The above were in God’s good and eternal plan, that whilst still a teenager, He was to bring me to point of conviction of my sin and my desperate need of a saviour, to penetrate the veil of self righteousness and draw me to put my faith in the
saviour who died in my stead for my sin, so that I may be spared from the wrath of God which would lead me to eternal damnation. Although I have had not given to much rebellious ways yet I knew the true nature of my heart. I was selfish, self seeking and lusted
after the things of the flesh, accompanied with an absence of true satisfaction and peace in my life. I believe that God used my sensitive nature and my self righteous attitude to alarm me and draw me to spiritual things, so that when I was invited to attend
a Youth for Christ meeting I did readily accept it. Although such para-church organisations do not embrace all of the scriptural truths, yet the gospel message of salvation was preached at every meeting and made clear in the bible studies conducted. My newly
generated spiritual interests at first only directed me to attend a very nominal church regularly and Youth for Christ meetings and also showed much eagerness to listen to any visiting evangelist from overseas. In April 1976 I left St Thomas College and went
to Royal College, a school nearer to home. This move I believe had an effect on me, in that I had moved out of a familiar zone and into a new environment perhaps a security which I clung on to whilst I expressed an outward religiosity.
plain that Rom 3:23 included me, and Eph 2:8 left me in a hopeless condition for none of my good works or the appearance of it could reconcile me to God and find peace with Him. I remember coming home after a bible study one evening and having shut the door
of my bedroom knelt down and prayed to receive Jesus as my Saviour and Lord. I was now convinced that trusting in Christ for salvation and to come under His lordship was the only way to enjoy a new life and receive a new heart which could only truly please
The Spirit of God had opened my eyes to recognise, at this point, that all my outward works were but empty rituals and before God these were mere filthy rags. All my sincere efforts to lead a good life were wrought with frustration and failure
and could have never earned my salvation or merited God’s favour. My spiritual blindness was restored and God had brought me from darkness to light.
The instructions I received in the scriptures even prior to my conversion was a platform
upon which God was to bring increase and growth as a new Christian. Love for God’s word was an evidence of this work of God’s spirit in my life. There was much enjoyment in learning about the God of my salvation and of His dealings with man. I
am also thankful to God for the godly men who cared for my soul, who nurtured and invested their time to establish me in the faith and to see Christ formed in me. I remember meeting one of them regularly at 6am on Saturday mornings for prayer and checking
on memorised scriptures!!
The new circle of friends with whom I shared the same faith brought much enjoyment and the means to understand the battles I faced against the wiles of Satan and the struggles as a believer in a secular world. My
former friends found my new interests and values difficult and irreconcilable to my former life. Many of them kept in touch but showed defensiveness or responded with ridicule when they listened to my testimony or any discussion on spiritual matters.
after conversion I continued to attend the Methodist church and on some occasions an evangelical church in the evenings. My chief reason to remain with the Methodist church was because of the opportunity to teach the gospel to many unconverted young people
who attended the youth meetings. God opened the door of opportunity and the harvest came in plenty. It was a joy to see these youth from the church also turned from their religious ways to put their faith and trust in Christ for salvation. To nurture these
young Christians was very rewarding and it deepened my faith due to the discipline involved in preparation for bible studies and one-to-one meetings to establish them in biblical principles. God blessed this ministry and used this as a means to teach me to
put my trust in God to work in and through me, leaning upon God for grace to sustain the work, praying for conversions and in answer God would work in these young lives. Many of whom came to put their trust in the saviour have continued to walk by faith in
Christ Jesus and are actively engaged in the work in His Kingdom.