My name is Don Lane and I am currently a member of the Road to Emmaus Baptist Church, and also serve as one of the two deacons in the church. I have been a faithful member since 1999. Our pastor expressed to the congregation that it would be great to be able to post the testimonies of the members of the congregation to the church website so that others reading them could get a blessing.
I became a born-again Christian at an early age (somewhere in my early teens) when I accepted an altar call at a local church that I had been attending for a while by myself. At the time I got saved I was a member of a Charismatic Church that was faithful to preach from the King James 1611 Authorized Version of the scripture. I had also attended a Presbyterian Church with my family whenever I was younger, and had been taught the “basics” about Christianity and that Jesus Christ was sent from heaven to die on the cross for our sins.
I suffered a great deal of persecution from peers and even family members after I got saved which; consequently, led to me quitting the Charismatic Church and sadly enough, caused me to stop serving the Lord altogether. After this my life took a downward spiral and I began to live life “my way” and acted, talked and dressed like the rest of the world. I was married in a Catholic Church in August 1991 to my beautiful wife. Our first son was born in March 1995 and was baptized as an infant in the Catholic Church. My wife and I were always reverent when it came to religious matters, but we did not attend or join a church.
I attended a local police academy in Beaver County and graduated in the spring of 1995. Even with my military police background and experience in working local security jobs I was unable to find a position as a police officer. I also had political and family “connections,” but none of that seemed to be enough to land me a position as an officer.
Then in 1997 I landed an awesome job with the Federal Police Organization at the Federal Building in Pittsburgh, PA. The opportunity; however, fell through and I was back to “square one.” I was so distraught over this and remember that one evening during a walk around my neighborhood that I began to call out to God for help. I vividly remember throwing my hands up into the air in disgust and said, “What do I do now God?” I then heard a voice telling me to … “Go to church.” The bible teaches about how God can talk to you in a still, small voice (I Kings 19:11-13). I heard a still, small voice on that day and it was as clear as if someone was standing next to me and whispering in my ear.
After that I had complete peace about my situation. I went home and told my wife what had happened and she agreed with me that we should find a church to attend. The obvious choice was to go back to the Charismatic Church that I had attended when I was younger; however, the Lord would have different plans for us. While at a local restaurant we were discussing with my mother-in-law our plans to go to church. Out of nowhere she pulled a “gospel tract” out of her pocket entitled “God’s Simple Plan of Salvation.” She said that she had been given the tract by a really nice man who went by the name, Preacher Bill.
We had thought of attending “Preacher Bill’s” church, but after much deliberation we decided on attending the Charismatic Church so we headed off to Beaver Falls and the only thing we found was a vacant building where the former church had been (we later found out that the church had moved to another location). Unbeknownst to me, while I was looking around the building my wife was reading the gospel tract and got saved after reading it (she told me later about her experience in the car while she was reading the tract). After all of this, we ended up calling the number on the tract and started to attend services there. We stayed there for a number of years before ultimately winding up at the Road to Emmaus Baptist Church in Monaca, PA.
Shortly after getting back into church my career endeavors began to take a positive turn. An opportunity arose with the Aliquippa Police Department. I applied and was the sixth person out of six men that were hired for the position as Patrolmen. I was hired in February of 1998 and am still with the department 19 years later.
I praise the Lord for his direction in my life and for all of the many blessings that he had brought to me and my family over the years. God blessed us with a second son and both of our boys are saved and serving God faithfully! I have recently been struck with a very rare disease, and have suffered much over the past year, but I know that God is in charge of my life and that he will give me the grace to make it through! My life verse is Psalm 37:4, “Delight thyself also in the LORD; and he shall give thee the desires of thine heart.”
I firmly believe that if I had not decided to give my life to Christ in service that I would have never become a police officer and that my wife and children may not have become Christians and that my life would have been in shambles. I praise God for all that he has done in my life!
**Marvel not that I said unto thee, Ye must be born again. *** (John 3:7 … KJV Holy Bible)