The Langstaff Gospel Hall is simply a group of individuals. We are not intimidating, special, or better than anyone else. We are just "normal" people - likely not all that different from you! In fact it could be that you know some of the members of our assembly. If so, you are already well aware that we have our faults, we aren't perfect, and we certainly don't claim to be. That is the beauty of the Gospel. We are not perfect but we worship Someone who is! We aren't all that great but God is infinitely great! What gets us excited is that God has worked in our lives. Below are some stories of individual members of the Langstaff assembly who have experienced God's dealings in their lives. You will see as you read these stories that it is not about us and what we do. It is all about God and what He has done.
Mike Da Silva
I was born in Canada to immigrant parents. They both worked at multiple jobs, so I grew up, going to and coming from school to an empty house. My parents taught us also to be religious and to try to be the best you can; otherwise God may punish you. Everything started changing when I reached my adolescent years. I began to experiment with many different things, primarily drugs and alcohol. By the time I reached 16 yrs of age I experienced a drug overdose. I got myself involved in so many other things which I am ashamed of and will not bother to write them out. Within two years I was married and everything seemed perfect for awhile. My wife and I were both working and we had a place of our own, within four years we had two healthy baby boys. Unfortunately, I began to dabble in the things that almost destroyed me. During this time my wife had a friend who would constantly invite us to come and hear someone speak at her church. At first I was definitely NOT INTERESTED, but she was kind to my wife and children so I decided to go to just one service, only as a favour of course.
This is where I'd like to tell you what I heard that night, which changed my life forever. The message was the story of God and His love for all of mankind. The speaker was at the door shaking everyone's hand and thanking them for coming. I actually tried to avoid him but he caught my attention and shook my hand and asked me if I was saved. I told him that I didn't understand what he meant, so he put it this way, "If you should get into a car accident tonight and are ushered into eternity, where will your soul be? In Heaven or in Hell?". With all my religious upbringing, I told him "I'll go wherever God wants me to go". He told me God's great message is that you will be saved through the finished work of Christ. He further asked me if I believed I was a sinner and I had no problem admitting that. Then he told me where unforgiven sinners go if they should die in their sins, but that God didn't want any soul to go there and so He had made provision for anyone who would change their way of thinking and just simply believe Him. Well, that night we read a few verses of Scripture together (John 3:16, I Timothy 1:15, Romans 6:23 and Romans 10:9). That night I realized two things. I believed that I was a guilty sinner before God and that Jesus Christ died on a cross for my sins.
When I told my wife that I was saved, she said, "Good, you need it". She had always been a good girl and never did anything I did in my past. However, a few months later she saw that she needed to be saved also and trusted Jesus Christ as her personal Saviour. Since then our lives have been affected by many trials like cancer, death of loved ones, financial difficulties, etc. Being saved did not prevent all these things from happening to us in life, but having God in our lives makes all the difference. There is so much more I could tell you, but I am restricted to these short paragraphs. After all, this story is really not about me, it's about what God has done for me and what He wants to do for you, if you let Him.
Mike Da Silva
Click on the video link below to hear Sam Moore's testimony of how salvation provides true meaning in his life.