Leon Shade

I was raised in a lost household I seldom, if ever though about God except for summers, when I would go to church camps with my uncle.  After I became an adult, things didn’t change.  I found myself raising my children the same way I was raised.  That was self-first and personal amusement top priority.  Regardless of how hard I pursued these two goals, I always felt empty and unsatisfied.  This finally led me to heavy drinking to cover up and forget for a while how empty, hurting I was on the inside.

As a family we never had time for God, I thought.  My wife thought she had been saved as child and God began dealing with her.  After ten years of marriage she told me she was going to start going to church with or without me.  She began going and trusted the Lord as her Savior, it was salvation not rededication she needed.  Then she began serving Christ and for the next eighteen months I saw Christ so real in her life, that I soon realized I needed what she had in her life.  I finally went to church with her and about the second or third Sunday God truly convicted me of my lostness and that Jesus was the only hope for me.  It was there in that morning worship service that I invited Jesus into my heart as Savior and Lord.


“I always felt empty and unsatisfied…”


Jesus is now the head of our home and the purpose of our lives.  In Him we find fulfillment, satisfaction, and security.  We have surrendered to serving God as pastor and pastor’s wife which is the highest calling.  Now semi-retired I am still praying and working to be a witness of the peace, power and salvation provided through Jesus Christ to our church, friends and family.  My desire is to be both a witness and example of what God can do in a life surrendered to Him.  I am not perfect by any means, but God is continuing to do a mighty work in and through me.  My greatest assurance is that Christ continues to be very active in and through me.


There’s more to life than breathing and feeling – Real life is only found in Jesus Christ. 
Learn more about God’s plan of salvation HERE

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Check out my Church: First Baptist Church, Lenapah, OK