and Testimony of Jeff Peters
Have you ever heard that music is the universal language? Well I believe that to be very true. Music speaks to our hearts in many ways. It can make us laugh, dance, love, cry, contemplate, and experience a million other emotional feelings. Music has been a part of my life since I can remember. I’m the type of person that if you say a word, I might start singing a song about it. Everywhere I go I sing. Singing has always been a passion of mine, and I am very blessed to be able to sing about my Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ.
When I was about thirteen years old, I asked Jesus Christ to be my Lord and Savior. As a youth, I always enjoyed going to church and worshipping God; however, it wasn’t until my college years that I began to go deep with God. The summer of 1997 was a pivotal moment in my Christian walk. That summer, I applied to be a counselor at Camp Buckner in Burnet, Texas, and got the position. It was one of the most challenging and rewarding experiences that I have had. I learned about love, discipline, integrity, and perseverance. I also learned how important atmosphere is in developing and molding one’s character. As I was immersed in this rich Christian environment, I experienced amazing growth and maturity. I was there for ten weeks, teaching and ministering to youth, and learning from them and other counselors. A fire and passion was birthed inside of me, as I began to develop and understand my relationship with God and others.
After that summer, my desire was to see youth experience the fullness of God. I knew if they could just see someone excited and passionate for God, and full of love, that they would be forever changed. At this time, I had a strong desire to start a Christian band. I thought, “What a platform to minister to people, especially youth!” That fall the desire was fulfilled and the Christian band, BOMFOG, was established. Over the next five years, I was able to see many lives changed and impacted because of the message we shared. The wonderful thing about that experience is that still today, people tell me how that ministry has blessed their lives.
Since Easter Sunday, 2001, I have been leading worship for Freedom Fellowship Church. Throughout this time, I have gained a better understanding of what it means to be led by the Spirit, how to cultivate relationships within a worship setting, and how to lead others to the throne. I believe the greatest revelation that I have had as a worship leader, is to simply worship God; and to walk with him daily. I have been blessed to see how people respond to the Holy Spirit, as music sung and played with a pure heart, creates an atmosphere for God’s presence. It is in His presence that lives can be changed and restored.
Throughout the years, I feel that my relationship with God has really grown, and become much more intimate. I see how God has molded me through the experiences of life (good and bad) to bring wisdom, understanding, and knowledge into my life. I’m excited about continuing to learn and to grow as an individual. I believe that the Lord wants to teach us many things. All we have to do is be willing and ask Him for guidance and direction.
Over the last three years (2004-2007), I have been a teacher at Ambleside School of San Angelo. It has been an amazing journey and God has taught me much. The main thing that God has taught me is to be content and excel in the place that He has me. Before, I always looked towards dreams that seemed unreachable. I know there are many people out there that feel the same way. Many times, I felt depressed and hopeless, as it seemed like everything always worked out for the other guy. I felt the distant calling me. Something out there, saying that there’s got to be more. This strong desire to see people live passionately and free in the Lord was overwhelming inside; and I felt the only answer to this, was the label of “Full-time ministry.” Man, was I wrong! Living life passionately for God on a daily basis is what we are called to do. Through the process of God revealing his perfect plan for our lives, we’re trained, equipped, and sent out to do his work. The call that I felt, that was so distant, was really a call to live today. As that revelation has been made clear in my life, God has begun to move me to a new place. This new place has led me to the development of Get Connected Ministries.