our testimony

Me and Pat 

Tony – I’m Tony and this is my wife Pat. We’ve been married since 1994 and we moved up to Scotland from Haydock, Lancashire in May, 2005. 

Pat – A few years ago (1998) we were living pretty ‘normal’ lives and I considered myself an atheist. I had no Christian upbringing at all, I didn’t believe in God and I didn’t believe in life after death. In fact I was pretty hostile to anyone who professed to be a Christian and they therefore kept their distance from me.

Tony – I was raised a Roman Catholic and always thought I was a Christian. I stopped going to church as an adult but I did pray now and again but this was mainly through the habits taught to me as a child. In 1996 my mother died and I began looking for answers to some of life’s great questions such as, ‘Why are we here?’ ‘What’s life all about?’ and ‘What happens when we die? 

Pat – About February/March 1999, independently of one another we began reading Christian books by Billy Graham and others. One evening it was as if a light bulb was suddenly switched on in my life as I realised I believed in Jesus and He became real to me. When i told Tony it transpired that he had had a similiar experience. It seemed to us as if God had suddenly decided to call us – He found us and showed Himself to us, we didn’t find Him. We didn’t know any other Christians so began looking for a church.

Tony – A work friend of mine invited us to his house where he said we could meet with other Christians so we went. The teaching that night was on faith. I realised very quickly that it was not enough just to believe in God and that ‘faith without good deeds is useless’ so I took all the ‘borrowed’ pens and stationery back to work and me and Pat really started for the first time to try and live a life according to the teaching of Jesus.

Pat – I was so excited about my new found relationship with Jesus. I couldn’t believe that I had been so blinkered for so many years. The other Christians we met asked us to go to a local church for a Sunday service and we did. It was nothing like how I imagined a church would be. There were no pews, there was a carpet, a band was playing great music and everyone was so friendly.

Tony – On our second visit to the church the Vicar asked people to come forward for prayer and before I knew it I had stepped forward. As he prayed for me the tears flowed and I really felt the power of God who seemed to be smothering me with love and cleansing me from within. 

Pat – In 1999 I was baptised. It was a full immersion which means you go right under the water. It was a really amazing night. When I came back up out of that water I felt refreshed, cleansed and full of the love of Jesus. 

Tony – When we become Christians we really do become ‘new creations in Christ’. I’ve gone from a situation were I knew about Jesus to actually having a personal relationship with Him. 

Pat – My new found faith has changed my life drastically. I now know that God is in control and that He has a plan for us all. We just want to serve Him and help bring other people into His Kingdom.

 Update to our testimony – January 2002

Tony – We’ve been on an emotional roller coaster ride since we moved to Haydock from Liverpool in 2000, as we have been getting to know Jesus more and more. We learnt so much from our friends at the local church but we felt God telling us to move on.

Pat – God gave us both a burden for the ‘lost’ folk of Haydock and St Helens and He made it quite clear to us that He wanted us to reach out to those folk who would never enter a ‘church’ building. We resisted God’s call on this for quite a while, until in December of 2001 we made the decision to step out in faith and cut all ties with our local church.

Tony – It was not an easy decision but we just had to obey our Lord. After much soul searching, praying and seeking God’s will for our lives we started a ‘house church’ in our home in Haydock.

Pat – We are very excited at what God is going to do in Haydock and St Helens. All we want to do is listen and obey Him, and do everything with love and for the glory of Jesus. Hallelujah!

Update to our testimony – January 2004

Tony – Our journey with Jesus continues and we just want do His will. After opening our house up to anyone who wanted to come and learn about Jesus we had a number of local teenagers come to our mid week Bible studies. Some of these were what we call ‘street kids’ and it was a blessing to be able to tell them about Jesus. They came for a number of weeks and at one stage we had 8 of them sitting on the floor in our living room listening to the Christian message in quite simple terms. What has become of these kids we don’t know because they didn’t come back, but we do know that we were obedient to our Lord, and that we planted seeds that may well grow and be watered elsewhere. After running the house church for about a year, during which time we had various people along, but never in any great numbers, we felt that it was OK for us to look for another church. We went along to Bridge Chapel in Liverpool with a work colleague of Pat’s and immediately knew it was the right season for us to be there. We joined a House Group led by Steve and I ended up being baptised in 2004. (I hadn’t found a church up to this point who would baptise me as I was baptised as a child – what rubbish!).

Update to our testimony – January 2005

We both firmly believe that our God places us in places and situations in seasons and in January 2005 He put it on our hearts that it was time to move on again. We didn’t know where at first but as we prayed about this and sought God’s will it became clear to us that we would be moving to Scotland – quite a big move seen as we didn’t know anyone in Scotland. Anyway, to cut a long story short we again just obeyed the Lord, sold our house in May, 2005 and travelled up to Scotland in the caravan to look for the new home the Lord was going to provide for us. And boy, did He deliver. In July we completed the purchase of a country farmhouse in a beautiful location in North East Scotland.

