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 77 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’ve been married now for 43 years, my three children are all grown and have families of their own. I have eleven grandchildren and six (soon to be 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 3 novels, a devotional for breast cancer survivors, and have co-authored a Bible study. There is currently another novel 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 other 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.