“What New Life Means to Me”
Recently we sent out an email asking our ministry friends and Club New Life members to share what New Life means to them. Here are a few of their powerful responses.
New Life has been a critical part to MY recovery of having low self-esteem and not knowing how much the Lord loves me. I have been on my recovery journey with you for about 18 years. Through you I became strong. I believe in your ministry so much.
Unfortunately my ex husband (who attended EMB) would not pay the price of recovery. Next month we would have been married 49 years. He divorced me in March. It’s a tragedy, but I press on…..
New Life has helped me to see the importance of having a group of women to support me. I have learned to have a voice.
I don’t know what the Lord has for my future, but I know who holds the future.
New Life has prepared me for my future.
Thank you very much. KEEP UP THE GOOD WORK!
I am lucky I have a job where I can listen to the radio and I make sure I am at my desk every day so I can listen to New Life, because I need the wisdom and guidance I get from such kind and wonderful counselors. Last year my best friend passed away from a long battle with cancer and New Life helped me get thru that, so I decided after 12 years of listening to join Club New life.
I also went to Finding Freedom in Costa Mesa which was amazing and for a woman who has lived in the shadow of inferiority all my life, I finally see a crack in the door where the light of freedom is clearly visible. For some people that may not seem like much, but for me, it offered a hope I could not see before. I love our Lord, but I just couldn’t overcome the worthlessness I have always felt. I’m not rich and I had to sacrifice in order to pay for the workshop, but the price didn’t seem too much to find freedom from the prison I have lived in for almost 60 years. I found a new friend at the workshop, which is amazing. I can finally step into recovery and will be joining a recovery group. I can look in the mirror and see I tiny bit of what could be, instead of what was, and I can take all I have learned to the homeless community I serve, and I use the insight I have gained, all the time, when I talk to people, in all aspects of my life. I have a long way to go, but I am finally on the road of recovery, and I know I will meet many people along the way and I am excited! I am not inferior, because my God is superior!
Thank you New Life for caring and giving all of us out here in radio land such heartfelt counseling . All of the hosts have such great insight and encouraging words to help each of us step into recovery. You help us look at ourselves and take responsibility for our side of the street! You all are truly a blessing and I am blessed being able to give a small amount to keep New Life alive. Keep up the great work!
Started listening when I was in my early 20s after retail shifts. You helped me to first realize that my coworkers weren’t just sinners I was supposed to pity and witness to.
You helped me see that they were they were people who were the same as a lot of Christians, but going through life without Jesus – which was way tougher.
You helped me learn how Jesus responds to the real life everyday job of living and I was equipped to give practical Biblical advice to my coworkers who were of different faiths and creeds.
You also helped me find freedom from my overbearing parents and learn to put boundaries between me and them and extended family members.
You also taught me how to say no and recognize stupidity. Not an easy lesson for a naive girl who grew up sheltered in church life.
I’ve been listening to New Life for many years. I’ve attended 2 workshops and have gone on 2 trips with you all. I think I’ve read almost every book you’ve published, especially while I was in my previous marriage and struggling with trying to improve that marriage and myself. My therapist told me I was the best read client he ever had!
I really wish I could put into words what this ministry has meant to me, but I wouldn’t even know where to start! I’ve grown so much since being part of New Life and I tell others about your ministry all of the time. I support you because I believe in what you do and know that all of your counsel comes from a Biblical point of view, which is important to me. The workshop I went to in Dallas was very enlightening. I’ll never forget these words my counselor said to me… “put the club down”…I had been beating myself up and believing things about myself that were not true.
The trip I took to Israel came right after my marriage of 29 years had dissolved and this time helped with my healing process. I met so many wonderful people, including my roommate who is now a counselor for New Life. The trip to Greece a couple of years ago was so much fun; you all organize the best trips!
Well, these words really don’t give justice to the impact your ministry has had on my life, but please know that what you do makes huge differences in peoples lives every day and I am so very thankful for all of you.
My husband and I have been Club New Life members for several years. We lost our income due to health care problems and had to make some hard choices. There were ministries that we had supported and had to back down from, but New Life was never considered to be dropped. This is one reason why…
Your people who call and ask if I need prayer are so wonderful. I’ve had cancer several times, and my husband has stage 4 cancer, but we were always encouraged by the prayer warriors and shown much love. Your books are incredible. I have so many, but I have to say my personal favorites are 100 Days of Prayer and I 100 Days of Peace. I could go on and on about the wonders of your ministry, but I know you need time to take care of other things.
Thank you for everything, and I truly mean that.
I am a Club New Life member. I found the radio show several years ago. I’d say it was “by accident,” however I no longer believe in such things. Rather, I know it was God leading me there. While I do enjoy the books from being a Club New Life member, the radio show and CD’s are my favorite things. The staff is real, honest, accepting, and loving. I never hear judgment or shame from any of them. It’s just love.
I listen to the CD’s on road trips and the radio show whenever I can. I especially love the staff’s knowledge and support of recovery..12 step or not. I’ve been a member of Al-Anon for 8 years now, and that is where I first experienced God.
So thank you to you and all of the staff. Truly, you’ve touched my heart and allowed me to hear the voice of God.
