I have been attending United Faith Church since the day it began, and have been a member since July of 2006. My relationship with Pastor Jerry and Pastor Janeth Santiago goes back even further. It was 15 years ago when I met Pastor Jerry and Pastor Janeth Santiago’s beautiful family, although it seems like it was only yesterday. I can remember the countless hours that Pastor Janeth Santiago was willing to spend with me as she encouraged me in raising my three children, all under the age of four at the time. Pastors Jerry and Janeth Santiago’s daughters used to come over and babysit my boys and give me a much-needed break while my husband was working in North Jersey. I also recall when my husband was seriously injured in a fireworks accident, and Pastor Jerry Santiago and his son, Jeffrey, came to the hospital to offer help and support.
Anytime I needed Pastor Jerry and Pastor Janeth Santiago over the past fifteen years, all I had to do was call. No matter what time of day or night, they were there to pray for me, offer sound counsel, and of course the word of God. I am so thankful that Jesus has put Pastor Jerry and Pastor Janeth Santiago and their family in my life at times when the road was difficult and sometimes very frustrating.
Pastor Jerry Santiago has been a pillar that doesn’t tremble or shake when trials come and has been a Godly example for my three teenage sons to look up to. The application of the word of God is evident in his life as he has shown his love for my family in very practical ways. He was especially helpful when it came to my son buying his first car. He was with us every step of the way, and helped us to find the best deal and a great car. Pastor Jerry Santiago is always there to give an encouraging word, a Psalm, and a warm smile. His stability and unwavering dedication to the men and families in United Faith Church has been amazing to watch.
I have spent many hours with Pastor Janeth Santiago in prayer, on the phone, in the word, and at United Faith Church, and she continues to be there for me through all of the difficult times. When I need a friend, Pastor Janeth Santiago is there. When I need a shoulder to cry on, Pastor Janeth Santiago is there, and when I need a word of Godly encouragement, Pastor Janeth is always there to provide it. When I need counsel on raising three teenage boys, Pastor Janeth Santiago is someone I can comfortably go to, as I have observed her raise all three of her now adult children who love and serve the Lord. Pastor Janeth Santiago always points me towards Jesus and has encouraged me to seek Him and His will for all that I need in life. Let us hold unswervingly to the hope we profess, for He who promised is faithful (Hebrews 10:23). Jesus has been more than faithful to me.
While attending United Faith Church, I have learned how to stand for righteousness and truth and not compromise the word of God. I have enjoyed studying and applying the word of God to my life and watching it transform me! I have learned that in order to be a disciple of Christ, I must be willing to carry my cross and count the costs before I make that commitment.
At United Faith Church and under the leadership of Pastor Jerry and Pastor Janeth Santiago I have learned how faithful and awesome the Lord Jesus is! I have learned that I need to have both the word and the Spirit for Godly living. I have seen miracles, signs, and wonders and lives transformed in the years I have been at United Faith Church… mine included. It always goes back to Jesus and the fact that he defeated death, hell, and the grave on the cross!!! How can we not be in victory? The One who calls you is faithful and He will do it (I Thessalonians 5:24).
I am so excited for the future and all that He has for me, my family, and everyone at United Faith Church in Barnegat! Now to Him who is able to do exceedingly abundantly above all that we ask or think, according to the power that works in us, to Him be glory in the church by Christ Jesus to all generations forever and ever (Ephesians 3:2-21). Amen.
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