In 1996 my wife, Tish, was introduced to Gwen Shamblin and Weigh Down Ministries by way of a Weigh Down class in Germany while we were visiting family overseas. Shortly thereafter, she joined an Exodus Out of Egypt class, bought The Weigh Down Diet book, lost 35 pounds, overcame a number of other strongholds, and began living a life wholeheartedly devoted to God. I became convicted by both her words and actions and began to listen to what she was learning (this, sadly, was not an immediate thing for me as I was hard-headed and prideful). In 2000, Tish and I were blessed to attend Desert Oasis (Weigh Down Ministries’ Summer Convention at that time), listen to Gwen speak live, and meet a number of new people who wanted nothing more than to humbly honor God with every breath and heartbeat. Shortly thereafter we began worshipping with Remnant Fellowship and I wrote down the words, ”Tish and I can never fully express our humble thanks to God for the way in which He has used Gwen Shamblin, The Weigh Down Workshop, and Remnant Fellowship to convict us of His truth. “
During that initial year, I was blessed to participate in a seminar called Weigh Down Advanced. It’s one of a number of seminars developed by Gwen Shamblin and Weigh Down Ministries that strives to point us to God toward a wholehearted relationship with God and away from the strongholds, addictions, and temptations of this world. Over the course of that seminar and the next few months, I lost 70 pounds off of my 5’10” frame.
Not too long after participating in this seminar, I was blessed to be offered an opportunity to work for Weigh Down Ministries and Remnant Fellowship (the sponsoring church for Weigh Down Ministries). I now get to wake up every day and work with the most incredible people who love God with all of their hearts.
Since that day in Germany, I have lost 70 pounds, lost a thousand pounds of sin and idolatry, watched my marriage to Tish grow more beautiful every day, been blessed with triplets when we were told we’d probably never have children at all, and found an inexpressible joy for every moment God provides in which we can glorify Him.