Hazel and Andrew Pearson’s Testimony

Hazel

1985 was a good year for me!  I was invited to a Marilyn Harry crusade at the Milton Rooms, so I went along just to see really what it was all about but that night was the start of the rest of my new life as I gave my heart to Jesus.  As a child I had a loving upbringing in a close family, I was the youngest of 4 and although we were encouraged to go to Sunday School and I had a belief in God, it wasn’t until that night in the Milton Rooms that I began a relationship with God.

I was born with a brittle bone condition and all through my life I’ve suffered with pain and broken bones – too many breaks to count, in fact, but I don’t say this to make you feel sorry for me but to help you understand how God has even blessed me through the suffering.  I’ve learned over the years to be content whatever the circumstances.  There are seasons in life and we can do things for God in those seasons – those things might change and we need to learn to adapt to that change.

When I first became a Christian our children (Emma and Jamie) were 7 and 5 years old, life was really busy but life revolved around our church family, helping with lots of things in the church like luncheon clubs and children’s work.  There were times during that period when my body was so weak that I really wanted to let go of life, it was really that tough but instead God encouraged me to let go of the struggle and give it to Him.

I like to think we can learn a lot from the different generations and for me I learned especially from the older generation, in particular a lady in the church who enjoyed the old hymn:

“Turn your eyes upon Jesus, Look full in his wonderful face And the things of this world will grow strangely dim. In the light of his glory and grace.”

She really fed into my life and this hymn has always spoken to me and from that relationship with other Christians I have understood that to have friends, we need to be a friend.  We need to give and not just receive.

Over the past 3 years I have come to a place in my life, due to my physical restrictions where I have found myself in a position that I can now spend time in God’s presence, praying and listening and I’ve realised that I can be the best ME that I can be which is a child of God, a wife, mother and grandmother.  I like to think that I’ve always had an open door and a listening ear.  I am happy to put the kettle on and I feel like God is now calling me to utilise these gifts for the benefit of his Kingdom.

Andrew

Six months after Hazel became a Christian, I too gave my life to Jesus.  Like her I had always had a faith, I went to Sunday School and was confirmed when I was 13.  I used to pray, mainly when there was a crisis (of which there were many) and I admit that when Hazel became a Christian, I thought it was just a craze!!  But actually I saw such a change in my wife that when she asked me to go to the next crusade in Pickering, I went along and that’s where I became a Christian as well.

We have gone through many trials together in our lives but God has always carried us through.  He has not only given us two lovely children but he has blessed us with two beautiful granddaughters, Chloe and Hannah and to our wonderful daughter- in-law Joanna.

I would also like to mention that the prayers and support of our church family over the years has been such a blessing to me and so appreciated.  God has blessed us both with family and friends and we believe that we have to look after one another.  However this isn’t something that happens overnight, we need to invest time in our relationship with God and with others … and He will do the rest.  God’s given us His best in Jesus and we need to give our best too.

Mary Simpson’s Story

For over 50 years I have been living a double life.  I was brought up in a Christian home by a born again mother.  We went to church every Sunday and my mother was a Sunday School teacher.  When she died I was 14 years old and the pastor of our Assemblies of God church became my guardian until I was 18, so it was obvious I called myself a Christian.  I believed in God, I believed Jesus died for me but something was very wrong.  My life was ruled by fear, fear of dying and fear that God was going to disown me.  I went to church, of and on but then 10 years ago I stopped going altogether.  Things were very bad at home and I made sure that everyone knew how unhappy I was!  Nothing gave me peace of mind but I still believed in God.

I started coming back to church in March 2016 but I still was doing my own thing.  Although I enjoyed the music and singing, I went home feeling so empty every week.  At the beginning of May I made an appointment to see Andy Boxall, the minister of Elim Ryedale Church,  I’d decided to stop going to church because nothing was making a difference.  However the very next day, in Andy’s office, I finally gave my heart to Jesus.  What can I say … my heart is overflowing.  I am a new creation, I no longer fear death, I’m no longer feeling condemned.  I’ve given everything to Jesus and I’m not taking anything back.  Problems still exist, of course, as do my health issues but now God is in control!!