Testimonies of a Few People We Have Discipled
Rhonda and Paul
When we were going through an exceedingly difficult time in our marriage, Bill walked alongside my husband and me. He showed us that God had a beautiful plan for our lives and our marriage. Bill met with my husband but realized that our family was in crisis. Bill and his family loved our family as Christ loved us.
Bill ran into our lives when most people were evacuating due to the amount of damage we were dealing with. I learned that no matter what happened before, where we came from, the brokenness in our hearts and souls, that God could redeem the mess we made.
We will always be eternally grateful for Bill helping us and I know Bill would give all the glory to Jesus.
Thank you, Bill!
I met Bill Coibion twelve years ago as Principal of Martin Luther King Junior High School (MLK). He was one of many Pastors who visited MLK. My school had many very serious problems stemming from extreme fatherlessness (90%) which was destroying their future. Bill developed and implemented Freedom Hall at MLK for my 7th and 8th-grade boys. This initiative mentored the young boys and provided care for their moms. I saw the lives of my boys changed, the atmosphere on campus turned more positive with much less fighting, hostility, and drugs on campus. Grades escalated while detentions and unapproved absences declined. All in all, a wonderful outcome on campus.
I consider Bill a strong man of God, who has helped me with my walk with Jesus, was my spiritual advisor and a good friend. In addition, he is a great counselor, minister, an example of Christ, and discipler.
I am forever indebted to Bill for his influence in my life and the lives of hundreds of my boys at MLK.
For a long time, I was angry and selfish. While I based my identity on being "the good kid" who got good grades and memorized bible verses; I was a hypocrite living two lives.
While on the surface I seemed to have things together; I was filled with anger and self-hatred. I was addicted to pornography, I was a thief, I was a cheater, and to justify all these things, I had to all be a liar.
Over the years, I have met many people who have invested intentional time in my life. I saw God change my own father, from a person filled with anger, into a wellspring of peace and compassion. I had mentors who spent time, weekly, getting to know me, and investing wisdom, structure, and accountability into my life. I was challenged to become a mentor to others, and despite my own brokenness, I learned that I was never too broken to be used for God's sake.
I started reading the bible more, I started praying more, and I eventually started experiencing the love and peace that the men disciplining me were all talking about. I have been a true disciple of Jesus Christ for 10 years now, and I cannot express the difference His will has played in my life.
Although I am still struggling to be a better Christian, every day, I can say with confidence that humbling myself to God's will is the best thing I can ever do, and discipleship is the best process to help me do that.
I thought that Christ was my Lord and Savior, but I didn’t have a personal relationship with Him.
I used Him as my spare tire, not my steering wheel. I prayed daily to thank Him for my blessings, and I asked Him for help in times of great need, but I didn’t talk to Him much besides that.
My relationship with Christ really started to grow when I started being discipled by a mature Christian man, Bill Coibion. From Bill, I began to learn to pray with great passion and meaning. I also needed to lean on Him and ask Him for help.
One way this changed my life was in my marriage. Instead of just trying to be a more patient, less defensive man when I had a conflict with my wife, I asked the Holy Spirit to come and fill me because I couldn’t do it myself. He immediately showed up, THAT NIGHT, and changed the energy and dynamic between me and my wife. Praise God!
Bill Coibion has been a strength of support in my walk with Christ over the last 18 years, from our days in a large church men’s ministry (where Bill was the men’s pastor) to pouring time into fatherless young boys in Del Paso Heights, Sacramento.
He has been relentless in his pursuit of me when it comes to helping me find my identity in Christ. I am grateful for his passion for men and for the vision God placed on his heart to “shepherd men to be leaders in their homes, churches, and communities”.
WAYS YOU CAN HELP
We seek the involvement in the community to help us advance our effort in transforming men who will leave a God centered legacy behind in his wife, children, relatives, friends, and co-workers.
To help us succeed:
• Refer men who want to know Jesus
• Introduce us to your Pastor
• Join our prayer team
• Become a discipler
• Help promote discipleship
• Support the ministry
Are you ready to engage with Forging Disciples and help us expand discipleship in our region?