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Pastor Timothy H. Burdick
Isaiah 42:16

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Timothy’s Story

I will bring the blind by a way they did not know; I will lead them in paths they have not known. I will make darkness light before them, and crooked places straight. These things I will do for them, and not forsake them” (Isaiah 42:16)

As all of us have to face challenges in life. It is my prayer that this will be a story of encouragement to you, in whatever you may be going through. Secondly, I pray, that you’ll see God’s faithfulness, for He has been faithful in my life. Many times, God works behind the scenes. Thirdly and finally, know that despite your circumstances, that God is a good God. The world is not fair, but God is good. Now, before I get on my soap box, let me tell you my story:

I was born and raised in a nominal Christian home. While I heard about God in Sunday school and church, He didn't have control over my life. Mom and my two sisters and I would go to church, only to come home and argue. All of this would happen in front of my dad, who said that was one reason that he didn't go to church with us.

In my early teens, for a very short time, I began to explore other religions. The church as I knew it seemed to cold and traditional. I didn't know how empty I really was.

But before I go on, let me tell you about something funny that happened in that little church when I was growing up. I was about six years old and sitting in church one Sunday morning. It was about lunch time, and my stomach was growling from hunger. Mom always made a special Sunday dinner, and that day especially, I was looking forward to it. Suddenly I came back to the real world, when I heard the preacher talking about bread and grape juice. My ears perked up – it sounded great. Now you'll have to understand that I can't see – I’m blind and have been blind since birth. And when they passed the communion elements, I was disappointed by the size of them.

One evening, I went to a small youth service in that church in which I grew up. It was totally different, and there was a Christian rock group that I could relate to. At the end of the service, the preacher challenged us to commit our lives to Jesus, so I knelt down by my folding chair. The change in my life was an instant one. The emptiness was all gone. Later my dad, who I spoke about earlier, asked me, “What happened to you?” I was changed by the Lord. It was to be many years later that my father accepted Christ, but he did accept Him on his death bed.

Shortly after I received the Lord, I went on a retreat, and that was where God called me into the ministry. This new life consumed me, and I couldn't seem to get enough of God’s Word. I was seeing things in a new way. Like a hungry child, I would go to a Bible study or Christian concerts almost every night.

But, it wasn't all peaches and cream. After being trained for the ministry, obtaining a Bachelor’s degree in religious studies and a Master’s degree in Christian Education, I spent about 22-years working on telephones, selling products I didn’t believe in. I wondered what God was doing and sometimes I got angry with Him. I asked God many times, “Do you know what You are doing?” But that drive to go into the ministry never left me.

Now, I am working with Friday study Ministries and New Vision Ministries. I still don't understand many things about what I call the dark period in my life. But now I feel that God was preparing me for what I am doing now, with a special ministry to the disabled community as the Minister of Abilities for Friday Study Ministries, the First Church On The Net. I am also the Director of New Vision Ministries. And I praise the Lord every day.

Editor’s Note: Timothy H. Burdick is the Minister of Abilities of Friday Study Ministries, The First Church On The net. He has been blind since birth, and his wife, Susan, who struggles with multiple sclerosis and cancer, also is blind. But Pastor Timothy has New Vision in the Lord, Who makes “darkness light” before him, and he indeed praises the Lord every day. You may reach him through Ron@fridaystudy.org

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