Harvest Blog

Restored Marriage

by Greg Laurie on Aug 24, 2019

Nine years ago, Ceci and her husband, Ben, started serving at the Harvest Crusade. Through their service, their marriage was restored.

Their journey before God was one filled with turmoil. Ben grew up in an abusive and alcoholic household and was a Vietnam veteran suffering from PTSD. Ceci grew up in a Catholic home but didn’t truly know the Lord. When she met Ben, she had a daughter from a previous relationship. The relationship between her daughter and Ben was a turbulent one, which caused tension in their marriage. Ten years into the marriage, Ceci wanted to divorce Ben, but was too scared to leave because she had nowhere to go.

One day, Ceci’s mother invited them to church. That day, they both decided to follow Jesus and their lives completely changed.

They started serving together in the Children’s Ministry and started serving at the Harvest Crusade every year; they found great joy in serving. The Lord restored their marriage and healed Ben from his PTSD. “We were at the harvest of our marriage, we were reaping the fruits of our marriage.” Ceci saw God’s blessings in their lives.

In 2016, Ben unexpectedly went to be with the Lord. Ceci was devastated, but through the pain she kept serving the Lord. “After Ben’s death, it was hard serving. I was always in tears, but Ben showed me to look for Jesus.”

Since the loss of her husband, Ceci has met other hurting people, and she has been able to share her testimony with others. She knows God is using her grief to help others. And she wants everyone to know that “God is loving and He keeps His promises.”

She’s looking forward to God to using her tonight at the 30th annual Harvest Crusade.



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