Dane Skelton

    Dane Skelton is the Pastor of Faith Community Church and the author of Jungle Flight: Spiritual Adventures at the Ends of the Earth, a book of true stories from the ministry of JAARS (formerly Jungle Aviation and Radio Service). His second book, Papua Pilot: Flying the Bible to the Last Lost Peoples, co-authored with the late Paul Westlund, is now available on Amazon.com and Christianbook.com.
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      KRISTEN'S STORY

      August 30, 2017
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      Evangelism, Inspirational

      Kristen Zerbato is one of FCC's newest members. I'm delighted she agreed to share her Alpha story with us today. DS.

      I moved to South Boston a little over a year ago, not knowing a soul.  All it took was one kind gesture from Sally Smiley, inviting me to lunch one afternoon, for me to see that there was something about her, a peacefulness, happiness, and quiet joy, that I wanted to know more about and have for myself.

      That afternoon at lunch she told me about Alpha and gave me the red post card.  I was overwhelmed with the idea of going to a church function, not having been to a Catholic Church since my grandmother had passed away five years prior, but Sally committed to being there with me. I knew, not knowing anyone, this would be a good way for me to make some friends in a new town, but I never would have imagined what doors it would open and the magical experiences and relationships that would have formed.  

      I'll never forget my first Alpha class, while I felt out of place because I didn't know anyone, the whole Alpha crew and members of FCC were overwhelmingly kind and welcoming.  After watching the video and splitting up into groups, I was so anxious and tried to keep that fear buried where no one could see it. As soon as Lynn and Jeff Good started the group conversation I felt some tension dissipate.  Their kindness, openness and encouragement was calming and exactly what I needed to begin to open my heart and mind to the possibility of knowing God. 

      I knew there was something missing in my life, a hole almost, and Alpha set the foundation to fill that hole.  Alpha gave me truth to the big questions I had around Christianity and helped me establish relationships with people I couldn't imagine my life without now.  

      I have lived a very good life so far, but the joy and love I've felt and all of the things I've learned/ am learning about myself and the Lord, has made this year without a doubt the most meaningful and memorable.  I can't thank everyone at FCC, and especially Sally Smiley, enough for showing me so much kindness and love. 

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