Baptismal Service - Sunday 19th October
I was brought up in a Christian family and attended church since I was small. I went to Sunday school and enjoyed learning Bible stories. One year as a family we went to a Christian holiday place called Capernwray Hall. It was here in the children’s meetings that I first gave my life to Christ. The hugeness of my sin hit me and I was shocked at the prospect of spending eternity in hell. However at the age of 7 I didn’t understand the commitment I had made and would often pray for salvation. It was at camp aged 9 that I started a real relationship with God. Since then there has been ups and downs but I have learned to trust God in all situations. It isn’t easy but sometimes I don’t know how I would live without someone to guide my life. This year at camp we experienced God’s presence descend in meetings; it’s hard to describe but it’s the first time I’ve experienced God in such a real way. I was moved to tears and God challenged me about areas in my life that needed changing.
I had been thinking about baptism for a while but would always put it off because I was too scared to read out my testimony. Sure enough Daniel’s (Daniel Howson, Faith Mission) last talk was on testimonies and one of the first things that came up was that we don’t give our testimony because we are too scared. God reminded me that I should do things in His strength not my own.
I’d like to leave you with a verse that has really spoken to me:
Jeremiah 29:11 ‘”For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the Lord, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.”’
I started coming to Carley in 2003, when Raphael and Raphaelina invited me to join their youth group. I really enjoyed it and by the end of the night I was so excited to come again. At first I didn’t pay attention when we were being spoken to about God and Jesus, so I just ignored it and carried on as normal. I was asked if I would like to go to a camp with the youth group and I agreed.
On the 21st of July 2003 I arrived at Faith Mission Camp. During the evening quiet time we were asked to give our testimonies, it was at this point that I realised I didn’t have a testimony because I wasn’t a Christian. When it was my turn to give my testimony I had to say I didn’t have one. I listened closely to what others were saying, and as I listened it became clear to me that Jesus had done a lot of things for these people. It was then that I decided to ask Jesus into my life. I thought that if He had done amazing things for these people He could do amazing things for me. I was right. Every year I carried on going to camp. But this year’s camp made a big impact on my life. It happened over two evenings. One evening we watched a video then Daniel gave a talk and we felt the presence of God come down upon us. But the second night was the most amazing. I had been thinking about being Baptised for a while but never followed through because I was to scared. Daniel was giving his talk on the 4 things the devil hates, and the 4th was testimonies. He asked this question: ‘why don’t people give their testimonies?’ The first answer that came up was because they are too scared. At this point I felt that God was speaking directly to me. I spoke to