(this will be brief so that you know a little of our backgrounds):
Hello my name is Loraine, I accepted the Lord Jesus Christ as my
personal Saviour in 1968. My parents sent me to Sunday School from
the age of five, although not attending Church themselves (to date
they have not yet accepted Christ as their personal Saviour).
I joined the Church choir and later became a Sunday School teacher,
you could say I was 'religious'. I did not know Jesus as my Saviour.
I was seeking something more, I read a lot and listened to other
'Christians'. The Lord then led me to meet a true believer. I knew
that they had something that I did not have, this was the beginning
of a spiritual battle for my soul.
alone one Sunday on my knees I asked God to forgive me - it had
finally dawned on me that all I really needed was forgiveness of
my sins and the Lord Jesus Christ in my life. Right there and then
in tears I was saved and began my new life of faith. I was sixteen
years old and had no knowledge of how to grow in this new faith.
Although attending a church I didn't have any help to grow. So like
most young believers I began to read the Bible, but did not get
years later I was at college in a city I did not know. I attended
a local church with some college friends, the church was however
spiritually dead so my attendance did not last long. Although, I
was truly saved my spiritual life was now put on hold, I now had
a hard college schedule and a busy social life but I firmly believed
. . . it wasn't long before my spiritual life revived and I started
to grow spiritually. God lead both me and my future husband to a
Bible based church. The Bible here, was preached without distortion;
and with enthusiasm.. . . I will let my husband take up with his
story now . . .
Hello, I am Martin, I grew up not thinking or even considering there
was a God. When I reached 21 my sister who was at college and who
professed to being an atheist told me she had become a Christian.
I remember that I was puzzled by this statement, and quickly forgot
what she had told me. My sister went on to marry a born again Christian
and they moved to Mexico which was her husband's native country.
This put around 5000 miles between us.
life started to change. Different things happened to draw my attention
to Christianity. People crossed my path who were Christians, they
told me about how Christ had died for my sins; even though He was
sinless. How Jesus took on Himself my sin, and all peoples sins
committed, and all those still to be committed; so that I and anybody
that asks God for His forgiveness will be forgiven. John 3:16 "For
God so loved the world, that He gave His only begotten Son, that
whosoever believeth in Him should not perish, but
have everlasting life." For other relevant verses check out
the Bible page.
I met my wife during the period leading up to my salvation, among
other things we would discuss Christianity. We attended church together
and I started to hear the word of God preached. For the first time
in my life I was very interested in learning about God. Regrettably
I couldn't accept that I needed to repent of my sin.
In the spring of 1972 we visited Loraine's parents. During that
visit we took a trip to Coventry and decided to visit Coventry Cathedral.
It had been recently rebuilt. We walked around the outside and at
the far end I walked through what felt like an electric field, I
shrugged this off, and we carried on walking only to discover that
we needed to return back along the same route. Exactly the same
experience happened again, I asked Loraine if she had felt anything,
she said "no". I explained to her what had happened to
me, she replied; "I think inside; there is a large picture
of Christ on that wall". We went inside and sure enough from
floor to ceiling and the full width of this enormous wall there
was a tapestry of Jesus. I could not get this experience out of
in the evening I suddenly became aware that I was indeed a sinner
(conviction) I repented with all my heart and there and then I felt
God forgiving me, I felt like a new person (reborn). To start with
I considered that I was something special, because of the experience
at the cathedral. Wrong! sometime later, as I grew in the Christian
Faith; and started to experience for myself the power of prayer,
how God answers sincere prayers, through Jesus Christ. It was then
that God revealed to me that my sister and her husband had been
lifting me up in prayer during all that time leading up to my salvation.
Loraine and I married as Christians in 1972 and have continued to
live as Christians bringing up five children. During their growing
up one by one they too accepted Jesus as their personal Saviour.
We in no way put any pressure on them. We just lived the Christian
life the best way we knew how: reading God's Word daily, praying,
and accepting that everything that happened in our lives was of
God and was for our benefit. It is wonderful to know that we are
brothers and sisters in Christ and can look forward to everlasting
life in God's kingdom.
If you are seeking the truth now and you have come to realise that
Jesus is indeed the Way, the Truth and the Life then now is the
time for you too to ask Gods forgiveness through Jesus Christ. Here
is an outline prayer which you can personalise