Hannah comes from a Roman Catholic background, attending church regularly with her family and then with her husband. But Hannah began to be troubled when she questioned her standing with God.
“Up till then God was a very distant person and whilst I believed in Him my prayers were always directed to Mary and ‘the saints’. I believed too in Jesus, that he died on the cross to pay the price for sin but I never equated it to me.”
Hannah admits that when she tells people about what happened to her it can sound as if it happened quite quickly but in reality it took a few years.
“I started to read the Bible I had managed to get from The Gideons and it was then I discovered wonderful truths that contradicted many of the things I had been taught; for example that Jesus is the only Mediator between God and man and that no one can come to God but by Him. And that Jesus paid the price in full for all my sins and the sins of all who believe and trust in Him.
I knew then that I had to leave the Roman Catholic Church and go to a Bible believing/teaching church. This was some 25 years ago and all I can say is that my life has been truly transformed and I thank the Lord every day for my salvation.” Hannah
“I always thought that I was a Christian and if you had asked me at any time before the end of last year I would have said just that. It’s not until you attend a church like this, where the Bible is preached and taught, and you start to read the Bible yourself that you actually realise that you’re not!
I was listening to Gareth preach one Sunday about not taking the last steps in case it might just change things and you were happy with your life as it was. I realised I was not risking taking that step.” John
John had started attending our church with his wife and continued to do so on and off for 16 years, he was baptised in 2016 at the age of 71yrs.
” I don’t know how I reached forty without thinking about God but I did. In fact I didn’t start thinking about God, rather God got into my thinking. It all started with my questioning myself; asking ‘was this it? was this all there was?’ I somehow felt my world was very limited and there was something I wasn’t seeing, a feeling that there was something right in front of me that I just wasn’t getting.” Janet
Janet describes taking the plunge to walk in alone to our church on a Sunday evening to listen to a service as scary but also the best thing she ever did. She explained that one overriding thought was always in her mind, that everything she needed to know was in the Bible and that through hearing the Bible taught at our church and reading it herself she finally came to understand why she needed God.
Sylvia had always been involved with church, singing in the choir and attending Church of England services every Sunday. Later in life she started coming to Doncaster Evangelical Church with her son. As if hearing it for the first time the gospel message suddenly became real to her.
“I can’t explain it. I had gone to the Church of England for many years, just because it was the thing to do, but it hadn’t really meant anything. Now, I became aware of what sin was and my own fallen state.” Sylvia
Sylvia described herself as a different person altogether through the work of the Holy Spirit in her life. She found joy in reading her Bible daily and spending time in prayer. She prayed especially for her family, that as non-believers they might come to know Jesus in their lives too.