Freddie Roe. Yup, that’s me. 15 years old, living in London… Just another person living on the planet…
That’s something I guess I would say if I wasn’t a believer in Christ. What do I say now? I say: Freddie Roe. Yup, that’s me. 15 years old, living in London…. SAVED by JESUS. LIVING FOR HIS PURPOSE. INDIVIDUAL IN GOD. NOT JUST ANOTHER INDIVIDUAL, BUT SAVED BY GOD’S GRACE.
SO… where to start?
In 2008, I was an Atheist. I’d been so for about some time between 2-4 years (my best guess, I can’t remember, but it was for at least 2 years). I was 12 years old, and I came from what was a largely Atheist family. I’d believed in God at a young age, but never really done anything about it.
I used to debate with my best friend on the bus, about the existence of God and what not. Then one day I decided to go to church, just out of the blue, to discover what it was really about… And so I grew into the church family, going every week - without actually realizing that I’d found a belief in God - I wasn’t challenging it, until one day I thought, so, I really do believe in God? I guess I must do.
As time went by, things were pretty standard, until I went to a venture camp aged 14, in 2010. I began to develop my relationship with God, further and further… All was going well. Of course, after a while, I began to settle into a more worldy faith - one which wasn’t healthy.
After 6 months, I’d fallen back in faith, although I believed, I didn’t live as if I believed. I then attended the ‘Venture Re-union’ - I realised at this re-union that God had been there the whole time - I just hadn’t tuned in. I was back on track! Things were going well!
Then, April 27th 2011… I unexpectedly got involved in a fight. I was arrested, and then made to go through a type of trial. The results came out positive, I only received a triage. However, I thought God had abandoned me. I just didn’t care any more. Although I believed, I slipped back into the ways of the world.
As the book of James says: Faith without Deeds is dead. (James 2:17) So I was getting by… I was happily living how I wanted to (at Heart I wanted to live by how God wanted me to, but this didn’t occur to me at the time)
I then attended my 2nd Venture camp - 15 years old, August 2011. I came back to God, I realised the things I’d done. I’m thankful to God that I’m pure for marriage, I’m thankful to him that I tuned into his presence, that he intervened by helping me tune into his great love to me - that he stopped me from going any further on the path of the World.
So now… I’m praising the Lord, I organise youth services and God is working through them. god has a plan, he is so awesome, do not be disheartened or distracted by the ways of the world, because your GOD CARES FOR YOU. HE WANTS THE BEST FOR YOU.
God Bless you!
Freddie Roe, 15 Years Old. Living for the Lord!
Matthew 16:26 - ”What good will it be for someone to gain the whole world, yet forfeit their soul? Or what can anyone give in exchange for their soul?”