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"Yes, God really does love me." (Written Version)
      Ted Noun is living proof that God really does love
us.  He loves Ted; He loves you.  Read Ted's interview
below.
      My parents lived in La Puente California. They had
two children of their own and they would take foster kids
into their home. Some with handicaps, mental or physical,
and they would stay at their home anywhere from a few
days to several years depending on the circumstances of
their family.

      One day, my parents received a call from social
services saying they had a baby boy, who was 11 months’
old that been neglected and abused and who was unable to
walk or crawl or even sit up. Social services said they
tried other homes and nobody would take him and—if my
parents didn’t take him—he would be institutionalized.
After prayer and discussion, my parents said they would
take the baby.  That baby was me.

      Some time after taking me into their home, my parents
learned that I liked the sound of bells.  So, they put bells on
my wrists and ankles and laid me in a cardboard box.  I
would then hit and kick the sides of the box to hear the
bells, and this became a form of physical therapy.  By the
age of 2, I could walk—although my parents claim I could
run.

      I grew up attending the church on the corner. When I
was about 16, I attended a youth retreat in Big Bear,
California. The youth pastor there was named Steve. The
first night, while we were around the camp fire, Steve
asked me to take a walk with him.  As we were walking, he
asked me if I had Jesus in my heart. Well, I had grown up in
the church.  I was a boy scout, a nice guy.  I thought I was
going to heaven. However, Steve shared with me that
knowing who God was and having a relationship with his
Son were two different things.

      Steve then shared with me John 3:16: “For God so
loved the world that He gave His one and only Son so that
whosoever believes in Him shall not perish but have
everlasting life.”  Then, Steve said, “Now put your name
there.”  

      “For if Ted would believe in him, Ted would not
perish but have everlasting life.”  I accepted Christ into my
life that night.  It was then that God started something new
in me.

      Years later, on June 8, 1985, I married Wanda.  After a
couple of years, we started talking about having children.  
However, because of my hearing loss, Wanda started
asking about my biological mother. I didn’t have any
information on her or any family background.  It was then
we decided to search for her so we contacted social
services.

      Social services told us that they only had some
information, but that we should contact the Salvation Army’
s Missing Persons Bureau.  We did so and—after about 10
months—Wanda received a phone call at work from a
woman who was asking for me.  Wanda told her that she
was at work, but that Ted would be home that night. The
woman then said she would call there at 7:30.

      Wanda then called me at work and told me what had
happened and—even though the woman didn’t leave her
name—Wanda thought she could possibly be my mother. I
then rushed home to find a letter in our mailbox from the
Salvation Army saying they contacted someone who could
be my mother.

      After going into my apartment and showing the letter to
Wanda, the phone rang, and a woman asked, “Is this was
Ted Noun?”  I said, “yes” and she then said, “This is your
mother.”

      After a long conversation and tears of happiness, we
found out we lived only about 30 minutes from one another
and we made plans to get together the very next day.

      As I drove up to the curb, my mother was waiting
outside with her arms opened. She asked for a hug and I
said, “Yes.”  She then gave me a hug that would stay with
me for the rest of my life.

      As we started sharing with one another our stories and
answers to many questions, she started to share how it was
when I was conceived.  My mother said she was 15 at the
time, but very mature for her age. She told me that her
father had drugged her and raped her and that was how I
was conceived.  She said the family was torn apart and her
father was said to have been sent to jail.  Her mother didn’t
want anything to do with the baby saying, “What good
could possibly come from this child?”

      However, God has revealed to me how Psalm: 139
applies to my life.  Psalm: 139 13 –16 says, “For you
created my inmost being; you knit me together in my mother’
s womb.  I praise you because I am fearfully and
wonderfully made; your works are wonderful, I know that
full well. My frame was not hidden from you when I was
made in the secret place. When I was woven together in the
depths of the earth, your eyes saw my unformed body. All
the days ordained for me were written in your book before
one of them came to be.”

      My mother then shared how she had cancer and that it
was terminal.  She said that her life had been hard, but that
early on someone told her about Jesus and she had asked
him to come into her heart.  My mother went on to say that
seven years earlier, she was told she had cancer.  But she
went before God and asked Him, “Before you take me
home, help me find my son.”

      God answered my mothers’ prayer.  And, it was about
10 months after our first meeting that she passed away.

      Years later, after my second son, Tayler, was born, we
took him to be dedicated.  The pastor gave us a letter to
give to Tayler when he was older.  In the letter, the pastor
shared what our responsibilities as parents were, and that
we should be examples of Christ in our lives not just on
Sunday, but every day.  As a result, I took a hard look at my
relationship with God.  I realized I needed God in my life
to be a better father and husband, and I wanted God to work
in my life like I’ve never experienced before.  I told God
that I felt I had nothing to offer him. I did not have any
special gifts, and I wondered how I could serve him.

      As time went on, God started revealing to me that I
have a story to tell, and that it is unique and will change
people’s lives. I realized that through everything I have
experienced—including the death of family members,
financial losses and challenges with my marriage—God is
always there.  He has been there through ALL
circumstances, and He will never leave me nor forsake me.

      God can and will use your life to glorify Him.  God
bless you…Ted Noun

      If you heard Ted's story and decided that you are ready
to accept Jesus as your personal Lord and Savior, pray a
prayer like this right now:

 Dear Lord Jesus, I know I am a sinner. I believe you died
for my sins. Right now, I turn from my sins and open the
door of my heart and life. I receive you as my personal
Lord and Savior. Please send your Holy Spirit to me and
help me to do those things that are pleasing to God.  I can’t
change myself, but I know that you have the power to
change me.  Thank you for saving me. Amen.

 
      If you would like Ted to come to your church or Bible
study group, please e-mail him at noun@charter.net or call
him at 951-360-0746 (home) or 951-727-6319 (cell).
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