Carol Tellier, Founder
|courtesy of Horizon Christian Fellowship, Fitchburg|
When I was a baby, I was baptized by my parents in the Catholic Church and I attended Catholic Church faithfully for many years. I knew about God and I knew about Jesus and I did not question anything that I had been taught by the church or by my parents. I didn't understand that I was spiritually blind and would have gone to hell if I had died. I had never been taught what Jesus himself taught in John 3:3 "I tell you the truth, no one can see the kingdom of God unless he is born again." I had never read the bible and I didn't know what it meant to be BORN AGAIN.
I didn't understand that my parent's decision to baptize me was not going to allow me to enter into the kingdom of God. I had no idea that communion, confirmation, confession, going to church or "being good" would not allow me to stand before the Living God and enter into heaven. I really didn't think too much about it and just assumed that one day I would die and go to heaven.
When I was just 14 years old, I met Bob Tellier and he became my boyfriend. My mother called it "puppy love", but that puppy love continued and grew and for the next 7 years our relationship developed into a commitment and we were married in 1963. We just celebrated our 44th Anniversary.
Bob and I worked "traditional jobs", had lots of friends and activities that kept us busy and we planned for our future which we assumed would mean children, a home, and stability, but things didn't happen as we planned. Children never came. We built and moved into a home. We stopped attending church, Bob had two heart attacks (at age 32), and our marriage began to deteriorate. Things were not going exactly as we had planned and although we had a wonderful home, a new Corvette, lots of STUFF, and good jobs, our lives were falling apart.
A friend invited Bob to a Men's Breakfast and Bob began to read and study the bible. I WAS AMAZED at the transformation that began to happen in his life. I didn't understand it, but he was a very different man. Eventually, he bought me a bible and suggested that I study it too. I resisted but in 1987, I began to read every day. I cried out to God to help me to understand who he was and what TRUTH was and to help me understand what I was reading. At first, it was "just a book", but I continued reading every morning. When I got to the Book of John, God clearly showed me who he was and that he had died on the cross for me. My eyes were opened, the blinders had been lifted and I could CLEARLY SEE and UNDERSTAND the things of God. It was so exciting and it was life-changing. I couldn't get enough of the Word. I hungered for it. I was a new creation in Christ - BORN AGAIN of the Spirit of God - and I began a relationship with Jesus that continues to bless and amaze me every day. I am so grateful for what God has done in our lives and our marriage. Thank you Lord for saving a wretch like me!
Jeremiah 29:11-13 "For I know the plans I have for you," declares the Lord, "plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future. Then you will call upon me and come and pray to me, and I will listen to you. You will seek me and find me when you seek me with all your heart."
Living Stone Foundation is what Bob and I will leave behind one day so that other lives can be forever changed by the Word of God. It has been a labor of love for over 20 years and although we live here, we are in AWE of what God has accomplished.
-- Carol Tellier, 2007
Sanctify them through thy truth; thy word is truth.