Faith Comes Through for Diane Wirtz

Diane Wirtz

Story: Bill Delingat

Diane Wirtz started singing at the age of 5 on week-ends when her father’s band would let her join in on their practices. At the age of 8 years her father was transferred to West Germany with the Air Force, where they would live for the next 4 years.

At the age of 12 the family moved back to New Brunswick but the Air Force transferred them again to Cold-Lake, Alberta. There was a group from the television show ” the Funny Farm Show ” who were singing on the base there.

Wirtz said. I had an opportunity to sing with their band called” Prairie Fire “. They invited her to go to Edmonton, Alberta where they were going to do a television program for the Variety Club Telethon. It was her first experience on television at the age of 17. She met Jamie Farr from the television show MASH, and Shari Lewis and Lamp Chop, the Alan Sisters from the Tommy Hunter show and Skyles and Henderson.

Wirtz said,”It was a fabulous experience for me and it gave me a chance to go in the recording studio with Prairie Fire and see what it was all about. I had gotten married and after a few months of marriage we were expecting a baby.

“ When I was in my eighth month of pregnancy the baby died. My brother who was 18 died in a motorcycle accident, then my Mother died and then my Grand-Mother died. She was the first person in my life to introduce me to our wonderful Savior.

“ I was so distressed with all this grief that I could no longer function physically as I was so worn out. I wanted to end my life but I didn’t have the nerve to do it. I thought about what would be the easiest way to go.

“ Jesus showed me that I may have lost all those that I loved, but I hadn’t lost his love. I clung on to that hope, as I was about to find out what it really meant.

Her bad luck did not stop there as Wirtz went on to say, “I was attacked one night. The man had a steel baseball bat and was choking me. I was starting to black out and cried out to God to save me. The man started to mock God and said” Let’s see if your God can save you now ” All of a sudden his eyes rolled weird and he passed out! I escaped and realized that God had saved my life that night. I couldn’t see why then because I didn’t feel like I was anything special, but God had plans for me I didn’t even know about. I realized how much He loves me and I knew that I wanted to dedicate my life to Him. Whatever He would use me for I was willing.
” I have been the director for Prison Ministries for 17 years and also work with helping to get young girls off the street.

“ I have dedicated a portion of the sales from my CD to the Elizabeth Fry Society and the Women’s Shelter, to help abused woman and children receive counseling. This CD is a blessing from God as I could not have made it without His help.

“ My Prayer is that through the songs that I have written and the songs that I sing, that you will know that you are loved by a wonderful Savior who cares so very much for you.

“ In Psalm Chapter 28 verse 6 and 7 it says: “I will Praise the Lord because He has heard my prayer for help. The Lord is my Strength and Shield. With my whole heart I trust Him and I know He will help me. My heart is glad and I will Praise Him with songs of Praise!”

The Kelowna, British Columbia based country/gospel recording artist Dianne Wirtz has recently nominated for her first Covenant Award. She has been nominated in the “Country/Bluegrass Album of the Year” category. Dianne released her first single to radio back in June of this year – I’m Your Child from her debut album of the same title.

The Covenant Awards are handed out annually by GMA Canada, the Gospel Music Association of Canada and are associated with the Gospel Music Association in the United States. The awards ceremonies are held annually in cities across Canada and are handed out in over 50 categories. This year the ceremony will take place at First Alliance Church in Calgary, Alberta on October 29th!

On Monday, October 4th, Dianne will release her new single – “What Have You Got To Lose” to gospel and country radio across Canada and around the world.

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