New mission after misplaced anger

John Goodway
John Goodway

Former gardener, newsagent manager and milk delivery man John Goodway was shocked when he realized he had spent seven years being angry with the very Being he claimed not to believe in.

"If there was a God I wondered how He could allow some of the awful injustices in our world," John says.

"Babies dying, people with disabilities, criminals getting away with murder...

"But how could I be angry about that if I didn't believe there was someone to be angry at?"

This faulty logic got John's attention and he went to the Bible to learn more about this supposed all-powerful being.

"I read that actually this God cared about me, even though I denied His very existence," he says.

"I could not work for His love; I just had to accept it! And in a powerful way, this changed my life completely."

He visited church and gave his life to Jesus, getting baptized in January 1997 as a declaration that he wanted to spend the rest of his time on earth living for God.

After this John says God dramatically changed his life.

He explains this change by quoting from the Bible: "All of us once lived... gratifying the cravings of our [selfish] flesh and following its desires and thoughts. Like the rest, we were by nature deserving of [God's] wrath. But because of His great love for us, God, who is rich in mercy, made us alive with Christ even when we were dead in transgressions—it is by grace you have been saved" (Ephesians chapter 2, verses 3-5).

John continues: "The following April, I married the woman who had given me the Bible – Avril. We have been together for 17 years!"

Not long after John gave up his milk business and began theological studies.

"Studying Christian ministry blessed me so much that I knew I wanted to be an evangelist (telling people about Jesus)."

After asking God to guide him, John joined a national Christian mission in England.

"I have been a full-timer with them to this day. I love sharing the good news of Jesus because he changed my life so much. Considering my lack of education, it's amazing how God has used me to teach and preach to so many."

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