ENCOURAGE EVERYONE IN THE HILL CITY AREA TO HAVE A CLOSER RELATIONSHIP WITH JESUS CHRIST!
Testimony of Mike Verchio
I was born on a small family farm in North - Central Iowa . My parents worked hard & took very good care of myself & 3 sisters . I have been married to my wife Jeri for 49 yrs. & both of my children & my 3 granddaughters live in Hill City . My business career began as a 14 year old stock-boy , progressed thru a 25 yr. career with Sears & ended after 14 yrs. of owning my own businesses . I spent 6 yrs. as the executive director of the Hill City chamber & economic development corporations . I am in my 3rd term as a representative in the South Dakota Legislature . I had no idea that God has always had a plan for my life . I was driven to get to the top of my profession . Career path was everything to me . It did not matter who got hurt as I climbed the corporate ladder . If I thought someone was in my way I simply went thru them . I was in charge of my life & destiny & wasn't about to give up that control . I fooled myself into believing that it was all for my family . Actually it was all to feed my ego . I wanted more , bigger & better things . I worked hard & played hard . I worked all those crazy retail hours & in my off time played softball whenever I could . After work & after the games I drank & drank & drank . To say that I drank way too much would be a colossal understatement . Of course that meant I was slowly but surely destroying my family . Then it began to happen . One of the rare nights that I was home to eat with my family my 12 year old son looked me in the eye & asked . "Dad are you going to crawl up the stairs again tonight . I was stunned . It was like getting hit between the eyes with a bat . I couldn't sleep . I kept asking myself , What have I done ? What can I do ? I got up at sunrise & began my daily 5 mile run . About halfway thru the run as I kept asking myself over & over again , What have I done ? What can I do ? It really happened ! All at once I felt myself lifted off the ground , floating , when I heard the Lord say , Ask Me . That's when I dropped to my knees in the ditch & confessed my sins to Jesus Christ & asked Him to come into my heart & guide my life as my Lord & Savior . I continue to grow in my faith every day . God Bless you one & all .
Hill City Area Ministries, Inc.
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