#iamRefuge: Hans

I came to faith 12 years ago backpacking around Australia

At this time in my life I struggled with depression and suicidal thoughts. However, it didn’t take long for these issues to disappear after I had found and decided to follow Christ—God was going to be enough from there on. I never imagined He would open the doors for us to show people how much He loves us.

as a family we always held onto the dream of becoming cross-cultural missionaries.

We moved to Pollokshaws in April 2015. When we arrived at Refuge, we were met by a very family-oriented church, and it wasn't long before we very much felt part of this family—both Melissa and I tried to help out wherever possible. In November 2017 we moved to Australia to be Missionaries with Mission Aviation Fellowship and felt so encouraged with the commissioning we received from Refuge and our church family. We have found Refuge to be a great place to grow in our faith through worship, teachings but most especially through fellowship with other church members. We miss them all dearly.

how did you come to be part of Refuge?

We saw the banner outside Pollokshaws Burgh Hall, but we couldn’t find a website [which didn't exist at the time] so we were worried that it was an old banner. It took us a good few weeks before we decided to give it a try. However, we were very warmly welcomed, and were invited into a community group straight away.

What are some of the things you think are really great about Refuge?

Refuge feels like a family: when one struggles, we all stand with them and pray for them. But when another rejoices we rejoice together. Almost everyone has a vision for Glasgow and local missions, which shows their heart for the area, and for Scotland.

How are you involved in life at Refuge?

I was involved with the prayer ministry and helped out with set up and worship a few times and went to a home group regularly. I am now overseas as a missionary with our family.

what about Refuge encourages your faith?

Seeing Refuge rise out of hardship, and people getting up to lead and help out and stand with each other in times of need is not something you see in every church. I get encouraged by hearing the stories from people at church—what they are going through and how God leads them. I am encouraged to see how hungry the leadership is to seek God for guidance.