When I think about what New Life has done for me I think of how much I owe New Life. When I attended EMB 2 years ago and saw how many men had the same problem as I, I could not believe it. It gave me hope for the first time in my 61 years of living. I owe New Life for that seed that is still growing in my life. My 30 dollars a month, which I increased to 40 last Friday, is what I hope will grow New Life as I have grown. Keep it up and may the God of heaven and earth bless you.
I can’t even begin to explain how New Life has benefited our marriage, family and the good I’ve seen it do for others. From EMB to several other marriage workshops we’ve attended, the Lord is using you all in a powerful way. And this is coming from a man who for decades dismissed “psychology”. We whole-heartedly support New Life and belong to Club New Life, because the Lord uses you to change lives. At life’s end, I may have regrets, but supporting New Life will not be one of them.
My wife and I still say that the marriage intensive is the best thing we have ever done for our marriage. It was instrumental in saving something that was headed for divorce. Thank you for all you do.
10 Testimonies About New Life
“I lost my husband to a post-surgical infection . . . Later, during my grieving time, I called in to your broadcast to share that I was tired of well-meaning Christians giving me platitudes and Scripture, and that my desire was for someone to just SIT with me, CRY with me, HURT with me . . . The reason I’m sending this letter is to let you hear just one more example of how the Lord uses your ministry to meet the needs of the Body of Christ.”
“I stumbled upon your New Life Broadcast about 3 years ago and have experienced more healing than I ever knew I had need of. I hear the same relief & hope in the voice of so many of your callers as you dispense your wisdom with down-to-earth practicality & humor. I was raised in a “toxic faith” church that left me powerless to live “their Christian life.” I felt doomed to an eternity in hell and cried out to God . . . Gradually, through your “voice” . . . I realized He already loved me and had died for me, I had only to accept His gift. I could never “earn” it!’
“I came here wondering if anyone would really care about me. I don’t have an enormous amount of weight to lose but I still struggle with the same issues you do when it comes to our beloved friend, “Food.” I learned that the anger I have hanging on to has created a monster. I have had to ask myself, “How bad do I want to say goodbye to my best friend, food.??” I want to be free from the bondage it has had on me. I am ready to “gain back” what food has stolen from me . . . joy, abundant life, contentment and peace. Thank you for truly caring about me just the way I am.”
“I came here filled with tremendous resentment and mistrust. I was raised to mistrust anything that smacked of psychobabble, or anything that made me feel like I couldn’t pull myself up by my own bootstraps. The workshop let me see that there is nothing inherently spiritual about going it alone. I leave with seven men who share my pain, my struggle, and my desire for victory . . . Perhaps the greatest blessing, however, was the constant affirmation in each session of my inherent worth to God. I leave here finally comprehending the fact that I matter to God. I am so precious to Him that He sacrificed His precious Son for me.”
“Before coming to this workshop I was stuck. I allowed my pain and past hurts to rule my life. And I wanted life to be all about me, my hurts and my suffering. I wanted to be in control and only my views to count. This weekend has been eye opening as to how selfish I am. Additionally, how much I let my sexual abuse continually ruin my life even while it’s not happening any more. My outlook has changed. I want to grieve my losses and embrace my life. I leave here with hope and a desire to connect. I’m ready to start the process of healing so I can live again. New Life cares and I know, even more, God cares. And that God loves me, hurts and all.”
“Before coming to your workshop I was at a loss. My grandson drowned, my mother and my father died, my sister was murdered. I was an empty shell just moving through life, unable to trust anyone . . . This weekend has been the beginning of spiritual and emotional healing in my life, understanding that all that has touched my life was not unnoticed by a loving God. I leave here with hope for a life, not necessarily without pain, but realizing now that healing is my choice, and I choose to embrace my future.”
“I am drained. I have opened and talked about stuff I have never talked about before. I am not sure where this will go and not sure how I will handle this release. Nor do I know how this will impact my relationship with my wife. It is a very uneasy path I am taking but I believe God is saying believe in me and I will guide you for I am with you and I have brought forth men to walk that path with you.”
“I came a son—ashamed, lonely, and hurting, but a son nonetheless. God reached down and reminded me that a son is a son forever and He adopted me as a son and as such He will always love me as a son. I understand my love for my son and my capacity to love my son no matter what. How much greater then is God’s love for me as a son.”
“I just returned from Afghanistan and I wished that I had more of your books to give out to Soldiers and their wives back home! So many of my Infantry Soldiers were touched by the honesty and heartbreaking truth of impurity, but also they were touched by the possibility of recovery and oneness with the Lord Jesus and their wives back home! One man shared that he came to Afghanistan to get away from his wife. However, he was invited to our Chapel in Kandahar and met the Lord Jesus, was baptized and started to study the Word of God at the Every Man Bible Study! What a change came over him as he followed Christ.”
“Your ministry is helping me keep from walking around a basketful of tears. From huddling in my bed in a fetal position. From lashing out at my kids with anger. Your ministry is literally my lifeline right now in the pain and suffering. A lifeline to God’s word. A lifeline to God. Your job is literally keeping people sane and functional during extreme hardship and crisis and sadness and loss. Your job is saving people’s lives. NLM is saving people’s lives. Maybe not like a medical Dr., but spiritual and mental. You all are helping me save my life. From where I could go . . . to where I need to go.”