Every Christian has a personal story of knowing God through the kindness and transforming work of the Lord Jesus Christ.
Here are some from Little Hill Church.
Yvonne senior citizen
I expect there are times in your life when everything is going wrong and, not knowing which way to turn, life feels not worth living. I felt like that when I was eighteen. Then one day, a young woman knocked on the door: I invited her in and we started chatting. She noticed I was troubled and soon I unburdened all my problems. Then she told me that God can see into every heart and He knows when we are troubled. I knew nothing about God or Jesus Christ but by putting my trust in Him, I asked Him into my heart. After 72 years He has never let me down; He is my strength in every storm of life. Now I never walk alone.
Rich & Jenni dad & mum
Our lives were turned upside down when we had our baby boy! Now we have two... In fact, our lives changed completely. We have also moved home towns, changed jobs, got married and moved house – all huge, life-changing events. Life is uncertain, but one thing is constant: God’s love for us. It is not deserved or earned, and we are far from perfect, but because of who Jesus is and what He has done, we can know His unchanging love. Practically, we see this everyday in our lives: He provides for us and guides us as we pray to Him about our plans and decisions. This doesn’t mean that we always get what we want or that life is easy. It isn’t. As Christians we know that God is good and we can trust Him in this life and for the next.
Harley café chain manager
Only when I fully trusted in the Lord Jesus Christ did I find calmness in where my eternity would lie. For many years I thought I was a ‘good guy’ and never gave Christianity, or any other religion, a second thought. But when asked ‘Where are you destined?’ I had to be truthful to myself and to God and ask for forgiveness of my sins. Still dealing with every day pressures, I have the privilege to pray continually that Jesus would lead me to be more like Him, and to remember these words from a hymn, ‘On Christ the solid rock I stand, all other ground is sinking sand.’
In 1999 I lost a much-loved father to a sudden heart attack. My world turned dark and I stood on the precipice of an unknown future. I was gripped with fear and an unbearable grief. It was difficult to mourn whilst looking after my bereaved mother and three small children – and my health began to suffer as a result. Where was God in this? He seemed so distant; was He still there? I remember crying to the Lord, asking Him to bring me through this trial and teach me from it. Through Bible reading and much prayer, God answered and He helped me to look to Him and not my circumstances. I found that He is my joy and my comfort and that He will never leave me or forsake me. Life without a father was hard, but life without God would be impossible. Psalm 34 says: ‘I sought the Lord and He heard me, and delivered me from all my fears.’
Derek retired engineer
Many years ago, an elderly man was facing the real threat of painful torture, unless he denied his faith in Jesus Christ as Lord and Saviour. His reply was: ‘Eighty-six years have I served Him, and He has never once wronged me; how then shall I blaspheme my King, who has saved me?’ This brave man became one of the first Christian martyrs. Today, there are many thousands in the world, making exactly the same stand for the saving truth of Jesus Christ. Looking back over 59 years, I can do no better than to echo this man’s testimony, that the Lord Jesus Christ has never failed me, although sadly I have let Him down many times. Jesus said: ‘Greater love has no man than this, that he lay down his life for his friends’; ‘But..., while we were still sinners, Christ died for us’. I heartily recommend my Saviour and Friend to you.