I asked my friends on social media to share their testimonies about how they came to know Jesus. This is the testimony from Travis Jackson, who can be found on Twitter @Travisdon1981.
“When I was very young, I acted differently from other children; I didn’t make eye contact and didn’t respond to people saying my name (even though I had good hearing). Once, when I lived in the country, I got away from my parents who called my name (even though they knew I wouldn’t respond), and they found me in a barn next to a goose, and sitting on a horse.
A time later, my mother and several other Christians prayed over me one night, asking God to fix whatever was wrong with me. I looked at them all, not knowing what was going on. All of a sudden, I saw a cat dart to the side. Being an animal lover, I smiled, pointed at the cat, and said my first word: ‘Cat!’ I was three years old at the time and had never spoken a word. My mother and the others praised God for a miracle that at the time, they had not fully understood. You see, two weeks later I was diagnosed with both PDD-NOS autism and mild mental retardation. Doctors told my mother not to expect anything beyond a 5-year-old mentality from me when I was an adult.
Yet I was a 4.0+ grade point average student at Missouri Baptist University. I write poems, newspaper columns and articles, along with short stories that I hope to publish someday. I also write sermons and preach, all by the power and grace of God.
I accepted Christ as my Lord and Savior when I was 5, and that is the far greater miracle. My mental improvements, my ability to rise over my autism, and the limits my doctors claimed I would have all pale in comparison to the fact that I am a new creation, I have Jesus living in my heart, and I will walk with him in the New Jerusalem, experiencing wonders and awe-inspiring sights in eternity that cannot be grasped with human words.
I have risen above my autism, and I rose above sin by the grace and power of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. I call upon others to likewise embrace the King of Kings, with whom all things are possible (Matthew 19:26).”
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