The house was (and still is) in need of renovation so we just got stuck in to those DIY and building jobs, that we know could only be done with God’s help. The fact that we have done most of this work ourselves is another testimony to God’s provision because neither of us had the skills beforehand to do this. We feel really blessed at what He has given us and we are now settling in to the local community. We visit many of the local churches but don’t feel that we should become members of any one church. We are attending a mid week Home Group and we have made some friends there.  We are both earning a crust and we are just trusting Jesus to look after us. One thing we can say is that He has NEVER EVER let us down! We have a heart for those folk who don’t know Jesus and we are praying for the Lord to visit us and to revive His church, for His glory and for Him to ‘heal our land’ (2 Chronicles 7:14).

update to our testimony March 2008

Our journey with Jesus continues and He has continued to reveal His truths to us. We are no longer a member of a denominational traditional church. You see, the Lord has again told us to ‘come out of her’ and we just have to obey Him.

We are members of the church of Jesus Christ. What is that you ask? Well it is the true church of all believers. With us geographically, it’s just me, Pat and Jesus, being the church in our home.

We are believing more and more that rather than bringing us to Scotland because a revival is coming, the Lord has brought us here to get us out of the city. Why? Because the cities are going to be destroyed!

Contrary to popular belief, the Bible doesn’t teach that there will be a mighty end times revival. Rather Jesus said, ‘when the Son of Man cometh will he find faith on the earth’. Luke 18:8

Jesus is coming back soon!

Millions of church folk, or Christians are deceived. Those who lead or are actively involved in the Charismatic Renewal movement, those who ‘exchange the truth of God for lie’ and believe a different Gospel and those who compromise or water down the word of God are losing their crowns (Rewards) and we can have nothing to do with them.

‘And have no fellowship with with the unfruitful works of darkness, but rather reprove them.’ Eph 5:11

THE APOSTATE CHURCH IS HERE NOW!

So, we are on our own again with Jesus. It can be quite lonely, but we are thankful that Jesus has shown us the truth.

We just have to live each day as it comes, be thankful, trust in Jesus and remain watchful as we await His coming. 

Come quickly, Lord Jesus!

Update to our testimony November 2010

We continue to rejoice in Jesus and are thankful for His continued provision, but we are both weary of this world and ready to go to be with the Lord. The Bible tells us that the whole world is under the control of the evil one, and because of this we just do not fit in here – we are simply pilgrims passing through! ‘Our conversation is in heaven’ the Bible tells us and we both feel that so much at present as we see this world spiralling quickly downward in depravity and lawlessness! Surely the Lord must act soon!

We have e mail contact with a small group of Christians around the world whom the lord has also called out of ‘Babylon’ – that is organised denominational ‘churches’ of today, and this encourages us! Apart from that we still cannot find any of the true remnant around this part of the world – it seems the vast majority of ‘Christians’ have fallen for the false gospels being preached today!

The Lord has continued to ‘deal’ with us both over the last 2 years and for that we must be grateful because He is treating us as ‘sons’ (see Hebrews 12). I (Tony) was very ill for almost a year and have still not recovered. Pat has not been able to work for 6 months due to ill health and is having tests on her heart. But we continue to praise the Lord and look forward to receiving our new bodies when Jesus comes to take us home. After all, if we had no health problems in this world we could not appreciate the blesssed promise in Revelation 21, verses 4.onward when our Father in heaven says ‘He will wipe every tear from our eyes, and there will be no more death .. or pain’.

So we remain ‘watchful unto prayer’, aware of the signs of the times, and just try and live one day at a time as we await His coming! Hallelujah!!

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Responses

  1. Hi Brother In Christ Jesus. First of all thank you for your web site. I too believe that modern churches have polluted the Word of God. It is frustrating that the word I have been revealed does not match up what is being taught in churches today. What bothers me that churches are to political, cliquish and way to commercialized. I see their good works in feeding the homeless, meeting the needs of the people in the community and other not so fortunate places. But it seems that it just a cover up in what is really happening behind close doors.

    Anyways, I have been contemplating starting bible studies at my own home away from commercialized and organized church that mingle with the cares of the world. its seems that our government has had a big part in commercially organized churches.

