Testimonies

Testifying to God's Glory
What's your story of God's work in your life?

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Testimony by Lafare Herbrand

Hi and God bless everyone, my name is Lafare Herbrand and this is just one chapter in my journey with Jesus.

Before I came to God's Ranch I was at American Behavorial Health Systems were I had been for approximately 100 days. There I met a woman named Joyce and all she could talk about was this Biker Church and Womens House that she had been at one time. But you know how it is, you get your mind set on how you're going to manage your treatment and going to Tacoma was not in my plans.

This is where, when you are new in Christ and just beginning your journey that God steps in and takes back some of those decisions from you that could harm your new found faith. I wanted to go back to Olympia where my kids were, but like I said God had other plans and I landed at God's Ranch. It was at God's Ranch that I really learned to wait on God and trust that He had my best interest at heart. Although I still could not understand why I could not be closer to my kids.

I got to God's Ranch in about the middle of May just when it was time to start a garden. God is so good He used my time there to teach me about preparing soil, planting seeds, watering and tending this garden. I could see how God had prepared my soil, planted seed, watered and lovingly tended the Garden of my heart.

I also learned about working with others through all kinds of diversity, learning that the little group of ladies we had at the house was a family, we were the body of Christ. I learned how to apply everyday circumstances to principles I studied from the Bible. I remember when God's principle of faith without works is dead finally dawned on me, for me that was a biggy. If I could not acclimate myself into the world without the world influencing me, what good was I going to be.

Pastor Ed and his wife Reva are truly workers for God and they try to encourage others to see there is much to be done. Incidently about a year after I left God's Ranch, while I was still at Chuck and Leeann's Transitional House, God gave me back my kids. After much prayer and lots of stretching from God, I realized God waited until my motives were purely unselfish and I was mature enough to handle my children I had not raised in 9 years.

Thanks be all to God, and all the people who knowingly and unknowingly played a part in my reconciliation to God. Every step of the way has been a journey, getting pruned hurts but what beautiful fruit it produces. To all the ladies at God' Ranch...Let God have His way in your life and learn to wait on the Lord, He knows best!

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Testimony of Joe Bell

My name is Joe. Before I came to this Ministry, I had a promising career in the construction field. But I felt as though something was missing in my life. But just couldn't figure out what that was. So instead of searching to find that answer, I turned to booze and drugs to fill that void. So much so, that eventually that lifestyle led me to homelessness but more so, hopelessness.

Until I met Pastor Ed and the Christian Biker Tabernacle. the Discipleship (thru Pastor Ed) taught me the truth about Christ, instilled a faith and trust in God that I used to put in money, booze and drugs. I learned what it meant to stand up on my own two feet and take responsibilty for my own actions. (Past, Present and Future) But most importantly to be honest with God, myself and others.

By allowing my old life to die and being re-born in Christ, my marriage has been restored and I have self esteem. But even more so I am a productive member of society, who doesn't have to live my life taking and hurting but instead giving and helping.

Could I have found the Lord and had my life restored without Pastor Ed and his Ministry? Possibly... But I don't believe I would have this magnitude and depth of love and understanding.

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Testimony by Jackie Wells

Hi my name is Jackie and I'm a greatful believer in Jesus Christ and a recovering drug addict. Prior to coming to God's Ranch my drug abuse spanned approximently 33 years. I was in drug treatment 7 times completeing 6 of them, detox 8 times and I completed a 2 year out patient program required by the court because of a DUI. In between those times I was in various other institutions because of my drug addiction. I had no lasting sobriety after getting out of any of these places.

I was living in my car when I showed up at Pastor Ed and Reva's looking for God's Ranch. I entered the program that day and completed the 6 month commitment. Upon entering the program I had a lot of head knowledge about addiction from previous centers and some about Jesus from going to Church off and on. But, I had no heart knowledge about Him. I didn't know how to have a personal relationship with Jesus Christ.
I learned that at God's Ranch and so much more. I learned about His love for me and how to love others. I learned about His grace and mercy and how to have compassion for others. I learned about His forgiveness and through that how to forgive myself and others.

Through the community service in the program I learned how to get out of myself and into helping others. The void in my heart that I tried to fill with drugs all those years was lifted through knowing Jesus Christ. The God of the universe became my everything. The program wasn't easy, but it's awesome. It changed me and in turn changed my life. Change isn't easy but its also not an option in maintaining sobriety.

Since graduating the program I've moved to a small town near Mt. Rainier where I have a job and am involved in my Church. I am also a leader in Celebrate Recovery, a 12 Step Christ centered recovery group. There with God's help I continue with what I was taught at God's Ranch by helping others find hope through Jesus Christ in sobriety.

