#iamRefuge: Joe

"Jesus loves me..."

I grew up singing these words as a child, and believing them wholeheartedly—or so I thought. However, as I became a teenager in the mid-80s, I never saw this Jesus as real love & freedom. So I went on a search to find a sense of 'purpose', 'belonging' and 'freedom'—and I headed for the bright lights of London. There I felt free and happy living a completely hedonistic existence.

I forgot Jesus but He never forgot me!

And it turned out that my new found freedom and exciting life might not be all I had thought it to be! Through God's grace I discovered what it really means to have a new beginning; a fresh start. Years later I can honestly say that I walk in that love, freedom and acceptance because I’m walking with Jesus. I’ve made tons of mistakes & life ain’t perfect but it’s never dull, and Jesus never gives up on us.

I have purpose and a sense of real hope for now and for the future.

how did you come to be part of Refuge?

I was introduced to Refuge by a friend of mine who was involved with the church from the beginning, and who encouraged me to come along.

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

I like the name 'Refuge'—it says a lot.
It’s friendly; not pretentious; great worship band; and it’s Jesus centred.

How are you involved in life at Refuge?

I serve on the hospitality team, and I’ve been involved in catering, outreach and even working at a kids camp.

what about Refuge encourages your faith?

The worship and, of course, the teaching. Also, just meeting with my brothers & sisters in Christ—hearing their stories of joy and sorrow! I love being part of a community and sharing life together.

If you could tell anyone just one thing about Refuge?

The one word I would tell people about Refuge is 'kindness'.