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Three testimonies of how being in the choir changes your life!

Testimony from Diane - one of our Soloists

Without the lakes Gospel Choir, my life would be so completely different. God is in the middle of changing me as a Christian, in the way I walk with Him, in my friendships, in the way I see the world and the people around me and also in my understanding of Him and just how powerful and wonderful He is!

God has moved in my life and the lives of my family in such a wonderful way this year but it has been incredibly hard. Paul and I started the year as we do every other year, doing the day in - day out things that we normally do, taking each other for granted, struggling with finances, struggling with each other and generally existing. But God had bigger plans for us and has certainly shown me how to love my husband the way He intended me to, and has restored our marriage. He has shown us how to love each other like we did when we first fell in love, to talk to one another and to worship together.

Through the choir I have learned what true worship is and God is using that in such a huge way, it's actually quite scary but very exciting!! 

Seeing the faces of the people who come to hear us is a privilege, when we smile, they smile with us, when we cry, they cry with us and vice versa. I feel honoured and incredibly blessed to be a part of Lakes Gospel Choir!

All my sins are washed, they’re all washed away. All my sins are washed away.

My life in the run up to my baptism was like riding on an unpredictable rollercoaster. Baptism had been placed on my heart about 18 months ago. I had been part of an active church and the Lord clearly spoke to me and said that true healing comes through baptism. I had been baptised as a child but had never been fully submerged in water. Because of this baptism as a child, I ignored the signs from God and carried on living my life.

I began singing in the choir in January 2009 and it was from the first moment that I stood in the room for my audition that I knew that I was about to embark on an incredible journey. I became involved in the choir, providing support to Robin through recording the practice CD’s and being part of the band at Christmas. Little did I know that I would end up where I am today.

I began walking away from the Lord and leading a double life. There was my choir and church life. And there was my socialising life. However, they began to collide and it was at this point things began changing. The Lord took everything away from me. One by one the things I cared most about were being taken away from me and I had no control over the matter. There was only one way I could get it back and that was to surrender completely to the lord. People in the choir offered me support and prayer and helped me commit my life to the Lord. So I got down on my knees and cried out to the lord saying ‘I can’t do this anymore.’ At this point my life hit me. My eyes were open and I was fully aware of what I was doing and that I needed to change.

I was invited to Morecambe mission by a couple who are in the choir. It was here that the Holy Spirit made it perfectly clear that God meant business.  It was made clear that the Lord wanted me and wasn’t going to let me go until I was listening. It was here, at this weekend that I gave in. I gave up and said ‘fine. Have your way.’ Baptism was then placed on my heart and I felt it really hard to ignore what the Lord was saying to me. The signs were all there and my eyes were wide open and unable to glance past them. Contacting Di Berry, the baptism was set and sorted for the following Sunday.

The Lord was truly there on the day of my Baptism. The day was amazing. The weather was beautiful and there were choir members there to support me and sing a couple of choir songs. Emerging from the water, I came out new. The old had died. I was living with the Holy Spirit. The same Holy Spirit that raised Jesus from the dead so that He may sit at the right hand of the father. The same Holy Spirit that pinned me to the floor so that I would pay attention.

Now the Lord is truly working in my life. In the building where the choir rehearse, the main door is made of glass. One week, the Lord called me to stand outside, with the door open and talk to the people passing by. It is such a joy to see Christians and non-Christians alike respond to the message that the choir brings. This is something that I wouldn’t have even thought about doing last year, but the Lord gives courage and strength to be able to do His work.  

The choir sing a song called "I’ll Say Yes." This song is a constant reminder to me of that day when I agreed to allow the Lord into my life. The day I said yes to the Holy Spirit. The day I began walking with the Lord Jesus Christ. It’s a reminder that no matter where the Lord wants me to go or what He wants me to do I will say yes. After all, it’s the least I can do after He has saved me.

Where you lead me, I will go. I’ll say yes Lord, I’ll say yes.

Danielle's Story

Sing and make music from your heart to the Lord, always giving thanks to God the Father for everything in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ"
Ephesians 5 vs 19-20

I'm Danielle, 37, became a Christian in Oct 06 and have been a member of the choir since Jan 07. The people I sing with are so much more than that, they are my friends and part of my family in Christ. The choir has given me so much care, support and prayers, I hope my testimony will give encouragement and show how the Lord works, so amazingly in our lives!

