I’m Neil and I am in my 40s. I’m married and have two lively children making sure life is always fun!
My mum took me to church from an early age. When I was about 8 she began to take my brother, sister and me to Dewsbury Evangelical Church. I especially enjoyed the young people’s activities.
I started going to the evening services. Over the course of a few weeks I became more and more aware that my life didn’t please God and I needed to ask God for his forgiveness. On one occasion the speaker talked about Elijah’s challenge in a book of the Bible called 1 Kings: "How long will you waver between two opinions? If the Lord is God, follow him.' He seemed to be speaking directly to me! However the weeks went on and I kept putting it off.
When I was 16 I tried to put God to the back of my mind. But that summer I went on a holiday for young people in Austwick in North Yorkshire organised by Christians. There, once again, I felt convicted that Jesus had died for me so I could be forgiven for how I had treated God. I knew I needed to ask for his forgiveness and give control of my life over to him.
I began to pray and that week gave my life to Jesus; I became a Christian. I felt like a weight had been lifted from my shoulders! I wonderfully learnt that the Bible says ‘If we confess our sins, God is faithful and just and will forgive us our sins’. In the years that have followed I have by no means become perfect! But I know God’s complete forgiveness, love and blessing on my life.