The Tribulation Soldier
MORE ABOUT US AND OUR
STATEMENT OF FAITH
There are many websites, blogs and forums today on the internet, which are operated by Godly Christians, following their particular call in Jesus Christ. However, as always, there are those who are operating very much in their own wisdom and some, outrightly preaching false, incorrect and incomplete teachings of God’s Word.
This aspect is nothing new to the sphere of Christianity and the Word of God encourages us time and time again, to be aware of false and incorrect teachers and test what we read and hear, as part of our Christian walk. So with that in mind, we thought it necessary to share a little further about myself as a Christian and what we believe, so that you as the reader might test for yourself the kind of Christians we are.
So as briefly as possible…
2002 – 2009
Having fallen away from God in my teenage years, I returned to that place of peace with Jesus. Shortly after, we were given a Word by a well known and now dearly departed Christian Preacher called John Paul Jackson who gave us our calling. Over the next 7 years, we were prepared for the ministry which included a straightening out of our lives, a 4 year season of serious illness and an exhaustive study of the Bible. In 2009 having recovered from that serious illness, I was given the opportunity to preach my first public teaching season of the First Principles and Oracles of God, opening the way for my first book and later, the creation of our first website.
2009 – 2012
In 2009, the word we received began to come to pass as we were set forward to oversee the youth and young adults at Elgin Community Church. There we held our own Sunday Night Youth Service, an open Thursday Night Youth Cafe and a monthly youth outreach event where we saw youth saved and baptized. This was undoubtedly the happiest years we’d experience to date, as we Pastored the youth, opened our home and spent time traveling to various youth events.
2012 – 2016
In 2012, Sharon gave birth to our daughter Emily and very soon after, she fell pregnant with David. After this 9 year promise from God, life began to change a lot and soon we were set forward in a surprise move, to a fellowship more local to us as a family. There we took up the role of the Associate Pastor, but at the time, I not only had a full time job and other ministry work, but two young children, so our role was quite limited.
However, within the Church, I was called to preach and teach, pastor within the assembly and oversee a small home group within our home. It was there I was recognized, as a registered UK and European Christian Minister, as part of the Association of International Gospel Assemblies. In 2013, I began my own prayer and research into writing Fictional Christian Publications and it was then the Tribulation Soldier was born. Along with family, work and church work, I somehow managed to write the first in our series of the books you see today and making them available through our website.
2016 – 2017
In 2016, we began to experience that impression from God to move on and move forward so, with the blessing of our church, we took a more relaxed Pastoral role to follow the call which was laid on our hearts 14 years before. It was then we really began to push with the Tribulation Soldier Publications writing, and editing our eBooks all the while continuing to devote as much time as possible to David and Emily.
2017 – 2018
At the beginning of 2017, I developed a hernia in a very awkward place and at the end of 2017, I went in for surgery which went very wrong indeed. Unbeknown to the surgical team, they’d nicked my bowel by mistake and closed me up. This caused sepsis requiring an emergency operation. What I woke up with, was an open six-inch wound which finally closed in the summer of 2018 to await the next operation.
During this time though, we kept busy and began to practice filming social media videos, which gave us a real focus through the trial. Beforelong, we we’d built a good size video library which included our Motorbike Vlog, Scottish Tours and Mega Kids, as well as Prayer, Teachings and Sermons. In addition, we continued developing our social media schedule, posts and articles as part of the wider website. It was then we really began to see the fuller view of this online ministry and continued pushing on as best we could despite the limitations.
Another operation was scheduled to correct the issue for November 2018 and again, this surgery went wrong. The surgery team went in and handled my small intestine too much causing my digestive system to shut down. And when I drank a glass of water, the fluids went into my lungs instead of down my throat. Within hours I was delirious, then the infection really kicked in, meaning I had to go to intensive care and be put on a breathing machine. This was the beginning of a month in the hospital, two and a half weeks of, I simply can’t remember and during that time I almost died more than once.
2018 – Present
Since then it has been a long road to recovery. Nearing the end of hospital, I had to learn how to speak again and carry out simple tasks like writing and washing. I then left hospital with no muscle mass, so I had to continue building my lower and upper body strength all of which has been a good, steady progress. But the mental and emotional has been very difficult indeed for both myself and Sharon, which will no doubt take more time to heal and be made right.
So I’ve tried to continue building the Tribulation Soldier using it as a means to be as active as I can by doing the things we enjoy like the motorbikes, caravaning, canoeing and of course sermons and teachings. The rehab is still a major limiting factor, however it appears God continues to give the strength to do things you otherwise couldn’t do. Some days are good and some days are still bad, from either the pain or my own lack of fitness, but it has always been moving in the right direction. So maybe I just need to be more patient!
So that’s a little about us. If you’d like to know more, you’re more than welcome to visit our personal ministry Facebook Page.
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