    I am also very concerned on how these churches charge people to study God’s word. That really bothers me. everything that learned and I amazed in what God is entrusted me with. His wisdom His Knowledge His discernment and His ways. ‘god words teaches me that The Holy Spirit Teaches all truth

    Howbeit when he, the Spirit of truth, is come, he will guide you into all truth: for he shall not speak of himself; but whatsoever he shall hear,that shall he speak: and he will shew you things to come.Howbeit when he, the Spirit of truth, is come, he will guide you into all truth: for he shall not speak of himself; but whatsoever he shall hear,that shall he speak: and he will shew you things to come. John 16:13 KJV

    The Spirit of the LORD will rest on him– the Spirit of wisdom and of understanding, the Spirit of counsel and of might, the Spirit of the knowledge and fear of the LORD– Isaiah 11:2 KJV

    So what is the purpose of teaching God’s word for monetary gain?

    please add me to your prayers. that will continue to lead me to teach my family and others to know Jesus Christ with out the meddling with the ways of the world/

    Some of these pastors can really spit a sermon. its funny that they market tithes and their so called classes before the sermon. How you can be a part of a ministry if you do this and that.
    But, fail to teach that in family and its position is and services are (ministry) at home.

    Well Brother, I will be praying for you and your ministry. hope to read from you when you have time to respond God be with you beloved

    Joseph Morales Las Vegas, Neveda

    • You must do what you feel the Lord telling you to do.

      I am saddened at the ‘lost’ folk who go to organised religious churches – they are deceived but that is the way the Lord has planned it.

      The leaders of these churches are another matter and most of them (all of the TV evangelists) are working for the enemy, deliberately leading people astray.

      Apart from this website that I haven’t added a post to for 12 months I do not have ministry anymore. We cannot find anyone who has not been deceived.

      I also don’t pray for people apart from god’s will be done in your life. And I don’t know what that is so I can’t pray about it.

      Also, please don’t pray for me because likewise you do not know what the Lord’s will is for the rest of my life.

      I just try and live one day at a time, thanking and praising the Lord, and waiting for His glorious return.

      Stick close to Jesus and ask Him to reveal more of His truth to you!

      Love in Jesus, Tony

  2. hi, my name is maryrose and is nice to know there are a few christians who know the true doctrines of God and the truth of the bible. God showed me over the years the exact truths that you are saying & teaching.

  3. I’ve enjoyed so far what you’ve written. I too believe we may be on the final of the last days. I also believe the great apostasy and Satan’s delusion is upon the world as well. Looking at the worldly compromises of the vast majority of denominations and independent churches you can’t help but believe it.

    It would seem to me that the last few generations are seeing the birth pangs spoken of in the Bible. I just don’t “know” exactly where we are in the time frame but believe it’s close. but they believed that in WW1 and WW2. Everything is in place and I too believe our Lord draweth nigh.

    I’ll admit to a great deal of inertia when it comes to biblical teachings. Slow to change course and slow to deviate. It’s a defense mechanism. All I can say is look to the Lord because everything else is in a state of decay.

  4. please pray for me, too.

  5. Hie Tony and Pat
    Thank you very much I enjoyed reading the truth. believing God speak through other people. I LOVE JESUS. I just want to share the love of Jesus I come from Africa I grow up thinking the local catholic Priest was God when the Priest failed many rejected the existence of God and the love of Jesus. I am married to Robert who is native Scottish have 16years daughter . I live in Edinburgh I love farming . Please may we meet to share the word of love.
    Pepe and Robert

  6. Mike, I do not have what some call a ‘prayer ministry’, the reason being that I don’t know you, and I also don’t know what is God’s will for you and your family. My heart does go out to you though and I do pray that the Lord’s will be done in your life, whatever that will is!

    One thing I do know is that YOU can call out to Him and if you have truly surrendered your life to Him, in answer to His call, He will guide you and keep you no matter what you may go through (check out Job’s story).

    You know. a few years ago, after selling up and moving to Scotland from England, we were in our new home, and I was not working and was down to my last £50 which is about $80. At just the right time, when I realised that I couldn’t do anything myself, the Lord, gave me work, and I have ben working since. He acted in His timing, and His timing is just perfect!

    One thing that jumped out from your e mail is when you wrote, ‘I have always been the leader and the giver’, and then you correctly mentioned ‘pride’. Mike, the Lord has dealt harshly with me over the years (and He continues to do so), but always it is for the best, as He knows best. JESUS IS THE LEADER AND THE GIVER MIKE, NOT YOU!! Maybe that is what the Lord is trying to show you. Being a Christian is all about brokeness, giving up all your own striving, and trusting fully in Jesus to look after you. ‘If anyone wishes to follow me let him deny himself and take up your cross and follow me, Jesus says in Mark 8:34. That means surrendering all to Jesus!

    And if you truly are one of His children, and you resist this, He will brake you, so that you get to the point when you know you can’t do anything in your own strength. Millions of dollars means absolutely nothing to me Mike nor to the Lord. ‘But seek ye first the kingdom of God, and his righteousness; and all these things shall be added unto you’ Mathew 6:33

    Read these words from Hebrew chapter 12.

    5My son, despise not thou the chastening of the Lord, nor faint when thou art rebuked of him:

    6For whom the Lord loveth he chasteneth, and scourgeth every son whom he receiveth.

