Personal Testimonies

We have different walks in life and God reaches out to us in a very unique way. I am so glad to receive people’s testimony, I believe it inspires and encourages people. Most important of all, it gives glory to our Almighty and loving God.

John G -April 2018 – Delivered from Drug Addiction

 I grew up in Scotland. I joined the Boy’s Brigade when I was 9 and had to attend church. When I was 9 or 10 years old I was praying to God one night. The next morning while I was going down the stairs, I sensed the presence of God, however, at the time I didn’t know it was God.

 Gangs of boys were picking fights with me and I got bullied at school. I started to run around with boys a few years older than myself. At the age of 15 I began drinking and smoking cannabis. The rave was happening during this period in Scotland and that became part of my life every weekend until I was about 23.  This was when I started to take speed, ecstasy and cocaine. I started suffering from depression and mood swing.

 My family and fiancé did not know I was taking drugs until I started using heroin. Because the heroine caused me to lose weight.  I was unable to go to work due to the drugs and I eventually got sacked. My fiancé found out about the drugs and she gave me an ultimatum, to choose her or to give up the drugs.  I choose drugs.

 I was not aware that I was addicted to these drugs until I tried to give up. I moved from Scotland to Hereford and I got off the drugs but a month later I was back on them again. These relapses happened many times. I lost another job because I was using heroin in the toilets.

 The landlord wanted to kick me out of the house because I did not have the money to pay him the rent. I had spent all of the money on drugs. I also got into trouble with the police and was told I could be put into prison for about 5 years.

That night I said to God, “If You are real, get me out of this.”

 When I went to court I pleaded guilty and was given a 2-year probation.

 One day I was walking into Hereford Town Centre to get my routine drugs. Two young women caught my attention and I walked towards them. One of them handed me a Christian track with “Jesus loves you” on it. I looked at the track and said, “Jesus loves you?!” I told these two women they were crazy and ripped the track and threw it in the bin. I told them I couldn’t believe I walked all the way here for this.

 A few days later a complete stranger – a support worker, gave me a flat to stay, rent completely paid for! The house was originally for people who just got out of prison – but I never went to prison. I believe it was the hand of God helping me. I had people come and prepare dinner for me, and also inviting me for lunch.

One night I had a special encounter with God. When I woke up the next morning there was a strong desire to go back to Scotland, it was as though I was being directed.

 The court case had driven me to get off the drugs which I had managed to do so six to seven times previously. But the relapsing happened as soon as difficulties came along.

 I moved back to Scotland at the end of 2004 and found another job. My parents allowed me to move back with them. They previously disowned me due to my heroin addictions. I got a job as an engineer and was doing quite well. But a month later I relapsed again and went back to heroin. When I went to work on Monday I was still under the influence of drugs.  I was standing with the wielding helmet on, but sound asleep. My work colleagues tapped me on my shoulder. I took my helmet off and they asked me what I was doing, they were all looking at me. I went to the manager’s office, and got fired from the job.

 That’s when I realized how strong my addiction was, and I lost all hope that I would ever get out of this. With my wages I bought more drugs and I overdosed.  The next day I met someone who told me about this Christian place called “Team Challenge”. I did not have a lot of option so I went there. I still remember the date – 13/05/2005. I met a lot of people whom I thought was a bit crazy, many of them prayed for me.

 A couple of months later I went out for prayers, and invited Jesus into my life. However, nothing dramatic happened. When I went home from church, if someone had offered me drugs I would have taken them. But early in the morning I woke up and I could feel the powerful presence of God. I was looking around the room but couldn’t see anyone. I was knocked on my back and started to speak in tongues (heavenly language), it was like waterfall coming out of my mouth and out of my hands. And after that I was aware that I had been set free from anger and drugs. It was as though the drug never happened.

 My personality did not change overnight. I still have my challenges. A year after I became a Christian someone was making fun of me. I was drinking a cup of coffee, if the pastor wasn’t present I would have thrown that coffee at this guy. I asked God to forgive me that night. I was hoping God would do something dramatic or give me a visitation which I had experienced previously.  However, it didn’t happen. In the early hours of the next morning when I woke up, I heard a voice saying, ‘Do you trust me’, I was looking around the room to see who might have said this. Then I thought it could be God, as I remembered the story about Samuel in the bible. I said, “Say that again?” And I heard for the second time a voice saying, “Do you trust me?”

 I said, ‘Yes’. As soon as I said yes it was like a waterfall coming down. The presence of God was so strong.  I did not understand what happened but I experience the love and presence of God.  I would choose to experience God’s glory and presence over anything in the world.

 God has been providing me with work and finance. He has been protecting me and guiding me throughout my journey with Him.

