West Michigan Church Celebrates Easter with Cardboard Testimonies

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On Easter Sunday, sharing personal testimonies at Calvary Christian Reformed Church in Wyoming, Mich., took on a new twist—one involving cardboard. Members were encouraged to write a few words on cardboard to show the transformation Christ has made in their lives.

Mark Van Drunen, Robbie Grant, Pat Huizing, Jeanette Fields, and Aaron Potter hold up their cardboard testimonies.

Mark Van Drunen, the church’s pastor, came up with the idea for “cardboard testimonies” after viewing a video from another church.

“It is a chance to share what we were before Christ came in and did a work in our life, and then to share what God has done or is doing in our lives,” Van Drunen said.

Robbie Grant, who began attending Calvary about a year ago, held up a piece of cardboard with the word “purity” to describe her transformation since she became a Christian.

Grant said her faith gave her the strength to leave a 15-year relationship last summer, when it became clear to her that her boyfriend did not want to marry her. “It was very hard. My stomach hurt when I told him. But I give God the glory (for giving me the strength),” she said.

Grant hopes her story will help others who may be struggling with temptation in a relationship.

Van Drunen said he wanted to incorporate the cardboard testimonies into the Easter message of how Jesus’ resurrection makes it possible for everyone to have a resurrection in their own hearts, lives, and families.

About the Author

Greg Chandler is a freelance news correspondent for The Banner. He lives in Grand Rapids, Michigan.

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