Stuart St. Clair
I was raised in the U.S.A. in a religious family as a Seventh-Day Adventist. Our family were all Adventists going back several generations, and I went to SDA schools all the way from first grade until I graduated from university with a B.S. degree in physics. As a teenager, I stopped going to church as soon as my parents would let me, because I didn’t see the point of going to a boring, lifeless place full of cliques and churchy politics.
When I got to be about 20, I realized that I wasn’t happy. For the first time I decided to read the Bible to see if it had any answers in it. I started in the New Testament, and I was amazed at how exciting it was with miracles and deep parables and even a promise I came across that said that believers would speak in tongues and be able to pray for miracles, although at that point I really had no idea what any of that meant because I had never seen it happen. I decided that I wanted to be a Christian, but I didn’t know how to do that. Nobody had ever told me. I said a prayer, telling God that I wanted to give my life to Jesus. It felt good for a little while, but soon enough the good feeling went away.
Fast forward a few years to 1991, and I was living in England working at a SDA school. One day I was standing on a street corner, and a man approached me and told me that to be a Christian I needed to repent, be baptized, and receive the Holy Spirit, which I had never heard of before. He told me that in the Bible people spoke in tongues when they received the Holy Spirit, and that it still happened like that today. I went home and looked up all the scriptures that were on the papers he gave me, and I was amazed to find that what he said was true.
Soon after that, I went to a church meeting that was exactly like what I read about in the Bible. I got baptized at that first meeting, and a few days later I received the Holy Spirit, speaking in tongues, which was the most awesome thing. I was delivered from fear of death, and the Lord has given me peace, direction, and meaning that I could never find before. My wife and I fasted and prayed when she couldn’t conceive, and now we have two children, both Spirit-filled. I was healed from a strange blood condition when many of the saints fasted for me.