In 2009, Noel Moses read in the Sunday Times newspaper at his local library about an 80 year old man receiving a stent in the hospital. This stirred Noel, then in his sixties, to go for a heart check-up, and the angiogram revealed six blockages in his blood vessels.
The cardiologist told Noel the main artery was blocked about 70% and he had only about two weeks to live unless something was done. Noel then underwent a successful heart bypass operation.
"Some people told me that I was very lucky," he says, "But I do not believe in luck but in Jesus Christ!"
By that stage, Noel had known Jesus most of his life, having given his life over to Christ as a teen.
Christianity had always been part of his childhood; Noel's grandmother had been a strong godly influence on him and he had attended the local church.
However, life hadn't been easy. His parents divorced when Noel was just five, and things were hard financially with his mom trying to support five kids on only ten pounds a month in the 1950s.
When Noel was 15, he was knocked down by a car and taken to hospital in an ambulance. Fortunately, he was not seriously hurt, but the incident gave him enough of a fright that he decided there and then to make his eternal destiny secure.
Even at that stage, Noel knew it wasn't luck that had spared his life, but Jesus.
He prayed the sinner's prayer asking God to forgive his sin and be his Lord. Since then Noel has been enthusiastic about sharing the hope he found in Jesus with others.
"I have since shared my testimony [salvation story] with over 10,000 people, individually and in groups, both locally and while backpacking abroad," he says. He has been to Australia, Cuba, Sri Lanka, England and Scotland, as photos on his Facebook page, 'NoelcMoses, attest.
Noel also spreads the message of God's love by handing out booklets of the Bible's Gospel of John and, more recently, the Challenge newspaper!
He urges others: "The most important decision of your life is what you do with Jesus, which will determine your eternal destiny - whether it is going to be spent in heaven or hell."
Therefore, "Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways acknowledge Him, and He will make your paths straight," (Proverbs 3:5-6) Noel advises.
Another favourite verse is John 3:16: "For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have everlasting life."
As Noel would say, it is not due to luck but Jesus that you are reading this article: make a commitment of your life to Jesus Christ today!
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