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1016399_10152580222325752_1205664234_nStory: I love life, but it hasn’t always been that way. My childhood was traumatic and for the past 5 years I have suffered from Anorexia.

In the depths of darkness I hated myself. But now, I can safely say that God is helping me heal. He hears my prayers and I am not alone.

I am not alone and nor are you xx

Ann – Extended story

I was born in Wales and initially lived with my mother, I didn’t know my father. When I was 3 years old my mother married my stepfather. He became the man who would sexually abuse me for years.

As a child I believed in God and even prayed but was unaware that God sent Jesus His Son to die for me that I might be forgiven all my sins and receive His righteousness and the Hope of Eternal Life.

In 1952 we moved to Gloucester but only stayed 18 months before moving to Cheltenham. I attended Sunday school at an Anglican Church and was in the Brownies and Girl Guides attached to the same Church. I was sincere in my belief in God but my understanding was limited.

When I was 14 years old I was confirmed in the Church in Wales, where I was Christened. I reaffirmed the promises made on my behalf by my God parents.

During my late teens and early twenties, I  was treated for mental health problems caused by my stepfathers behaviour towards me. These ranged from a complete mental breakdown, anxiety, depression and seasonal affective disorder. I had several courses of Electrical Convulsive Therapy. I was by any standard very disturbed.

When I left school I worked in a drawing office . It was at this time that I had my first mental health problems and left a career in industry. I look back and see God’s guidance in all this.

In 1967, although off sick at the time, I went into the local labour exchange and asked if they had any jobs in local hospitals nursing! I still can’t believe I did this because I had never wanted to be a nurse.  There was a vacancy for a nursing auxiliary and I was given an interview and offered the job. Considering I was off sick with psychiatric problems, this was what I look back on as a miracle. I started working at a Hospital in Cheltenham the following week.

In 1968 I left the Hospital and came to Gloucester to do General Nurse Training . It was at this time I became a Christian. We had a Service in the hospital chapel at the end of our initial 8 week training in the school of nursing, before we started working on the wards. An Anglican Minister spoke from the Bible, John chapter 3 v16, which says, “For God so loved the world that he gave His one and only Son, that whoever believes in Him will not perish but have everlasting life.”  The minister said, “Where it says ‘whoever’ put your own name there.”  It meant me personally, if I believed in Him I would not perish but have everlasting life. I believed that day and it was for me wonderful news, ‘Good News’. My life was transformed!

I started attending a Baptist Church and was baptised by total immersion in 1974. I knew as a Christian I had to forgive my stepfather for what he’d done or I would be bound by the past.  This I was able to do, over a period of time, by the Grace of God. In forgiving I was set free. When he died in 1976 I cared for him prior to his death which was truly the Love and Grace of Christ in action. (not of me at all).

In 1976 I left the hospital to train to become a Psychiatric Nurse.

In 1978 my mother and I moved from Cheltenham to live again in Gloucester until she died in 1979. I was still attending a Baptist Church at this time.

 In 1981 I was searching for something more spiritually at this time but didn’t know really what I was looking for I just wanted more of God. On 1st March I found myself at Robinswood Church (now called One Church). I was desperate that day and felt so alone.  A Welsh lady spoke to me, this was very special for me because Jesus knew how much I wanted to hear a Welsh accent that day. How compassionate He is and gracious!  I knew that night I had found my spiritual home.  A few weeks later at the Church Conference I was baptised in the Holy Spirit and received the gift of tongues. I have to say that this was wonderful to me because I knew very little about this blessing, indeed in some Church’s I had attended I was told that the Baptism of the Holy Spirit was for the New Testament Church at the time of the Acts of the Apostles in the Bible and not the present day. It seemed every meeting I attended God met me in a very special way. On one occasion someone spoke a word in tongues and the interpretation said, “You will never again see a Psychiatrist as a patient but will work with many as colleagues.”  In the September I went for a short break to Wales, staying at Haverford-West. I attended some special meetings at Calvary Church. During one of these meetings the Pastor came down from the platform and had a word of knowledge for me, he said exactly what I had heard some weeks earlier at Robinswood, “You will never again see a Psychiatrist as a patient but will work with many as colleagues.” I can’t express what I felt on hearing this again. (God is Awesome!)  Well I have worked with many Psychiatrists over the past 30 years but I haven’t seen one as a patient for 42 years. God is faithful and keeps His promises!

