I didn’t grow up in a Christian home, but my Grandma and Uncle Henry took me to a small Methodist church in Western Colville, near Newmarket, when I was a child.

About eight years ago, I went to the Methodist church in Haverhill, and, while I was there I did a course, because my friends did. I can’t remember exactly what we did, because I didn’t understand what it was all about, but when we finished it, we had to go to the front of the church. We were given a card and a youth Bible and told we were members of the church.

I went to church for about two and a half years, but I didn’t understand the sermons, because I have Dyspraxia. I left because I found a situation difficult to deal with. I didn’t go to church again for five years. When I felt I wanted to go back to church, I attended a small church in Kedington, near Haverhill. I had the same problem, because I couldn’t understand the sermon and although I asked for help, nobody helped me.

Jesus Cares for Me

About July of that year, I started going to the Methodist coffee shop in Haverhill to meet people, but I was in a very low place and I didn’t realise how poorly I was. That was where I met my friend Brenda.

I couldn’t believe someone wanted to be my friend, because most people walked away from me, because of my Dyspraxia. Brenda asked me if I was a Christian and I said, “I dunno”. Then she asked me if I would like to be a Christian and I said “I dunno”. We used to meet every morning for a cup of tea. I found I could talk to Brenda and I told her about my life. I said nobody cares and she said she knew someone who did, Jesus.

I went round to her house for dinner and she read the Bible with me and we talked about God and Jesus. I began to understand from the Bible that I was a sinner and I felt really sorry about it. My friend said that Jesus died on the cross to save sinners and that, on the cross, Jesus was taking the punishment for whoever believed and trusted in him. We read John 3:16 – “For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten son, that whoever believes in him will not perish, but have eternal life”. I thought a lot about what the Bible said when I got home.

Thank you Jesus for loving me!

When we met for our regular cup of tea, I told Brenda that I wanted to be a Christian, but I didn’t know what to do. She said I should pray and talk to God about it, but I didn’t know what to say and it was hard for me, because I didn’t feel I could talk to someone I couldn’t see. It felt weird, but I really wanted to do it. Brenda said I could go up to the prayer room to pray, but I didn’t want to do it on my own. So we went up together and Brenda prayed for me, then she said i had to talk to Jesus myself. So I did and I repented of my sins and asked God to be my Saviour, because I love Him and trust Him. I am so happy I did. Leo and Brenda asked me if I would like to come to church with them, because I didn’t know where to go. I’m so glad I did, because they explained the sermons in a way I could understand. I still struggle at times but everyone at Westgate has accepted me and I feel I am part of the church family. What I want to say is, “Thank you, Jesus, for loving me and saving me”.
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