Ruth Slater Testimony
None of my family were Christians, in fact my father was an atheist, but my grandmother had a faith. We lived next door to the church hall – the church having been rebuilt some distance away – so my parents sent us 3 girls to Sunday School so they had a few hours peace on a Sunday morning!
Once I was too old for Sunday School, a wonderful man called Mr Eaves, started a junior sides person rota and so I began to attend the church, St. Augustine's Bromley. I announced to my mother that I wanted to be confirmed aged 13 and that was the true beginning of my faith journey.
I became a Sunday School leader in the new church hall and when I had children of my own, became the Children’s worker at St. Edmund’s Yeading in Middlesex. The big ‘wow Lord’ moment came when my younger daughter at age 6, fell off the school climbing frame onto concrete and went blind and deaf.
My vicar rushed to casualty and took her hand and said, ‘Talitha Koum’, which is the Aramaic phrase Jesus used when he raised Jairus’s daughter. She was promptly sick all over him and made a full recovery! Thanks be to God.
I have had a great deal of emotional, family and health issues in my life, but my faith in a loving, ever-present God has always strengthened and sustained me. I love the Bible verse from Joshua, ‘Remember that I have commanded you to be determined and confident! Do not be afraid or discouraged, for I the Lord your God am with you wherever you go’. AMEN