Dougie March - prisoner 2 preacher
Recorded 2.12.07 - our brother travelled all the way from Newcastle at Elaine's invitation... The written testimony below is from Dougie's website.
This is the story of how Jesus Christ changed my life.
My name is Dougie March. I was brought up in Byker in the East End of Newcastle upon Tyne. My Father was a long distance lorry driver and my Mother is from Inverness in the Highlands of Scotland.
Violence was part of my life from an early age. Fighting in the school yard developed into gang fights and running battles at football matches. I took up boxing to try to curb my temper but it only prepared me for the many bar fights that were to come.
My first prison sentence was for five charges of assault, three of which were on Police Officers. When I was released from Durham, I was still an angry young man looking for love and acceptance in all the wrong places.
Searching for truth I walked the bomb blasted streets of Belfast in Northern Ireland and met the Blue Men of the Sahara Desert at Goulimine in South Morocco. The bright lights and brown eyed girls of London and Paris, the bars of the Port of Malaga in Spain, and the waterfront cafes of Amsterdam afforded me no lasting happiness.
Guinness was my poison and speed was my powder but the buzz does not last forever. Paranoid trips and nights without sleep were wearing me down. I was alone in my sufferings and in the rat race of life...... this rat had stopped running! The Bible says about the Prodigal son in Luke 15:17 that he came to himself; this means that he came to his senses and was honest about the mess he was in. I made up my mind that I wanted to change and I wanted to find God.
Iam eternally thankful to God for what happened next.
I prayed asking God to show me he was real and to help me. I was on bail expecting five years for three assault charges (I eventually received 18 months). Within two weeks, two girls stopped me on Northumberland Street in Newcastle and told me about Jesus. I went to church with one of the girls and I gave my life to the Lord Jesus Christ on the 18th February 1986. I believed in Jesus as God and as the only Savior of the world. (John 3:16, John 14:6, Acts 4:10-13)
I surrendered my life to God, I swallowed my pride, I put selfishness to one side and I chose to do the will of God and to be led daily by the Holy Spirit. I was baptized in water by full immersion soon after.
Since that day Jesus has done the following for me:
* He has healed me of manic depression (Psalm 103:1-5, Luke 4:18)
* He has healed me of a trapped nerve in my back (Isaiah 53:5)
* God replaced my anger for His peace (John 14:27)
* God delivered me from drink, drugs and immorality (Eph 1:1-7)
* God has sent me around the world and I have preached the Gospel in over 37 countries including: France, Tanzania, Spain, Romania, Uganda, USA, Rwanda, Sweden, Kenya, Greece , DR Congo and more recently I spent two months preaching in Australia and New Zealand.
* While in East and Central Africa for five months I saw over 1,000 people give their lives to Christ. (Mark 16:15, 2 Timothy 4:1-5) When you walk with Jesus you walk in the victory. (1john 5:4).
The Bible teaches that Jesus Christ was God manifest in the flesh, the only-begotten Son of God, the Anointed One who came to save lost, guilty sinners. Are you trusting Him as your Savior?
Today God is my Father and I am a son of God. (John 1:12, Gal 4:4-7, Romans 8:14)
The goal of my life is to love God with all of my heart and to love people with all humility, traveling the world pointing people to Jesus the Messiah.