MY PERSONAL TESTIMONY
My name is Pastor Alvin Malan and I would like to share what Jesus has done in my life.
My parents migrated from Iraq to America before I was born, making me a first generation American born Chaldean.
My siblings and I were raised to be hardcore Catholics, but it was more of a social status than a lifestyle. Outside of Mass services, our home was best described as dysfunctional. My father viciously abused my mother in front of us kids, and then turned on us with malicious forms of “discipline”. It was clear that religion had done nothing for my family, however, Catholicism was embedded in our culture and we were taught not to compromise this principle.
At age 16, I had finally had enough. I moved out of my parents’ house and decided I knew what was best, and could do better on my own. Soon after, I had my first child, a son. As proud as I was to have started my own family, I couldn’t tear myself away from the party scene. I found myself associated with bad influences and addicted to alcohol and partying.
Very quickly, I became the person I was trying to get away from: my father. I had become an abusive alcoholic. Anger and guilt and thoughts of suicide plagued me. I tried to ignore it, but the shame and misery would not subside.
I was 23 years old, broken down, miserable, and on the verge of suicide when God extended His grace to me. I remember sitting at my desk at work; sleeping, depressed; when a rival work associate stopped by my desk and dropped a flyer into my hand. It was a flyer for a revival at The Potter’s House Church. I wasn’t sure why, but I felt drawn to go. I know now that that was the Holy Spirit.
The first service I attended, I accepted Jesus Christ into my heart as my Lord and Savior. God took my life; consumed with drug addiction, alcohol, immorality, anger, bitterness, loneliness, and depression; and turned it into a life of redemption, restoration, true love, joy, peace, and fulfillment. Jesus peeled away the sting of sin and corruption and transformed me and gave me a destiny. I was no longer bound by the chains of my childhood pain, by the strongholds of my religious Catholic background, or by the shackles of my guilt. I was free to know the one true God who loves me and wants a personal relationship with me!
“And this is eternal life, that they know you the only true God, and Jesus Christ whom you have sent.”
God has since blessed me with a wonderful wife and 3 more children, and more importantly, He has given me the promise of eternal life. Instead of me going to Hell for the sins I’ve committed, Jesus took the punishment of my sin and died in my place. Because of His sacrifice and resurrection from the dead, my life has been restored and I know that when I die, Heaven will be my home. And Jesus can do the same for you. Accept the gift of salvation today, don’t wait!
If you would like to ask Jesus Christ to come into your heart and receive the gift of salvation, pray the sinners’ prayer:
Lord Jesus, I know that I am a sinner and that I cannot save myself. I gratefully receive your gift of salvation. I am ready to trust you and receive you as my Lord and my Savior. Thank you, Lord Jesus, for coming to earth. I believe you are the Son of God who died on the cross for my sins and rose from the dead on the third day. Thank you for bearing my sins and giving me the gift of eternal life. Come into my heart, Lord Jesus. Amen.
Today my wife and I are pastoring a new church here in La Mesa, California. Our church is a wonderful congregation and family, and we’d love to have you join us! It would be our privilege to help you serve Jesus in any way possible.