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Testimony by Jennifer Lalander

My name is Jennifer G. Lalander. I am 31 yrs old and have 2 children ages 4 and 6. In February of 2008 I was homeless and had no future. My husband (boyfriend at the time) was in jail looking at a long prison term, I was addicted to drugs and had no means of financial support. At the end of my rope I heard about Pastor Ed Wren,s Christian Bikers Tabernacle and the Christian based program they provided for people seeking to change their lives.

This is a structured program with times for everything:  wakeup, bed, meals, Bible Study, time for fellowship , but most importantly Church. This program is set up to utilize all of our idle time so we won't have anytime to resort to our old behavior and way of thinking. This program teaches you a new way of thinking, acting, and a new set of morals.

This program is so awesome it not only helps men and women it also helps with the children. The main focus of this program is Christian based and it helps teach the children the proper way to act with regards to respecting authority, manners and morals. The objective of all of this is to instill in them a Christian way of living their lives, giving them hope, showing them love, and in hopes that they make the right choices in life and teach their children the same.

I can personally testify that this program has changed my life. I am no longer homeless. I live in a 2 bedroom apartment. I am happily married and my family as a whole is happier than ever. We are still fully involved with the Church and Church functions.

I recommend this program for anyone who wants to change their lives. This program is more than a drug rehab, its better than counseling, and I can testify that it truly works.

I want to thank you for giving me the time to share with you what Pastor Ed's program has done to change me and my family's lives. It gave us hope and inspired us to change our lives. I pray to GOD that you will see the miracles that take place in peoples lives because of the discipleship program Pastor Ed has put together. God Bless

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Testimony by Pastor Dennis K. Lalander

My name is Dennis K. Lalander I am 38 years old and I have been in prison 3 times for a total of 156 months. I had been a drug addict since I was the age of 17 and was in the Thurston County Jail for idenity theft, looking at 47-53 months when Pastor Ed Wren came and spoke to the prosecutor. I was at that point given a second chance,to enter the Adullam Discipleship Program rather then jail.

This program is not like any other program out there. I have been to several other programs, both Private and State Certified, but none of them could help me. The program teaches you a new way of thinking, acting and morals. It teaches you a new way of life.

Most of us addicts feel rejected, abandoned, and unloved. But Pastor Ed gives people hope by showing them that through God, there are people that care.

This program is a hands on program where everything is structured. There are times set for wakeup, bedtime, meals, Bible studies, Church and fellowship. There is no idle time to allow us to give time to our old behavior.

I graduated the program in October 2008. I am still fully involved with the Church. I am a full time employee for a multibillion dollar company. This is my first legal job since I was 25. I am happily married and have two children. I am also for the first time paying off my old debts that are in collections.

I recommend this program. Without it I would most likely be in prison or still raising havoc in society. I want to thank you for giving me this opportunity to share with you what Pastor Ed and his program has done for my life and family. I just pray that God will allow you to see the miracles that take place in peoples lives because of this discipleship program.

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Testimonies of Matthew & Christina Atwood

This letter is in regards to the Ministry work being done by Pastor Ed Wren and his wife Reva, and their team at the Christian Biker Tabernacle in Tacoma, Washington.

My husband and I entered their discipleship program in November of 2000. We were both broken and troubled by a 20-year addiction to methamphetamines. We were unemployable, emotionally unavailable to our 2 children, and headed towards seperation, prison, or death.

Pastor Ed took Matt under his wing as I made a 90-day commitment to live a God's Ranch. We attended Church several times a week along with faith based 12 step meetings and various Bible Studies. We also participated in house blessings and community outreaches which included the running of a food and clothing bank, feeding the homeless in downtown Tacoma, volunteering at the World Vision warehouse, and many other local charity events. the focus of the program was to introduce us to Our Lord and provide us the tools to reenter society as productive members after making relapse prevention plans and securing outside support.

We know a lot of people who have been loved through this ministry now living awesome successful faith-filled lives. We are only 2, with almost 9 years clean and sober; a journeyman carpenter and a retail store manager. A husband and wife, a mother and father, a grandma and grandpa, Children of God.

We are forever grateful to the folks at the Christian Biker Tabernacle. The strength and devotion to the call on their lives and the love shared through the obedience to the mission is contagious. My husband and I both have our own ministries as do several of our closest friends, all products and fruit of Pastor Ed and his ministry at CBT. Their love saves lives.

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Testimony of Terry Lynn Brass

My name is Terry Brass and I am writing this letter to endorse Paster Ed Wren and the many ministries he and his wife Reva serve and maintain. It is my privilege to call them spiritual mentors in my life and I am truly blessed to call them friends.

