Testimonies

Mark’s Story

I still vividly remember the first Sunday I walked into the church (ouch). The people were very welcoming (and still…

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I still vividly remember the first Sunday I walked into the church (ouch). The people were very welcoming (and still are!). I enjoyed the enthusiastic singing (after all we rugby players love a good sing) and when the guy at the front spoke it was like he was talking just to me. You see on the outside my life was going better than ever, just married, new house, new car, big holidays, big job, great social life, but on the inside I felt just like how the Rolling Stones song goes (showing my age) – ‘I can’t get no satisfaction’. The guy out the front said, “If you let go of your life and give your life to Jesus, you will truly find life”. I thought, but I’m not worthy of knowing God I’m too bad. The guy said, “You may not feel you are good enough, but that’s the whole point, Jesus came to save sinners (people who are missing God’s best for their life) just like the sick need a doctor”. I knew I needed to change, but thought, I can’t change, I’m powerless. To my amazement the guy said, “You may feel powerless, but don’t worry cos God does it for you”. When you ask Jesus to be your Lord and Saviour, not only do you receive His free gift of eternal life through faith in His name (wow), but He sends His Holy Spirit to live in you to help you be all God planned you to be and to do all God planned you to do. That day I invited Jesus into my life and He has radically changed it for the better – forever. He has given my life real meaning and purpose and I’m loving every minute of it. Today, if you hear His voice, don’t harden your heart, rather open it up and ask Jesus in. He will do for you immeasurably more than you can ask or possibly imagine. I hope to meet you soon.

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Patrick’s Story

2016 update:  I would like to give my testimony of how I have been healed and set free from my bondage…

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2016 update: 

I would like to give my testimony of how I have been healed and set free from my bondage through Jesus and the Holy Spirit. An alcoholic since the age of 18 until I found The Lord at the age of 70. It is a miracle and proof that the Redeemer lives and still works among us. God surely loves everyone no matter their past and how they behaved, as long as they seek repentance and believe in Jesus and his healing all can be set free. Only someone who has been a slave to alcohol that takes over you and leads you to every kind of sin can understand the joy and peace of being released from this. I keep looking to Jesus on my daily walk as I thank and praise God for all he has done no matter the circumstances of the day, I pray when emotions try to rob me of my peace and joy and know that the enemy will everything in his power to get me back. I thank The Lord for my Fellowship in the Larkfield Community Church,they are always there for guidance and prayer at anytime. No longer dwelling on my past but living in the present I push forward praising the day I took my sins to the Cross was baptised in water and the Holy Spirit and set free.I was 80 in February and the church gave me great day,I am blessed with my life now.Amen

 

Previous Testimony:

I found Jesus very late in life, but incidents in life always made me think I was being looked after. I was born into Scots-Irish stock who were miners in a Fife mining town on the east coast of Scotland. My family considered themselves Christians. As was the custom I was baptised as an infant and went to the school of that denomination. In those days things were bad as there was segregation between the two main denominations in Scotland, plus there was a war on. I remember as a child I went to Salvation Army and Band

of Hope meetings and could not understand why I was punished at school when I told people about it; they said it was not allowed, and didn’t explain why.

I left school in the fifties and went down the mines. I carried the tag of Christian but stopped going to Church as miners were a hard working crowd. They were also a hard drinking crowd after work. At 18 I left Scotland when I joined the Air Force. During training were were expected to go to Church Parades but after training there was a big reduction on church attendance as we were more interested in drinking and the nightlife of whatever town we were stationed in.

My life after the RAF was one of travelling with different jobs and I spent my time in public houses not knowing I was getting an addiction. I met my wife and in 1970 we came to Kent. I had regular work but my addiction got worse, with me often drinking places where I was not known to hide the amount I was drinking.

My wife passed away in 2004 and I got out of hand most times, drinking myself to hospital. I was directed to an AA meeting at Brewer Street behind the Christian Bookshop in Maidstone. I had two slips back to drinking, then I got talking to people at the church which is next door to the Christian Bookshop (now The Life Church) and saw how they outreached and helped different people in the community.

