#iamRefuge: Marc

self surrendered to god

At the age of 5, I decided I wanted to be a Christian by reading a book I found in my room. Crazy right? Since then, I’d say I’ve always been a Christian. Along the way, there’s been ups and downs, times of doubt and other times of great assurance, but what has defined me as the Christian that I am today? Well, I’m a very adept person—‘needing a God’ isn’t something that comes naturally to me. I live life relying very seldom on anyone other than myself. Pride is my constant battle.

From this position, God opened my eyes in a life-changing incident to the fact that He also doesn’t need to rely on me…but! Even so: He loves me; He’s interested in everything about me; and He wants the best for me. How good is that?! Allowing God into my life fully, instead of restricting Him to the 'genie' I only reach out to in a time of need or for a wish, has meant that I have been able to see all that He has done for me, all of His blessings and to see that for sure, He loves me.


how did you come to be part of Refuge?

When my wife and I got married, and moved to the southside of Glasgow, we wanted to find a local church full of normal, relatable people that love God. We gave ourselves a year to explore our local churches and come to an informed decision of where we would like to call our home church. It was an easy decision in the end. We chose Refuge!


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

The people that make up the church are great. They are approachable, friendly and likable! The leadership is transparent, honest and people that one can trust.


How are you involved in life at Refuge?

I play bass guitar in the worship band. I am the only one who plays bass and I don’t do every week. I love how relaxed an environment Refuge is that there is no “haves” and “needs” when it comes to involvement. Everyone is just so appreciative and grateful for the times that you are involved where at the same time understand that life happens and one’s involvement is limited to what’s possible for them.


what about Refuge encourages your faith?

The Bible read-through group that I go to every week encourages me to read the Bible…every week! Seems self-explanatory and dead simple but it’s actually harder than it seems—to stop being distracted with everything around you and give time to reading the Bible week by week.


HOW DO YOU FEEL YOU CAN USE YOUR GIFTS AT REFUGE TO SERVE GOD?

I prefer doing rather than talking about feelings 'n' stuff (unless it involves talking about Formula 1)! Might not seem like an incredible gift but having good physical health, I enjoy lugging around equipment, setting church up and packing it away. It’s not glamorous (even slightly sweaty) but it’s graft work I actually enjoy doing—and it helps the church function on the day. BONUS!


If you could tell anyone Just one thing about Refuge?

It’s a place full of normal people off the street worshipping a good God. Everyone is welcome.