I’m a twenty-something Christian (who’d have guessed?!), and I’m in the process of figuring out how to connect my life with God with the society around me. I have a heart for mission work, and want to pursue Jesus through every avenue of my life. I’m a writer (again, what a shocker…) and spend a lot of time writing articles for Tearfund Lifestyle, as well as a few just because. When I’m not writing I’m probably volunteering either with my local church or with Tearfund. My favourite things in life include strong, sugary tea, bonfires, and good country music.
I became a Christian when I was fifteen, I grew up in a Christian home, but it was only after I attended a couple of youth camps that I really processed who God was. A lot of my teenage years revolved around my local church, but as I made my way into post-school life, I started to drift. I went to university, which I loved but I lost who I was a long the way. After a really rough few years I came to the conclusion that God didn’t care about us, that was if he was even alive. I had never had an answer to prayer, or so I’d thought, and I felt abandoned.
After I graduated I started working at Fat Face which I loved. One of the girls who worked there was a Christian and I began questioning everything again. She encouraged me to sign up for something called ICS with the charity Tearfund, and in Spring 2015 I travelled out to South Africa for ten weeks.
Despite going with a Christian charity, I was still stubborn in my ways and refused to celebrate a God who allowed so much pain and suffering in my own life as well as others. But I was in a team full of people passionate about their faith and I soon got tired of putting up walls. I witnessed miracles, had some great conversations, and half way through the trip I heard the song Oceans for the first time. And suddenly God was there. I was overcome by emotion and knew I could no longer ignore Him. By the time I got home I made the decision to start going back to Church and in the summer I attended HTB Focus – a week of worship and seminars about God’s work. I volunteered with Tearfund and connected with so many new people that taught me so much about God and his grace. Whilst I was there I spoke to my friend from Fat Face and she told me about the internship scheme at Tearfund, there was an editorial position and, having gotten a degree in Creative Writing, I felt like this was the perfect opportunity. Over the following two years I have learnt more about who God is and what his plans for my life are. I started to realise the pain I had gone through over the years could be used to help others and, even though I had abandoned him, he had never really abandoned me. I could see his fingerprints in each past decision and the road that has led me to where I am today. I don’t know where God is leading me but right now I believe its to teach others about the different ways to follow Him, primarily through living a more ethical lifestyle. Our everyday actions have such an impact on the world around us and our global neighbour, we need to make each decision with a pure heart, to treat everyone with the love and respect that we would want to be treated with.
36 “Teacher, which is the greatest commandment in the Law?”
37 Jesus replied: “‘Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind.’[a] 38 This is the first and greatest commandment. 39 And the second is like it: ‘Love your neighbor as yourself.
If you’d like to know more about my testimony please do get in touch, there’s so much more I could share.