Thursday, September 25, 2014

God is so good. It was Rev. Max Solbrekken’s first trip to NL when I gave my life to the Lord and his last trip to NL when, our son, Dean gave his life to the Lord. How amazing is that. Where would my family be today if Rev. Solbrekken had not said yes and come to NL for those Evangelistic Services? Thank you Rev. Solbrekken. - Adam Milley

Adam &  Bride Milley
The Adam Milley Family 
My Personal Testimony
By: Adam Milley,NL 
My testimony actually starts before I was born. My grandparents had 2 children, both girls. My mother was the first married and the first to have a child, a son, me. We all lived together. My father was away from home for months at a time working so my grandparents became the stable people in my life. I remember my grandmother rocking me until I was a big boy, maybe 6 or 7 years old. She would always tell me that I would be a minister some day.
I grew up in a Christian home, attending church whenever the doors were open, until I was 15 or 16 years old. By the time I was 28 I had been working for several years, gotten married, had 3 children and had only been in church about a dozen times.
In Oct. of 1967 I heard that Rev. Max Solbrekken was going to be in Lewisporte, doing Evangelistic Services. I decided I would go to at least 1 of the services.
I went to the service and Rev. Solbrekken had my undivided attention during his sermon. When he finished preaching he bowed his head and prayed. Then he said, “There are 10 people here tonight that need to be saved. The Lord will never speak to you again in the way that He has spoken to you tonight”. He asked for these 10 people to come forward has he counted to 10. He just counted, there was no singing. Some people went forward. I wanted to go but I couldn’t seem to get the courage to take that first step. He continued to ask for however many was left from the 10 he’d mentioned previously. 

Everything was going through my mind and then this thought came to me, “If you don’t go forward for yourself, go for your family”.  That was the deciding point. I stood and went forward, knelt at the altar and couldn’t remember what I needed to say to give my life to God. Someone laid a hand on my shoulder and said, “Lord save this man”. Then I remembered the man in the Bible that said, “Lord be merciful to me a sinner”. So I repeated those words and stood to my feet a sinner saved by the grace of God. I put my hand in my pocket and felt my cigarette pack. My heart sank. Rev. Solbrekken was about to pray so I said to myself, “Lord let my smoking be covered in his prayer”. I have never had a desire for a cigarette since.  I’m not sure of the exact date in Oct. 1967 but it was on a Tuesday night.
My wife gave her life to the Lord on Jan. 18, 1968. We had 3 children at that time so we started having “Family Prayers” or “Family Altar”. As the children got older and #4 child came along, they each started taking their turn praying during our “Family Altar” time.
Our children grew up and went on with their lives. Our oldest, and only girl, went to nursing school and the 3 boys went to Bible College. Several years later, one morning during my devotions, I opened my Bible to 1 Kings 8:17 – 19 where it talks about David wanting to build the temple but the Lord tells him that his son would build it. I believe that morning the Lord was telling me that the Words my grandmother had spoken to me while she rocked me were not meant for me directly but for my family. He also reminded me of my thoughts on that night, in Oct. 1967, when I went forward for salvation, “I did it for my family” and because of that He would use my whole family in ministry. Today, all 4 of our children and their spouses are involved in some form of ministry.
Our son, Dean is a missionary in Peru. He & his wife, Ruth, are part of the Pastoral staff in one of the largest evangelical churches in Peru. Dean gave his life to the Lord and experienced a mighty deliverance in Rev. Solbrekken’s last service in NL, in May 1988.
Our daughter, Deborah and her husband, Oral, spend 6 months of the year in Peru also. They help out with Dean’s ministry while they’re there. Then when they’re home in Canada they are involved in a Motorcycle Ministry where they show God’s love to outlaw bikers. Their son, Dustin, is a missionary in Peru too. He works with a church there and teaches at the Bible School that’s affiliated with that church.
Our son, David, and his wife, Elaine are the senior pastors at the Pentecostal church in Labrador City. David has his Doctorate of Ministry and Elaine has her Masters in Theology. Their son, Andrew, and his wife, Meaghan are also Christians and are very involved in the church.
Our youngest son, Dwayne is in senior management with a Christian organization, Christian Horizons, in Ontario. His wife, Karen, is a Pastor at “Church on The Queensway”, in Toronto. Dwayne also leads worship at church. They have done many mission trips over the years and because of the impact of these mission trips they are now in the process of adopting a little girl from India.
God is so good. It was Rev. Solbrekken’s first trip to NL when I gave my life to the Lord and his last trip to NL when, our son, Dean gave his life to the Lord. How amazing is that. Where would my family be today if Rev. Solbrekken had not said yes and come to NL for those Evangelistic Services?  Thank you Rev. Solbrekken.