From as young as I can remember my dad has been a heavy drinker, this environment made my childhood and early teens hard and family life was troubled as a result of the drink especially as I got older.  Being the youngest of four brothers and not drinking myself, I have often felt last. My relationship with my dad has suffered and I don’t have much of a connection with him.  Growing up like this made me question God, why would he let this happen?
 

My mum did take my brothers and I to church, although they stopped coming eventually.  I continued to attend every Sunday morning, but I never took it seriously, I just went to play the games.  However, I kept attending even though I didn’t really know what I believed or felt about God. I also wondered what my friends would say if I got into this thing in a big way!
 

I was praying that God would show me who he really is, and one Sunday morning at church I really felt something on my heart saying “You are really loved” I knew this was God. I was 14 years old at this time.
 

When I was 15 years old, I started to think more seriously about everything!  I soon realised not only that God loved me but that the people in the church I attended also loved me.  This was the start of real change for me, and made me more determined to know who Jesus was because of it.  I started to stay in the services on Sunday mornings to listen to the Pastor preach.

At the of 16, I had made the most important decision ever - I gave my life to Jesus. Something in me changed, I felt different. I didn’t care anymore what my friends would say, I just felt loved by my heavenly Father, something I have not had much of from my earthly father.

In 2011 I attended a Christian festival called New Wine. I went up for prayer and someone from the prayer team shared with me exactly how I was feeling – knowing that I was carrying much in my heart. I was encouraged to give it all up to God, who sees your pain and sees your suffering. But it`s him who heals the broken-hearted and heals the suffering in life with his strength. Psalm 18:2 The LORD is my rock and my fortress and my deliverer, my God, my rock, in whom I take refuge, my shield, and the horn of my salvation, my stronghold. I felt free and knew I should get Baptised.

Later on that year I did just that – it was awesome. Since my Baptism I just simply know that Jesus is walking with me everywhere I walk. Yes, there are still times when I struggle at home with the same family situation but I know Jesus is with me in it all. I know Jesus is working behind the scenes. Jesus never said it’s going to be easy on the journey. The righteous will flourish like a palm tree (Psalm 92:12); when the storms come, the palm trees bend but they snap back into shape. I definitely have a long way to go and much to learn (God has a lot of work left to do), but because of God’s promises I will keep following and trusting him with my life.

I am so excited about what God is doing in my life and all I want to do is keep getting to know Him more. He is the core of my life.

 

 

 

ALEX 

ADDRESS

Purley Baptist Church

Banstead Road, 

Purley, 

Surrey,

CR8 3EA

 

020 8668 0422

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