2nd March 2016

A powerful testimony to the transforming nature of prayer and of a life washed clean by the Holy Spirit heralded the first baptism in Dunfermline’s new Church on Sabbath, 20 February.

Before family and friends, Aidan Hughes, a young man from Dunfermline, Scotland, committed himself to God and to a new life - one very different to his troubled past.Aidan-down

In a heart-felt testimony Aidan told how teenage years, filled with drink and drugs and a life spent far from the church and Christ, had finally led to a January night in 2015 and a point where he could no longer see a way forward.

Though not believing in Jesus Christ, yet tormented by spirits and a troubled mind Aidan explained how he was compelled to pray. He had never been a believer and indeed would have laughed at the thought not long before, but he knew prayer was his last hope. So Aidan prayed as hard as he could, even though he didn’t know who he was praying to or if anyone was listening. There was and he heard.

Aidan-04Aidan described how after committed prayer a sudden peace came upon him, the spirits were gone and his mind was clear. He knew that something had changed and his life could not be the same. A corner had been turned and Aidan knew the first thing he needed was a Bible.

Reading it from cover to cover its contents led him on a search for a church that reflected the truths he found within and after one or two false starts he called Pastor Jimmy Botha at the Seventh Day Adventist church in Dunfermline.  

And so in early autumn 2015 Aidan gathered enough courage to visit Dunfermline Adventist church where he was warmly welcomed and his story became known. Continuing his studies it was not long before Aidan expressed his desire to be baptised and demonstrate his commitment to God and his new life.Aidan-13

Having completed his baptismal lessons Aidan fulfilled his desire as Pastor Jimmy Botha performed the first baptism in Dunfermline’s new church before a large congregation eager to welcome him into their family and to give thanks to the transforming power of Jesus Christ.

This is the beginning of Aidan’s Christian life but already family and friends have noted the changes in him and it seems clear that the troubled young man has his feet firmly set on his walk with Christ.

[Paul Norman]


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