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Jesus revealed himself to me

I wish to share with you the experience that changed my life and gave me hope. My sister and I grew up in a family which had many problems. As I was growing up I attended Church perhaps two to three times a year, God or Jesus Christ was not really a part of my life nor that of my family. When I was 12 years old I started drinking and smoking and by the time I was 16, I was very heavy into drink and cigarettes.

In my early twenties, my life seemed blocked; I no longer knew where I was going. This uncertainty led me into deep depression and for a long time it was almost like I had no feelings. I cannot remember laughing nor crying. Life was such a chore and what little hope I had was lost!

A pastor once said to me, "I cannot help you, but if you pray to Jesus he will." So I prayed to him: "Jesus, if you exist, please reveal yourself to me and help me."

I remember that I instantly felt loved. Big fears seemed to melt away and if I still had some fear it did not control me. I felt that Jesus had heard and answered my prayer. The greatest thing of all for me was that I knew He is alive!

One year after this experience I prayed that I would continue to follow Him all of my life and this led to more and more change. I received therapy in a Christian centre, and since then I don't drink nor smoke any more. Slowly I learned how to deal with problems in life and to take responsibility for my life. In these last years, I have continued to experience the Lord and His presence, and this is my greatest joy and hope.

All thanks, honour and worship to Him!

Oliver Neuwald, Germany