#iamRefuge: Joe

God spoke to me

I have known about the Bible and God all my life, but it took until university for me to make the decision to become a Christian. I wouldn't say I was depressed, but life wasn't fulfilling me at that time. I was busy going on nights out drinking more than I should and chasing girls—neither of which was working well for me. It came to a head during a particularly depressing maths lecture when I asked myself "what's the point of all this?". I looked out my Bible and through it God spoke to me. God loved me and still does. He is a God of peace and forgiveness. Having Him at the centre of my life makes it fulfilling.

how did you come to be part of Refuge?

I became a part of Refuge after hearing the Pastor speak at another church, and so I went along to try it out.

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

Refuge is great because of the people there—from the Pastor, the band to the people I chat to every week. It's a great place to be on a Sunday morning.

How are you involved in life at Refuge?

Now I am married and, my wife and I, have a baby boy, so I look after him, and some other children in the creche. It is strange how similar this is to my day job teaching maths to teenagers!

what about Refuge encourages your faith?

Refuge is a great encouragement to my faith because it is clear that God is working in people's lives. Every Sunday there is time for people to take the microphone and share stories of how God has helped them in the last week by answering prayers.

If you could tell anyone Just one thing about Refuge?

They say that there is no such thing as a free lunch, but the free food at Refuge is a pretty close effort!