"Once I hit rock bottom, I had to give my addiction to God. I had seen the signs of hope leave my wife's body, and it propelled me into seeking treatment. I had to meet God halfway on the road to recovery, and Jesus saved me. I'm sober today because of God."
For years, I said I didn't need church But in 2018, I reluctantly attended The Bayou with my wife; I put on a fake smile. But then, Pastor Sean's words -- God's Word -- caught my attention. It was like He was speaking directly to me."
"Being diagnosed with stage 3 cancer made me feel like I had been hit by a train. I wanted to hide. I had no idea what to do or where to go. I wasn't a good mom, wife, daughter, or sister. So I hit my knees and talked to God."
"God has been taking care of me for years without me knowing. And when I finally said, thank you to God by giving to Him first. He just poured more abundance in my life."
"I grew up in the church and knew about putting money in the plate. But I didn't really have a process for being generous. I had never heard of a tithe."
"I made a deal with God that if He would heal my daughter, I would give church a chance. So on the first Sunday we went to The Bayou, I felt like the message was speaking directly to me."
"Whenever our kids come home from Bayou Church camps, they talk about worshiping God in their groups and what they've learned through the Bible and the leaders. It's a great feeling [as a parent]."
"I couldn't imagine going into the home of a stranger and sitting around talking about the Bible when I didn't think I was knowledgeable enough ... "
"Small groups are not a contest about who knows the most theology. You learn as you go. I can tell you that joining a small group is one of the most important things I've done in my adult life."
"Pastor Linton invited me to church, and it changed my life for the better. I realized that's what I've been missing my whole life. It's not about being perfect. It's about having a relationship with God."
"When we don't have God in our life, any church family, any structure, that's when things start to fall apart."
"My position on the tech team is considered a volunteer position. But what I get in exchange for the time I put in is invaluable."
"God doesn't call the equipped. He equips the called, and there's probably no truer statement for me."
“It’s all about feeling like you belong. I needed to find connection, and I did ... through small groups.”
“I once heard God answers prayers in three ways: yes, no, not yet. For so long, it was not yet.”
“I assumed life was supposed to be about getting married, having kids, raising kids ... live till you die....”
“I ran away from God to do what I wanted to do. I didn’t see that my actions affected anyone, but I got lost ...in who I was.”
“I think God gave me the talent of photography and led me to that family to show me that I could help.”
“When God tells us to step out in faith, we know it’s not always going to be easy. We knew we would encounter obstacles...”
“I never wanted to tithe. I had things I wanted to buy and needed. But I realized tithing was about...”
“The demands of work became so great and overwhelming that I lost connection with my husband and children...”
“The darkest moment for me was when I started doing meth. Even when I started smoking weed I told myself, ‘This is it....’”