Let me tell you a little about myself yesterday and today. I am 55, was an alcoholic and had struggled with that affliction for over 30 years. I have been an inpatient in various "secular" treatment programs 11 times. Basically I went and got sober then shortly after completing the programs I went right back to the drinking. Over the course of several years of this game I began to lose hope of ever living a "normal" life without alcohol. I lost my self respect and my value system was so clouded I did things I was very ashamed of which resulted in me being depressed and riddled with guilt. I have been in and out of jail a few times and that just added to the depression. I was a mess on the inside trying to pretend on the outside that everything was wonderful. I was without hope and slowly destroying myself and the love my family and friends had for me. What a mess.

That was yesterday. Today I have a peace in my life that is indescribable. There has been restoration with my husband and my family. I have a future and hope. I am forgiven and I have victory over the darkness which has so clouded my life.

Let me share with you what happened: My husband dropped me off at the Christian Biker Tabernacle. I was to participate in their discipleship program at God's Ranch. Humiliated as I was, I agreed. The ministry leadership team was wonderful. They took my broken spirit and loved me just as I was. They did not judge me, they loved me. Over the course of the six months I was apart of the program, through the guidence of Pastor Ed and his wife Reva, I found a new hope and a new way of living. I found the love of Christ not only in God's Word but in the wisdom and encouragement of Pastor Ed and his ministry team.

My yesterday is gone and I am forgiven!

I praise God that He sent me to be ministered by Pastor Ed and the many brothers and sisters of the Tabernacle ministries. Pastor Ed is a faithful servant and any consideration you give him and his ministry team would be a blessing to any of the prison facilities in Washington State or any other State for that matter. The message of hope needs to be heard and pastor Ed and his team have the compassion and discernment to share the message with the people and lift them up to a new life filled with restoration and peace.

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Testimony of Karen Stutesman

My name is Karen Stutesman, I first met Pastor Ed and Reva Wren on April 20, 2004 at 10am. I went to a discipleship program they run called "God's Ranch". When I arrived I was a very broken person with no hope of a future; a marriage that was a signature away from being terminated a 3 beautiful children that had lost all hope of ever having their happy family back.

Pastor Ed and Reva opened their arms to me and taught me, through the love of Jesus Christ, that their was hope for the future. They taught me, through scripture, that God could restore my marriage, give my children a happy home and most importantly that God loved me and could forgive me for anything I have done wrong in my life.

I had never known love like that existed until now and if it wasn't for Pastor Ed and Reva I would have walked through life empty and not knowing how to find it. They showed me love, compassion, and gave my life meaningful direction all through the power of Jesus Christ.

It is 40 days shy of 5 years since my life found a new direction. My husband and I stayed married and will be celebrating our 13th wedding anniversary in June. Our Children have all accepted Jesus Christ as their Savior and our home is now a happy one. Pastor Ed has the ability to reach the hurt and down trodden in a way that lasts a life time.

My eyes and heart have been opened to recieve the love of Christ through Pastor Ed and Reva,and because of that we enjoy sharing that love to as many people as possible. My husband and children help me pick up donated food everyday and do a street feed on Saturdays. We are able to share the love so graciously shown to us through Pastor Ed Wren by our Lord Jesus Christ to approximately 1200 people a month.

May the Lord bless you and keep you, may the Lord's face shine upon you and give you peace.

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Testimony of Danette K. Clinton

My name is Danette K. Clinton, I am thirty-three years old. A mother and follower of the Lord Jesus Christ. I currently live in Lincoln California.

When I was lost in sin and drugs my parents sent me to God's Ranch for the first time in 2002. At that time the Lord knew that I was not ready to change. I went back out into the world and back to God's Ranch again. The Lord knew I still wanted it both ways and at the end of 2003 I tried it again.

This time the Lord changed me inside and out. No matter what stuff I pulled, or what rules I broke, Pastor Ed and Reva always loved me and assured me that the Lord loves me too. This ministry showed me a new way of life, and how to live for the Lord and others instead of just for myself.

Really this ministry saved my life and my daughters because they led me to the Lord. you see at God's Ranch I learned first of all to Love the Lord, to love myself, forgive others and myself. To be led by the holy Spirit and not my own understanding.

The Lord has restored all the relationships that I destroyed. I am a living walking miracle Praise the Lord! Today I have my daughter and an awesome Christian man who loves me and my daughter. A new baby on the way, my own house, a job and a family that loves me. Without going to God's Ranch I know in my heart I would be in jail or dead. I pray that you can see the good that this ministry does, the lives that it helps save, and the positive impact it has on lost women, children and men. Thank you.

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