 When I was about 19 I was involved in a car accident. The driver was driving 80 miles per hour, it suddenly lost control and it went sideways towards a tree. The strange thing was I saw it in slow motion. I was thrown out of the car, hanging out on the fence. I survived with a few bumps and bruises but no broken bones. The girl next to me was thrown out through the back window, she had 50 stitches on her head. The roof of the car was completely crushed into the tree. Looking back, I was aware that God had been protecting me.

 Many years ago, I bought some cocaine and when I got home I found out I had been given chewing gums instead. So I went back and told him I wanted the money back or what I had paid for. The drug dealer had a machete under his belt. He told me to wait and came back with a hammer in his hand. He looked at me and mumbled something. The color drained from his face and he dropped the hammer, gave me what I asked for and told me to leave.  A few years later I had a dream, in the dream I relived this incident. I heard what the man said that day, “You’ve got something over you”. I believe God had protected me that day.

Sometimes I lose thing, I asked God for help, He would tell me.  When I encountered problems I could not resolve I would also ask God and He was always there to help me.  I don’t know how I would manage to live without God. I like to give the glory for what He has done in my life and will continue to do so. 

 

LN

I first became aware of Jesus when my nursing friend Melly brought me to a Nurse’s Christian Fellowship in Singapore in 1070. I was attracted to the friendliness and warmth of the Christian nurses. Melly then brought me to her brethren church and I became involved in the church activities. I was baptized at the Katong Brethren Church in Singapore. However, my personal relationship with Jesus became more real when I came to the UK firstly as a student and later following my marriage to Bon, my husband. It is only in the latter years of my walk with the Lord that He has taught me the power of the living Word. The Word is LIFE and MEDICINE to my body and life now.

I am indeed deeply loved and blessed by the Lord and my prayers is that the Lord will become day by day a living bright reality in my life.

 

T Chiu

I went food shopping in China Town on a Sunday afternoon in 1990. I was walking through Piccadilly Circus, heading towards the tube station, when someone suddenly stopped me. She witnessed to me about Jesus and invited me to church. It was strange because at that point in life I was thinking about the meaning of life and the universe. She also introduced me to the group of Christians she was with, they seemed very friendly. I remember prior to this Sunday, I had been approached by another person at Leicester Square, who talked to me about the end times and the mark of the beast.

The following Sunday I went to Church, my idea of church was boring, but this Chinese Church was different. People gathered in a rented room inside a YWCA. It was nothing I had expected to be a church. It was amazing to see people singing and worshipping. I liked it, I didn’t know why. The music was loud and I thought it gave opportunity for people who couldn’t sing to express their feeling without the fear of being judged. I enjoyed it so I went again the following Sunday, when I decided to receive Jesus Christ as my personal Saviour. I then continued going to Church and was helping out with the PA system.

I wanted to part of a team that helped people experience what I experienced, i.e. Church wasn’t boring, Jesus is real and He died for me so I could have eternal life. I witnessed God changing people’s lives in the church, and also people getting healed from sickness and diseases.

 

S Chiu

 

From a very young age I had always asked questions such as how did this universe came into existence, and who made the lovely animals and flowers.

When I was at college a friend of mine kept talking about Jesus to me. I did get quite weary of her always talking about this Jesus to me sometime. But one day, while I was in the library revising for an exam for the next day, I was unable to concentrate due to some issues in life. Worrying that I may fail if I couldn’t get any revisions done, I suddenly remembered this ‘God’ that my friend had talked about. I decided to seek Him, so I spoke to Him in my heart, saying, “If you are really the one true God please give me peace so I can concentrate with my revision, Amen.” Amazingly, just a few seconds after I said ‘Amen’ in my heart, peace began to fill me! I still remember the first thing I asked myself for the next few mornings when I woke up was, “Was that possible and was it real what I had experienced?”

It happened in the same week that one of my cousins took my second brother to church and he became a Christian. He was very excited and couldn’t stop talking about it and even offered to take me to church on Saturday. I was quite curious so I went with my brother on Saturday. The ‘Church’ was actually located in a house in South London where the group of Christian lived. They had a large room on the first floor where they gathered to worship God. I remember one of the songs they sung had lyrics like this ‘ who made the mountains, who made the trees…who placed the moon in the sky…it’s the Almighty Creator..”

On that day, the preacher talked about how Jesus went to the cross and died for me, he also talked about eternity in heaven and in hell.  I was so moved and touched by the love of Christ that I asked Jesus to come into my life to become my Lord and Savior. To this date, I still recall vividly the journey from Brixton back to my home in East London. I felt so ‘light’ and an unspeakable peace filled me, it was as though someone had carried a heavy baggage for you. I got baptized in a river near Brixton, after the baptism my Christian brothers and sisters gave me many bookmarks which had Bible verses and encouraging words written on them.  As they shared their stories with me I was overwhelmed by the fact that God had helped and delivered so many people. I was also very blessed to find out that God had created this world we live in, together with the amazing animals and flowers on this planet.  Most important of all, I have found out that Jesus Christ loves me and He is the only way to eternal life. He is always nearby to help me and I could communicate with Him day and night for the rest of my life and I would be spending eternity with Him in heaven. Such amazing grace!

