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    New Beginnings

    From ordinary to amazing. March 17, 2020 by Craig Trousdale
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    Mjrs Donette and Ken Percy with Craig Trousdale (Photos: William Richardson)
    Mjrs Donette and Ken Percy with Craig Trousdale (Photos: William Richardson)
    I had a good life before becoming a Christian. Some of my favourite childhood memories are of playing hockey and football and going up to our cottage. Although I didn’t grow up in a Christian home, I attended Sunday school a few times and heard the gospel. It didn’t make a huge impression on me at the time. After graduating from high school, I went straight to work in the printing industry. I got married at 23, and we have two daughters. I am very proud of who they have become. My wife has been there for me through good times and bad—she’s the heart and soul of our family. But it still felt like something was missing, as if I didn’t have a purpose.

    Losing my dad in 2004 was the lowest point of my life. We did everything together—went to the cottage, to hockey and Blue Jays games—he was my best friend. He had a rare blood disorder and it took him quickly, catching us all off guard. It was tough. I started struggling with depression and severe anxiety. It was hard to go to work. I couldn’t even go outside—I was afraid of everybody. I felt lost.

    Photo of Craig Trousdale and Martin WhiteTrousdale and Martin White help at Whitby CC’s men’s breakfast
    About five years ago, a friend invited us to church. My wife met Martin White through work. He invited us to the New Beginnings dinner at The Salvation Army’s Whitby Community Church, Ont. I was amazed at how friendly and welcoming everyone was. We started helping out with the dinner every month, and then Martin introduced me to the men’s breakfast. Eventually, we started attending the church. My first impression was—this is where I belong. This was the church for me.

    I gave my life to Christ two years ago, in February 2018. I’d heard some powerful testimonies at the men’s breakfast, and realized how much God had done for me throughout my life—that he’d always been there. It felt like he was saying, “It’s time.” I told Major Ken Percy, our corps officer, I wanted to be saved, and we met in his office on a Saturday and prayed together. I felt different immediately—a sense of peace. This moment had a huge impact on me. Jesus is everything to me now. He’s first.

    I didn’t know much about God or the Bible. It was all a brand new experience. Major Percy took me under his wing. He gave me a beginner’s Bible and we studied it together. I became a senior soldier a few months later, because The Salvation Army felt like home. All my friends at church pitched in to give me a uniform.

    God has moved in my life very quickly over the past two years. I’ve been introduced to new people, new ideas and new music, and become stronger in my faith and knowledge of Christ. Majors Ken and Donette Percy have supported my spiritual growth in so many ways, allowing me to help lead the men’s ministry and support the youth ministry. And every month, I help Martin with the New Beginnings dinner.

    God has changed my life. I’m more at peace with the world and others around me. I used to be a pessimist, always looking at the negative. Now I wake up feeling optimistic, thankful for all that God has done for me. I am alive in Jesus. I feel a sense of purpose. No matter what I face, I know that God will always be with me. It’s been amazing.


    On Friday, March 27, 2020, Kevin Sharp said:

    Hi Craig. Thank you for your witness and sharing in this way. Wow man...what a blessing you and your testimony is, thank you Lord. Keep going and grow in Him brother...peace and joy.


    On Tuesday, March 24, 2020, Major Hazel de Vos - CT South Africa said:

    Beautiful testimony."In all your ways acknowledge Him and He will direct your paths"


    On Saturday, March 21, 2020, Maurice Wells said:

    A Wonderful testimony Craig, becoming a Christian, for you has really been a new beginning, and we thank God for you. I know that God is going to use you in a wonderful way. Daily communion with God in Prayer and the Word, will only make you grow in faith and equip you to be a true follower of Christ. Our prayers are with you as you continue on the wonderful and exciting journey with the Lord. God Bless.


    On Tuesday, March 17, 2020, Al Sibock said:

    Craig,your story is a great example of Gods love to mankind. It is a blessing that you listened to your inner man and received freedom and peace serving Christ.And be encouraged as the best is yet to come


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