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Jack Gallagher's Testimony


It was not that long ago when I thought to be a "born again " Christian you had 
to be either weird or a weakling. Well I am here today as one of those 
Christians and I don't consider myself weird or a weakling. 

My testimony is not a story of a dramatic change of character or personality, 
like some "spiritual experiences" I've heard and read about. 

It is a story of a slow realization of the call of God into His family. I say 
slow because it took forty-six years for me to wake up. 

I had a friend who always used to say "hind-sight is always 20/20". When I look 
back over those years, before I accepted Jesus as my Savior, I see now, how God 
took good care of me, even though I did not know Him. 

I see now what God was trying to say to me...come join My Family. All to often I 
was not listening. I was born and raised in Brooklyn, N.Y., I moved to Stroudburg, 
Pa. in 1989. I now live in Bradley, WV. 

When I was about five or six I got real sick. The doctors could not even figure 
out what was wrong with me. Some thought it was in my head, others thought I was 
going to die. In fact they told my folks to take me home and let me die. 

I spent a lot of time in hospitals and had a lot of surgeries, From my head to 
my feet and parts in between. I have disability which I am not supposed have 
called Dystonia. And I use crutches or a wheelchair to get around. Only God knew 
what was in store for me.

I started school when I was about twelve or thirteen and fell in love with 
books. I excelled in math, but any books that would take me away from my every 
day life, I absorbed. 

In my late teens I found something new to become absorbed in: alcohol and 

You see, I walk funny and I talk even funnier and it gave me the courage to be 

One thing though, I was far from was a social drinker. And I have yet to meet a 
social drug taker.

The month after I turned twenty-six my brother brought me to a twelve step 

By the Grace of a Loving God I got straight and sober. That same Loving God has 
enabled me to stay that way for many years. Because of my pride, I used to take 
the credit for this accomplishment.

It took another twenty years for me to find out just who this Loving God was and still 
is today. 

On Sept. 11, 1993, I accepted the Lord Jesus Christ as my Savior, and began to 
realize just how much He has watched over me.

I once heard a woman, on the radio, talking about God giving out assignments. 
Well He has given me many work assignments from shining shoes to being a 
substitute teacher for the young adults. My last work assignment was to become a 
computer programmer/analyst which lasted for almost ten years, until 
degenerative arthritis got the better of me. That was in June of 1992. 

My real assignment has been to be of service to people. He has given me many 
opportunities, allot of which I have griped about, but when they are done, I've 
always come away feeling, like it's great to be alive. 

I wanted this page to be a testimony of Our Loving God. 

I don't believe I've succeeded, I think it will take the rest of my life to 
stand in His presence and not say look what I have done...instead of just 
saying Thank You Father. 

Still I want to be His servant. Hopefully as a member of a Bible believing 
church, I'll learn how to be just that. 

In late 1994, I think, I started chatting (IRCing for the techie people) on the 
internet. Well today I chat with people all of the world. And I'm happy to say 
that some of them have become real friends. If I started to name them I would 
leave someone one, and I don't want to do that. So there you will find me, on 
and off that is. 

One of these people I met on the net has become my wife. We met Online almost 3 
1/2 years ago. I am a very fortunate man. We got married on June 20th, 1998. 
And I could not be happier, I have 2 stepsons and we are learning to become a 

Some of my favorite verses have become:

Psalm 139:23-24 Search me, O God, and know my heart; test me and know my 
thoughts. Point out anything in me that offends you, and lead me along the path 
of everlasting life." (NLT) 

Isa 41:10 "So do not fear, for I am with you, do not be dismayed, for I am your 
GOD. I will strengthen you and help you; I will uphold you with my righteous 
right hand." (NIV) 

Phil 4:13 "I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me." (NKJV) 

Please let me know what you thought of this page or if you have any questions, 
please email me at happyjack510@hotmail.com

In His Service,


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