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Simon – Extended story

I started my faith journey at the age of four!

I think worst sin I’d committed was stealing a hula hoop from my brothers crisp packet but its funny how guilty you feel about the smallest of things! Somehow, I knew this offended God and my tender heart wanted to put things right. This is one of my earliest but real memories. Praying a simple prayer, asking God to forgive me and feeling such a sense forgiveness and acceptance.

The years have rolled on and to say I’ve tripped up on the way is an understatement. There have been times of blatant rebellion and times of lazy drifting but I can honestly say God has stuck with me. I have learned to apply the principles of the Bible into my career choices, marriage, fathering, in fact, every aspect of my life and this has allowed me to stand strong in all of life’s storms.

I have experienced poverty, near death experiences and painful rejection. I have also travelled the world, experienced personal healing and enjoyed overall great health.   And in all this, God has stuck with me. My story is simple. The day I met with Jesus connected me with purpose and a constant source of encouragement and forgiveness. I am living my dream. Actually it’s His dream!


As a child I was abused by my step father which caused Mental Health problems during my teens and early 20s. I had Psychiatric treatment at this time and was a very disturbed young person.

I can’t ever remember not believing in God but didn’t know I could have a personal relationship with Him.

It was during my nurse training in 1968 that I asked Jesus Christ into my heart and my life was transformed.  I was able to forgive my step father and in forgiving I was set free.

In 1981 God gave me a promise. He told me I would never again see a Psychiatrist as a patient but would work with many as colleagues.

I haven’t seen a Psychiatrist as a patient for 42 years but I did however work with many during a 30 year career as a Psychiatric Nurse!

God is faithful and keeps His promises.





I am 18 and have grown up in church.

For a long time all that mattered to me was having a girlfriend and my reputation.

A year ago I made a big mistake which could have led me down the wrong path. However, God opened my eyes to the bad attitude that I had, and helped me to turn my life around.

Since that point in my life, God has blessed me with a fantastic job, a boss who not only helps me with my career but also with my faith, and a long term relationship.

I no longer feel that I need to live up to a reputation, and can therefore be the man that God has called me to be. I’m certainly not perfect, but I know that God loves me even when I make mistakes.


IanMy life before becoming a Christian from the outside looked perfect. Good job, my own house, great friends and great family. But from the inside, I was full of doubt, anger, greed, arrogance and a need to impress people through things. Most of all there was an emptiness that I could never quite put my finger on. In fact how many grown men break down in tears in the middle of a busy town… talking to a pastor?

I went away with one prayer, please Lord help me! I want to come home. Since that day, with God’s grace, word and love I have been blessed with the power to love, forgive and accept. I have met some wonderful people and know that God directs my steps.

I still have my job, my house, great friends and the best family I could ever wish for, as well as many flaws (ask the above). The emptiness has been filled by Jesus Christ with his forgiveness, love and love of us all.



I was brought up in a stable family home with loving parents.

However, I made very bad decisions and ended up in very turbulent relationships. I had been violently abused by men and spent a lot of my time around drugs and people who sold and took them. I had taken drugs pretty much throughout my teenage life and have only just recovered properly.

The Lord spoke to me and told me that there was more to life than crime. I have also recently given my life to God and his works. I feel amazing now and am the happiest I have ever been. God has turned my life around and now I have good relationships with my family, whom I hurt so much during my self-destructive time. Love God. Love People. Committed to Excel.



Being a single parent is not a lifestyle I chose for myself or my child. Being a Christian seemed to make the turmoil of separation and divorce even more heart breaking because I knew how God honours family life and how He is grieved by any breakdown of relationships.


But through this experience I have learned how loving and forgiving God really is and how He understands my weaknesses. Not only does God accept me in my failings but He also restores my life by helping me to forgive myself and others. God also gave me a new sense of hope in the future. I am now happy in the knowledge that God will never leave me or give up on me no matter what happens.


PennyAlthough happily married with 3 wonderful children, the death of a close friend 5 years ago left me lonely and questioning the purpose of life, I had a strong feeling that death could not be the end. This bought me to church where I heard how much God loved me and how I mattered to him and I knew I wanted to experience this for myself.

