This is the transcript of Graeme's testimony at church on Palm Sunday 2006:
Well Good Morning. Thank you for giving me this chance as well to come up and share a little bit about how I became a Christian, but I think more importantly what I want to share this morning, is what God’s doing in my life at the minute and over the last year or so as well. For those of you who don’t know me, my name is Graham, I’m married to Jenny who’s sitting over there at the back and we live locally although I work out at what feels like the Outback, way out at the edge of the Cotswolds in a town called Witney where I teach in a school. I was born in Tanzania where my parents were missionaries. I was brought up in a Christian family and I think in some ways my testimony of how I became a Christian is quite typical for a lot of people raised in a Christian family. I think it was very much as a result of my parent praying for me; as a result of my parents showing me loving guidance in my early years, and I think most importantly, as well, my parents teaching me from the Bible about who God was that made me begin to question some of the bigger things in life and in particular, made me realise that there was a creator God out there who loved me and who loved me so much that He died for me and I needed respond to that. And then about the age of nine that’s when I came to make sort of a big commitment and a big decision for Jesus. There were some missionaries, some other missionaries, passing through the town where we lived, and they showed the Jesus film. It was always remarkable in this version to see how well Jesus spoke Swahili in the version I saw in Tanzania. But seeing the life of Jesus up on the screen and just seeing His whole story, particularly seeing everything He had done in His life left me with the question that I needed to respond to, even at the age of nine. I knew that I either had to accept that this was true and therefore make a decision about it, or I had to reject it as just some sort of fancy story. And thankfully I did respond in a positive way; I did believe that Jesus had been a real person, that Jesus was the Son of God, that Jesus had died for me, and more importantly, that I am to acknowledge that I was wrong before Him. And that’s a decision I can tell you that I have never regretted. It’s a decision as well that’s reaffirmed to me every time I read the Bible as well and read the truths about God and understand what He has done for me. I suppose whilst the manner of how I became a Christian isn’t particularly remarkable, what has been exciting is to see the way that God hasn’t just left me as that nine year old in my simple faith but has been working in me and moulding me and teaching me throughout my life. There have been some great moments of exhilaration: there have also been some moments as well where I have sinned profoundly and turned away from God. In whatever situation it has been I really felt that God has taught me something new about Himself and has been working to try and mould me and transform me: sometimes painfully, it has been; but certainly I am learning things all the time. And two things I think I that I’ve learned recently I’d like to share with you from the last year or so. And neither of them are profound truths, necessarily, but they are things that I have to continuously remind myself about as I think about who God is.
The first thing that I’ve been learning recently is the need for me to look outwardly more instead of being self-centred. Loving Jesus first and then loving people second but loving them more than myself. Those of you who know me might think I’m quite a nice person: I thought I was a nice person; I work with children after all. I like small furry animals and I thought I was really nice until something happened about a year and a half ago when I got married.