"I became a Christian at the age of sixteen. Before then I had very little knowledge of God, all I knew was that Jesus came to earth as a baby, that's all I remember my mother telling me about Jesus. The only time I went to Church was around Christmas time. Then we moved to Bordon where my sisters were invited to Sunday School.
Eventually the family were invited to a family service. We went to Church for some time and quite enjoyed the company of young people there. After the Church service the young people would go to a young peoples fellowship held in the homes of other Christians from different Churches in the area, usually around the Liphook area.
One evening at Church the pastor's wife gave a talk to the younger children reading from Matthew 24:40 "Two men will be in the field; one will be taken and the other left, two women will be grinding with a hand mill; one will be taken and the other left, therefore keep watch, because you do not know on what day your Lord will come". When she had finished the Pastor's wife said "Don't leave it too late, ask Jesus into your life tonight". I sat there thinking "I don't want to be left behind", but as the service continued I forgot what had been said.
After the service we went to the young peoples meeting and following on from a time of fellowship it was time for someone to read from the Bible, the reading was from Matthew 24:40, I couldn't believe what I was hearing. The person reading the passage said the same thing as the pastor's wife had said earlier: "Don't leave it too late, ask Jesus into your life toight".
I knew then that God was talking to me but I still waited until I got home before talking to God, once home I gave my life to the Lord Jesus, crying as I have never cried before, asking him to forgive me of the sins I had committed in my life, which were many as I had a reputation of being a "hard nut", always into fights and very aggressive.
It hasn't been easy being a Christian, my father is very "anti-God", which meant I couldn't talk to my family about my faith in Christ Jesus, until I spoke to one of my younger sisters about it and found out that she had also become a Christian but could not talk about it because of what our father would say. But with God's help we knew we could stand together.
Life was still very hard in our household, but God never promised us an easy life, but he did promise to be with us at all times. I have felt God very close to me through good times and bad, recently losing my youngest sister from cancer. It has been a very difficult time for my family and for her young children, but through all this I know that God is with me even when I have not always been able to read his word or pray, because God has given us friends to pray for us.
I give the Lord Jesus the glory, my life is nothing without him and I pray that all of my family and friends will have the same joy of knowing Jesus as their Saviour."
Praise The Lord.
It was a miraculous encounter that changed my life completely.
This experience more than any other, has helped me see what a loving, faithful God I have.
I am still a Jew ... as was Jesus ... as were all the first Christians ... and I'm glad that God showed me His love in sending Jesus, the Messiah.