Sharing stories, your testimony of how God has transformed your life, is a powerful way to encourage and inspire others. People who hear your story could be inspired to continue their own journey with God, to start praying, or to seek help and have HOPE for their future. 

Thank you to those who were willing to share, we hope their stories bless you as much as they have blessed us. 

Iain’s Story

My name is Iain, I am 55 years old. I started drinking alcohol at the age of 18 years old. I didn’t know then, but my drinking spiralled out of control to the point where I got addicted to alcohol and found it hard to stop. I lost everything through alcoholism including my partner and children, experiencing very dark times mentally through this journey of self-destruction.

I tried various help around Clydebank to get sober only to relapse after a couple of sober weeks. I felt depressed and alone most of the time only leading to more alcohol abuse.  

In late January, I met two Street Connect workers in Dalmuir and they invited me to the recovery group located at Park Christian Fellowship Church in Clydebank. I nervously walked in that day, and I was welcomed by friendly people and felt love and I was accepted. I embraced the group programme and felt a belonging to the group. I attended regularly and that started my recovery journey.

I joined the Church and recently got baptised, a glorious day had by everyone! I have started to attend the Street Connect in Greenock and also Paisley with my Pastor of the Church Craig, who runs the Monday group in Clydebank. I can’t thank Street Connect enough for my recovery. They have changed my life and with the Church I am having a life I could only dream of a year ago. 

Iain (centre) at his baptism supported by Pastor Craig (right) and Craig’s wife (left)

Liam’s Story

I’ve tried every way and remedy to get clean, even going to the borders for rehab but I’ve been in and out and its took till recently to realise I can’t do it alone.

I need and want God and His armour to protect me and make me a better person – God is the only way for me. AMEN.   

Chris’ Story

I have been addicted to drugs for 15 years since my mum died.

For the last five years, I’ve been trying to get clean, seeking help and I’ve been in rehab 5 times. Since I have started coming to the church, I feel it’s completely changed my life. Now I have HOPE that things can and will get better; I’m ready now and I’m also learning and getting close to the Holy Trinity.

My life gets better daily so I would like to say a big THANK YOU to Craig my friend and Pastor because I wouldn’t be here if it was not for him. I have hope now when I thought I’d never change.

Tony’s Story

I have been attending Clydebank Street Connect for 2 years approximately. In that time, I have overcome my heroin addiction which I used for over 10 years. With the help of the group meetings and one to one counselling, I am 8 months clean and sober.  

William’s Story

Since I have come to the weekly group at Clydebank, it has helped me greatly. I have learned to control my addiction and I know in time I shall beat it and I also have started my relationship with God which I really did not have beforehand. I did believe in God before but did not have a relationship. Now I have begun my relationship with Him and I know with Him in me NOTHING IS IMPOSSIBLE.    

Iain (centre) being supported by fellow participants during his baptism