I grew up in Southern California, in the San Fernando Valley. It was a nice area to grow up in, with a lot of different activities and things to do, such as sports, swimming, and many other activities. I had good parents and a nice family and friends.
But when I started high school in the late 1960’s, drugs were becoming real prevalent and I started using marijuana on the weekends, and eventually started trying many other drugs also, and became a daily drug user to where that’s all I cared about was where my next high was going to come from. I went on like this for about 6 ½ years, and then the Lord used this certain newspaper article to deal with me about my drug use and a short time later, I quit using drugs completely.
I went on like this for a whole year and would pull out a Bible and read it, but I really couldn’t understand it at the time. And then about a year later, a friend of mine, who I hadn’t seen for two to three years, came in my dad’s restaurant and told me he had gotten saved and was serving the Lord at the Tony and Susan Alamo Christian Ministries. Before he was a heavy drug user like I was. He picked me up and brought me to our church in Saugus, California, where I went to the service on April 20, 1976 and heard the full Gospel of salvation through the blood of Jesus Christ, about Heaven and Hell. I got saved that night, about an hour after services ended, after a brother kept witnessing to me and giving me his testimony and compelling me to be saved.
This happened to me, thank God, in April, 1976, and I thank the Lord for His keeping power and for every opportunity to go out on the streets in many different cities with the powerful Gospel literature that our Pastor Tony Alamo has written to distribute them to a very lost and dying world, so they will have an opportunity to have their sins washed away and have a new life to live and Heaven to gain, and have an eternal burning Hell to shun.
I thank God for His blessings, healing, deliverances and promises he gives from the Bible. Thank God for His abundant mercy on me.
Brother Bill Wattles