Testimony of Our Members

Jescille Canete

I’m Jescille Canete and it is a privilege to share my testimony of how I received Christ as my Saviour through BBCW.

I accepted the Lord Jesus as my personal Lord and Saviour in September 2012.  Before then, I thought I had a genuine relationship with the Lord – but something happened in my life that made me so angry.  I thought it was pointless to go to church because I could not forgive anyway, so I stopped talking to God and ignored Him for months and months.

I can’t be thankful enough that God called me back.  Without God, I was living my life with no purpose at all and I became very unhappy.   I went back to my old church but could not find Him there.  It just felt like a ritual every time, nothing is any different and that I was not learning about His word at all.  One time, Cynthia Sheridan, a dear friend and workmate, mentioned that she needed to go straight away after work because she had to go to Church.  I asked her where she goes and I decided to attend the church service with her one Sunday, and then two more Sundays in the next four months after that.

I did not understand then what it meant when Pastor Ariel said that the only way to be ‘saved’ and go to heaven is through Jesus, and not through our own good works (Eph 2:8-9).  After the message, I asked Sis Penny to explain salvation to me.   I got saved that afternoon on the 2nd of September.  Since then, there is nothing that I want more than to give my life to the Lord Jesus Christ and share this wonderful news with others!

Eldon Bailey

Hi I’m Eldon and I was raised as a Mormon.  My mother and all of her family are Mormons but my father never was.   Growing up, being Mormon didn’t do anything for me – I had a very hollow feeling.  I always felt condemned when I sinned and I felt I had to be perfect.  Everything was based on works and you had to do certain things to get to heaven.

As I got older I started to question some of the beliefs and eventually stopped going to church.   I met my girlfriend a while after and later found out that she was a Christian.   At first we disagreed on our beliefs and occasionally discussed the differences but usually brushed it to the side and didn’t worry about it.   As I got to know her family, I noticed a big difference between her family and my own.   They were a very close and welcoming family, but the biggest thing that stood out for me was their trust and faith in God.   I never had that in my own family.   I wondered why are they so different to my own, being that we believe in the same God, as I thought.   I started spending more time with them.   They made me feel like I was part of the family, which was very touching.   They slowly started to introduce me to who God really is and what He has done for us.

Later on, we were having home church, singing songs and reaching the Word and that’s where I started to really learn about Jesus and understanding what He has done for us.  One Sunday I was asked if I wanted to give my life to Jesus.   At first, I was very hesitant and unsure but I thought, “What is the worst that could happen?”

I gave my life to the Lord Jesus Christ on Waitangi day the 6th of Feb 2011.  It was an amazing feeling.  I felt as if a weight was lifted from my shoulders.  I felt released and freed.  I had never cried as much as I did that day, I sobbed and felt like everything was coming out.   I knew Jesus died for our sins but it didn’t hit me until then that He loved us so much that He died for us so we may have everlasting life through Him.   From that day on, I never felt more secure, reassured and confident within myself.   I recognize all the work that God is doing within my life and how much He has changed me from my old ways.   One thing that I have learnt since becoming a Christian is trusting God.   There is nothing that He can’t do – He is in full control and He will always answer your prayers.

Israel Dela Paz

My name is Israel Dela Paz, saved by the precious blood of the Lord Jesus Christ.
It was 28th November 2013 when a friend, Alan, asked me to be his backup photographer for a wedding in Upper Hutt.  It was a typical wedding, like others I have done so far.  My assignment was to take photos of the groom while he is dressing up and preparing for the ceremony.

I work night shifts at my permanent job.  Since I was in a hurry to get to the venue where the groom was billeted, I wasn't able to eat breakfast before leaving home.   At around 12 noon, my head started to hurt.   All I wanted to do was to go home.   But I decided to stay and finish my assignment, at least up until the church ceremony.   When we got to the church, my headache worsened.   One of the bridesmaids gave me a paracetamol.   I desperately wanted to go home so I can sleep and rest.   I was soooo hungry that time but I didn't want to disappoint Alan.

Everyone started to arrive, the wedding was about to start.  As a hired photographer, I kept on taking photos of the guests.  The Pastor began to preach.  All of a sudden, instead of shooting photos, I started to listen to the preaching and sat down on the table instead of the chair!  This lasted for about 15 minutes, just sitting and listening to the preaching instead of doing my job!  Alan noticed I was not doing my job - he waved his hand and whispered to me, "Dre!!! Mag shoot ka!" ("Mate!!! Take photos!").   Something happened to me that time, because of the love and mercy of our Lord Jesus Christ, and my hunger for the Word of God.   The Word of God convicted me that day.   I will never forget the day that the Lord spoke to me through this pastor.  My headache suddenly disappeared! My desire to go home early was still there, just to tell my wife what happened to me.  After the ceremony, I asked the pastor if I can come and attend his church - it's like I'm begging him to let me attend the church and be fed by the truth - the Word of God!

The following Sunday, 1st of December, my family and I attended Baptist Bible Church of Wellington (BBCW) and invited Pastor Ariel to our house the next day to explain the Gospel to us.   Through His mercy and love, I accepted Jesus as my Lord and Saviour on that day - 2nd December.   My situation didn't change - I still work at night, drive and pick my kids up from their schools, provide for my family.  I still have debts, but one thing has changed.  I am now a forgiven sinner and Jesus Christ is now the Lord of my life and whatever happens I know that nothing shall separate me from the love of Christ.

Andrew McRae

How has the Baptist Bible Church Wellington blessed the McRae family?
Phoebe and I started attending Baptist Bible Church in 2011.  We were led here after a lot of research and listening to good preaching.  A few months later we both were baptised.   Got married and just late last year we dedicated our beautiful girls to the Lord.   Throughout our years together as a couple, we have faced many different challenges and trials from being in a "God Fearing" church, to family members in hospital and our girls being prem.  Yet through all these trials we have been blessed and strengthened by the preaching of God's Word.   We have been blessed to have found a church that enables us, and encourages us, to do this.  Not only does the teaching equip us but also the example of faithful families, and the available ministries the church has to offer.

Bible Baptist Church is family orientated and encourages not just the parents to get involved but also the children.  Pastor's teaching has also been a blessing to us.  Since attending this church as a couple and then getting married, Pastor's teaching has always been applicable and specific to our needs.  Pastor has taught us how to apply the Word of God in our everyday situations, especially in the home.  We both have been challenged to accept our roles in the family, as well as strengthen us through trials and tests.  Most importantly, we have been blessed to find a church, which does not compromise the truth and teaches us not to be ashamed of the truth but to walk and talk it.

Both Phoebe and I have also been blessed with the guidance the church has given us since becoming baptised.  Providing discipleship courses, special events and resources, the Word of God has become more meaningful to both of us and better equipped us in making Biblical decision making that involves God in all matters of life.  As a family, we hope to continue to grow and stay faithful to the Lord through this church. We have been blessed abundantly through this church and we are thankful to God for bringing us here.  My hope and prayer, as a father, is to watch my children grow and be saved within a church just like this, as well as my family to be serving God through church ministries.