Since getting to know Jesus I have been on an incredible journey. I have developed a new confidence that comes from knowing God loves me unconditionally and I have a freedom that has come through learning to forgive others. I am still far from perfect but God is gracious, I know he has a plan and a purpose for my life and I am excited about what my future holds with God beside me.


AdyI always believed in God and thought as long as I did more good than bad then I would be ok with Him. That was how I lived my life until at 22yrs old I heard that God wasn’t impressed with my efforts to “balance the books”. I read that the very best of my efforts were like filthy rags in God’s eyes! But the good news was that all God wanted from me was that I believe and accept that His son Jesus died on the cross instead of me, being punished for all my actions that had offended God. With sincerity I apologised to God and immediately felt a peace I’d never known before – his forgiveness. Since that time I’ve gone through life with troubles still there, but I know God’s there too. He’s always worth a try!!


SueAs a child I began to feel guilty about the things I was doing wrong but was without the self-control to do anything about it! During a Christian youth event, I heard that, through Jesus, I could be forgiven and live with His power to help me. I asked Him to come and be a part of my life. My world took on a whole new outlook – I know why I’m here! The Jesus, who I thought only belonged in Bible stories, has become real to me.

As a teenager I developed ‘athletes foot’ – this was so severe it reached the heels on both my feet. Over two years it caused me much distress and treatments didn’t work. I prayed and asked Jesus to heal me. Seven days later it was completely gone! I know my God really is alive!


JulieMy story is very simple. I grew up in a kind and loving family. My parents took me to Church from a young age. I even taught in the Sunday School. My life took the usual route, school, college, work etc.

When I was 20 I was invited to Robinswood Church with my boyfriend. It was there that I understood the story of Salvation for the first time, of the need to make Jesus the centre of my life, of the importance of Jesus dying for me so that I could be forgiven and have a life everlasting. My boyfriend later became my husband. We believe in a relevant God of today whose love never fails us and in whose steps we walk to trust for our everyday. I may let God down sometimes, but my God is a God of forgiveness and he guides me through everything and will never let me down.


ClaireI’m Claire and I’m 35 years old. Although I was brought up in a Christian home and went to church I didn’t have a relationship with God until I was 18 years old. I attended church, helped out at kids clubs, was part of the worship team and from the outside looked like a good Christian. But I had no relationship with God – I never spent time with him.

This all changed in 1992 when I was attacked following a party at my University Halls of residence – I have never needed God more!! It was during this time that I began an intimate relationship with a God that wrapped his arms around me, built me up, healed me, helped me to forgive and became my best friend.


TomI was dragged to church as a child, never understanding why I was there. Life seemed boring and mundane. When I was 16, it became my choice to attend.

I stayed just to socialise with my mates, but I was bored stiff. Aged 19 I was randomly attacked by four men. I thought my life was over. My “everything” was taken away and I became a fearful and bitter person. Why would God allow this to happen to me? – Perhaps to draw me closer to him!

God has helped me to become a strong and confident person and taught me to forgive. God is my best friend, I couldn’t live without him. Living for God is far from boring, my life feels complete now – full of fun and excitement.


KatieI’ve been going to church since I was a child, grown up understanding the values and the Ten Commandments, but I truly didn’t understand God’s love until I experienced its acceptance for myself.

There have been times I have let God down, but He has always been there for me through everything! His love and grace is so strong for us, that even when we have hurt God, it doesn’t change the way He loves us.

I went through a time where I really had to trust God. What I learnt through the situation was that what God says is true.

He is Faithful, Merciful, Forgiving, Comforting, Loving and Trusting.

My God is a God that will never let you down.


AllyAs a child I used to dream of what I would be in the future it was always something exciting, famous and special. As I got older, circumstances took me further and further away from those dreams. I’d got into habits I couldn’t break and my self esteem was nearly zero. Despite trying to fill my life with travelling and parties something was missing from my life. Some nights I’d lie in my bed at night and think – there must be more to life than this. It was like I was living a 3 dimensional life in 2D and no matter what I tried, nothing seemed to hit the spot. When I experienced Jesus personally, I found the missing element to life. I felt completely loved, accepted and forgiven for the first time. Since that day I have a constant sense of fulfilment and a passion for the life I was designed to live.