Posted: January 1, 2022
His Testimony Shared By: Matthew and Dorcas Weaver
Joshua 24:15, NIV
"But if serving the Lord seems undesirable to you, then choose for yourselves this day whom you will serve, whether the gods your ancestors served beyond the Euphrates, or the gods of the Amorites, in whose land you are living. But as for me and my household, we will serve the Lord.”
Ephesians 2:4-5, NIV
"But because of his great love for us, God, who is rich in mercy, made us alive with Christ even when we were dead in transgressions—it is by grace you have been saved."
I was born into a very conservative and sheltered family. God was always a part of my life but not in a real personal way. I was very accident prone and broke many bones, had many farm and auto accidents, was electrocuted, and was struck with lightning. Life in general, especially school, was very difficult for me. I gave my heart to Christ and was baptized as a teenager. I was sincere but didn't know what a personal relationship with Christ meant. I very much had a works belief... that, if I didn't live life perfectly, I would be punished. Also, I believed that if I was in an accident and in the last second said something I shouldn't have, I still may end up going to hell.
I met my wife, Dorcas, when I was seventeen and she was fifteen. A year later, we met again at our church's youth bible school and found ourselves drawn to each other but didn't start seeing each other for another two years. I wasn't interested in dating except for the purpose of marriage. Before I asked Dorcas out, I got really serious with God because I didn't want to be in a relationship unless I was certain it was of God. After dating three months, we were forced by her dad to quit seeing each other. That was a very hard and difficult time in my life. Through that time, God became more real in my life. I told God that if He worked out the details to start seeing each other again, then that would be my answer that I should marry this girl.
Shortly after that, I was asked if I would be willing to serve at a mission in Belize for two years. My immediate thought was yes, due to the fact that I needed something else to focus on for awhile. My actual response was that I needed to discuss this with my dad, but, in my heart, I knew dad wouldn't keep me from going. However, I heard this very quiet voice saying, "Do exactly what your dad wants." To myself, I said, "No problem; he is going to say, 'I don't care if this is something you want to do.'" I was exactly correct, but after saying that, my dad added, "But I'm not real excited about it." I knew right then I wasn't to go, so I declined the offer. One week later, I received a call from Dorcas' dad that we could resume our relationship. Six weeks later, we were engaged and got married the following spring.
After getting married, I ran a commercial roofing company, and Dorcas worked right alongside me until she was seven months pregnant. Our first child was born in 1999. In 2000, we pursued foster care and had a placement of two children for five months. In 2001, our second child was born, and we decided to take a break from fostering. Shortly after our second child was born, I was struck with lightning and later that year our house caught on fire. This was when I believe God started to get through to me that maybe there were some open doors in my life that were allowing the devil to steal, kill, and destroy. I was able to receive some help and prayer from some friends, and things seemed to shift.
In 2003, we started a weekly children's ministry at our church. A family of seven siblings began coming. Both their dad and grandma had passed away, and there was no adult caregiver in the home. Long story short, when our fifth child was one month old, five of these siblings moved in with us. Looking back, there were a million miracles God did in that season and many moments of "how did we do it?"! During this time, the spiritual warfare in our lives went to a whole new level which sent us on a real journey seeking God for more answers to the many issues we faced. At the same time, word got out that we were available to help care for kids who were in a bad place. Some of these children who we took in came from satanic ritual abuse, trafficking, and many other kinds of broken places. By 2009, we had thirteen children and our house was too small. One day, I said to Dorcas, "There is a public auction at a nursing home north of Lisbon. I don't know if I am crazy or not, but I want to go see what it brings." Well another long story short, we purchased it that day and that is where we operate White Stone Ministries.
Currently, we work with young ladies, some with babies, who need a second chance at life. We have converted some of the multiple small rooms into apartments so they can have a private residence within a structured family environment. Along with the ministry center, we opened a restaurant for job training and a place that these young ladies can make an income. Our goal is to help each one that God brings to us to close any open doors so that the devil cannot continue to steal from them and to dedicate everything in their past to God so that He can begin to use it for good and His purposes. We are excited to take our life experiences and dedicate them to God so He can use us in anyway He pleases here at Life with Christ Ministries.
At His service,
Matthew and Dorcas Weaver
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