Christine’s testimony was conducted as an interview with Matt Lillicrap, Associate Pastor at Eden.

Matt: Christine, we’d love to hear, how did you come to be a Christian?

Christine: It all started with my sister, who was a Christian, and when we were very small at the age of six we were fostered out to different families. My sister was fortunate enough to be fostered by people who were Christians, and her foster-father was a preacher at the Baptist Sunday school in the village where I lived…

Matt: Where you lived as well…

Christine: So after a couple of years I got to hear that she was also going to there, so I went along. Then as the years went by we went our separate ways, and we got married. I always sort-of looked up to her, but never really took up the fact of being a Christian. To me, if I needed to know something I would look to her to give me the answer. It wasn’t until the day that she actually passed away, which is seven years to the day, today, so I’m celebrating not only being baptised, but also celebrating my sister’s life.

Matt: I remember you said when we talked about this before, that seeing her faith living, even while she was dying, one of the things…

Christine: Oh my goodness, yes, I was so privileged, because how it turned out, it was actually just - my sister and I together, because it was my watch, while my brother-in-law took rest, because my sister had been ill for quite a while. She knew she was dying, and we had – through God’s grace – we had time together to be able to talk, and her faith absolutely came through on the day that she passed away, and it was then, suddenly, I think the seeds that she had been trying to sow in me actually took root. Then I thought, well, I need some of this – I don’t know, I can’t really explain exactly what it was, but it’s taken seven years for me to get to where I am today.

Matt: So, seven years to the day since your sister died…

Christine: …seven years to the day that my sister passed away.

Matt: So this is a remarkably significant day for Christine – and how would you say, in those seven years, as you’ve put your faith in Jesus, as you you’ve sought to follow Him, how has that affected you in your life?

Christine: Oh my goodness, it’s absolutely changed my life altogether really, I can’t really explain, but I had an inner anger, but that is gone, it’s absolutely gone. It’s like carrying a bag of bricks and putting that down and picking up a bag of feathers! I think how I really knew that the Lord was in me was by the number eight bus – I know this sounds…

Matt: Great! Tell us about the number eight bus!

Christine: Yes, the number eight bus - it was just something inside me – I was sitting on the bus one day, and a lady was talking to me, and she seemed a bit down. I said to her “Are you going shopping?” and she said “Well no, not really, I’ve come out, I’ve got to come out, because my grand-daughter is having a double operation”. There was so much going on in her life, and from somewhere, I don’t know where, I just turned to her and said “Would you like me to pray for you?” Then when I saw her a few weeks later, she said “My grand-daughter’s doing very well” – so the whole number eight bus knows that I’m going to be baptised! And I’ve had so much support, not only from people of this church, but from Oakington Church – it was through the Alpha course that I actually knew, yes…

Matt: …this is true…

Christine: …Christianity is for me, yes, definitely.

Matt: Christine, it’s so wonderful to hear your story. Christine brought a letter to church this morning and showed it to me just before the service which was written to her by her sister, and it finishes with a prayer that she’s going to read and lead us in now…

Christine: The significance of this is that I always used to ask my sister - if I’d got any problems, I’d always go to her. She would give me an answer, but then two days later, there’d be a thud on the doormat and I’d get letters like this, hand-written, with passages to read, saying “Don’t take my word for it, read this!” To my detriment, I didn’t read the passages until just recently, but she would always end in a prayer, and the prayer that I’m going to read to you today is from one of the letters – and it says:

Teach us, Lord, that You are constantly at work, striving against everything that frustrates Your will and denies Your love. Teach us to hold on to those moments in life when wrongs are righted and justice is done at last. Above all, teach us to look at the cross of Christ and to draw strength, to the victory of love over what had seemed to be the triumph of evil.

Matt: Amen!

Christine: Amen!