    7If ye endure chastening, God dealeth with you as with sons; for what son is he whom the father chasteneth not?

    8But if ye be without chastisement, whereof all are partakers, then are ye bastards, and not sons.

    9Furthermore we have had fathers of our flesh which corrected us, and we gave them reverence: shall we not much rather be in subjection unto the Father of spirits, and live?

    10For they verily for a few days chastened us after their own pleasure; but he for our profit, that we might be partakers of his holiness.

    11Now no chastening for the present seemeth to be joyous, but grievous: nevertheless afterward it yieldeth the peaceable fruit of righteousness unto them which are exercised thereby.

    Your circumstanmces may just be the Lord treating you as His son. Wow! That’s cool! Yield to His will! And look what happens after the chastisement at the end of verse 11, ‘afterward it yieldeth the peaceable fruit of righteousness’.

    IT YIELDETH THE PEACEABLE FRUIT OF RIGHTEOUSNESS!

    My advice is simply trust in Jesus, 100%. Do not fret (read psalm 37) and He will look after you and your family

    1 Do not fret because of evildoers,
    Nor be envious of the workers of iniquity.
    2 For they shall soon be cut down like the grass,
    And wither as the green herb.

    3 Trust in the LORD, and do good;
    Dwell in the land, and feed on His faithfulness.
    4 Delight yourself also in the LORD,
    And He shall give you the desires of your heart.

    5 Commit your way to the LORD,
    Trust also in Him,
    And He shall bring it to pass.
    6 He shall bring forth your righteousness as the light,
    And your justice as the noonday.

    7 Rest in the LORD, and wait patiently for Him;
    Do not fret because of him who prospers in his way,
    Because of the man who brings wicked schemes to pass.
    8 Cease from anger, and forsake wrath;
    Do not fret—it only causes harm.
    Psalm 37:1-8

    Love in Jesus, Tony

    • I have read your testimony as well as most of your site. Your theology seems sound, answers to questions I cannot fault. My only concern is what seems like setting yourselves apart from the world. Don’t you think if the end is near & the church (denominational) is misguiding “believers” the Lord would have you take an active role in reaching them? Are we not to be in the world but not of the world? Didn’t Christ eat with sinners, and He is our example? He did go to be alone for a time to pray & rest but didn’t stay.
      No it is not easy to live a life of faith in this world & I can understand being apart to recharge but if Christ lived among the sinners are we being good stewards of the light that was put in us if we hide it under a bushel?
      By this ministry you are reaching out so you are not totally wasting that which you have been given but what good is to bare fruit where a hungry world cannot eat of it? Yes the church has issues & as a Lutheran I can clearly see your reason for division from the Catholic church, look at Martin Luther. But his goal was not to start a new church, just to reform the existing one. And I would encourage you to do like wise.
      Blessings
      Keith<
      ~~~~~~~

      • Keith. I agree with your comment.
        Because of the distress caused by error and deception in the so called church today, many seem to have forgotten or misinterpreted Jesus’ New Commandment ….to love one another. i have heard preachers today almost condemn people for speaking of love, calling it ‘sentiment,’ saying that ‘love is discipline’ and homing in on ‘tough love’ to the exclusion of compassion. Without that they don’t feel the inclination to to ‘pray one for another.’ Many churches, groups and leaders no longer pray, rather they seem to want to instruct, to tell others what to do, or where they are going wriong…all of which have a place, but I have seen this ‘prophetic’ ministry ‘jumped upon’ by the enemy until it becomes a spirit of control. But Jesus homed in on love that bears burdens (both of sin and of weights) to the throne. i felt so sad to hear our brother say he does not have a prayer ministry. Shouldn’t we all have that, (especially if we are isolated, and set apart (as I am by sickness, infirmity and old age.)
        God bless you for your wise words. Eilidh . .

  7. Hi Tony,

    I was up late last night so full of worry and fear, not knowing what to do. I’m not working right now, and we have about 2 months of savings before we lose everything. One of my sons, whose name is Caelan is a type 1 diabetic and we will be out of insurance in 2 months also. I just Goggled “Lord what do I do”, and found your website. I guess i’m just reaching out for prayer. I know prayer moves the hand of God, and we can use all the prayer we can get. I’m too ashamed to talk to any of my friends and family about my circumstances, because I have always been the leader and giver. I’ve been self employed for the last 15 years and have earned millions of dollars, and now everything is crashing down on us. My credit is ruined as is my credibility. I guess its just all pride. Anyway’s I not feeling sorry for myself….i’m just asking if you could remember our family in your prayers. My wife’s name is Cheryl, and my childrens names are Michelle, Elaya, Danny, Caelan, and Lathan.

    Thank you so much,

    In Him,

    Mike L. Willis


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