Crayford Baptist Church

... for you are all one in Christ Jesus - Galatians 3:28

Changed lives

On this page church members share a little of their stories about how their lives have been changed by Jesus Christ (and being part of CBC too).

I am from Ghana, West Africa. I was 13 years old before I knew about Christ through my elder brother who I was living with. From that age until my arrival in the UK in 1990 to join my ex-husband, there was nothing but challenges. For me, marriage was a way of running away from my past. However, to cut a long story short, my marriage broke down in 2010 and in 2012 I moved with my daughter to Crayford.

After our divorce I had little to start with. Prior to this I had never paid a mortgage, rent or bills and at the age of 48 I started paying everything on my own as a single mother. I had health issues and my friends and family told me I was crazy.

I remember meeting with the church secretary, shaking and anxious, scared that I would be rejected. But I was accepted and loved by every member of the church. Crayford Baptist Church became my family from that day onwards.

It was a very long journey for me – spiritually, emotionally, physically, financially and mentally exhausting. Starting again was not easy, but by the grace of God we are here today. Crayford Baptist Church has showed me unfailing love and I have learned what love really is.

Since I became a Christian my life has never been the same; in each situation God has been there for us. I have experienced a series of miracles in my life, including my health. For me to be here this very moment and writing this testimony is a miracle in itself. With my immune system very low and classified as extremely vulnerable during the lockdown I was really scared and anxious. I can never thank our pastor enough for taking the time to call and check on each of us every week, for that call alone meant so much to me – that someone really cared for me and my family.

Three years ago I decided to take in and temporarily foster children aged 16-18 under Bexley Council’s Host and Support scheme, and again the church family prayed for me and I am still doing it. It comes with so many challenges to look after teenagers whatever their background, but it makes me happy to give love and support to them and to give back a small fraction of what God has done in my life.

Joining a home group has helped and improved my prayer life and has given me a part of a family that I can confide in to share my problems and worries and to pray and study the Bible together.

I thank God for his grace upon my life, my loved ones, the church members, my community and this country.

 Andrew & Cynthia

Andrew  CynthiaPraise the Lord! I would like to share what Jesus has done in our lives, which has been nothing but an extraordinary series of miracles and answered prayers. This made us the people we are today and we live every single day of our life with gratitude for our Saviour.

Cynthia and I are from Hyderabad in India. We have been married for eight years and are blessed with two adorable children, Zoey (5) and Tobey (1).

We moved to the UK in 2014. We both had good jobs in India and although Cynthia was taking a career break as we were expecting our first child, we were confident that we would be able to land a job within a few days with our work permit. I was told in India that I would immediately be placed in work with a guaranteed salary - but that offer turned out to be fake.

We felt duped and deceived. Having sold all our possessions in India and now not having money to pay existing loans and expecting a baby soon, it was difficult for us to survive and manage our living expenses in the UK. I regretted making a hasty decision to migrate here with my family without having a secure job. While in some ways we felt broken, we always had our loving and encouraging family who stood by us during these difficult times and supported us financially. Although we always felt that we were a burden to them, they never made us feel that way.

During these frustrating and disappointing times, God has been faithful. He made us strong in our faith and we were able to face all the challenges that were thrown at us. Both of us were born and raised in Christian families where it was instilled in us about prayer and faith from a very young age. But it was only after our move to the UK and all the troubles that came upon us that we really experienced for ourselves how God can move mountains if we pray, believe and trust Him.

We started to fast and pray, asking God to give us a breakthrough in my job situation. Every day our prayer used to be, “Lord help me find a job with my current work restrictions and let there be no month where I would be unemployed” as we knew we couldn’t survive here without having a salary.

Zoey’s birth brought us all joy and made us forget our problems, but as parents we were so helpless as we didn’t have the money even to provide for her basic needs like nappies, and we were still dependent on our family. But we didn’t stop praying.

After 10 months of unemployment I was offered my first job. Over the following years I had many ups and downs, but never had a day without work and God turned many impossible situations in my favour. Then exactly on my birthday in 2018, I was sponsored by the company where I was contracting as their full-time employee. I couldn’t have asked for a better birthday gift!

Our association and fellowship with Crayford Baptist Church since 2016 has also been encouraging with their constant prayers and support. Today when we look back and join all the dots, we see how God has been hearing and answering all our prayers. We can’t praise Him enough for sorting my work situation, granting us our Indefinite Leave to Remain in the UK, and blessing us with our second child. We have so much to give Him thanks for.

God has lifted us up and placed us on higher ground and made our faith unshakeable that keeps us from worrying. He has given us a peace that surpasses all understanding and we can always depend on our Lord as He never fails.

Changed lives

I first came to Crayford Baptist Church when I was 12. 70 years have passed and I'm still here. As a youngster I wanted to know that I was accepted by God, but how could I be sure? Then I came to Jesus and step by step, by reading the Bible, praying and talking to other believers, I found the answer. Jesus had shed His blood to release me from my sin; in fact His blood washes me clean from every stain of sin. Not only that but He gave me a new heart and a new spirit… but it took a while to register. One thing
I know is that He is my light and my salvation, my life – and what
a life it has been!

I have spent many holidays with friends working on the mission field in some very difficult places,
and I too became involved in this work which is a steep learning curve. Walking with Jesus is truly exciting and educational – He wants us to learn. I would say that my thirst to learn is greater now
than ever it was. I may be an only child, but I have a huge extended family. When I put my hand into the hand of Jesus, life truly began. He has never let me go or let me down, and one day He will welcome me into glory!