During the 1980s and 1990s, the then government decided to close all the big Mental Hospitals, including the one  I was working  at.  I left there in 1987 and was part of the team that opened a purpose built unit for the care of elderly people with mental health problems. I remained there until the year 2000 when I took early retirement.

In November 2009, for months I’d been feeling the loss of my identity. Although I’d stopped working 4 years ago, its only at this time it  seemed to hit me – the loss of being part of a wonderful bunch of people who were a great support professionally and relationally.

On 19th November I met with Sue, a One Church leader, to discuss any possibilities that the Church might have for me to work in the community. I could easily have gone to the nearest voluntary agency but I didn’t want this. I wanted to do whatever it was through the Church. Sue explained to me the benefits of doing ‘Blaze’ a one year ‘Personal Development’ Course which  was run by One Church. I knew this was the answer as I had been asking God for direction for my future. I was accepted for the Blaze Academy of 2010. This was an amazing year. There were many challenges, my having to produce my original birth certificate, for a CRB check, without my father’s name on it was an embarrassment. I began to realise that because I am a child of God and now belong to Him, I can imagine putting my heavenly father’s name in that empty space!

This was the beginning of my breakthrough year.  During the year I had to produce my life story, which caused me pain as I remembered the past.  But now I am proud that God has been writing my story of healing, wholeness and purpose.

In 2006 I received a Prophesy which I would like to share with you:

‘The Lord says, “There are many of you who never even knew the love of a father and who have struggled to know the love of your Heavenly Father because you had no earthly father.

There are those of you who were even abused by your father – not just sexually but emotionally and verbally and your heart is still scarred from these experiences. But My child, My beloved child, you who I knew from before your conception, you who I knew before the beginning of time, you who I designed – yes each part of your body, I know your frame – how intricately you were formed, your soul, your emotions and your mind. Beloved child, even though your earthly father didn’t take you up, I your Heavenly Father take you up. Even though your earthly father didn’t take up your cause, I your Heavenly Father now take up your cause. Even though your earthly father did not embrace you or look into the depth of your soul so that you would know that you were truly loved, so even this day My child I embrace you and I look deep into your soul beyond all your failures and omissions. I look beyond all your human frailties and your shortcomings, beyond all your self-hatred and your rejections. For I see your heart as a pearl of great price, for which I sent My Son to die. As you put your hand in Mine and look in My face and you behold My Glory…Let the tears start to flow. For, beautiful child, it is I, the One who loves you and as the tears flow, beloved-tears of healing, tears of grief, tears of lost days, tears of misunderstanding, you must forgive that one, that father who rejected you – for he knew not what he did. Forgive the father who abused you – for he knew well what he did, but he was so bound with his own lusts, angers and rejections that he could not break free. Forgive the father who was absent and who never held you – for he knew not what he missed. Forgive the father whose tongue was cruel to you – for he knew not kindness himself as a child.  And, loved one, as you forgive even this day so I the Lord God of Israel, the Father for whom Fatherhood is named, I break the yoke off your back. I break the bondages that have weighed you down and enslaved you even these many, many years. I break the rejection and self-hatred that has crippled your life, that has kept you from your call and destiny in Me. And now, My child, am I not the lifter of your head? Lift your head, loved one and know that you are all beautiful in Me, there is no flaw in you. As you take My hand and as you lift your head to the King of Glory, know that you now enter a new season, a new place in Me, a season of joy and peace, a season where those things that previously hindered you will fall away, a season of preparation for your calling and your destiny in Me. So rejoice, My child, rejoice and be exceedingly glad My child, for the King of Glory is your Father.”

