My name is Eddy Gibson. I was brought up in Whickham near Gateshead and grew up in Lobley Hill and Dunston. From a young age I always felt unloved and did not like life very much. I was a very paranoid person and didn’t really trust anyone. I became a very bitter and angry young man and as soon as I left school, I moved out of my parent’s house and lived by myself for a few years.
It was around this time that I started to get into boxing training as well as weight lifting. I also got married and had two children, Mark and Kylie. I loved them so much, but my paranioa and violent personality got the better of me and my marriage eventually broke up and I was on my own again.
I then started to work as a doorman in Newcastle and Gateshead and during this time I became very violent. Although I was employed as a bouncer to prevent violence, I probably caused most of the violence around me.
I opened my own gymnasium and I was training every day, but I also started at this time to drink heavily and started taking drugs. I was becoming more violent and was getting to be out of control. I absolutely hated life and did not care if I lived or died.
One night around this time I called up to see my mother as I wanted her to wash some shirts for me that were covered in blood. When I went to see her I had a broken nose and two black eyes and when my mam saw me she grabbed hold of me and started crying. She said to me “You need Jesus in your life” I started to shout at her and told her to get off me. I then heard her say “Lord, bring him to his knees so he will listen”. I shouted at her again and stormed out of the house. That was on a Saturday and I was at Crown Court the following Thursday for charges of Actual Bodily Harm (ABH).
Well I was found guilty and sent to Durham Prison. Little did I know but my mam had got her prayers answered. I hated prison, being locked up with two other blokes for 23 hours a day with only a bucket for a toilet.
While I was in prison My grandad died and he was the only person I really looked up to, I loved him so much. I started to think about my life and the way it had turned out and I started to feel very alone. I started to think about what my Mam had said to me. She was a Christian and had been praying for me for years.
Well I was working in the prison with the dog handlers and my job was to clean out the dog kennels. One day as I began my tasks, I started to ask God “God, if you really are there, come into my life and change me”. I went on and on and cried out to God right there in the kennels. I found myself on my knees crying with floods of tears streaming down my face onto the floor. Suddenly I had this great feeling of absolute love and peace that flooded my whole being.
I had never experienced anything like this ever before and a voice inside me said “Edwin, don’t worry, everything will be Ok”. I was smiling, beaming from ear to ear and at that moment I knew God was real and something supernatural had happened to me.
When I got out of prison I started to go to my Mam’s church in Whickham and the people there were really lovely, but I didn’t feel comfortable there, they all had a glow in their eyes and some kind of peace that I was craving for. I had had an encounter with God and I knew that God was real, but as I had lived my life in the way I have described I was still feeling paranoid and couldn’t really change.
I was still drinking and doing drugs and violence was again in my life, I just couldn’t change, there was shootings and stabbings going on around the North East of England and five people I knew had been shot and killed. A lot of my friends were even taking their own lives such was their despair. Funerals had become a regular thing.
I was living with a girl called Christine at the time and I tried to convince her to leave me and would often tell her she would be better off without me, as I really didn’t want anyone close to me. Well she fell pregnant and we had a little girl, Georgia. I was over the moon and I had a second chance of a family life, but there was still this battle going on inside me. I loved God but thought that I was not good enough for Him. I decided I was better off dead, so I tried to kill myself, I took a load of pills and went to bed. I didn’t leave a suicide note and I left no cry for help. I wanted to be dead. Christine found me the next morning and I was rushed into hospital. I woke up three days later. I should have been dead. I was in intensive care and when I saw Christine I went mad with her telling her she shouldn’t have phoned for the ambulance and that it was her fault that I was still alive.
When I got out of hospital and I tried to take my life again about two months later, still feeling that I wasn’t good enough. I pulled through this time because something happened within me. I started to feel closer to God. I was starting to feel loved.
When I got out of hospital I felt that God had done something in me. Christine couldn’t believe the change in me. I felt like a different person, I felt so alive and I realised that God had been with me all the time. He never lets you down.
I didn’t want to live in sin anymore so Christine and I got married and we moved away from Gateshead. We both got baptised and God blessed us with another daughter called Faith. We now have a lovely home and God has done and is doing so much in our lives. Too much to mention, but God has healed me from lots of issues, I haven’t taken any drugs now for 18 years and I am no longer violent, I still lose my temper sometimes, but I’d rather give people a cuddle now, than thump them. I ‘m still human and far from perfect but God is still working in me and I trust in Him more than ever before.
