Ryan's Story

Ryan was caught up with drugs and in trouble with the police, until an encounter with Jesus transformed everything.

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Every week I said I was gonna go
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and I just remember Jesus was drawing me.
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But at this point I didn't know that it was Him, now I do.
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Hello, I am Ryan and this is my story.
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I first encountered Jesus
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in a home in Coleraine
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with my now wife, Sarah.
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But it was completely at a random moment, it was just
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out of my normal routine of what I was involved in.
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But I suppose He just captured my attention for a moment.
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And I remember getting sent this
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Billy Graham, The Cross, video
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and I went on YouTube
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and I seen that it was 29 minutes long.
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I was like pfft
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I don't think I can watch 29 minutes worth of stuff.
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But anyway I clicked play and I was captured
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and I remember he was just very direct
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about Jesus changing your life.
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I almost got this fear and I cried and cried and cried
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and just wept on my bed.
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And then I text Scott and I just said,
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"Listen, like, if you're ever setting up
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one of these meetings, like, I'm gonna come."
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And for about seven weeks I didn't go
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but every week I was saying I was gonna go
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and I just remember Jesus was drawing me.
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But at this point I didn't know that it was Him, now I do.
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He's made all the difference in my life.
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The impact that He's done through my family,
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even just from one encounter,
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actually how just the story that I carry
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travels through the community
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and He's transformed my drug addiction.
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The money that I had, I gave it up for Him.
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So the impact that you know...
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And my wife as well, I'm a loving person.
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I love people, I'm a people person.
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I'm not selling them drugs anymore.
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So when I'm with my brother or when I'm with my friends
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I'm always bringing the Kingdom there.
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And even though it might not be like,
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'Jesus at the Door', miracle question, 'Alpha'
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but it's just loving them and knowing that-
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letting them know I am a Christian.
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I did Alpha with a police officer and I remember,
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I remember like going, "I know this guy."
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And then I can see him looking at me funny
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and I was like, "How do I know you?"
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And he was like, "I'm a policeman."
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And then he was like, "I know you, Ryan."
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And so we became friends,
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like he runs the Alpha with me now.
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But the first time we prayed for the Holy Spirit to come,
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I laid hands and prayed on him, prayed for him
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and he encountered Jesus for the first time.
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And that for me was like a massive step for me.
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Police was my enemy, police were the,
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you know, the camera was following me all the time
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and I was getting really, really into bother with them
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and to have a policeman be in partnership with me
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through Jesus and 'Alpha', that was amazing for me.
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I mean, we've seen salvations.
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We've seen loads of people give their life
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to Jesus through 'Alpha' but it's the wee stories like that
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and the friendships that build that really mean a lot to me.