People are talking about their stories and there's a reason why. Everything I know about being a Christian has come from, well, stories. Growing up I learned all about this person named Jesus from stories in Sunday School. The teacher would put up their flannel pictures on the display board and tell us stories from the Bible. We sang songs that told of stories from God's word. As an adult I listened to the pastor as he read right from the Bible the stories God ordained. So, why would our own stories not have value, strength and (a) purpose?

God designed us to share our lives. We all have a purpose in reaching our communities and He's given us a tool to do so. Sharing our life through our stories is the most easiest, knowledgeable thing we can possibly do, that could leave the biggest impact on someone's life. I know this because...God brought Jesus down to earth to save the world one story at a time. From His birth to death Jesus' life was shared through his personal journey. We saw how people hated, despised, questioned and yet loved Him. We saw His anger, sadness and compassion. We learn about His life, and share His stories and grow in Christ because God designed us that way.

People want hope and hope comes from God. We all have something we have walked through, failed at and even rejoiced in that we can share. No one knows our stories like we do. No matter what we have been through, God was there with us. Sharing our stories with others will bring hope and strength to those that are lost, weak and searching. People are just waiting to hear about God's love, forgiveness and grace.

His Story/My Story is a great way to bring light to a very old way of communicating what we believe. And I am so excited about making His Story, My Story the focus of 2014. If you are too, message me and we can talk about planning an women's event around my new theme for 2014. I love it when people finally get that "aha" moment and see how simple it is to share God's love through their own stories. Through my music, my own personal stories and a few fun moments I will challenge each and every person to tell their stories because God created a story to be shared. That's how important story sharing is.
From a few songs, a small message to a whole program and theme.
I love to talk to you about your next women's event!

Women's and Specialty Events

2014 theme program with be
 SHINE!

This program is nicely wrapped with lots of fun moments, devotional, music and
a message that will inspire women to share their own stories.
 

Leah Martensen brought a genuine heart for the Lord to our gathering. Inspirational and joyful describe the message in song that Leah shares with her audience. You will walk away with a rich sense of the gift of God in your life.

Cindy Sauppe’
Bethany Lutheran Church Women

 Hi Leah, "Thank you for providing us with such an awesome evening. There were so many positive comments - everyone was so impressed with your music,talent,style and heartfelt testimonies." You are just amazing and I loved how you interacted with the attendees. You are really making a difference with your work in this troubled world.

Nancy Runhaar
Ministry Leader
First United Methodist Church
Boca Raton, FL


Leah was a tremendous encouragement to our whole group. Her music is not of the shallow, "Jesus is a friend of mine," variety. It speaks of a relationship forged in questioning, pain, trial and the messiness of real life. But in the end, it is that special relationship with the Lord that shines through in all that Leah says and does. Her testimony and her music present a unified message that reminds us that faith is worth it and that our hope is for real.

Blessings on you and Jan!
Mark Frost
Trenton Church of Christ


I really appreciated the testimony and music that you shared with us this evening. The music that you do speaks directly to the heart. I really needed to hear it this evening.

Blessings to you,
Jennifer
Nevada, MO


Leah, I wanted to take a moment to express my gratitude for you and Beth coming to Henderson Hills Baptist Church. It was great night of fellowship!!! Not only did you bring your amazing talent!!! But more importantly you brought the joy of what Christ has done in your life and that joy filled the room and was a blessing to experience. We hope to schedule again.

Bruce Bullock
Henderson Hills Baptist - OK



TO LEAH AND THE CREW AT JOYFUL SOUND RECORDING AND MARTENSEN MINISTRIES, I WANT TO THANK YOU SINCERELY FOR PERFORMING AT OUR FACILITY ON SUNDAY. YOUR SHOW WAS A HIT! OUR CROWD REALLY LOVED THE WAY YOU MADE THE EVENING FUN AND INTERACTIVE.

IT IS OBVIOUS THAT YOU ENJOY PERFORMING FOR PEOPLE AND THAT YOUR STAFF IS EXTREMELY KNOWLEDGEABLE AND COMPETENT. THERE WAS AN ATMOSPHERE THAT NIGHT WHICH WAS JOYFUL AND COMFORTING. WE HAD SOME PEOPLE THERE WHO HAD NEVER VISITED OUR CHURCH BEFORE. I BELIEVE THEY WILL COME BACK DUE IN LARGE PART TO THE EXPERIENCE THEY ENCOUNTERED AT YOUR CONCERT.

I HIGHLY RECOMMEND THAT ANYONE LOOKING FOR AN ENJOYABLE EVENING OF FUN MUSIC,AND FELLOWSHIP,BOOK YOU INTO THEIR VENUE AS SOON AS POSSIBLE.

I LOOK FORWARD TO SEEING YOU PERFORM AT THE NUMEROUS OTHER EVENTS WE DISCUSSED PLANNING WITHIN OUR CONFERENCE OF CHURCHES. MAY GOD RICHLY BLESS YOU AND YOUR MINISTRIES.

