I'd spent my life questioning my spirituality, coming up with more questions where I wanted answers. I happened upon your YouTube videos a little over a year ago and after watching the first one I found myself coming back for more and more and more. There was a small voice at the back of my mind that kept me looking for the next Christian/Faith movie on Netflix, and kept me looking for the right worship team that communicated in a way that resonated with me. I hadn't found it. I hadn't found THE message I thought was meant for me.
Long story short, I grew up questioning and rejecting the Christian faith. When I was in college, I had a weird dream that felt, to me, out of the blue. In this dream, I was a pastor talking to college age people about faith and the connection with everyday life. The 19-year-old me rejected the dream as a silly what if. The next few years were tumultuous as you can probably predict and time had dulled the importance in that message.
Let's skip ahead to nearly a year ago. I'm up on top of a ladder, listening to Love Church video while changing clocks back. When something caught me by the tenders. In my earbuds and on the small screen of my iPhone I watched Kappes talk about his journey. That calling he had received. I stopped and stared as I felt this man bear his heart and soul to his congregation, to the world. And suddenly when he asked if there was anyone in the audience who needed to be accept God... MAN I felt that. Standing on top of a ladder, batteries in one hand and screw driver in another I welcomed Jesus into my life and dedicated my life to God.
It's been six months since that day. I still feel that message strongly. This correspondence has two intentions:
1) To thank Kappes for that message. It struck the right chord at just the right moment. I know sometimes as we write our sermons we wonder if it's going to have an impact. If anyone is TRULY listening. I was. And I can't thank him enough. Since, I've enrolled in a free online seminary (can't afford to go for real... but hopefully my intentions and actions in faith will open doors for me). I don't know if I'm meant to be a pastor, or if I'll have another way of putting out my message but I am focusing on just following the path laid out before me.
2) To thank you for creating a great environment that can attract those in darkness who are waiting to see the light. Keep up the amazing work! I hope someday to shake your hands and thank you in person!