The McIntosh Family A Passion for Jesus
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as a Christian. God delivered me from smoking and I started going to a church where I would eventually meet my future wife. Having not known what it was to have a father, I asked God if He could show me what it meant for Him to be my Father. Nothing happened straight away so I forgot about   it. When I was 17 I decided I would like to find out what had happened to my dad and asked the care officer to help me find him.  She did and I was able to meet up with him. He too after a while, because of painful memories, decided not to have anything to do with me and we lost contact.

London Calling

While I was in church one Sunday, a visiting speaker from the London City Mission came to speak. He spoke of all the work they did among the homeless and poor in London. Suddenly I knew God wanted me to live in
London and do His work there. I did not know how I should do this and left it for a while. Later, I heard of a scheme called Voluntary Evangelism (VE) the London City Mission ran in Bermondsey. I the joined the scheme in 1977 for 7 months. Once I got to Bermondsey I knew London was where I would stay. Meanwhile, having met my future wife, Andrea, in church and being away from her, in Bermondsey, I really missed her. So much so I went off my food! Hard to believe, I know, but there you are. While I was a VE, people kept asking me how I became a Christian and what God had done in my life. So I told them this same story. The more I told people, the more God spoke to me saying how much of a Father He had been to me, looking after me all these years. For the first time in my life I started calling God "Father"! By 1979 it was time for Andrea and me to get married. I had been looking for a place where we could both live. Could I find anywhere? No I could not! I knew God wanted us to live in
London, but where would we live? Many a time I felt like just giving in, but God picked me up and told me to keep looking. Eventually God showed Himself faithful, like he always does, and a week before our wedding date we found a place in Peckham. It had two rooms with a shared bathroom, toilet and Kitchen. We were there for a little while when Andrea became pregnant. We knew the rules of the house said no children and we began wondering what would happen. Our pastor at the time (Chris Brown), came to us and told us he had been approached by a local doctor who asked him if he knew of anyone who could be a live in caretaker at the surgery rent-free. Chris thought of us and we jumped at the chance. It was lovely our own kitchen, toilet and bathroom! It even had a garden, which Andrea loved the idea of. Later we were to find out that God is faithful in all our housing needs - but that's another story!

My Family Now

Now after many years of belonging to Jesus, I know how God is faithful. The Bible says, "Though my father and mother forsake me, the LORD will receive
me." Psalm 27:10 Andrea and I have three grown up children now and I know God has got more blessings for us in the future.

Some Points to

Remember

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God loves YOU and wants you to be His child. (He came to that which was his own, but his own did not receive him. Yet to all who received him, to those who believed in his name, he gave the right to become children of God John 1:11-12) God loves YOU so much that He sent His Son, Jesus, to die on the Cross to take the punishment we all deserve. (God made him who had no sin to be sin for us, so that in him we might become the righteousness of God. 2 Corinthians 5:21) The way to receive God's forgiveness is to believe it was for YOU, repent-turn away from your sin and ask God to forgive you.  (Repent and be baptized, every one of you, in the name of Jesus Christ for the forgiveness of your sins. And you will receive the gift of the Holy Spirit. Acts 2:38)
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The McIntosh Family A Passion for Jesus
Living by God’s Grace
them. He told me to turn away from them and say sorry to God, asking Him to forgive me. Things were different after that, but I knew there was a long journey ahead. Later, the care officer found accommodation with house parents so I moved. There I was shown Christian love. I saw God change me and I began to grow. as a Christian. God delivered me from smoking and I started going to a church where I would eventually meet my future wife. Having not known what it was to have a father, I asked God if He could show me what it meant for Him to be my Father. Nothing happened straight away so I forgot about   it. When I was 17 I decided I would like to find out what had happened to my dad and asked the care officer to help me find him.  She did and I was able to meet up with him. He too after a while, because of painful memories, decided not to have anything to do with me and we lost contact.

London Calling

While I was in church one Sunday, a visiting speaker from the London City Mission came to speak. He spoke of all the work they did among the homeless and poor in London. Suddenly I knew God wanted me to live in London and do His work there. I did not know how I should do this and left it for a while. Later, I heard of a scheme called Voluntary Evangelism (VE) the London City Mission ran in Bermondsey. I the joined the scheme in 1977 for 7 months. Once I got to Bermondsey I knew London was where I would stay. Meanwhile, having met my future wife, Andrea, in church and being away from her, in Bermondsey, I really missed her. So much so I went off my food! Hard to believe, I know, but there you are. While I was a VE, people kept asking me how I became a Christian and what God had done in my life. So I told them this same story. The more I told people, the more God spoke to me saying how much of a Father He had been to me, looking after me all these years. For the first time in my life I started calling God "Father"! By 1979 it was time for Andrea and me to get married. I had been looking for a place where we could both live. Could I find anywhere? No I could not! I knew God wanted us to live in London, but where would we live? Many a time I felt like just giving in, but God picked me up and told me to keep looking. Eventually God showed Himself faithful, like he always does, and a week before our wedding date we found a place in Peckham. It had two rooms with a shared bathroom, toilet and Kitchen. We were there for a little while when Andrea became pregnant. We knew the rules of the house said no children and we began wondering what would happen. Our pastor at the time (Chris Brown), came to us and told us he had been approached by a local doctor who asked him if he knew of anyone who could be a live in caretaker at the surgery rent-free. Chris thought of us and we jumped at the chance. It was lovely our own kitchen, toilet and bathroom! It even had a garden, which Andrea loved the idea of. Later we were to find out that God is faithful in all our housing needs - but that's another story!

My Family Now

Now after many years of belonging to Jesus, I know how God is faithful. The Bible says, "Though my father and mother forsake me, the LORD will receive me." Psalm 27:10 Andrea and I have three grown up children now and I know God has got more blessings for us in the future.