My Testimony!

June Chapko

My Testimony

When I share my story about God’s work in my life, I include, like most people, where I was when God found me, and how He changed me. Often, people stop at that point, but who I was and how God transformed my life isn’t the end of the story. I am 78 years old and I love to add what He is doing now, through me, 45+ years later.

I was a divorced, thirty-four year old, mother of three young children when I first heard the Gospel. I understood that if I accepted Jesus Christ as my Savior, I would go to heaven when I die. I certainly didn’t want to go to Hell, so I silently prayed a prayer the preacher gave, and went away feeling smug about knowing where I’d go when I died. Since I didn’t grow up in a home where the Bible was read, parents prayed together, or went to church, I had no way of knowing there was anything more. I continued working, remarried, and was busy raising my three children.

Nine years later after living the same lifestyle I lived before praying that prayer, God sent a soon-to-be dear friend into my life. Evie explained to me what being a Christian was really about. “Sure,” she said, “you will spend eternity with Jesus, but He wants to help you live a better life now!” So began my walk with Jesus, as Evie taught me how to read my Bible, pray, fellowship with other believers in a Bible-believing, Bible-teaching, church, and stay connected with Jesus. I began serving God in a local church, and loved learning about the Bible. I started teaching a ladies Sunday school class and have done so ever since.

Writing has always been part of my life. From childhood I kept a diary, which transformed into a journal later in life. My journals helped me to grow spiritually as well as emotionally. I believe God gifted me with the ability to use words as a way to glorify Him. Everything I write reflects of my faith in the Lord, and includes His message of love for my readers.

Speaking is another area I feel that God has shown me favor and grace. He has allowed me opportunities to share His work in my life, with those He wants to reach through my experiences. I say yes to those opportunities because He is my life and I’m still here, with a desire to serve Him.

I recently became an official “Bluebird Volunteer” with the Metropolitan Methodist Hospital breast center, and will be making myself available to newly diagnosed breast cancer survivors.

I’ve been married to my husband, Nick, for 44 years, my three children are all grown and have families of their own. I have eleven grandchildren and seven great-grandchildren. I serve in the women’s ministry and teach a senior ladies Sunday school class in my church. The Lord has blessed me with having written three novels, a devotional for breast cancer survivors, and have co-authored two Bible studies. There is currently another novel, a new Bible study, and a second cancer survivor book in the works.

After going through breast cancer in 2020, during the pandemic, I realized that God had a purpose in allowing it in my life. He wants me to be able to share His message of love and hope with other survivors. I’m a member of two breast cancer survivor groups where I get and give support to other survivors and have fun in the process. My other fun group involves eight ladies who enjoy dressing in purple and donning a red hat, as we gather monthly for lunch. We have a great time and share our faith in how God has shown His watch-care over us.

God alone knows my future. I hope to be serving Him many more years. Each day I wake up is a gift from God. Serving God is my gift to Him.