From home church to historic building
Pastor Adam Jones invites the public to worship the Lord at Valley View Church every Sunday morning at 11:30 a.m. The church is located at 707 Main Street in Peckville. For more information, please call 570-352-7378.
PHOTO BY TOM FLANNERYBy Tom Flannery
Posted Nov. 19, 2014 at 12:55 PM
PECKVILLEAdam Jones was only five years old at the time, but he remembers it vividly.His mother dropped him off with his two brothers at their grandmother’s house before going for a job interview. But she didn’t return that night to pick them up as she was supposed to, or in the days that followed.About a week later, Adam was in town when he saw his mom standing at the corner talking to a man he didn’t know.“I ran up to her, hugged her leg and asked her why she never came back,” he recounted. “Then she grabbed me by the face and pushed me back onto my butt on the sidewalk. She told me to get away from her, said she didn’t know me.”“Needless to say, I was just devastated by that,” Adam offered.His father had already left the family and that was the last time he ever saw his mother.“So I obviously had a lot of anger all my life towards women and just people in general, as well as life itself,” he explained. “I thought that I could use and abuse them because my philosophy was that people will always hurt you in the end and then you die.”Even when he got married and had children, it didn’t alter his attitude about life or his behavior one bit.“I wasn’t nice to my wife, I wasn’t a good father,” he related. “I did what I wanted to do, whatever felt good and made me happy, and I didn’t care how it affected anyone else.”But about 10 years ago, a friend of Adam’s started inviting him to church and he finally agreed to go one time if his friend agreed to stop “pestering him” after that.“I did it just to get this person off my back,” he recalled with a laugh.It was during that service, though, that Adam says he felt God’s presence for the first time in his life.“The only way I can explain it is that it was like God reached inside me, grabbed hold of my heart and wouldn’t let go,” he related. “I felt He was speaking to me, telling me, ‘I love you and I want to heal you so you can love other people and help bring healing to them.’ So later that night, at 11:30, I got down on my knees and gave my life to Christ, asked Him to forgive me of my sins and just surrendered to Him, and I’ve never been the same since.”