Oh I’m lost for words, what amazing, truly Awesome promises from my Heavenly Father. How Gracious He is, Truly Awesome! To me it’s incredible that He speaks of both my natural father who didn’t know me and my stepfather who abused me. But oh what comfort in the words of my Loving Wonderful Heavenly Father. I’m really lost for words again, Then His promises to me for my future. The new seasons He speaks of and I know I’m already in by His Grace. A season of joy and peace, a season of preparation – that was Blaze and Oh yes, I still have a call and destiny I must fulfil even yet in Him (and it doesn’t matter how old one is.)  Pastor Simon once told me, “Your best days are ahead of you Annie” and I believe it! I’m so excited but truly humbled by my Heavenly Father’s compassion and love towards me. I pray that Father God will be Glorified through my story being told and many blessed, comforted and some even gain hope and peace as I have. Thank you Jesus!





Kev – Extended story

I guess I have always believed that God existed –  I was brought up in a loving Christian home where we attended Church every week.   However faith in God is a very personal thing and although I knew the bible stories, I knew about prayer etc. there comes a point where one has to decide for themselves to become a Christian (a follower of Christ)  – it’s one thing believing that God exists (many people do) but it’s a very different thing accepting and putting into practice the teachings of Jesus.

For me I was very young when I first made a decision that I wanted to become a Christian – I must have been about 7 years old – many people would argue that this was too young to really understand what I was doing, but for me it was a very real experience – I can distinctly remember sitting in a Church meeting listening to a preacher talk about the love of God and at the end of the talk the preacher asked if anyone wanted to make a decision to follow Christ  – I responded – I can remember the event so clearly;  and I guess it must have been ‘real’ because 38 years later I am still following Christ.

There are many stories I could tell about how I have known God’s direction or intervention in my life – but there is one story that I feel that I must share – it was about 7-8 years ago and I was in the hospital visiting my mum – I’d never seen her so unwell – and I remember standing with my dad at her bedside as she was undergoing dialysis.  The prognosis was not good.  As dad and I left the hospital together we walked past the Hospital Chapel – I remember turning to my dad and suggesting that we spend some time in prayer together.  We both entered the Chapel and sat in the quiet and prayed – and I can honestly say that it was from that point on that mum started to get better – she fully recovered.  For me it was such a special thing to be able to sit with my own father as together we prayed to our ‘Heavenly Father’ to intervene – and He did!


DanI suppose you might say I’ve led a pretty average life. When I was younger I drank too much alcohol and took too many drugs, but still managed to work hard and just about keep things together. I’ve been blessed with good friends, a lovely wife, son and daughter, and had reasonably good health throughout.

Despite this I’ve still had to face common issues- being made redundant twice, suffering from bulimia, anxiety and getting into financial debt. The reality is that life still throws up huge challenges, but the difference for me now is that I know my future is in God’s hands and since He has never failed to get me through, I have no reason to doubt Him.

God brings me a peace in life, despite the trials, that I can barely describe and only experience by letting God lead the way. No more bulimia or anxiety, the debts nearly paid off and I have a great job – all this from trusting God – not bad eh?



042In 2002 I started going to hospital with two small lumps in my breast, and went backwards and forwards for two years being told that all was ok. The lumps were growing, and I insisted to be seen again, this time the lumps are size of boiled eggs, and I was diagnosed with stage four breast cancer.

I felt all the way through the Lord lifted me up and carried me through. I stood on Psalm 23, and in the operating room and on the ward, everywhere I turned there were christians nursing me. I had a complete masectomy, I later found out that I was misdiagnosed, and had they paid notice of results in 2002, all this could of been avoided.

