Debbie Matis

Debbie Matis

Sister Debbie Ann

Sister Debbie Ann

I was born on June 6, 1959 and raised in New Jersey.  I was brought up in a Lutheran Church.  When I was 15 years old an Evangelist came to our church and was having services for us once a week.  He taught us about the Holy Spirit.  I received the Holy Spirit, with evidence of speaking in other tongues, at this time in my life.  I was a changed young teenager.  I felt something I never felt before.

I met my future husband, Jeff Engle, in Los Osos.  He was, at the time, an apostolic back slider.  We moved to Livermore in 1993 and lived together for 7 years. At this time I was in business for myself making Roman Shades and had been in this business since 1985.  On Easter Sunday, Jeff and I went back to an apostolic church in Tracy.  That day, Jeff repented and was refilled with the Holy Spirit again.  Praise God! Jeff was not sure if I would follow.  He was willing to leave me if I did not follow him.  I chose to follow Jeff into the truth and because of that, a week later I received the Holy Spirit while praying in bed.  I was so excited.  I was baptized in Jesus Name on May 17th, 1998.  Jeff and I got married on December 5th, 1998.  We moved to Escalon in 1999.  I was still doing my Roman Shade business, but also got a part time job as a one on one with Autistic children. 

In 2005 we moved to Shingletown.  I got a job with the Shasta County School District as a teacher's aide, which included one on one with Autistic children.  We chose to attend Church on the Rock in Anderson, California, because Jeff had known the pastor of the church, Pastor Ronald A. Green, when they both lived in Arroyo Grande.

On August 15, 2007, I had a terrible car accident on Highway 44. I was reading a text from my Verizon bill.  This was the biggest mistake of my life.  I rear ended a car and the passenger in that car died of her injuries due to the accident. In March 2009, I went to trial.  By this time a law had just been passed that it was illegal to text and drive. I was sentenced to 6 years in prison, being the first example on this new law. On March 14th, 2009, I went to prison.  I was so scared. The Lord opened numerous doors for me to spread the truth to the ladies who needed Jesus.  I touched numerous ladies while I was there. I kept praying for the Lord to give me strength and put a hedge of protection around me, while incarcerated.   I saw and learned things I would never had if I had not gone to prison.  Lots of the ladies are good people.  I ended up serving only 3 out of the 6 years of my sentence.  God was totally with me during these times.  I am now home and back at my home church under Pastor Ronald A. Green.  I am writing to 30-35 ladies that are still incarcerated and sending them bible studies.  I truly made some true friends during my sojourn in prison.  I could not have done it without Jesus.  God will never give us more than we can handle.

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AuthorRhonda Baker