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Tina

Tina.

Where do I start? I’ve been a Christian for 28 years. Do I talk about the miracles in my life or God’s keeping power and grace when losing the twins. Or about my loving Husband and two great kids, my business, my house, etc. God has been good.

I was brought up in a loving and caring family, my dad was into rugby so every weekend we would go off to the rugby club. I uses to look around and see people laughing and having fun but inside would think there has to be more to life than this. So at the age of 9 one Sunday I went for a walk and came across Robinswood Church, it was 2pm, Sunday School was on so I went in. There was a different kind of fun going on. I used to go off to Kids camp and found out that God had a plan and purpose and wanted to help me fulfil my potential in my life.

I know and trust the past to God’s mercy, the present to Gods love and the future to God’s providence.


Steve

Steve

Having been brought up in a loving Christian home, meant that I knew about God’s love and protection from an early age. As I grew up I was fearless. I would get into allsorts of scrapes. I would climb higher up trees than anyone else dared; I would jump from higher places than my mates; ride my bike faster down hill! It’s only now, as I look back, that I know God was definitely protecting me. I pulled some stupid stunts and have a few scars and scary memories, to show for it. Whilst age and a bit more common sense, than I used to have, prevent me from doing the death defying acrobatics of my youth, I know that God is still there to guide me and protect me through life’s choices. It’s great to know that you’re never alone, when problems crop up! That really makes a difference!


Tina

Tina

I hated being in a Christian family.  It just wasn’t fair…this God my parents believed in was out to ruin my fun. I felt that being a Christian was just a list of rules – of do’s and don’ts. 

Then one day (30 years ago!) I heard these words from the bible:

 ”You do not know what tomorrow will bring. What is your life? You are a mist that appears for a little while and then vanishes.”  James Ch 4 v 14 

Even then (at 17 years of age) I realised that my life was just a moment in time and I didn’t want to spend an eternity (that’s the time we have left once we are dead!) without God.  I knew that Jesus had made a way for me to have a relationship with Him.

 

What have I learned? God loves me so much he wants the very best for me!

He doesn’t want to spoil my fun; he wants to protect me from the things that will destroy my life. And with Jesus in my life – it’s amazing!


Jo

DSC_5668Growing up in a great family with loving parents meant I didn’t go to church looking for anything, I went for something to do. I enjoyed the songs, stories and being with friends and kind adults who were caring towards me.

I was 11 when I heard about how much God loved me, how he wanted me to experience his closeness every day, because I could never live perfect enough he gave a replacement, perfect Jesus, he died so I could live my life with God. I chose that day to accept what Jesus did for me and join myself to God forever.

I’m now 40, happily married with 2 children, God has been with me every day – never left me, I share everything with him, happy and sad times, when I face fears and when I’m having fun, normal and memorable days. I recommend living life with God it’s absolutely brilliant.


Mandy

MandyI was brought up going to Church but it was only after some difficult times that I realised that this wasn’t just a social club, but that God really did care. We all have questions about life – ‘why did this happen?’ or ‘what’s the purpose in this?’

For me, Christianity provides the answers to those questions – having a relationship with a God who loves and wants the best for me. I may not always know it at the time, but when I look back it’s amazing to see how God has protected me, sent the right people across my path, or picked me up when I’ve made a complete and utter mess of it all! Becoming a Christian was the best decision I’ve ever made – giving me purpose and fulfilment in this life, with a lot of fun along the way!


Amy

AmyBeing virtually brought up in church I knew all the right moves. I knew exactly what to say and do at exactly the right time…and I enjoyed it!

Church on a Sunday, then back to normality in the week- I thought I was getting the best of both worlds.

I was so wrong! It wasn’t until I decided to build every part of my life on my faith, that I realised I was missing out on the whole reason I was alive – to live my life as a response to what Jesus has done for me.

Now I know that whatever I’m going through, God is there for me- wanting me to live in the freedom and hope that comes from knowing him personally- what more do you need?


Lucy

LucyBeing brought up in an amazing, fun and busy Christian family, as the youngest of 5 kids, I found it easy to slip into the background living a life that seemed right in everybody else’s eyes – everyone except God’s! I knew how to play it cool, but deep down I always knew that all I had was a surface level relationship with God. Then I did Fire Academy… I chose to give God my everything, I realised that the very things I wanted so badly, like friends, grades, a job, a relationship, were worse off in my control, but when given to God, it’s the place where they flourish and become great.

I’ve never regretted a single day that’s gone by since I fully trusted God. I just keep digging deep, revealing new dreams and gifts I never thought I had. Sometimes it’s hard, but I love it, because when you only have Jesus – you have EVERYTHING!!!!!


Tom

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.


Adam

AdamAt 16 I got a moped. My parents had brought up in a godly background, but the moped era was where I went truly wrong. Boredom got me into deep trouble including crimes such as theft, robbery and violence. I was in so much trouble that I went to prison.

When I got out, I truly wanted to get my life back on track. I started reading the Bible and found myself really ‘getting into God’. I felt loved and accepted, settled and new. I felt completely in the right place.

I started getting deeper and deeper into God and working out who I was and what I was made for. Robbery, theft and violence are now a thing of the past!

Now I use my fun sense of humour to help people and empower them to move forward into their God given potential. I’m happier now then ever before and know that God is the greatest thing that has ever happened to me.


Matthew

MatthewMy name’s Matthew, I’m 24 years old and was bought up in a Christian home. I went to Sunday school and knew all the Bible stories but didn’t really know God personally.

Then one youth camp in Torquay came that totally changed me. One meeting they said if you want to know God personally walk to the front. It was scary to walk to the front but I’ve never looked back.

God’s with me whatever I do and wherever I go. I finished school, went to college and did an apprenticeship, lived life as full as I could. I’ve travelled, played sports, had fun and loads of laughs. Everything I do, God is with me. Even when I mess up which I do a lot, God still loves me. This love and security makes me feel safe.

I’m now about to start university and start a new phase in my life in which I guarantee God’s one step ahead.