By Lynn Winans, Pastor Christ’s Harvest Ministries.
Today I set before you “My Story”. It is only my story by God’s choice, His design, and His grace.
My Physical Birth, May 1941:
My forced entrance into the world took a co-operative effort of my mother, the Doctor, and the desire of this 9lb.15oz. Boy that was determined to escape.
An uncle in my teen age years referred to my birth and told me, “I was not a beauty”. I emerged very red, with forceps marks, with a nose spread over my face, and a mother who adjusted to the sight.
I was born into a farm home to a father that alcohol had a hold on until Jesus set him free.
A mother who understood her eldest as no other did. Mom, spoke to me softly, later confessed she knew I would drive nowhere and would only lead gently. Mother may have been smarter than me but more importantly she loved me and I knew it and I loved her. It was a fact she inter-ceded with me, for me, with God and others; until I was saved in October 1964.
The family expanded to include my younger brother, Lowell and a sister Lana that passed at 18 months.
The family included an aged unrelated Uncle Art who I still remember praying in the barn, in the box stall, in a loud outside voice.
My grandmother, Dad’s mother, lived with us also. I don’t remember her praying out loud. Yet! I believe her prayers kept me alive during my teens.
My Divine Invitation at 12 years old:
In grade school I stuttered so severely that I was sent to a special speech class. Yet! Beyond a doubt I knew if I surrendered to the Lordship of Jesus Christ I would be a pastor.
My solution, I ran from the Divine Invitation from 12 to 24 years of age.
In the meantime I married my wife Ruth at 19, we had two daughters Toni and Terri, and we lived a very full, eventful, and non-traditional life. Our life at all time was interesting; we were partners in the adventure.
The Divine Invitation came again when I was 24:
The build up to the event;