I now attend a church in Ashington in Northumberland called the Word of Life Wesleyan Reform Church, where Pastor Michael and Lindsey Hedley lead the work there. I am learning so much more each day, Praise Jesus, I have been through so much in my life and I would advise anyone reading this to call out to God and ask Him to be Lord and Saviour of your life. It doesn’t matter what you’re going through or what you’ve done, God will help you and transform your life and I guarantee you, no matter what the circumstances are in your life, asking God into your life means that you are a child of God, you belong to His family. He is very real and He loves you.
I would never have imagined me being like this but I would like you reading this to enjoy the same peace in your life. Just repent of your sins and ask Jesus into your life as your Lord and Saviour and watch how great a work He will do in you to transform you for ever.
God made our hearts and only He knows what we need the most and nothing nourishes us like His Word the Bible.
The new project for the Wesleyan Reform Union's Overseas Mission Department will this year be to raise £9,000 for a new Cystoscope machine for the Good News Hospital in Mandritsara in Madagscar. All funds that the Word of Life Church raise this year from our Diner's will go towards that fund. If you would like to donate to this worthy cause please contact Pastor Lindsey and she will assist you in making your donation. God Bless.
It is with great pleasure that Pastor Lindsey Hedley took over the reins of the Secretary for the Wesleyan Reform Union Overseas Mission Committe. The baton was handed over by the outgoing secretary Jan Shepherd at Conference in June. Lindsey is looking forward to the challenge ahead as she looks to take the committee team forward in Christian Mission both abroad and at home.
On the 6th of July, we held our annual Summer Praise Event. It was an evening of worshiping and praising our awesome God. Many new songs were rooled out on the night as well as some old favourites, but the presence of God was awesome. We want much much more of that. If you missed it, we will be having another one soon.
On Saturday 18th of May Ayanfe Gdabebo, Haydn Bell and Sharon Delaney all went through the waters of baptism. The event was held at Bedlington Trinity Church, followed by a celebration tea at Word of Life WRU Church.
We had a wonderful time in the presence of God, where three new Christians went through the waters of baptism. Haydn shared his testimony which had many of us in tears. Pictures of the event will be uploaded soon.
A wonderful service was held in the presence of God on Sunday 17th March 2019 to install three deacons into the church.
Graham and Valerie Baldwin and (Toks) Olaronke Ashiru Gbadebo were installed as new church deacons. They agreed to serve as deacons in the church providing assistance to the ruling elders in pastoral visits, maintenance of the church building and serving in general so that the church can properly function.
Photographs of the service are displayed below:
Our Mission House next door to the Church is available for bookings to stay for 1 to 30 nights. The house is used as a Christain retreat, and we can offer a wide range of support programmes during your stay with us.
From Bible Teaching - various topics - to Worship Leading - to dance as a form of worship, prayer and a range of other activities.
We are based on the wonderful panoramic Northumberland coastline which is literally 5 minutes drive away, but also have access to the beautiful Northumbrian Countryside and Cheviot hills which are only 30 minutes drive.
Pleas see our Mission House Christian Retreat Section on this website, or visit our Mission House Retreat page on facebook.
Our first registered wedding service took place in the church on October the 12th 2018. The Couple Ian Sidney Wales married Linda Airey. Linda has attended our coffee mornings for over two years, and Sid has known Michael for many years.
The couple were pronounced man and wife after a beautiful service delivered by Rev Michael Hedley, the signing of the registars was overseen by Lindsey who is the appointed person for wedding services for the church. The wedding was attended by family and friends and they then had a function at the White House Club following the service. We wish them all of God's blessing and favour upon their marriage. Photographs of the service are below.
Our Friday Diner at church is on the last Friday of every month from 12:00 till 2:00pm. Soup and sandwiches and a range of other hot meals will be available for each of the coming months. This is an outreach for those who may be lonely, or who maybe are just in need of company. There is no charge for the food but donations are welcomed. All donations from this monthly event go to the Good News Hospital in Mandritsara in Madagascar for a new Cystoscope machine.
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Wesleyan Reform Union
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