Jesus The Healer of
Broken Hearts and Lives
I was born Millicent Morris (Milly) in Ashington, in Northumberland. I was born into hard times during the war, with not a lot of money, but I was blessed with very loving parents, who sent all their children to Sunday School. I hated Sunday School and was determined to leave at 14 years of age.
God had other ideas and at 13 years old, Seventy Methodist Evangelists came to Ashington Churches to share the gospel of Jesus. They didn’t just preach in churches, they did open air events at
places like the main shopping street and in local factories,
etc.It was one day while on my way to the cinema with my friend that I met two of these young men. They invited us to go to a meeting at a Chapel in the High Market area of Ashington.
We went there and I heard about Jesus dying on a cross for my sins. That same night I knelt down in the vestry of the little chapel and asked Jesus to forgive me and come into my life. When I got up from my knees I knew something had changed.
The young evangelists encouraged us to read the Bible, pray and tell other people about Jesus and what had happened in our lives. I went home that evening and told my parents, they both at a later date rededicated their lives to Jesus after they had slipped from their faith.
When I was 21 I married my 1st Husband Albert, and had two lovely children, Michael and Dawn.
Before we were married I was baptised in water by full immersion, which was my witness to Jesus, dying to my old way of life and being reborn in Him, living a new life.
Sadly after Albert and I were married and we had our first child, I started to drift away from Jesus, and so did Albert. When my son Michael was two years old, Jesus started to pull at my heart, I wasn’t happy drinking in clubs and in fact one evening when I was drunk on Gin and was in a toilet I felt God saying to me “Milly this is not where I want you to be”. I wasn’t happy in our marriage and more and more Albert was wanting to do things on his own, going out with friends and having affairs, etc.
My sister had taken an overdose of medication drugs and I went to help her. Jesus used this to help me come back to Him. My Christian friend of many years Mary Laidlaw, who was a former missionary, took me to a church meeting in the nearby village of Bebside, where Christians were meeting and healings were happening and people were becoming born again Christians, people were filled with the Holy Spirit and many wonderful things were happening there. This was where I re-dedicated my life to the Lord and thanked Him for forgiving me for turning away from Him.
Sadly our marriage later ended in divorce. We were both Christians when we met and both worked in the church, but he sadly walked away from Jesus. I can honestly say it was the darkest day of my life. I felt as though I had failed Jesus and my family.
Later on in my life Albert came to me and said sorry to myself and Sid and said how sorry he was for all the heartache and pain he had caused me and stated that it was all his fault. Jesus had taught me to forgive long before this, but Albert felt that he had to say sorry, he said that I didn’t deserve what he had done to myself and the children. I took no pleasure in his remorse, as I had already forgive him and thanked him for his honesty. We remained good friends with Albert and his 2nd wife Babs, up until his death in 2011. That is amazing grace through Jesus, His cross and the power of prayer and learning to forgive as Jesus forgave all who come to Him.
But Jesus was faithful, he healed my broken heart and quite a few years later I married again. This marriage didn’t last too long as Matt had health problems and had a heart by-pass and finally cancer. Through all of those difficult times though, Jesus was there. At 61 years of age he died of cancer, a couple of years after he became a Christian.
I was on my own again, but you never really are on your own, when you have Jesus in your life. Jesus never promised, however, life would be easy, but through all these times my faith grew ever stronger and my relationship with Jesus deepened.
Three years later, God brought Sid into my life, he was a widower and became a Christian, we married in 1999 and our walk with the Lord together has been wonderful and amazing.
We celebrate 14 years of marriage this year (2013) and I’ve never felt
so loved and so happy. I know God kept His best till the last.
My joy has been borne out of heartache and pain and loss. To see both my children following Jesus and having my son and His lovely wife Lindsey being our Pastor in this church is truly amazing.
I honestly don’t know how people today live without my lovely Jesus in their lives. Prayer changes things. Jesus is alive and at work in this world, and I can recommend Him to anyone. He will change your life, He will bring you peace, He will bring joy and love into your lives.
He is only a prayer away, so follow the prayer on this website if you really want to change your life and watch Jesus do the rest. If you are searching for something or hurting and feel that you
can’t be put back together again, ask Jesus into your life as
your Lord and Saviour and watch Him work
God Bless – Milly Little.
On Friday 27th September we will be holding a Coffee Morning and Diner to raise funds for the MacMillan Cancer Charity. From 10:30 - 12:30 we will be serving coffee, cakes, soup, and trifle and cheesecake. All are welcome
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.
Jesus Christ is the same today, yesterday and forever
This is not just breaking news, it is the news from yesterday, today and tomorrow and guess what? It is forever. Hallelujah!!!!!
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Word of Life Church
Wesleyan Reform Union
North Seaton Road, Ashington Northumberland NE63 0AG
Tel: 01670 814425
Mobile 07879253072 Michael
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