 

Y Y Lam

When I came back to England to visit my children, my son and daughter-in-law took me to church every Sunday. And when I went back to Hong Kong my son also took me to a church in the city. They had dance and exercise classes every week so I continued joining their classes and going to church for two years. One day the dance instructor Ann encouraged me to receive Jesus as my personal Saviour and to get baptized. At first I was unsure but later decided to do so, so I got baptized in 2012.  I know now I would be going to heaven when I leave this world, and that God is always with me to help me.

 

E Cheung

I went to a Christian School in Hong Kong, therefore was quite familiar with some Bible stories. Though the teacher at the fellowship club asked me to receive Jesus into my life, I have never knew Jesus personally. None of my friends went to church therefore I never went to church on Sundays.

My brother came to England to study in 1997, and was involved in a car accident. There were three people in the car but he was the most seriously hurt person, they had to cut him out of the car and he had been in a coma for many days. Consequently my family and I flew to England to see him. While at the hospital I saw people from church visiting him, I later found out that my brother only been to church once. I also prayed for my brother. I knew there were many people praying for him as well.

Later he woke up from the coma, the doctor said it would take him at least three months to recover, but he was discharged after three weeks. I believed it was a miracle from God that he came out of the coma and recovered so well. My sister and brother-in-law took me to a church called Christian Outreach Centre in Beckenham. On the day the Pastor asked if anyone who would like to receive Jesus as their personal Saviour or rededicate their lives to come forward. I was a bit nervous so my sister-in-law went out with me.

Another time I went to another Church, the Pastor asked people who would like to receive God’s power to come forward. My husband and I went forward and we both fell down under God’s power. After this we looked for a Chinese Church and starting going to Soho Chinese Church, where I was involved in the Praise and Worship Team, and the PA Team, and my husband was helping with the Catering Team.

 

Toni

In 2006 I was desperate to have a companion as I was alone in London studying. The study was very tough, and I thought if I find a boyfriend, all my loneliness would be sorted. One of the conditions on my list of him was to be a Christian, I didn’t know why but I guessed that I like Christians because they are nice people and they seem to have more peace on their face.

I met my boyfriend and he met exactly all the criteria I have put on my list. One day, he told me the doctor had said to him that he might have tumour. It was a very shocking news to both of us. He was given two weeks’ time to go to hospital to take the sample to test. When I was sitting next to him at the hospital, I felt hopeless, something that is beyond my control in my life. My mind called out “His God, if you really exist, could you please save him”. Two days later the result came out, doctor said that it was strange, he didn’t have tumour after all! I was convinced then that there is a God who exists, and his God had saved him.

There were lots of people on the street giving out leaflet to invite me to go to church or gathering. I didn’t go. One day, I was so overwhelmed by my situation and what life has thrown at me. During my lunch break, I walked back to school from the bank. I talked to God, “God, I know that you exist, but if you want me to be your people, please send someone I know, because I won’t follow a stranger”. Within 10 minutes, I arrived at my school and my friend Isaac who is from my city in China was standing right at the door when I stepped in. He told me that he was a new Christian, I said to him,” Very good, I am a Buddhist”. He then invited me to his church. I was instantly ‘hit ‘and frighten that there was a God who could read my mind, He knew me from inside out.

I went to Isaac’s church, but I felt that they were not too welcoming. I suspected that they must have wanted something from me. When they were singing, I reasoned, “ If it is my problem, then please change my heart”.  Within half an hour, I saw those people at church lovely. I was given a welcome pack included a music CD, I listened and liked the music. At the back of the CD case, something was written: if you like this, and would like to do this prayer (I later knew that was the salvation prayer to receive Jesus as my personal Saviour). I read the prayer and suddenly I felt a great peace covered me from my head to toe. I loved that feeling. I accidently looked into the mirror, and for the first time I loved myself, and the confidence was in my heart since never been taken away from me. I was so hungry for Jesus since then.

 

Rosalie

Have you ever been bowed down by guilt?

I was in 1994/5: I didn’t like it but I didn’t know what to do about it.

A friend suggested a visit to a Christian healing centre.

I went there fearfully, not knowing what to expect.

I was greeted with love.

 

I avoided speaking to anyone about my problem as long as I could.

Eventually the Chaplain invited me to talk to him.

