All things work together, for good for those who love God and are called according to His purpose Rom. 8:28

Roxanne Aria    

     Jesus sought me and saved me when I was 21 years old.  I've believed in Jesus for as long as I can remember.  I went to the Methodist Church as a child.  I gave money to help under-privileged children.  I was an American after all. These are the things I thought made me a Christian.  But I did not submit my life to Him until I was 21 years old.  I had not realized I was a sinner, acting against God's will.  I thought I never sinned. I thought I was good enough on my own. I was a good girl!

         My two oldest sisters were attending Liberty Baptist Church in San Jose and they invited to join them.  It was the first place I ever heard John 3:16, "For God so loved the world that He gave His one and only Son, that whoever believes in Him shall not perish but have eternal life."  It was the first place I heard about the blood of Jesus, about His death, burial, and resurrection; and I knew I needed Him.  One Sunday, when the Pastor Ted Duncan gave the altar call, I went forward to receive Christ.  Soon after that I went forward for baptism.  It was then that I began to get very serious about my walk with Christ.  I went to every service and just started soaking up the Word.  I told everyone I knew what had happened to me, including my parents.  I brought my Bible everywhere with me and I started working with the bus ministry.  I also worked at The Rescue Mission in San Jose.

     Early in my Christian life I claimed Romans 8:28 as my life verse, "We know that in all things God works for the good of those who love Him, who have been called according to His purpose."  It wouldn't be until later that I would see how applicable that would be in my life and how it would carry me through many difficult times.

     I met and married my husband Tony and we were expecting our 1st child when I found out I had Polycystic Kidney Disease.  PKD is the genetic disease that had caused my mother's kidneys to fail and ultimately take her life.  The doctors told me that I shouldn't have to worry about my disease for many years, but unfortunately my kidneys failed very early in my thirties and I had to go on dialysis.  God was with me through it all.  I had some very serious health scares on dialysis but God, in His mercy, sustained me and in Nov. 2001, He sent me, Barbara.  She gave me one of her kidneys and saved my life.  Both Barbara and I have shared how God brought us together.  We have even shared our story on TV and newspapers and have given all the glory to the One who saved us, Jesus Christ.

     I am so happy that both my mom and dad received Christ in the years since I have come to know Him, and my son, Jacob, has already chosen to follow Christ.  My prayer is that all my family will make Him Lord of their lives.  I can't imagine a life without Jesus.  I am thankful for His love, mercy and grace.