I had a year of chemo and radiotherapy, and reached remission in 2010, but during this time the Lord carried me at all times.


As a young child I grew up in an unstable home environment
following my parents’ divorce. When I was 5 I was sexually abused by
one of my mum’s boyfriends. At the age of 12 I developed an aggressive
form of epilepsy which affected my education. It was during this low
period of my life that I felt suicidal, and became aware of a voice in
my heart telling me, “I have something planned for you.” As a teenager
I began to attend church and gradually realised that Jesus was real,
relevant and full of love, and that only He could repair my life. Since
inviting Jesus into my heart in 1995, I have married my wonderful
husband, Glen, and have 2 beautiful daughters. I am also learning the
joy of being part of a loving, supportive family. God has also healed
me of my epilepsy. A friend in church prayed for me in June 2010 and
since then I have had no fits.



I first went to church when I was 9 but by the age of 13 I had turned my back on church. I didn’t enjoy church anymore, because at this time other things, such as, football and drinking were more important.

When I was 19 I injured my back, this meant I could no longer play football. This cut me off from my group of friends and the world I was used to. Whilst injured my old youth leader invited me to the youth group, I thought I would give it a go. As a result I met loads of old friends and started to attend more often but mainly for the socials. Until one night I felt God’s power and knew I had to give everything to God.

God has overwhelmed me with his love, power and grace. My life has never been the same since. He healed me, forgave me and has given me life to the full.

My life has changed, I now live to glorify God and help others get the best out of their life.



Growing up I was plagued by all kinds of fear, primarily a fear of death. Having this fear prevented me from taking part in many childhood activities and I had panic attacks at night. As I grew into adulthood the fear became stronger and the panic attacks increased to the point where I was unable to go out alone. I felt as though I was in a prison and unable to break free. I tried many homeopathic remedies none of which helped. I grew up in a Christian family and had always believed in a God who loved me. Finally I cried out to God one day and, by his grace, miraculously He took the fear away. It was as though God smashed the prison walls down and set me free. I am now free to be the person God designed me to be.


GraceI was born in 1934 in South Wales into a Pentecostal family.

By the time I was 9 I was already smoking and swearing.  A converted Jewess came to our church and told her story! I knew I had to make a life changing decision and surrender my life to Jesus.

I was married the day before my 18th birthday.  Six months into my first pregnancy I developed Peritonitis; this was the start of 5 months in hospital and 5 major operations in 9 weeks.  At one time I was given 20 minutes to live.  My husband and Pastor were called and they began to pray and a miracle happened, I was healed and able to leave the hospital.  I had to go back for another operation to repair a hole in my bowel. When I went for an x-ray the surgeon couldn’t believe it, I was completely healed.  They also said that I would never be able to have children but I went on to have 4 healthy babies.  God is as relevant to me today as he was all those years ago.



When I was about 7 years old, my home was not a happy place.

My parents had frequent arguments and their marriage was in a bad way.  When they got to rock bottom, they found Jesus, (or rather, He found them) and He helped them put their lives back together. I was impressed, and asked Jesus to be my friend, just as they had. As I got into my late teens, I wanted to make sure that what I believed had a foundation to it, so I did a lot of research and reading.  This confirmed to me that I had put my faith in someone who really did walk this earth 2000 years ago. I have also experienced the reality of Jesus in my life through the years, especially when my wife was seriously ill a couple of years ago. I had a strong sense that Jesus was with us through it all, and my wife is now well again.



When I was growing up I never gave much thought to God but lived a reasonably good life. When I was 18 something happened that was to change me. Three days after my 18th birthday I was in a car crash and my boyfriend was killed. Six months later I was in another serious car crash but I was alive and all my injuries healed. I thought why has God saved my life? Sometime later I befriended some Christians and they told me that Jesus loves us so much that he died that we might have life, life to the full. I had felt empty and directionless but then knew that God would forgive me of my sins and offer me new life if I came to Him. I gave my life to Christ on 29th June 1981 and felt an overwhelming sense of being loved by God. I had found peace and my life had purpose.