There was no escape! He prayed, then said,

“Your life is like a compass with the needle swaying back and forth, not pointing steadily to Jesus as it ought.”

Had I ever given my life to Jesus? No! I hadn’t.

Did I know that Jesus is the Way the Truth and the Life.

Yes I did.

Would I give my life to Him? Well, I couldn’t – I was far too PROUD!

 

Two days passed and I went to the Chapel for prayer.

As I closed my eyes I saw JESUS and then my soul left my body and ran to Him.

 

After that it was easy, I could bow the knee, ask forgiveness and invite JESUS into my life as my Saviour and Lord.

 

Slowly, day by day life began to get more and more exciting,

as I discovered a joy and a peace inside which I had never had before.

 

Gone was the old introverted worrier.

This Rosalie has far more FUN than the old one ever did!

 

I have the Holy Spirit inside to guide and help me.

A loving Father to hold me in His arms and a Saviour who loves me so much

He died for me.

 

But JESUS didn’t just die for me.

 

God so loved the world that He gave His only Son,

that WHOEVER believes in Him shall not perish but have

eternal life.

 

 

 

Julia. W

I was brought up as an atheist. My mum told that “only you can shape your own destiny. If you want to have a good future, you need to work hard to obtain it”. So I studied hard throughout my education years, try my best to obtain good grades. After I finished my master degree, I worked for a good and prestige company. I studied our organisation structure and planed my promotion route. After a while I noticed that the executives of the company looked sad, some divorced for spending too much time at work and not enough time at home. I asked myself “is this the life I wanted?”. For many years I studied, with the aim to secure a good career so I could have a good and happy life. I was confused and lost hope. I asked myself “what is the purpose of my life?”

A Christian invited me to church. I reluctantly agreed to go to church. During the time I was searching for a God, a real God, but I did not think it could be Jesus. I went to church so I could cross Jesus from my search list. That Sunday I was late for the church service. I was not familiar with driving through the one way streets in London without a SatNav. I almost had an accident. I turned up in the church 10 minutes before the end of the service. I had no idea what the pastor preached. The pastor called for people to come out for prayer if they had needs. A person next to me, someone I did not know, asked me to go to the front for prayers. I thought to myself, I drove one and half hours to get here, going to the front for prayer was a small effort in comparison. I thought to myself “if the prayer worked, great, if not, I haven’t lost anything.

So I went to the front. When the pastor asked me “what would you like me to pray for you” I told him that I was searching for a true God. He laid his hand on my forehead and prayed. I felt an energy started from my head and surrounding me, slowly it extended to my heart. I could see in my mind that my heart was like an air balloon pegged down on the ground with ropes. A pair of scissors appeared and cut the ropes, my heart was released and I felt light. Tremendous peace entered me which I had never felt before. I looked up to the ceiling and said to myself “I will not afraid if the ceiling falls and collapses on top of me”.

I spent days after feeling peaceful and joyful, pondering what has happened on Sunday. The pastor prayed for God to show me that He is real. God showed that He is real because He knew my stressed before I even realised it. I was stressed by work, by the relationship issues with my mother and by the challenging journey to the church. He released my stress supernaturally. In its place, He gave me peace and joy.

I received Jesus as my Lord and Saviour the following Sunday. Hallelujah!

 

STANLEY VETTERS  – The Brother of Eric Vetters (Described by Eric Vetters)

My mum, dad, granddad and grandma had been praying for my brother, Stanley Vetters’ salvation for many years. Stan was educated in German; he worked in a laboratory as an Analytical chemist at the ICI, Billingham in Yorkshire. He heard the gospel every Sunday like I did. I came to the Lord at the age of eleven, but Stan did not make the decision while we saw him alive.

During World War II he worked as a Navigator in the Air Force and his plane crashed into the mountain which took his life.

But before he died he wrote a letter which assured us of his salvation. My dad wept for joy when he received the telegraph. My dad said he would have died for him if he could. However, we were so grateful that through his letter we knew he has gone to be with the Lord Jesus.

 

Here is what was written on the letter:

14th May 1945

Dear Mum and Dad,

On the other side of this I have jotted down how I want my money split up if I should die. I’m hoping you never receive this but should you do so you’ll know I am with my Saviour Christ Jesus. Time does not permit me to write more as I am just off to work.

 My love to you. God’s blessing.

Yours in His Name

Stan

(On the other side of the letter he wrote)

14th May 1945

£30 to the Meeting, £20 to Dave, £20 to Phyl, £20 to Doug. The remainder to be divided into 3 equal parts for mum, dad and Eric.

 14th May 1945

 Today I know the supreme joy of accepting Christ as my own personal Saviour. Christ died for me.

 S.H. Vetters

Original Letter written by S. H. Vetters