I was born in Kenya, where I lived until I was about 6. During my childhood I developed an eye problem-squint- and was referred to an eye specialist called Dr. Calcott. He was a Christian, and was very evidently a man of God. He gave me a Bible and I´m sure he prayed for my salvation.
We came to England when I was 5 or 6 and I grew up in Sevenoaks, Kent. I was educated at a Grammar school, and was a good student.
During my teens I studied French existential literature, and became influenced by it and by the culture of the day: humanism, other religions, and the theory of evolution: things which were not founded on Biblical principles. I began to despise the church and Christianity.
It was a time of upheaval and the pulling down of traditional values and family life, the hippy culture of the 60´s.
I became both rebellious, and depressed. The outlook for a “naked ape “, a mere product of evolution, determined by society to me appeared very bleak. “ Where was there any meaning to life, or any hope!?”
Later when I was training to be a teacher at college, I began to discuss these issues with a friend who one day made this comment: “YOU KNOW THAT EVOLUTION IS JUST A THEORY, DON´T YOU? “
Well, at that time I didn´t know that! I was dominated by a belief system which owed a lot to that theory. Now as this began to sink in, it raised a lot of questions in my mind and thinking. Then it was as though a foundational “brick “had been dislodged from the vast edifice of my belief system…… and it all began to shake and break up. Wow! That was something!
I was given a New Testament and began to read about Jesus Christ. Now I saw with clarity, free of my past prejudices, and was amazed .I understood for the first time how glorious and unique He was. His words of sublime wisdom were speaking to me as I read. At first I felt shame and unworthiness before Him I felt, that He could never accept a person like me, knowing what I was like and what I had done. But His compassion love and acceptance won my heart. His words,” He who comes to me I will in no wise cast out” drew me to the place where I came to Him just as I was and received Him as my LORD and Saviour. I came in penitence and faith and became a Christian.
I have never regretted that day and that decision. What a blessed decision and what a great change Jesus has made.
Through all the ups and downs of my life since then I have had an anchor to hold me steady .God has been faithful to me, patiently teaching and leading me, comforting and helping me.
Sometimes these days I feel that I am only just beginning, God has done great things for me, but the best is yet to come.