Growing up in a Christian home can, on the face of it, seem to be the easy road to becoming a Christian yourself, but there are pitfalls.


I grew up in a Christian family, where my mum and dad took me to church right from a baby. However, I had to recognise that I needed to make a commitment myself, I could not get by through my parents faith. I made this decision as a young child, but reaffirmed that decision when I was about 12 years old.


In my life I have experienced a personal healing and also miracles where finance has come to me just at the time I need it (not just when I wanted it).


In life we just need to remember that God is in control, and that all experiences, whether good or bad, help us to grow.


Lorraine 2008 (2)

I responded to God’s call as a 30 year old mother who was a heavy drinker and addicted to marijuana.  Although a wonderful mother, I was a happy drunk who usually couldn’t remember much the next morning.  I asked Jesus into my heart and was immediately set free from drugs.  A year later I stopped drinking and haven’t wanted drugs or alcohol in 18 years.

In that time I have experienced healing and seen my son healed.  My son was born with water on the brain which threatened all movement and mental health.  He is now dancing and singing for the Lord!  I was rushed to a specialist with a lump the size of an acorn on my ovary. I knew I was covered in prayer and the scan showed it had disappeared!

It is not always an easy journey – but our God protects and provides our every need along the way.


SharonI was 9 years of age when I first realised that I needed God in my life. I had been a mischievous child but not an extremely naughty one. I had been taught values and respect. I repented and asked Jesus to come into my heart.

I left the Christian life at 17. I got married and had 2 children, after my divorce I married again and had another 2 children. I found God again at 30.

One day something went very wrong in my life and I cried out to God “Why me?” He answered me straight away with the words “Why not you, Sharon?”. God made it personal by saying my name. I believed that God was with me and that he would bring me through this. It was a difficult time and God has been a great healer, he is also my strength, my guide and my Saviour.

He loves me with a love that I could never repay, but His grace has saved me and one day I will see Him face to face.


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!


LindaI had a great childhood in sunny South Africa with lots of fun and laughter. As a child, Sundays were special family days with Church an important part of the day.

Then tragedy struck. My 18 year old brother was killed whilst serving in the army. Life changed in our family and within a year we left our home country.

At the age of 14 I was diagnosed with rheumatoid arthritis which has brought with it much pain and major surgery.

Shortly after that I started to wonder what life was all about. After lots of doubts and questions, I accepted Jesus as my personal Saviour. I believed that He was the only one who could heal the hurt.

I have known peace in tough times and great joy that lasts. I have a caring and loving husband and know that Jesus is interested in me and every part of my life.


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.


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.


CathyI became a Christian as a teenager but have had to face many very difficult situations. Some have been unavoidable and some have been due to bad decisions or behaviour. God has never left me and has brought me through each of these difficult times, often in amazing ways.

Just under two years ago I was dying of liver failure. In the September I was told that without a transplant I would be dead before Christmas! I have 3 children and at the time they were aged 17, 14 and 10. It was one of those situations where I had no one else but God to trust. Whatever I went through He was always there for me and I know God will never let you down.

God really looked after me. A new liver became available, even before there was time to put my name on the transplant list. I am so glad to have been given another chance of life!


WendyI was born in Weston-Super-Mare, 55 years ago into a Christian family. I made my commitment to follow Jesus when I was 6, I may have been young but I knew that He loved me. I was baptised in water at 13. Then at 16 I trained as a hairdresser which shows God’s power as I had a debilitating stutter when I began, which the Lord later healed me of.

I later met my husband Alan and we have been married for 33 years and have 3 grown-up children. I have found through my life that God is faithful in the good times and the bad, and the greatest lessons learnt have been at the lowest times when I have had no strength of my own. I’m glad God has led us to ‘One Church’ to be part of what God is doing in Gloucester.