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Testimony – Andrea
Just a couple of years ago my life was pretty awful and I struggled through as best I could, on my own. My parents were wonderful and supported me in every way, but they would be the first to tell you how strong and independent I am. And that was the problem; I was trying to do too much on my own. I didn’t want to admit that I needed help. So I kept on going, things kept on getting worse and I felt so very alone. I didn’t have God in my life.
Yes, I knew about Jesus, I read parables and stories about him at school many years ago but I was too young to understand the magnitude of what He had done. Having Jo around sparked my curiosity; she would often seek refuge and peace in her bible, sitting quietly in her room, when she needed strength, and I wished that I could find the same.
It was my daughter Jo’s influence that led me to seek comfort in Jesus and to come to Church. Once there I found that the word given often seemed incredibly directed at me. The more I heard and the more I learnt, the more I wanted to know. The Alpha course, which is something geared for people checking out the relevance of the Christian faith, was invaluable to me in confirming my understanding and nurturing my faith.
As I have come to know God’s love and to trust in Him more and more, I have a gained a great peace. It is so wonderful to know that I am not alone and that when life gets tough, I have THE GREATEST HELP ON MY SIDE.
In coming to Dorchester Community Church regularly I have felt His love shine through His people, and I know now I have such a big Church family, with so many members willing to help and support me, which is very special to me.
Why am I getting baptised? Firstly because it is commanded by God in the Bible. I feel that it’s the next step for me on my journey. I want to show my Church family that I share their faith and their values and ask to walk with them on the narrow path. If I should stray, I ask that they will guide me back, if I stumble along the way, pick me up and set me straight. But most of all I pray that those who don’t know Jesus would open the door and let him in.
In this video, Andrea and Chloe tell us about what is was like for them finding God.
(Recorded: Sunday 8th April 2012)
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Andrea tells us why she’s chosen to be baptised;