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Meet Caroline Misarski

Caroline is one of the long-time WIHS staff announcers having started on the air here in the mid-90's Her air shift is Saturdays from 2pm - 6pm. We hope you'll be blessed as she shares what God has done in her life!

"I have been searching for acceptance and significance in one way or another since I was a kid. I was born in New London, Connecticut, U.S.A., as my mother's only child, but with an older half-brother and half-sister, from my father's first marriage. When I was little, they got in trouble with drugs and alcohol and briefly, the police. I didn't want to be like them, so I overcompensated by studying hard and singing in the church choir... and not showing any negative emotions.

This worked OK until I was in high school. I signed up for some challenging classes and was very busy as a junior, and found myself depressed at the end of junior year. I didn't know what was wrong, or what I had been working so hard for. God was merciful, and I began to feel better once senior year started. During high school, I also worked on a religious award for Girl Scouts, which required me to start reading the Bible every day. When I did, I encountered "the law," as my pastor would say. I noticed it said I cannot hate anyone. I realized I did not live up to it, but hadn't met anyone at the time that had a solution.

I went away to college, and was soon invited to an Inter-varsity Christian Fellowship Bible study. One talk I heard early on was about the blood of Jesus. God was showing me there was an answer: that He had sent his Son to die in my place, so I could have my sins forgiven and be right with God. I didn't have to do it all myself, and fail. At first, I wasn't sure whether to accept it. But when I was a sophomore, in my second year at the university, I accepted Jesus as my Lord and Savior. I was very excited and wanted to tell others about Jesus. It was so good to know all my sins were forgiven!

A little over a year later, I did an internship at Josh McDowell Ministry in Texas, a part of Campus Crusade for Christ, and learned more about being filled with the Holy Spirit. I learned that God is at work all over the world. I saw how God used that ministry, and wanted to continue to serve in some capacity.

After college, I came home and got a job and another job and another job. From 1996 to 1999, I worked full-time as a deejay at a Christian radio station, and had a small part in an organization that has brought people in New England to know Jesus Christ. I enjoyed praying on the phone with listeners who called asking for counsel. In 2001, I joined the church I now attend (an evangelical Presbyterian church), which has been very helpful in my growth as a Christian. I have had the privilege of teaching Sunday School there since 2002. The ladies there gave us a shower when we got married and when we had our son and helped me to adjust to being a new mother. They're great!

In 2005, I was working for the (Meriden, Conn.) Record-Journal as a reporter and needed a story that involved Southington. I saw a sign about Celebrate Recovery at Faith Living Church in Plantsville, Connecticut, USA, and did a story about Bob and Laura, who run the ministry there. When I was finished, I said I might stop by on a Monday night to get help for my own issues.

I did pick up my courage and went to Celebrate Recovery in Plantsville, Conn., USA, and found it helpful. They seemed to have an answer, that involved Jesus (I had been saved for more than a decade by then) that would help me with my anxiety. I went to small group after the talk, and was surprised at the women's honesty and the variety of issues they dealt with. I heard through the grapevine that Celebrate Recovery was also happening at Wellspring in Kensington, Conn., and joined a step group there. The women's willingness to listen and keep my confidences helped me overcome a lot of my anxiety and depression, as well as actually working the steps in that step group. At first it was difficult to find much to say, even though my heart was heavy, but then it felt freeing to be able to talk about whatever I wanted for up to four minutes. I learned to live one day at a time, focus on the positives, have an attitude of gratitude, and not live with un-forgiveness.

Toward the end of my first step group, I got engaged to my husband, Michael, and we got married a little over three years ago. We live in Connecticut, U.S.A, and we had a healthy baby boy in 2009. Life isn't always easy -but I know with God, things are manageable, and life is good.

First you must realize that God is holy. He is not like us. He cannot permit sinners in his presence in heaven. Psalm 5:4 says "You are not a God who takes pleasure in evil; with you the wicked cannot dwell." You may think that only applies to people such as Adolf Hitler who have done egregious things, but it doesn't. Romans 3:23 says "All have sinned and fall short of the glory of God."

You may still think this is not very significant, that perhaps God can overlook sin. But this is not true. Romans 6:23 says "The wages of sin is death."

However, there is hope! Jesus came and lived a sinless life and died in your place, so your sin could be paid for. As a matter of fact, Romans 6:23 says, "The wages of sin is death, but the gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord."

How can you get this gift, you may say? All you have to do is sincerely, humbly tell God you are a sinner, you want to turn away from your sin, and you want to follow and submit to Jesus. Romans 10:9 says, "if you confess with your mouth, "Jesus is Lord" and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved."

That's it! It's that easy!

We're thankful for the dedicated service Caroline has give to WIHS and to the Lord!




Updated: March 31, 2014