iamRefuge: Sarah

an everlasting relationship

I remember the moment very clearly when I had the realisation that everything I had heard about Jesus was true—I was at an SU Easter camp singing ‘Above All’ during worship…

Laid behind a stone
You lived to die
Rejected and alone
Like a rose.

Trampled on the ground
You took the fall
And thought of me
Above all.
— Michael W. Smith 'Above All'

Jesus had died for me so I could have an everlasting relationship with God.

Over the next year I quietly thought about it more, but didn’t really tell anyone about what had happened or what I was thinking. It wasn’t until camp the following year that I decided I wanted to follow Jesus and make him part of my life.

However, soon after camp my parents split up, and at the time I was truly lost and didn’t know what to do. But God was there in the pain and sadness, and never let me go, even when I couldn’t see it at the time. God has continued to be with me in the years since—during the highs and the lows—and I feel truly blessed that I am part of His family. 

how did you come to be part of Refuge?

For around a year church gradually became less of a priority to me and eventually I had stopped going altogether. But I knew this was something I needed to change. I had heard lots about Refuge through Bible Study and one Sunday in September I decided to come along. I’m so glad I did!

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

The first thing you notice about Refuge is how welcoming it is. I love the community they are continuing to build and that they actively look to serve God faithfully in all they do. (The copious amounts of excellent coffee and cake is an added bonus.)

How are you involved in life at Refuge?

I attend the fortnightly community group in Easterhouse. I also try to make any of the ladies’ coffee and teaching mornings.

what about Refuge encourages your faith?

Being part of a church family that genuinely listens and cares about my journey with God. Knowing that people are praying for me during the good and challenging times has been a great encouragement to me.

If you could tell anyone Just one thing about Refuge?

It’s a family that wants to lovingly serve Jesus and one another.

I am refuge | series 2

During the run-up to Easter, we are introducing a number of folk from our church family in this IamRefuge series. Ensure that you don’t miss them by liking our Facebook page!

View the original series from last year