Hi, my name is Alec Petson. I started a full-time job at the Care Centre at the beginning of August. I’m really enjoying working with the team there as I get to have fellowship with other Christians every day. I also get to help people who really need it.
I was raised in a non-faith background. When I was in my teens I became involved with drugs, alcohol and violence. Around 2018 a few family members died in a short amount of time and I began to look into what happens when we die. I looked at science, NDE’s (Near Death Experiences) and religion. After at least a year seeking I was still not sure and still living a bad life.
When I heard the gospel and understood that God had seen and heard every word, thought and deed I had ever said, had or done I realised I was not good, that no-one is good. I had been comparing myself to other people, but seeing how bad I was in God’s eyes humbled me. I learnt that even though God had seen all this about me, he still loved me and came to die for my sins, and that changed me. I could not carry on living the way I had and started to live for Christ. I had never felt the freedom and peace that I feel now. This could only come from believing in what Jesus has done for me.
A typical day for me at the Care Centre is mainly in the kitchen helping prepare the food, then serving it to between 40 to 60 people a day. A lot come for friendly conversation as well as food. We not only help them practically but also spiritually. We get the chance to tell them about Jesus and how he changed our lives.
Sometimes there are trouble makers and we have to calm the situation, but most days are peaceful, thanks to God. Steve, our Manager, helps guests with getting into accommodation, which is a big help for them. I am very grateful God has given me this opportunity to serve in my job and I try to glorify him every day.