Sophia J. Testimony
Our family moved to Legacy when we were young adults. We experienced a lot of church hurt and enjoyed the fact that we could walk in and out of the church without anyone noticing. However, that's not how God or Legacy works. Within the first few months of attending Legacy, a mission trip to the LA Dream Center was offered. Both Sam and I, Sophia, ended up on the trip and found the most amazing community of people who wanted to serve. The more we desired to serve and get involved, the more our community grew. Little did we know that 12 years later, this same community would encourage and help us open an agency that would further serve Albuquerque.
Both Sam and I worked through grad school while attending and serving at Legacy. God knew that I needed my little sister, Sam, to encourage me to pursue Social Work like her. Eventually, we both worked as therapists at separate places. Life brought us to a point where I wasn't working, and Sam was ready to move on from her place of employment. God was opening doors for Sam, and she was prepared to walk through them. One night, while sitting with our friends, someone mentioned that Sam and I should open our own agency. I laughed and thought I had no desire to do such a thing, but a seed was planted in Sam's heart that night. The more we discussed it, the more it seemed feasible. My husband immediately jumped on board, and we began asking around our community. That seed grew with many people willing to help and mentor us. God continued opening doors; I could write books about the things God has done for this agency, but I'll only mention a few. God brought us a bible-believing mentor who was Sam's new boss and was more than willing to guide us in opening our own agency. God brought us a strong believer and a long-time friend to work with us in creating a case management program. God brought us a Holy Spirit-filled believer to help us navigate working with insurance companies. And the list goes on. God has been so good to us.
On April 22nd, we had our grand opening. It was a day filled with love, gratitude, and excitement. Our community showed up to support and celebrate with us. Anyone who knows me knows I am an emotional crier, and I cried the entire day. It was a tangible display of God's love and care for us.
While we were renovating our office, I came across this verse and wrote it on the foundation of the building and our mission: Jeremiah 29:7 - "And work for the peace and prosperity of the city where I sent you into exile. Pray to the Lord for it, for its welfare will determine your welfare." We believe that God has given us this agency to make a difference in the City of Albuquerque, to bring hope and healing to the city, and we are ready to continue the mission.
JJ (LKIDZ) Testimony
We want to share a touching testimony about one of our very own LKIDZ and his family's unwavering commitment to attending church. It's truly precious. One thing that moved us was when Jeremiah, aka JJ, joined us faithfully every day of our 21 days of prayer and prayed with us.
His dedication to the Lord at such a young age was inspiring and a true blessing! Witnessing his commitment reminded us that faith knows no age limits. He continues to inspire and light up our LKIDZ services week in and week out! May his devotion serve as a reminder for all of us to stay dedicated to our faith.
Here is a statement from JJ: "I love that I get to have fun while I learn at church! I love helping others learn about Jesus!"
He also shared his favorite verse: John 14:6 "Jesus answered, 'I am the way and the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me.'"
We love seeing God work in and through the children of our church! Keep being a light in the world, JJ!
Thais G. Testimony
When my husband and I got married, he had already been divorced and undergone a vasectomy at his ex-wife's request, leaving us to wonder if we could even have children. Eventually, we discovered that the procedure could be reversed. However, getting approval from the VA proved to be a lengthy and challenging process.
After finally receiving approval, we had to travel to Colorado for the surgery. It was a two-year journey of uncertainty and waiting before we could even consider the possibility of pregnancy. After a year of trying, we were thrilled to discover that we were expecting.
However, the pregnancy was complicated, and our son Cyrus was measuring smaller than usual. Further tests revealed that my placenta wasn't developing well, and the blood flow to the baby was being affected. I was diagnosed with preeclampsia, a life-threatening condition.
At 25 weeks and five days, Cyrus was born prematurely and spent 200 days in the NICU before finally coming home. It was a difficult journey, but our faith in God and the prayers of our Legacy Family sustained us. We are grateful for the gift of our son and the goodness of God during that season of life.
-Thais G. Testimony
Mykaela H. Testimony
September 29th, 2014, it was about 1 AM on my 15th birthday. I stood motionless, staring out the window toward the darkness of an early autumn morning, just waiting for reality to hit me. I tried to grasp what felt like a living nightmare. In that moment, the household felt incredibly still, as if time had moved to slow motion. I heard my twin brother in his room singing a worship song. Somehow, the peace of God was evident throughout the house. Only minutes prior, my Dad had come to tell us that Mom had just lost her battle with cancer.
Hi, my name is Mykaela Hoppman, and I am the 6th out of 8 kids in my family. I am grateful I was able to be homeschooled and grow up in a Christian home! We had a mini-farm in our backyard, and life was simple. This all changed when we found out early in 2014 that my Mom had stage 4 cancer.
Leading up to the day we lost her, I watched what the evil disease was doing to her. And yet, I never believed she would not wake up again. I refused to let my mind go there because I believed with all my heart that God would miraculously heal her. I saw her faith firsthand: her praise and worship of God through her storm, completely trusting in His plan. She had a beautiful voice and was a prayer warrior! Mom had experienced several miracles in her life, so I was certain this would be another one. Then September 29th came, and Mom was gone. I was confused. I didn’t understand. I had two choices. I could be angry at God or run to Him. The former was not an option for me.
I’ve found that in the most difficult and lonely moments, God most reveals the vastness of His tender love. Whether I realized it then or not, God did answer all our prayers for healing...just not in the way I had in mind.
Days after Mom was first diagnosed, my little sister and I stood on the stage of Legacy church and performed at CAPE showcase for the first time. This, of course, would be her first time hearing us sing there; little did we know this would also be her last.
My sister, brother, and I now have the honor of serving on the Legacy worship team at the same church, on the same stage, years later.
My Dad is now remarried to a mother of 8 who also lost her husband to cancer around the same time. So, yes, there are now 16 kids in all!
Walking through this journey has not been easy, but God’s hand is undoubtedly evident throughout every moment. God has brought my family through such drastic changes. Our lives have been miraculously pieced together to proclaim a God-orchestrated story!
Pastor Emilio Testimony
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