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My name’s Gary. Through The Well’s ministry, God dramatically transformed my life.

Growing up on a Manchester council estate surrounded by drugs, crime and violence, I was constantly fearful. I rebelled, resorting to alcohol, drugs and crime to drive the fear away. At fifteen I went to prison. When I came out, I tried to change. I moved home, hung out with good people, got counselling – but I always ended up back inside.I heard about Jesus and how he could give me a new start whilst at a Christian rehab in Coventry. But after rehab I just went back to my old ways.

Finally I cried out to God to save me. Within days I lost all desire to do drink and drugs.

I got baptised and went to live in Royal Leamington Spa with some Christians I’d met in Coventry, and started going to church.

That’s where I heard about The Well.

I’d given up drink, drugs and crime, but was still struggling with fear and longstanding issues. So I decided to give The Well a try.

The Well was the family I had never had. I felt welcomed, loved and accepted. They prayed for me and shared encouraging Scripture and I felt God’s powerful presence and love.

After a few prayer ministry sessions, the fear that had haunted me all my life began to lift.

I started volunteering at The Well, helping set up for events. Through this, God helped me develop a sense of dignity and self-worth.

All my life, I’d worked the benefits system, but now God gave me a deep desire to work. It’s not easy getting work when you have a criminal record as long as mine. The Well helped me apply for a position as a caretaker for a local church – my first ever paid job at the age of twenty-eight!

Since then, I’ve got a diploma, worked with adults with mental health issues and become an evangelist. I’ve also bought a house and married Ania, a beautiful woman of God.Currently, I manage a café and a team of volunteers for a charity that helps the homeless, ex-convicts and drug addicts. I use my life experiences to help them get back on their feet. And I’m about to start studying for a theology degree at Bible College.

I’m so grateful to God for saving and healing me, and to The Well for believing in me and helping me.

You can help someone else like Gary discover God’s healing love

The Well opens every week to offer healing prayer to all in need. But we can only do so with your help.

Your gift today could change a life – as it changed Gary’s.

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