As we approach the two-year anniversary of Redemption City Church, we wanted you to hear some of the stories of the people sitting near you in worship. God is at work in our midst bringing healing and restoration. Earlier this year, Tina Donmoyer and her daughter joined our first mission trip to Haiti. Here is her #RedemptionStory…
I had a pretty rough childhood growing up. I was a victim of different kinds of abuse, divorce and eventually my father abandoned me. Some of these things carried through my teenage years, so I was bringing some deep wounds into my young adult life. My mother had remarried a wonderful man I now call dad; but they were either not equipped to recognize the wounds and hurts I had or they were busy dealing with a lot of their own baggage of bringing together a blended family. Either way I began trying to fill this void in my life (or numb the pain) with alchohol, drugs and relationships. One of these relationships resulted in a pregnancy. We were young and not prepared to be parents. However, Courtney ended up being the blessing in my sin. I knew enough to quit drinking and doing drugs during my pregnancy.
I wish I could tell you that I gave my life over to Christ then, but I didn’t. I went back to the bar scene and that is where I met my husband. We fell deeply in love and had another beautiful little girl.
I was still relatively young, and the wounds that drove me to drugs and drinking were still there. I had a lot of pain and hurt from my past. One night in my bedroom I was really struggling and I had a lot of questions. I had some exposure to church. My husband had grown up in a Church of Christ congregation. He began searching out some of the answers to my questions in the Bible. It was a very sweet and tender moment between Greg and I. That night we surrendered our life over to Christ in our room! There began our journey of finding a church. We educated ourselves on the different denominations and found Southern Baptists to be biblically sound. It took us a while to find a church, but we did by the time our son was born.
Our first church was in Georgia, and we were really there just soaking it all in. We were hungry for God’s word and just wanted to absorb it all. Shortly after that we moved to Colorado where we learned what it meant to be a part of the body of Christ. We served in many different areas of the church. Everywhere God moved us He had a different role for us. We found out that sometimes we were called to be leaders and sometimes we were called to support the leaders. We also learned that sometimes our passions and talents will be what God uses to call us and sometimes the need is the call.
Our life is not perfect now; we still struggle as we figure out each day what it means to be more like Christ. But, it is far greater than it was! I’ve always told my children they are the evidence of my testimony. We have three beautiful children who love the Lord with all their hearts! I love my story, because it’s MY story. It’s evidence that we serve a mighty and powerful God! But, I wish my story was “I don’t remember a day without Jesus in my life.” Because, with a dramatic testimony comes baggage. Some baggage I’ve had to work through is anger over the things that have been done to me. But, the hardest baggage to work through was shame over the decisions and choices I’ve made in my life. When I was a baby Christian I found this familiar passage. Romans 8:28 “And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to his purpose.” The idea that God would use all things…my shame, my past, my hurt…all of it for His glory, because I’m His and He’s called me! That’s an indescribably amazing and humbling thought!
Thank you for allowing me to share my story and thank you for allowing me to serve alongside you at Redemption City.