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I am convinced that….
 “God does work in mysterious ways His wonders to perform” !!
I left school in 1954 and at that time had never heard of Christadelphians.
My Grandfather was a Baptist lay preacher and my Grandmother the Baptist Chapel caretaker, they lived in the Chapel House.
During my childhood I attended the Baptist Sunday School along with my cousins (the family was quite a large one).
      On leaving school I wanted to work in a science laboratory and asked the manager of the local colliery, who lived opposite us, if there was a possibility of a job.
There were no vacancies at that time but he assured me he would contact me when there were, “just find another job in the meantime” was his advice.
At that time somewhat easy to do.
           So I shopped around and was offered a situation in a hardware shop and would have accepted it ,except that I was told about a job in a footwear shop that was paying ten shillings more per week !!
An enormous incentive at that time, so I cancelled the other job and accepted the offer in footwear.
           Reflections4    About nine months later I had the offer to go to the laboratory but turned it down because I had commenced studies on retail management. Three months after that Pauline, who was unknown to me, working ten miles away, had decided that she would have a change of occupation and she secured a job opposite to where I was working.
                 I noticed her coming and going and one day decided to ask her out. She accepted and soon she was telling me about Christadelphians and their beliefs, her mother and father were Christadelphians.
I was invited to a “special effort” one night and things took off from there.
                    “Our Heavenly Father must have been very patient” 
 because I was yet to be baptized.
When I was 20 years old I received my calling up papers for National Service, they had been delayed because of my studies. I did my National Service in the RAF, still attending the meetings as best I could.
Thinking about it in retrospect the B & S must have wondered what was going on, but I was protected from that, Pauline’s father had to face the questions apparently !!!
                        I left the RAF after the two years, going back to my old job, but six months later was offered a management job 100 miles away.
The shop had a flat over it so it seemed to make sense that we should get married and live there. We made contact with the nearest ecclesia 16 miles away and attended regularly  until
…..one night I got out of bed and wrote a letter to the Recording Brother requesting baptism for Pauline and myself.
The rest as they say is history !
                       All I can say now is what a lot of twists and turns, change of direction, happened during that time. Surely that was the way that God brought into my life the Truth.
Surely that was the way that God brought into my life the Truth, otherwise I would not have known of His Saving Grace.
Brother Brian Thorpe, Lincoln.
This page is dedicated to the personal recollections of Christadelphians the world over, Past and present, who have kindly offered to share their accounts of how they came to be baptised.
 If you wish to contribute to this effort you must be a Baptised Christadelphian and your recollections need to be in a digital format and you can submit them by email or by private message on facebook. They can be in various formats including Plain text, Word doc (either formatted or not), note pad or audio or video file etc.
 
Please include your name and ecclesia and other personal details but these will only be published with your express permission, so if you wish to remain anonymous to the reader – you can!
 
Please send them to Christadelphianvideo@gmail.com.
 
– let us share these wonderful accounts as a witness to how God works in the lives of those who dedicate themselves to him.

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