Marlene and Shane
As a child I remember going to church all the time with my family. Most of the time, my father and I along with my two sisters, would sing at all the dinners and church functions. At age 13, I was saved and baptized but as time went by, I began to change. By the age of 16, I had started to backslide. I left the church and I left God.
(But He never left me.)
I went into nightclubs and sang for many years. I was making good money and thought I was happy. No one could tell me any different. I just wouldn't listen.
I was married and after awhile I didn't think that I could have children. It hurt but I somehow learned to live with the pain and accept the fact that it was how it was going to be. Yet down deep inside I knew I wasn't complete; something just wasn't right in my life. Sadly, I made a lot of bad choices and for many years lived in sin.
In 1988, I went to work at a club in NC. There I met some people that really believed that I could make a career out of singing country music. They tried to help and encourage me and at that point in my life. I was all for it but something in me kept saying, "There is more to life than this."
One night after singing at a club I left work to go home. I had about an hour drive and as I began down the interstate, I started singing. "Jesus Loves Me." It was so strange to me. I hadn't been in church for years and had just left the club. "Now why, I asked myself, am I singing this song?" The words just stuck in my head.
As I drove down the road home, I continued to sing, "Jesus Loves Me." Then I started having a conversation with the Lord out loud in my car. I thanked him for my life. I thanked him for Jesus. I asked him to help me change my life and come into my heart and to forgive me for all my sins. I was in such a deep conversation with him that tears started rolling down my cheeks. I could hardly see how to drive and had to pull over beside the road. I prayed in earnest and as I wiped away the tears I knew that night that God had changed my life forever!
I love my parents. My daddy has gone on to be with the Lord. I thank God that he gave me such good parents that took me to church and told me about Jesus. I gave up the night club life and started going to church. God had truly blessed my life! Today, I have a wonderful husband; Shane Vanhoose, that loves the Lord and a son, Dalton.
God truly was my answer and still is today. I am singing Southern Gospel Music today and my focus in life is to be a witness for God through my singing and song writing; so you can know how great he truly is!
May God bless you!
I was born and raised in the beautiful hills of West Virginia. My Christian parents made sure our home were full of love and guidance. I couldn't ask for a better childhood.
I joined the military right out of high school and lost sight of the upbringing my parents worked so hard to make sure I had. After wandering for several years, living the way of the world, I met my Christian wife. She is a wonderful, hardworking, and Godly woman that I am proud to call my own.
It was through the prayers and foundation of my childhood, that led me to an old fashioned altar. I was living a lie and telling people I was born again; when nothing was farther from the truth. God knew! So on that Sunday morning, March 13, 2011, during a testimony service; I surrendered my life to Him. Many people were shocked to know that I had lived a lie all those years.
It wasn't long after that, Cliff Hendricks and my wife encouraged me to join the choir at church. I did and began to sing God's praises. Shortly after, Cliff asked me to sing a solo. I also sang in a trio with he and my wife. "Sheltered in the Arms of God" was the first song we sang together. That is where this ministry began.
For many years, I have loved Southern Gospel Music. Some of my favorites are: The Hinson's, The Happy Goodman Family, The Melodyaires, and of course the Isaacs.
I love to share this music and share the message it brings.
I thank God for all of the blessings He has given me. I thank Him most of all for His Grace and the shed blood of Jesus!
If I accomplish anything else in this world.... I hope that everyone I come in contact with, knows about Jesus Christ; when we part!