Well I’ve never really told my story on this blog. In fact, in typical Aussie style I have kept myself out of this blog on purpose, essentially because:
- Australians hate “big noting Aussies”. Yes people the tall poppy syndrome does exist here. I never wanted to be accused of “big noting” or making this blog about myself – because this blog was about God, and His goodness and His willingness to use me (a random Aussie girl who wanted to give “the big stuff a go! So I made sure my identity was keep out of it);
- Online safety – I don’t have a face book page, I instagram, but without identifiers, and I have two children I did not want to expose to the internet – essentially, if I am real with you I have a fear of unknown consequences 🙂
- most importantly – I felt I needed to be anonymous, and hopefully by being anonymous people would be inspired to understand that anyone (yes you) can do the God stuff too – you don’t need to be clever, talented, qualified, you just needed to love God, listen and do as He says in faith (with love!)
I have now come to understand that a lot of what I was doing on the streets as I went about my days is now identified as “prophetic evangelism”, but even giving it a name seemed (and still seems) wrong – I saw, and still see the “as I go” and “stopping for the one” as merely being God’s friend, being His child, being the heart and hands of God in my community – I actually believe it’s being a Christian, and that we are ALL called to do the same (if Bill Sweeney from Unshakeable Hope with ALS from a hospice bed can “do the stuff” and reach the unreached, and love a dying world – and he can’t move or speak people – then none of us have an excuse. Hit the link to Bill’s blog – it will rock your socks off and then some more. Hi Bill I hope your’e ok with what I just wrote. You inspire me!)
I also now understand that my own story has power, my own story of growing up in an atheist home, searching for God desperately for years, and coming to know Christ as my loving Saviour, is important, and people need to hear it.
A couple of years ago, a gentle man called Chris heard my testimony at church. He was (and still is) responsible for recording radio for the Salvation Army. He asked to interview me. I was a bit overwhelmed at this idea, but feeling God on it I said yes. So here is the link to some of my recorded story. I hope it blesses, I hope it encourages, and I really really hope you understand that I waited from the age of 6 or 7 until 23 for someone to step out, take a risk and invite me to meet Jesus. While I am grateful for the silent witness of the families around me over the years, I wish that someone had actually stopped and explained that I too could have a friend like Jesus,. Had anyone done so sooner, so much heart ache in my life may have been avoided. So I share, hoping that someone, at least one, will know that there are people out there waiting for you to talk to them about Jesus , waiting for you to invite them into the Kingdom and the family of God, and that by doing so you will invite them to see that …
God is indeed very, very good!:
Click on above link to listen.