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John Boardman

When I first put my trust in Jesus Christ, I was not fully aware of all that God had in store for me. Now in my senior days I can see his help over my life.

I was struck recently by the following comment written by J.C Ryle: “Faith never rests so calmly and peacefully as when it lays its head on the pillow of God’s Omnipotence”

The Apostle Peter writes; “As we know Jesus better his divine power gives us everything we need for living a godly life. He has called us to receive his own glory and goodness! And by that same mighty power, he has given us all of his rich and wonderful promises.” (2 Peter 1:3-4 NLT)

It was only as I grew in faith that the importance of my relationship with Jesus Christ became clearer to me and even more so when life’s difficulties came upon me.

After working 30 years for the one company I was made redundant, but God was faithful and within two week, another position was offered to me… …then again at the age of fifty six years I developed heart disease, for which I underwent surgery. It was during this time that I experienced the truth of Isaiah 41: 10,

“Don’t be afraid for I am with you. Do not be dismayed, for I am your God. I will strengthen you. I will uphold you with my victorious right hand.” I have found that trusting in Jesus has brought me through life’s difficulties and given me hope. It has brought me a real sense of peace even when I face life’s struggles.

 


Jessica Anderson

I have always been familiar with the fellowship at Silverbirch, having always attended Holborn Hall (our old premises in the centre of Bangor) and then Silverbirch with my parents.  I have always found Jessicait to be such a warm and welcoming environment where you are shown love and friendship from people of all ages and from all walks of life.  Having always been sent along to Sunday School and Every Girl’s Rally I knew of God’s love for me from a very young age and simply asked Jesus to forgive me and save me from the wrong things I had done on my way home from Every Girl’s Rally one night when I was about 7 years old.

The Bible puts this really simply!

If you declare with your mouth, “Jesus is Lord,” and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved.  Romans 10:9

However nothing in my life dramatically changed after this, I still went along to church and all the activities as normal and as a child going through primary school not too many challenges came my way.  My faith in God has really been strengthened through times that I have needed Him most.  Being diagnosed with Type 1 diabetes at 9 has really had an impact on my life and a further diagnosis of a complication at 14 really highlighted to me the importance of trusting God and staying close to Him and what a hope and assurance that can be in your life.  God has seen me through and made things happen at exactly the right time for me and I have concluded that I must trust that God has a plan in place for my life and He knows what He is doing for His perfect purpose!

My health may fail, and my spirit may grow weak, but God remains the strength of my heart; He is mine forever.  Psalm 73:26

I have also found it important to be devoted to serving God wherever I can.  I loved being involved in Scripture Union in school and now studying Pharmacy at university I am involved in the Christian Union.  Because, after all, I think the amazing love and saving power that God has given me needs to shared and He gives me the strength, as He does in all areas of my life, to do this!

 


 

Karen Sherwin

I grew up in East Belfast and I was very involved in Orangefield Presbyterian Church. Like many from a Christian family, I thought that everyone loved God and wanted to please him from an early age. Asking Jesus into my heart was a repeated practice until a sermon on Romans 10:9 made me realise that I could trust God and take him at his word. There was no looking back after that.

The older I get (still an infant in terms of eternity of course) the more thankful I am for God’s faithfulness and generosity. After meeting and marrying Stephen, we belonged to Castlereagh Fellowship for about 10 years before moving to Bangor with 2 young sons. Shortly after the move, we started worshipping at Silverbirch Evangelical Church and quickly felt part of the family there. We appreciate the warmth and genuine love from our brothers and sisters along with excellent Biblical teaching.

In June 2012, we will have been married for 20 years and our boys Connor and Luke (now 15 and 13) are both taller than me. The boys and I help with the One Way Rally on Wednesday evenings and love to see the children’s seemingly limitless enthusiasm as they take part in the activities. We are also involved in the Youth Fellowship where the teenagers get an opportunity to explore the reality of living for Christ and getting to know him better. Being a member of a home group also provides prayer support and accountability which enable me to continue to grow.

With both of my parents now with the Lord, life has not always been easy, but it is often in the darkest moments that we really appreciate the strength of God’s light and God has continued to be my rock, my light and my salvation. Knowing that I have peace with God because of Christ, life is filled with gratitude, contentment and the joy of adventure ahead with a loving Father in control. I have been a Maths teacher at Belfast High School for over 22 years now and still love what I do. It is a privilege to work with so many young people and great colleagues. Life is never dull and with God beside me all the way, the future can be viewed with optimism and anticipation.