Ex-drug user credits sobriety, salvation to church staying open amid COVID-19: ‘I would be dead’

Trinity Bible Chapel in Waterloo, Ontario, Canada. |

Before surrendering to Christ, Jennifer Scott was a drug consumer, “smoking and shooting” 7 grams of crack cocaine into her physique day-after-day. But God “used other Christians” to save lots of her life — and he or she believes if it wasn’t for her church staying open through the COVID-19 lockdowns, she “would be dead.” 

Scott’s church, Trinity Bible Chapel in Ontario, Canada, posted a video on Twitter of her sharing her testimony, which has since gone viral.

Despite bans on worship gatherings and ongoing lockdowns in response to the pandemic,  Trinity Bible Chapel incurred over $100,000 in fines for staying open in opposition to the Reopening Ontario Act and the Emergency Management and Civil Protection Act.

Scott, who testified forward of her baptism that she’d abused medication since she was 14, credited her restoration with the church’s determination to maintain its doorways open regardless of opposition.

“Before Christ, I was a very angry person, and filled with fear, doubt and self-pity. I was constantly seeking avenues of filling the hole in me that only Jesus could fill,” added Scott, in line with The Daily Wire. “It began with marijuana and ended with smoking crack cocaine and intravenous drug use. I was a slave to darkness.”

While mired in drug dependancy, Scott was invited to a prayer assembly at Trinity by her son. Shortly after attending that assembly, she began to attend the church, led by Pastor Jacob Reaume, repeatedly. 

“In my small group, I asked for prayer to help me stop,” Scott shared in her video testimony, referring to her drug use. “I left a comment on one of Pastor Jacob’s sermons on YouTube. Pastor Jacob took the time to find out who I was and tracked me down and called me to pray for me to encourage me to keep coming to church. I did.”

Shortly after the pastor and church elders prayed for her, Scott acquired a cellphone name that there was a mattress obtainable at a sober residing home in Cambridge. In the meantime, Scott mentioned, she continued to attend Trinity. 

“I’ve been clean and sober now for over seven months, moved into my own apartment and the Body of Christ here at Trinity has helped me with [furnishings] and other blessings,” she revealed. “None of these things would have happened if Trinity closed its doors and was solely online. I know for a fact that I would be dead right now if God had not used this church in my life.” 

Scott added that even when struggled with relapsing on a number of events, “Jesus never stopped His pursuit” after her.  

“The Gospel is the good news that we have salvation through Jesus Christ,” Scott mentioned. “God came down in the form of a sinless man, Jesus, and poured out His wrath onto Him, that He might spare us eternity in hell; if only we believe that He is the Son of God — the King of Kings, Lord of Lords, and the Truth, the Way, and the Life.”

The video of Scott’s testimony was unfold throughout Twitter feeds with the hashtag #OpenYourChurch. 

Over the final two years, a number of pastors have been jailed — or their church buildings hit with fines — for violating Canada’s COVID-19 restrictions of church gatherings. 

Last yr, Trinity Bible Chapel and its leaders have been ordered to pay hundreds of {dollars} in fines over its determination to stay open regardless of the lockdown orders.

This included a $35,000 tremendous for the church itself, $10,000 fines for its pastors, and different leaders of the congregation every being fined $7,500, amongst different fines.

At the time, Reaume posted an announcement to the church’s web site explaining that regardless of opposition, “Jesus is worth it.”

“[W]orship services are not ours to give up. They belong to Jesus. He purchased His worship with the price of His own blood,” wrote Reaume.

“Not only do we rejoice that our extravagant worship services have given us the opportunity to lead many people to Jesus, as it seems we learn of new people every week who have been saved during this time of persecution, but also now our extravagant worship services have furnished the opportunity to bear witness to the worthiness of Christ before the Superior Court of Ontario.”

Though restrictions on religious gatherings due to COVID-19 vary across Canada, all provinces have placed limits on how many people can get together under one roof. On Monday, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and U.S. State Department advised against travel to Canada because of a rising number of COVID-19 cases as the Omicron variant continues to spread.

In an op-ed for The Christian Post, Sey criticized Canada’s leadership for enacting a fourth lockdown

“[Most] Ontarians aren’t essentially affected by Omicron or COVID. We’re affected by the implications of our authorities’s incompetent management,” he wrote.

“Omicron isn’t a menace to most of us, however the authorities has turn into a menace to us all. Ontarians and Canadians have a number of the highest vaccination charges on the planet. Yet, we even have a number of the most extreme restrictions on the planet.”

Sey identified {that a} current ballot revealed that 55% of Canadians supported new restrictions and new lockdowns due to Omicron.

“In some methods, we’re simply as chargeable for the authoritarian and oppressive COVID insurance policies. If we didn’t assist or stay largely silent on these insurance policies, our authorities could be too afraid of their political future to implement them,” he contended.

“So disgrace on the federal government, and disgrace on us for persevering with to permit them to do that.”


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