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Opening the door

December 2011 | by Vivaldo Puplampu

 

Throughout my primary and secondary school years, I developed a simple answer to Christianity, which was ‘I go to church’. But eight years ago, when I was 14, I had to undergo one of the biggest challenges in my life. I had to face moving to Ghana.

I was so afraid I wouldn’t make any friends there and would be unable to adapt to a new environment. I felt I would be so alone.

My experience in Ghana brought me loads of personal difficulties. I felt the only way I was going to live through it was by reading the Bible and Christian books. A book I read called Hope again by Charles Swindoll helped me maintain hope and faith that I would make it through those hard times.

Realisation

It was at that time that I realised I had to turn round my life to the God I had been hearing about. I accepted I was a sinner and needed Christ in my life to forgive me my sin.

I strongly believe in the cross and resur­rection of Jesus Christ, that God gave his one and only Son to die on the cross for me, so that my sins would be forgiven. I truly accepted Christ into my life from my heart.

A verse in the Bible which became one of my favourites is Revelation 3:20: ‘Behold! I stand at the door and knock. If anyone hears my voice and opens the door, I shall come in and dine with him, and he with me’.

What has God done to affect my life? In all the decisions I make, God influences them in many ways. During my last year in secondary school, my friend and I were walking home after school. Three boys ap­proached us and wanted money, but we didn’t have any.

One of the boys took out a knife and started counting down from ten. He said that if I didn’t give the money (which I did not have), he would stab me.

All of a sudden, one of the boys asked me if I was a Christian. I said yes without hesitation and the three boys backed off. In that situation I was indeed protected by God, because I had earlier accepted him into my life and become a Christian.

Strengthening

It’s not always easy for me to read the Bible and pray every day, but I know it is very important. I am currently studying hard in my final year of university and pray God will see me through to the end of my psy­chology course.

If I wasn’t a Christian, my choice of university would have been based on where my friends were going. But it’s not what I want to do; it’s what God wants me to do that is important. This is why my choice of university was in London, to keep me closer to my own church.

I was diagnosed with MS in November 2010 and thought I would have to drop out of university, but God had other plans for me. I thank God for another Bible verse — ‘Those who hope in the Lord will renew their strength’ (Isaiah 40:31).

I thank God for my family; for leading me to Selhurst Evangelical Church, for they too are all part of my family; and for that church’s ministry.

I would like to ask you this question. Are you right with God? Can you say that when all life ends you know where you are going? I know I will be in heaven with the Lord. God is knocking on the door of your heart; all you need to do is open it.

Vivaldo Puplampu  

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