alcohol since I stepped foot in the church, I clink clink locked down , haven't been to the clubs, and haven't been looking for love in men. God showers me with his love everyday. So I thank God for the women of God. I love her and her family so much.

Kendra Allen 4/20/2013

I'm Free
First i would like to thank God who is the head of my life and for his grace and mercy and his keeping power, then i thank the God in my wife and for staying with me through the thick and thin and bringing to such an anointed church with God fearing Christians who believe in preaching the truth. When i joined this church in 2011, I gave everything up except one thing, over the years i kept having issues, i didn't do drugs anymore,but my bills were getting behind almost to the point of being disconnected, i didn't drink nor smoke but never had any money, i didn't abuse my wife but we were separated in our house hold and i didn't neglect my children but we grew distant. I went one day for prayer and i was told that within 3 to 6 months i will have to make a sacrifice of something dear to my heart but God said it wouldn't be hard to do. I didn't know how or what to do next so i went and ask for forgiveness from everyone i felt i did wrong over the years,but my heart was still heavy. In Dec i gave everything to God and got real, then my marriage was stable again, i regained the bond with my kids, my bills were caught up, and i had spending money, but my heart was still heavy, i was asked a question you forgave everyone but have You Forgiven Yourself? Parts of my life flashed before me, being raped as a child, depression, isolation, alcoholism, drugs, fornication, lying, stealing, womanizing, and being angry all the time, God said he has forgiven me, let the past die and now forgive yourself. I felt so much peace and joy in my heart.and i was finally free and the only issue i had was ME.

Jeffrey S Sheppard 4/20/2013

Changed, Freed, Healed...Delivered!
Last Sunday I got up and told my testimony, I feel like I didn't completely get everything out so here I am writing this... As I said last Sunday when I was 16 and 17 I started sneaking out of my house, lying, skipping highschool, stealing money from my family etc... I missed so many days of my junior and senior year of highschool that I didn't graduate and I ended up getting my GED. After that I became pregnant with my beautiful daughter Ava who is now 2, my grandparents told me if I didn't abort her they would disown me and completely cut me off, so they did! As I stated last Sunday last August I went out with a friend of mine to a club in Atlanta and I was supposed to return the next morning and I did not. I completely abandoned my family and most importantly my daughter... All for a boyfriend! I was gone in Atlanta for over 3 months without speaking to my family. In the time I was gone I smoked weed, I partied, I lied, I stole, I slept around. I found myself at a strip club even contemplating the thought of becoming a stripper... I did not but I did think about it. While I was at the strip club I met a man who said he could help me out financially, because remind you I had no job and no family.. I found myself sleeping with this man for money. I had a filthy mouth I would curse you out in a split second! In my 21 years of life before I came to greater refuge I could count on 1 hand the number of times I've been to church. As I said last Sunday Kirstie and I went to school together, I knew she wasn't the same person from when we used to hangout before, I could really see change in her and I wanted that! Since I've been at Greater Refuge I've never felt so happy and full of energy and motivated! God is so awesome and I thank him for believing in me and turning my life around when no one in my family or none of my friends thought it was possible! I was told I would never amount to nothing, I would never be anybody, that I was trash etc... But I'm here to tell you in Jesus name I will be somebody and I will be successful because my daddy is a KING and I live for him!!! I've been changed...healed...freed... Delivered! PRAISE GOD!

Victoria Faith Burnette 4/19/2013

Free From All
I thank God for raising me up to be the women he has called me to be; I'm not through growing and I won't never be because there is so much to learn about my God; but I'm honored to be his child.The life I lead was not my own but it was the enemies, I sold everything on my body for him, I smoked crack, I cheated ,manipulate, deceived, pop pills ,lied, disrespect others.I was terrible wife TO BOTH OF MY HUSBANDS. See this is the result of a child that lived in a home where the man she looked up to, decide one night to take advantage of me and a mother that I love so much took his side instead of mine, her baby! life went down hill from there so I tried everything I could to numb my feelings. I thought when I gave birth to my precious 5 kids that life would change for me but it only made it worse now I'm subject to 5 kids and responsibility that I was not ready for but, through God we made it and it was not all good because I still did drugs and took my kids thru my pain but GOD! As a child I spent most of my life loving this man name Jesus baptized at greater Mt. Calvary Baptist church at the age of 8 and it was just something abt that name that comfort me in the times of all that mess I went thru .God has never left me and he has never hurt me, so I clung to him! I took myself thru hell, running and chasing after someone to love me For ME. My kids are my life if it was not for them and God I don't know what would of happen to me. I been in church all my life and know the Word backwards and forward but its different today because I apply the Word to my life, I've been off drugs for a year and 2 months. im a cancer free patient for 10years now, I no longer smoke cigarettes after doing it for 13yrs and Im alcohol free,I suffered a mental breakdown and was hospitalized. Today, I no longer have to take medication for that illness. When I was lead by the spirit to enter into his tabernacle where u lead the flock at that moment I knew that I was in the right place and at the right time bc I haven't looked back to turn that pillar of salt and I won't go back! I desire to live and not die; NOT SPIRITUAL NOR PHYSICAL I SHALL LIVE AND NOT DIE! Now im seeking more of God so all the rest will be added to my life; as I apply his word. I LOVE U AND THANK YOU FOR LISTENING.

Shawna Long 4/17/2013