Meet Kevin Baldwin
I grew up knowing all about God, Jesus, and the Bible, but did not know Jesus personally. I tried to be a good Christian, worked hard, took care of my younger brothers, was respectful of my parents , but was never sure if I had done enough good to outweigh the times that I was bad.
In High School I started attending a Southern Baptist church in East Hartford. There was freshness and joy there that I had not experienced before. Still, I studied my Bible and continued to learn more about Jesus and how to be a better man. At the same time, I still sinned and felt terrible, so I tried even harder to earn my way back to God. I knew that I was not good enough, but I kept on trying to please God and men, my parents, teachers, friends, and family.
Finally in my senior year, I was trying so hard and was getting very tired. I was on the debating team, chess club, ran track, and had 2 paper routes (morning and night), lawn service in the neighborhood and 2 janitorial jobs. Finally, I got up the morning after the presidential elections and collapsed. I had an advanced case of Mononucleosis, strep throat, flue, and finally pneumonia. I was kept home from school and all outside activities until after the New Year's Day. During that 2-month period, I had lost 30 lbs. and was very weak. I could hardly walk. It was just where God needed me to be, sitting still and quiet enough to listen to Him.
My first out of the house experience, except for school, was a youth retreat to Mt Monadnock with the Youth Group. Here, for the first time, I heard with Spiritual ears what God had been telling me all along. That He knew that I had sinned and fallen short of His glory, that the wages of my sin were death and death was what I deserved. I realized that night that God so loved the world , even me, that He gave His one and only Son so that when I believe in Him, I would not die but have eternal life.
That night, Feb 1969, I gave my life to Jesus and have been His ever since.
Updated: February 26, 2017