How a "Nobody" Became a "Somebody" in Christ

God loves to take nobodies and make them Somebodies. I was a nobody. This is my story.

It was December, 1999. We’d planned a Christian New Year's Eve event for the churches in our area. My wife asked me if she should invite the Grants Pass Seventh-day Adventist Church to the event. Instantly and emphatically I replied, “Oh, no!” and left for a meeting. Upon my return home, she informed me that she had spoken with Marvin Clark, the pastor of the Grants Pass Adventist Church.

Soon after, I received a request to share music at the Grants Pass Adventist Church. I accepted the invitation and was thoroughly surprised by the warmth of its congregation. As the doors to my Sunday ministry providentially began to close, Clark continued to keep his door open for my wife and me. I found myself with him at least once a week, sometimes laughing and sometimes crying, but always being taught truth.

Clark gave my wife a copy of the 27 Beliefs. Everywhere I turned it was there—on the table, on the chair, on the counter, everywhere. One day in secret I began to read it. Opportunities began to open: interviews, television, and music at Adventist churches. Although I hadn’t been back to Sunday church, I still wasn’t convicted. However, my wife seemed to discern the source of these opportunites, and the love and truth that accompanied them: the Seventh-day Adventist Church.

Eventually we were surrounded by a "multitude of counselors" whose faith never wavered, and whose love shone bright. God had sent us angels to lead me to the truth. These people of God never said “believe me;” rather, each one pointed me to God's word. On Dec. 21, 2002, my wife and I were bapized in the Medford Adventist Church, and I became a Somebody in Christ.

Note: Donald Cobbs is an Oregon Conference approved speaker. To schedule him to speak, please contact Lee Haynes at (503) 652-2225.

December 01, 2004 / Oregon Conference