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Testimony of
Barbara Nutter

 Missionary with Amazing Grace Mission
 Soul Winning Ministry to Fairs, Festivals,
 Flea Markets, Parades and other Public Events.

Table of Contents
1. Background
2. Early Religious Experiences
3. Questions
4. Disillusioned
5. Saved
6. Change

"From Disillusion
to Deliverance"

My religious background was Roman-Catholic all the way. Yes, I would say my family was devout. My brother was an altar boy. My mother attended and "hosted" the "block rosary", so popular in the 1950's. My mother and/or my father and I attended almost every Friday evening without fail "Sorrowful Mother Novena" at the parish church. My mother and I made capes for the statue of the infant of Prague, always asking a special favor in return. We went to Sunday mass faithfully, unless we were ill. My first husband's cousin was a religious brother in the "Precious Blood Seminary."

"And every priest standeth daily ministering and offering oftentimes the same sacrifices, which can never take away sins." Hebrews 10.11.


Early Religious Experiences
Yes, I was baptized as a baby. And yes, I was confirmed when I was in the fourth grade, I believe. Of course, I don't remember the baptism, but I have some recollection of the confirmation. All the girls wore white, silky hats and a red tassel. (The red faded on the white when washed.) We had booklets to study, which were covered with green paper. We were instructed to keep these booklets clean. Nuns were very strict! I kept this booklet until I was in my twenties! I then gave it to a girlfriend studying the Roman Catholic faith.

Yes, I attended the Catholic school grades 2-12. I was a Catholic who lived by their rules. I respected what they taught; never questioned regarding Mass on Sunday or Saturday, donations (tithes, sometimes). I never questioned the teachings or practices of the church. I truly believed that Baptism saved! I believed and practiced Roman Catholicism.

"For Christ sent me not to baptize, but to preach the gospel: not with wisdom of words, lest the cross of Christ should be made of none effect." I Corinthians 1:17

I did not question the character or authority of the nuns or priests for many years. To me they were to be revered. I though they were "super-types," special human beings.
I was "big" on praying to the saints for favors, e.g. St. Anne, St. Anthony of Padua and St. Jude.

"For there is one God, and one mediator between God and men, the man Christ Jesus." I Timothy 2:5.

The sacraments were very important to me, and the practicing of them. I was very big on "tradition". Follow everything and do everything "just right." After I married and had children, they received Baptism, First Communion and Confirmation and there was always a party celebration associated with the event.

I can't really say that I didn't believe in the mass, but it was difficult for me "to get into it." I only remember once when I was in High School - "one time" - that I felt "uplifted" after attending mass. I never could get "into the swing" of saying the rosary. To me it was always boring.


I did not begin to question the Catholic teaching and authority until after my first husband's death. But the period before his death (he was gravely ill for one year) probably "paved the way." Where were my parish "friends," where were the priests when I needed them for support? (Even a casserole for supper would have been welcomed from any parish member - but it never happened.) They seemed cold and uncaring.

Shortly after my husband's death, I stopped by the parish house to arrange for some "masses" to be read for him. The priest greeted me in a macho way with his jogging/exercise suit and asked me if "everything was back to normal." My husband died leaving me to care for a 17, 15 and 12 year old. This remark from the priest angered me. After my husband's death, there was no concern shown either from the parish priests or parish members.

During my grieving, I began to question more and more. Once, I attended a "Grief Weekend" and the priest told me to "shop around" until I got the answers I wanted. He compared it to shopping for a lawyer or doctor.


I started mass "hopping" to other parish churches in the area, hoping for some relief from the bitterness and grief I felt. At times, it helped a little. I definitely thought I was being "fed." I finally reached a point that left me sort of numb, not sure what I believed anymore. I started thinking about attending a "protestant" church, but really didn't know where to go. All this time, I became more and more disillusioned.


I truly did not know that you could be sure about Heaven. I had never heard the Gospel until the fall of 1987 (3 years after my husband's death). The man, who is now my husband, led me to Jesus Christ. I had been Roman Catholic for 51 years.

Could salvation really be that simple? Jesus DID IT ALL! No works, no church, no "hoping" and praying to be saved, was necessary.

"But we are all as an unclean thing, and all our righteousness are as filthy rags; and we all do fade as a leaf; and our iniquities like the wind, have taken us away." Isaiah 64:6.

The response was gradual. I had a lot of catching up to do! I knew very little of the Bible and almost never read it. (It was just something to look nice on the coffee table.) It was no great emotional experience as it is for some, but in September 1987, my present husband walked me through the plan of salvation.

I never went back to mass and communion after this. As I said, it was gradual for me, so it was not until Sunday, June 26, 1988 that I went forward to make a public profession of faith in Christ at the Sandusky Baptist Temple, Sandusky, OH.

"But this man, after he had offered one sacrifice for sins for ever , sat down on the right had of God." Hebrews 10:12.


I guess "boldness" comes gradual for me, too, as I still pray for this often. As a result, I have not "shouted" my salvation to family, friends or priest.

On January 15, 1988, I married my present husband in the Sandusky Baptist Temple. This in itself, tells some of my "change of heart."

My children were not surprised at my leaving the Catholic Church. They were in Catholic school and felt grieving, too, with no support from nuns, priests or teachers. When 2 of my children challenged and questioned the priest and nun in religion class, they were promptly "shut-up."

It was not really hard for me to give up Roman Catholicism, as I had nothing to hold on to in the first place. I am still a "baby with the Bible," but after 3 years, I seem to come to a little more understanding every day. Praise God!

Again, major changes in my life, attitudes and actions have been gradual, cautions. I have come to know the devil will really "beat at my door" and never stop. I must expect this and have tried.

"Be sober, be vigilant; because your adversary the devil, as a roaring lion, walkeith about, seeking whom he may devour." I Peter 5:8.

Since my accepting salvation, I have had serious illnesses in my immediate family, my own bout with cancer and serious traumatic problems with my children.

I don't enjoy some of the things I used to consider "entertainment" and I thank the Holy Spirit for this.

I feel that God is using me now to help my husband in the tract ministry, especially to the prisoners and Roman Catholics. As far as goals, I am waiting on the Lord to see where He leads me regarding serving Him. My husband and I leave tracts everywhere we can. Also, I (we) send them with correspondence.

Yes, I have been scripturally baptized. On Sunday morning, July 3, 1988, Pastor Roger Green baptized me at the Sandusky Baptist Temple.

I left the Roman Catholic Church for doctrinal reasons and because I was scripturally born again, not because of our social or emotional needs not being met.

My husband and I have originated the ROTC Ministry (Reach Out to Roman Catholics). We use literature, tapes, videos and the fair ministry.


Thank you for taking the time to read my testimony.
You may contact us at:

Amazing Grace Mission
PO Box 289
Dayton, TN 37321
Barbara G. Nutter
All quoted scriptures were taken from the King James Bible.


G. Steven Andres
Psalms 45:17
Missionary Evangelist
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