I was brought up in a Catholic family and sent to boarding school until I was 18.
Having been steeped in that faith, I felt very self-righteous and bigoted in my beliefs.
I was very self righteous and bigoted
It was not until I was 37 years old that I started to question my beliefs, when a
friend of mine, whom I had known to be an atheist, became a Spirit filled person.
Together, we went in search of spiritual fellowship, experiencing all the charismatic
excesses in the growing Pentecostal scene at the time. It was new and exciting and
more meaningful than my old church.
A friend who had been an atheist became Spirit filled
We joined a group of spiritual people who met once a month and where the Bible was
preached and where I heard 'speaking in tongues', testimonies and the movement of
the Holy Spirit among these people.
At one of these meetings I was asked if I would like to receive the Holy Spirit,
and hands were laid on me. When I went home, I felt that I needed to read the Bible
and while I was reading, my tongue changed and I found myself speaking strange words.
I knew I had received God's Holy Spirit.
I knew I had received God’s Holy Spirit
I had been suffering from varicose ulcers on my ankles for the past two years, due
to standing at my work place all day. I had seen great miracles occur at the monthly
meetings and I went up for a healing in the prayer line. At the end of a week, I
noticed that my ulcers were healing and by the time another week had passed, my ankles
were completely healed.
Varicose ulcers on my ankles were completely healed
For 18 more years, I remained in the old church, yearning for fellowship and spiritual
growth and for these things, I committed them to some earnest prayer. Within a space
of two weeks, a friend invited me to the RCI church in Coffs Harbour. It was like
coming home, as I walked in and saw the fellowship that I had so missed for so long.
I knew that I had to be baptised, the Bible way, and was baptised in the local river
a few days later.
Before I finished praying I felt great vitality and strength
Another answer to prayer was when I was working in a nut plantation on a very hot
day I was suffering from the intense heat. I knelt down in the middle of the paddock
and John 14:14 came into my mind, "Anything that you ask in My name, I shall do it".
As I was asking the Lord to take away this heat exhaustion, it disappeared before
I had finished praying and I felt great vitality and strength flow through my body.
I have been with RCI for 20 years, growing daily in the Spirit and with the peace
and assurance that passes understanding.