Decatur, AL – War of Special Forces

Jim Van GelderenSpecial Forces Updates

The team has had the privilege of being at Cornerstone Baptist Church over the years several times. Pastor Stowe and his wife are faithful servants of the Lord. They pour their lives into their students, and it is a blessing to labor with them.

A lady in the church worked with a pastor’s wife from another church. She knew that her son was living on his own. He had left home at 15 to do his own thing. She invited him and he came Thursday and Friday. During the invitation, he raised his hand, but didn’t go back. Ryan, the Navy captain, tapped him on the shoulder and said, “I’ll go back and talk with you, if you’d like.” He responded. Ryan heard his story and asked, “Is your dad praying for you?” “He has probably got the whole church praying for me,” he responded. He mentioned that there were times he would go by his house and long to be back. The conviction of sin was so heavy he couldn’t take it anymore. After he got saved, he said to Ryan, “You have no idea how light I feel right now. The burden is gone.” Right after that he called his parents and let them know he had just gotten saved!

Another young lady was burdened for a friend to come to the meeting who needed to be saved. He came the last night, but did not raise his hand that he was concerned about his soul. Trystan, the Marine team captain, felt the Lord wanted him to tap him on the shoulder. “Would you like to go to back and talk about this so you can know for sure you’re going to heaven?” he asked. He responded and was saved. The young lady, who was burdened for him, found out and came to Trystan and was so happy their friend got saved!

Another young man came to Ryan after team meetings. “I’m going to my dad’s work to get some things right.”

Another young man had been sneaking worldly music behind his dad’s back. On Friday he testified,

“I’ve been struggling with hiding music behind my parents’ back. . . . I talked to my dad in his office, after Revival service. And he prayed with me, and now me and him are closer than we were before.”

On Friday evening, one young man testified of dealing with his bitterness. “My uncle got arrested a few months ago dealing with drugs, and it’s really hurt our family really bad. And had a lot of bitterness in my heart towards him. And this week…God really dealt with me about being really bitter towards him and just forgiving him.”

Friday night we had some testimonies of young people who got assurance of their salvation or got saved!

These past few weeks I’ve been struggling with assurance and this week I got assurance of salvation.


I’ve been struggling for a few weeks, before the WAR came, about my assurance, if God saved me. And this week the Lord has let me know that God really saved me.


I was on my path to Hell because I did a lot of bad things in my life and I just got out of jail not so long ago. And when I came here, the first day he taught a speech on believing God and now I know I’m on my way to Heaven.

We thank the Lord for all He did in hearts. Over half of the students responded to an invitation. When we had a prayer meeting with those students, there were some sincere prayers declaring their need of God!

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Jim Van Gelderen

Jim Van Gelderen

Dr. Jim Van Gelderen is president of Minutemen Ministries, vice-president of Baptist College of Ministry, and evangelist out of Falls Baptist Church. He and his wife, Rhonda, travel the country in evangelism. They have three daughters.