Stories

Life can feel big and like we’re the only ones experiencing what we’re going through.

We want you to know you’re not alone in what you’re experiencing. That’s why we share stories.

Watch below to see how God has met others right where they were and helped them move to healthier and more fulfilling places in life.

Ministry

Discipleship

Reading the Bible was difficult for me

Felicia always struggled with reading her Bible. She wanted to read but didn’t know where or what to read. The Bible Reading Tool helped her re-learn how to approach God’s word in a way that was life giving and personal to her everyday life.

Restore

I found out I have a problem with pride

Randall saw himself as better than others. He learned that God loves him and will never forsake him. By God’s grace, he is striving to see and treat others the way God does.

Restore

I was angry, ashamed, and anxious…

CJ lived daily not knowing how to actually apply what she knew about the Bible to her life. That led to anger, shame, and anxiety that overwhelmed her on a daily basis. Through Restore, she learned how to live in the grace of Jesus and truly cast all her cares on him.

Kids

It’s where I can learn about Jesus and the Bible

Teaching kids about Jesus is something we take seriously. Hear from some of our Salem Kids about what they’re learning and how Jesus is beginning to impact their lives.

Missions

I found Jesus in my work

Scott had a desire to incorporate what he did for work with what Jesus was doing in his life. He found a way to take his skills and use them in a place God was already at work.

Restore

I endured years of abuse and my own sin. I felt like a fraud of a Christian…

Bethany felt like she was crumbling under the pressures of life. God showed her that He understands her pain and struggles and that communion with Him is her utmost good. Bethany is learning that she doesn’t have to live under the guilt and shame of all the ways she falls short, but is rejoicing and trusting God and his unfailing grace and goodness… for abusers and victims alike.

Restore

I didn’t like being a Christian…

Jill became a Christian at a young age but was never taught what it meant to be a disciple. She struggled with fear, shame, and living up to what she thought a Christian should be. Restore helped her learn she was loved and accepted by Jesus no matter what.

Life Groups

I was lost and I didn’t know how to get out…

Kristen grew up in a religious setting centered around rituals and going through the right motions. After struggling in college, she was introduced to what an actual relationship with Jesus looked like and how it would change her entire approach to faith.

Restore

Instead of going to God, I would run away…

Keli and Matt both had shame and guilt causing distance between them, their relationship with each other, and their relationship with God. Through learning their place in God’s story, they were able to see how Jesus loved them despite their struggles and the freedom knowing that brings.

Restore

My past caused me shame…

Ron’s life was weighing on him daily. Through Restore, he found a peace knowing God was in control of his life and loved him no matter what he’d done in his past.

Restore

I wanted to be loved but I didn’t want to be vulnerable…

Luke was stuck in a pattern of isolation. God used Restore to show him that he wasn’t alone and that because of God’s love he doesn’t have to be burdened by guilt and shame and can experience closeness with God and with others.

Students

Her faith has grown so much

Robin’s daughter was searching for a place she could be a part of. After attending two Thrive Nights, she connected with other students and leaders and began learning how Jesus could help her through her everyday struggles.