‘It’s a family business’
They are the children of the pastors, Majors Greg and Irene Norman.
‘This is our parents’ church; it’s a family business,’ says Jared. ‘I feel obligated to it. This church is a part of us. I love coming to church.’
‘We love the people here,’ says Bethany. ‘They pick their lives up.’
The three have been part of their parents’ ministry for many years. But each also has a strong relationship with the Lord.
Jared found faith for himself when he attended the Army’s Camp Connri in Ashford, Conn., as an elementary school student.
‘I was really young,’ he says.‘I had a lot of Christian friends.’ He was involved with skits and performed a dance with other young people. Jared realized the Lord was real, ‘and I was just having fun with Him.’
Joshua and Bethany also made commitments to the Lord at a Salvation Army camp, Camp Wonderland in Sharon, Mass.
Bethany was a counselor at the camp. ‘Having to deal with campers brought me closer to God,’ she says.
Joshua remembers the meetings that were held at night at camp and the activities that were offered to help kids find faith. He surrendered completely to Jesus and remembers giving his testimony.
Joshua’s favorite Scripture is Ephesians, Chapter 6, in which the Apostle Paul talks about putting on ‘the full armor of God.’
For Jared and Bethany, the verse is one that is on a magnet on the refrigerator at home: ‘ … those who hope in the Lord will renew their strength. They will soar on wings like eagles; they will run and not grow weary, they will walk and not faint.’ (Isaiah 40:31)
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