Chris Mikkelson is an international evangelist who preaches the gospel in some of the most unreached and dangerous nations on the planet near the Middle East and also at churches across the USA. His sermons are distinctly marked with the presence, power and authority of God, where many are saved, healed and delivered. His gospel crusades near the Middle East are attended by hundreds of thousands, where many in attendance hear the gospel for the first time and receive salvation through Christ alone. Often, incredible miracles of healing and deliverance confirm the gospel message when Chris preaches domestically and abroad.
Tell me about your background. What's your testimony?
Yeah, so I got saved in 2006. My wife and I were partying and living for the world, and God radically came into our lives. To make a long story short, we just needed Jesus. We needed Jesus really bad. And we were partying; I was a drug dealer. I was living a very wild lifestyle. I knew all about Jesus growing up. I grew up in the church. I had a mom who was praying for me the whole time that I was lost. And then in like, 2005, 2006, my wife's sister had gotten saved and had been inviting my wife to come to church with her.
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And I was also part of a huge motorcycle group of guys, anywhere from five to 50 of us, and we would all ride these crotch rockets, the ones that go really fast, and we were just wild. We just didn't care about life. We were 160 miles per hour down the highway, over 100 miles per hour on one tire, just living for the moment, really. And then one of the guys I was riding with started talking to me about Jesus. And the same time that he started talking to me about Jesus, Amanda, my wife, was asking me if I would go to church with her, because her sister had kept asking her to go to church.
So long story short, we just decided, "Hey, why not go to church on a Sunday morning?" So we went to this huge church in Minneapolis. I'm from Minnesota originally, and we went to this big megachurch, and it was, you know, great message, great service. There was an altar call for salvation. Of course, I thought, You know, I was born a Christian, I was sprinkled with water when I was a baby, so I must be saved, right?
So I didn't respond to the altar call that was on Sunday morning. But the pastor said something. He said, "Make sure you come back on Wednesday night for our midweek service." So that's what I heard. And what the pastor actually said was, on Wednesday, we're having a special service for parents whose teenage children are dealing with drugs and alcohol and all these things we were currently living in.
All Amanda and I heard was "Come back on Wednesday night for the midweek service." So I don't know. Maybe God was plugging our ears. Maybe there was an angel there covering her ears. But all we heard was, "Come back on Wednesday." We hadn't been to church in years on our own, making our own decision to go. For whatever reason, we decided to go back. I know it was the Holy Spirit. We went back on Wednesday night. And to our horror, we showed up to the wrong service. But God had a plan in all of it.
And so we get there, and we realize, Here's the pastor, here's all these parents, and we're at the wrong service. So we decided to not be rude and just sit way in the back, listen to the service, let the parents sit all the way up in the front of this huge megachurch, and we'll just sneak out when it's done. And while the pastor was talking about the sin issues we were currently dealing with—drugs and alcohol and all of these things that go along with that lifestyle—the Holy Spirit just started really touching both of our hearts.
I really felt just convicted because I knew that God had a better plan for me, and I currently wasn't living for the Lord. And I looked over, and Amanda was next to me, and she was crying. She couldn't hold back the tears. There was no altar call for salvation that night, because the service was not really designed that way. So we left. We snuck out, and we went out to the car. We made a decision that night that we were going to start following Jesus. And so that was really kind of the beginning.
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