I moved from near Milton Keynes to Windermere with my husband, Darren and our two boys in August 06 knowing only a couple of people (mainly from Archie - our eldest sons new school). We moved to escape the rat race and because, in April 04, our youngest, Harrison - H - was diagnosed with a rare form of epilepsy - Wests syndrome. H started having seizures when he was 3 months old, and during this period I also lost my dad to cancer. This made us re-evaluate and look at life very differently. The next 2.5 years were a blur of hospitals; my kitchen cupboards became like a pharmacy as we tried every drug available to stop the seizures. It was during this time I had to give up my job as a retail manager to care for H full time as by now he had severe developmental delay.

By January 06 we were under Great Ormond Street trying a specialised ketogenic diet. We made plans to relocate, this meant leaving our support network of family and friends. BUT, I believe this is when the Lords plan for me to put my life in His hands really started. My mother in law Frances, also a Christian, had drip fed me scriptures and over the 18 years I had known her, her love of Jesus had an effect on me. Like many of us I had been searching for something. I questioned her about her faith and I guess wanted what she had. I did a couple of Alpha courses, I went to various churches, I just didn't get it. I used to pray - usually in a crisis or when I wanted something and even used to say, Lord if You want me, you are going to have to slap me in the face with something to get my attention.

Well, ask and you shall receive!

That summer Frances was holidaying in France at a Christian campsite where she got talking to a family who had friends in Windermere who were Christians! She put me in touch with them in view of the fact that we hardly knew anybody. Simon & Di Berry invited us to dinner - total strangers - in their home. They talked to us about their church and a gospel choir that Di sang in, suggesting that it would be a good way to meet people. During those first few months after the move up here, things were stressful; my husband was working away from home most of the week; H's seizures were as bad as ever - the diet had not worked and he was back on a cocktail of drugs; Archie was trying to settle into a new school and I was struggling to keep all the balls in the air. So, we decided one Sunday to go as a family to the Lakes Christian Centre, the church Di went to and that is where I got my slap in the face! I had never experienced the Holy Spirit before but I was overwhelmed. I was given a word from the Lord, He heard my prayers for my family, He would answer them and I was now in the right place. All this came from the Pastor of the church who didn't know me from Adam!

A few weeks later, I had nothing to give the Lord except me, I was emotionally and physically wrung out. I confessed my sins, and I asked Him to take control of my life and save me. He did. He poured out His peace on me and restored me with His love and strength. He changed my life. I feel so privileged that I am able to sing in the choir to honour, praise and worship the Lord so freely, to give Him the glory through song and testimonies from other choir members and for the miracles He is doing in our lives. I see H my son, as a gift from Jesus, through the trials and experience with him I am being blessed and learning so much about faith and the relationship I now have with Jesus. The songs we sing are so powerful and full of scripture, I wanted to understand more about my Saviour.

Di ran some small groups to discuss and gain more knowledge about Jesus from the songs we sing, through these and further Bible study groups, the Lord has given me some of my most treasured friends and my experiences with them I cherish. I was baptized on 16th July 2007 in Lake Windermere with many of the choir singing alongside. Since then I have been healed of back pain for which I was on eight co-codamol pain killers a day (H now 4 can't walk or talk, physically carrying him takes its toll). Last November 9th we took H off all his medication as he was the worst he had ever been. Interestingly his seizures reduced slightly but his quality of life improved fantastically. He now engages with us, he is much more active and alert, his appetite has improved stopping my fears about any weight issues. Christmas and New Year were awful - more trials of faith. One elder prayed for H on the 6th January 2008, from that day on his seizures have dramatically reduced, so much so, that his neurologist commented that she couldn't explain it! The dictionary definition: miracle; an unexplainable, divine occurrence. We have a long way to go with H, but the Lord doesn't give us any burden we cannot bear or any trial without providing a way through it. I have learnt to give Him all my troubles and worries. When I am exhausted and so tired I don't know what to pray, I sing one of the many gospel songs, I Bless Your name Jesus and He lifts me up and restores me with His love, joy and peace.

He is the life, the truth, the way.

Thank you Lord.

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