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Mavis' StoryI had the privilege of coming to know Jesus Christ in my teens, before major life decisions i.e. career choice, life partner choice, parenthood.

My diary for that special day says,
“This is the happiest day of my life. I have asked Jesus Christ into my life and I am walking on air!”

I have had tremendous help and guidance from the Bible which has been a source of strength to me for 50 years. I read it daily and never cease to be amazed at the answers I get to many questions and situations.

Margaret Thatcher was asked what Christianity meant to her…she replied, “Choice!” It is the choice between good and evil – and making the good choice also gives the power to help to live out this lifestyle.

There is no other way for me… and if I had the opportunity, I would have made the choice earlier!


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 can sum up my story by giving thanks and praise to God for keeping me whole this far.


See, I should be a cynical, bitter and unhappy person if the experiences I’ve encountered are what I would base my life on. But His grace has drawn me instead to draw from His everlasting well of joy, giving me strength for each new day.


So I choose to seek God and dwell in His presence rather than wallow in the ups and downs of life, a conscious effort that is really hard sometimes but after over 20 years of having Jesus as my Lord and saviour is well worth it!


MikeAlthough I was not brought up in a practicing Christian home I have to confess that in times of difficulty, I would pray. As a result of my interest in science and my technical education I started to question everything in my late teens and early twenties, including did God exist and what was the purpose of life.

At the age of 24 I reluctantly agreed to attend a church in Slough. I could see everyone was really enjoying themselves and were passionate about their faith in God and Jesus. However this did not stop my questions, but answers only led to more questions. Eventually I realised I would never understand everything and could see that people who called themselves Christians had something that I did not have. So after some weeks I decided to ask Jesus into my life. Now I can say I know God in a very personal way.


BrianI was brought up in a Christian home and became a Christian when I was 15. However, it wasn’t until I was at Teacher Training College that I discovered the reality of God in my life. There I met other Christians who seemed to have a greater joy and experience of God. I began to know, by God’s Holy Spirit, God’s presence with me daily, leading me, guiding me in very real ways. I settled in Gloucester, married and now have 3 grown up children.

Life was good until, in my late 40’s, I went through a painful time of job-related stress but even at my lowest point I discovered that God was there for me. As God says in the Bible: ‘I will never leave you or forsake you’. I have found that whatever comes my way God will always see me through.


ChasAs a teenager, a classmate asked if I had ever asked Jesus into my life, and could she pray with me to make that happen. I agreed and she prayed with me. Later that day, a joy came over me that I could not understand, then I realised that it was the presence of God in my life.

As I grew older I drifted away from God and did my best to ignore Him. But in recent years I realised that something was missing, so I asked God to come back into my life. Now every day I live with a sense of Gods love and purpose that pen and paper can not describe.

I know now, that it is the presence of God in my life that makes the difference, and that no matter what life may throw at me, God is by my side, doing life with me.