Rachel’s Story
I grew up in a Christian family, and went to many gospel meetings as a result.  I heard often that Jesus died for my sins and that I needed forgiveness.  Around the age of six I asked Jesus to forgive my sins and invited Him into my heart.  From then on, I read the Bible often and would just talk with God throughout the day.
As I grew up, I started to feel more self-conscious.  When my friends were doing things wrong, I would correct them, which result in trouble for me.  By the time I went to Boarding School, I had become a class clown in order to fit in.  I tried to follow God, but felt I had no power to do it.
At fifteen, I felt I wanted to take my relationship with God more seriously, and this was further compounded when my favourite uncle committed suicide.  My sister-in-law was attending a small fellowship church, and I saw something different in her.  The church talked a lot about the work of the Holy Spirit.  I started to read my Bible more, and read about the Baptism of the Holy Spirit.

Eventually, I was prayed for and received the Baptism of the Holy Spirit, and started to speak in tongues.  This was the missing component in my life, and I only became more bold in my faith, but the opinions of others mattered less because I was understanding more that God loved me and had a plan for my life.
Over the past couple of years, I have grown in understanding of God’s love for me.  I was diagnosed with breast cancer.  I decided that I was not going to fear.  God has led me down a path of healing and greater intimacy with Him that I have known up to this point.  I know one day when I do pass from this life, I will be with Him forever, but in the meantime His promise to me is that through Jesus, I shall have life and have it more abundantly (John 10:10: “The thief comes only in order to steal and kill and destroy.  I [Jesus] came that they may have and enjoy life, and have it in abundance.”).
Rebekah’s Story
Hello my name is Rebekah, everyone calls me Bekah 🙂 I am 25 years old and my favourite ice cream is honeycomb 🙂
I was born in London but grew up in Kilkenny. I am blessed to have grown up in a God fearing household full of joy and love. Growing up my parents thought me about God and I committed my life to Him at a young age.
At age 13 I was baptised and I began my own personal walk with God. I valued my relationship with Him and the older I got the deeper our relationship became.
I found it hard in school being ‘different’ in the sense that I knew the way Jesus wanted me to live but everyone around me did the opposite. I held onto the promise that God will never leave me or forsake me and I started to recognised that although He was my God, I had to make Him Lord of my life. In doing this I also got revelation of His love for me, He is my Father and He loves me no matter what, nothing can separate me from His love – not even my mistakes.
It hasn’t been easy walking with Jesus but it has been worth every step. He never promised life would be smooth and there would be no ups and downs but He has promised that He will walk by our side through it all.
In Christ I have freedom, a pure joy and a never ending hope! He gives life and I refuse to live in this world without Him because life with-out Jesus is empty. Even if things are going my way I still know I NEED Him because He is the hope this world is crying out for.
There has been many times I have felt alone, felt unworthy, felt pain and sorrow, heartbreak and loss BUT even through all this His Word has been the light in my darkness. Holding onto His promises that He will never leave me or forsake me, He heals the broken hearted, and I can do all things through Him who gives me strength,  has proved to be the tool I need to get through life.
‘Jesus is the WAY the TRUTH and the LIFE…’
The best decision I have ever made is to make Jesus my Lord and Saviour, accepting His free gift of salvation and choosing to walk with Him daily. And this gift is available to everyone!