SERVING HIM RADICALLY,
DREW KEARNS
SENIOR PASTOR
NEW HOPE MINISTRIES-FM
MAYFIELD HEIGHTS,OH


Oh, no! Not another message from Alan Adams!!! Yes, but this one's quite different. . . a week ago we were blessed here in Frankford by the music ministry of Leah Martensen, a Christian soloist and recording artist from Toledo, Ohio. Leah and her husband Jan are active members of Crossroads Community Church in Temperance, Michigan, pastored by Glenn Teal, with whom many of us are acquainted.

Leah ministered to us in an hour-long concert on Saturday evening, singing some of her own songs. And she contributed positively to the Sunday morning worship. Leah and Jan travel to their ministry engagements in a motor-home. Jan handles all the audio-visual aspects of the ministry which are quite impressive.

I have no hesitation in recommending Leah Martensen's ministry to you. Her down-to-earth style while singing heavenly realities is refreshing. Leah has a beautiful voice and a warm, engaging manner. Let's bring her often to this country!

Sincerely, your colleague,
Alan Adams
Frankford,Canada


Leah's music ministry crosses all generational barrier. I have seen children and adults moved by the gift of song God has placed in Leah's heart.

Leah has ministered to truck drivers melting their hearts as they heard God's love proclaimed to them. We have enjoyed hearing Leah's powerful testimony reaching those God places in her path. You too will be blessed by her witness.

Chaplain Kevin Van Horn
Transport For Christ
Grand Rapids, Michigan


Leah, Thank you so much for the wonderful concert. It was a blessing to have you share your gift with us. I am excited about the children who are being sponsored.

Pastor Carol Davies
Chapel Heights and Bethel
United Methodist Churches
New Jersey


Dear Leah: Might I take this opportunity, on behalf of our congregation, to express to you our sincere appreciation for your coming to London to minister to us in music. We all appreciated, and were blessed by your music and it was great that you included congregational participation as well.

Again, thank you for being with us, it was our pleasure to welcome you. Perhaps we might be able to look forward to another visit at some point in the future.

Pastor Mowat
London Free Methodist
London, Ontario


It was our distinct pleasure to have Leah Martensen as a special guest for our Sunday evening Drive-In service of Newberg Norton Bible Church. Assisted by her husband Jan, Leah presented an entertaining and challenging message of faith and salvation.

She reaches out to the believer as well as the non-believer to renew or accept faith in Jesus as our Lord and Savior.

Newberg Norton Bible Church's Sunday evening Drive-In service is an annual outreach ministry. June 18, 2000 was Leah's premier engagement. We invited Leah back June 24, 2001.

Our Pastor and the Church well received Leah and Jan on those visits. I received many requests for a return visit. It is my intention to invite Leah to return and share with us again. I anticipate the members of our congregation will invite more people to visit our Church during Leah's next visit.

Robert E. Tomlinson
Event Coordinator,
Newberg Norton Bible Church


IT IS WITH GREAT PLEASURE TO FULLY RECOMMEND THE MINISTRY OF LEAH R. MARTENSEN TO YOUR CHURCH OR CHRISTIAN FUNCTION. SHE HAS BEEN IN CONCERT AT OUR MINISTRY ON TWO SEPARATE DATES AND AT A MORNING SERVICE AT A CLOSE ASSOCIATE'S CHURCH. ON ALL THREE OCCASIONS MS. MARTENSEN NOT ONLY OFFERED A PROFESSIONAL AND WELL CARRIED OUT PROGRAM BUT ALSO GENUINELY MINISTERED TO THE PEOPLE ON A LEVEL THAT THEY WERE PRESENTLY ON.

SHE RADIATES AN OPENNESS AND HUMILITY WITH A UNIQUE ENTHUSIASM THAT IS HIGHLY INFECTIOUS AND REFRESHING. MS. MARTENSEN'S HEART IS CLEARLY CENTERED IN THE WORK THAT GOD HAS LAID BEFORE HER.

HER MANNER AND CONDUCT WERE AT ALL TIMES APPROPRIATE AND SUBMISSIVE TO THE AUTONOMY OF OUR MINISTRY. WITH OUT RESERVATION I CAN GIVE MY FULL RECOMMENDATION OF THE MINISTRY OF LEAH R. MARTENSEN.

REVEREND RONALD M. PINKERTON
EXEC DIRECTOR
THE NITE LITE GOSPEL HOUSE RECLAIMED MINISTRIES


We had Leah Martensen at Beulah Baptist in East Central Alabama and we were totally blessed by her sweet voice and video display. Leah has a unique gift from God for reaching people through music that moves those who hear her closer to God. I highly recommend that you have Leah come and inspire your worship of God.

Ed C. Smith, Jr.
Evangelist