I picked up some leaflets, one of which was Why Jesus. I read it that night and said the prayer. I phoned a friend who goes to The Life Church and said I would like go along to their Sunday morning meeting. I had trouble getting there because the bus times meant that I would be late every week. My friend told me that there was a Church in Larkfield near me that would suit me. I went to see and was made welcome and I was reminded of the little Band of Hope in my childhood. I didn’t return for a while but when I went back I felt the warmth and peace among the people. I am now on an Alpha Course and am amazed how the churches unite; so different to when I was young.

I am looking forward now, feeling joy in Jesus and have not had drink for nearly four years! This is because I feel happy now and I am glad to be at Larkfield Community Church every Sunday.

Blessings, Patrick

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Claire’s Story

I became a Christian October 2002 and will never forget that time because it changed me forever. When I was…

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I became a Christian October 2002 and will never forget that time because it changed me forever. When I was young, we went to church for family occasions but not for any other reason then during school, I became friends with a girl called Rebecca, and we are still friends to this day. She was a Christian.

Over the years Rebecca and I have been through a lot together and it was through spending time with her family that I found out more about faith. I started to attend some church services with them…not because I particularly wanted to, but I would stay over the night before and that’s what they did. However, their church was not like ones I had been too. There was more lively worship, the songs were uplifting and even some people were clapping and laughing. People were really happy to be there! I was intrigued. But then there were also occasions when it felt like the pastor was talking directly to me….I was one in hundreds but I felt uncomfortable and wanted to shrink away. It felt too close to home so I would block that out of my mind quick…I might have to do something about it!

After a while, I did Alpha at Becky’s church. I like socialising but it also sounded like I might be able to learn more about the actual nitty-gritty of the Christian faith. I loved the course. The speaker, Nicky Gumble explained things so well, and I liked the debates. One thing that particular amazed me was that one night, at the meal, another Christian I had met on the course gave me a study bible. He gave it to me, not to borrow it but to keep. I couldn’t believe it. I know how expensive books are and, judging by the cover, this was a particular nice one. I couldn’t get over the generosity of someone I hardly knew. I used it through out the course as the only bible I had was one I was given as a baby and the text was seriously small so this new bible was a real help. However, despite this, I left the course not feeling any different. I could talk the talk and it sounded good but I didn’t actually believe it. I did think that it might be good to hear Nicky Gumble speaking some more one day in the future.

After Alpha, Becky and I wanted to go on holiday together. She asked would I go on an Oak Hall holiday to Malta with her; this is a Christian holiday company. I thought why not, I’ll just sit by the pool while you go to your meetings and that is exactly what I did do. It was a great holiday. However, I made some new friends on that holiday and I wanted to keep in touch with some of them and when we were back I met one of them in London for lunch one Sunday.

We had a lovely day but then it was getting to the early evening and I started to think about going home. He asked if I wanted to go to his church. My thoughts were…uh NO! but before I could answer, he started saying that it was quite a famous church and that I might have heard one of one of the pastors. Nicky Gumble! And he was actually going to be speaking today! I was amazed. I had met this person on holiday and we had never talked church prior to today and he happened to attend Nicky Gumble’s church. I was “weirded” out to say the least but I went along….I had said back in Alpha that I would see Nicky Gumble speak if I ever got the opportunity and I couldn’t tell Becky I turned down the offer.

It was amazing, though I can’t tell you what it was about. I was feeling carried in the moment. I was just agog! As we left, we were handed leaflets about Alpha and for some reason I had two but I kept both of them, not really knowing why. Then on the train home I was looking at the leaflets and thinking about the service when a stranger sat next to me. We started talking about my day and that I had been to church and how great Alpha was and before I knew it was handing the spare leaflet to him. The stranger got off at the next stop and I couldn’t believe what I had just done. I had evangelised God’s word, without even thinking about it. I couldn’t stop thinking about the chain of events. Meeting my friend in Malta, meeting that particular Sunday when Nicky was speaking, meeting a stranger on the train and giving him my spare leaflet…

That night, I decided to read the gospel of John as this was advised as a good starting point on the Alpha course and for the first time I realised what Jesus really had done for me. I kept reading all night and was overwhelmed with gratitude to Jesus and I cried many tears of repentance and that night I was saved. The joy that came into my life after that night was amazing. My heart had finally been touched and was changed forever. I now believed with all my heart and I am loving my journey with Jesus as I learn more about him each day.

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