Former gardener, news agent manager and milk delivery man John Goodway was once angry at someone he did not even know existed but now says he had it all wrong.
"Having spent most of my life not knowing or caring about God, I was shocked when one day I realized that for seven years I had been angry at a God I claimed not to believe in," John says.
"If there is a God, I wondered how He could allow some of the awful injustices in our world ... babies dying, disabled people, criminals getting away with murder, etc.
"But how could I be angry about that if I didn't believe there was someone to be angry at?"
This shocking fact got John's attention. He decided to read the Bible a lady named Avril had given him.
"I read that actually this God cared about me, even though I denied His very existence. I could not work for His love; I just had to accept it! And in a powerful way, this changed my life completely."
He contacted Avril for more information and subsequently visited her church. "She helped me see how God was truly there. I gave my life to Jesus, and was baptized in January 1997."
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."•
This article first appeared in Good News. Used with kind permission.