My story of faith – PART ONE

When I was 15 years old, I attended a youth camp.

It was at a gathering of young people…an event that caused adolescence to collide with E numbers, meaning the result was always interesting.

The room had about 150 teenagers in, the aroma of sweat lingered and some staff we80613202_foot-health_377x171re on the verge of fainting.

It was a Christian youth camp and so some were worshiping whilst others were flirting. That’s how it goes…

I hadn’t showered in a week, I was wearing the same socks,  no deodrant and I probably handn’t cleaned my teeth, washed my face or even my hands.

But something happened to me that evening that I’ll never forget.

As the evening came to a close, the band led the final few songs of worship and for reasons I couldn’t have explained, I burst into tears.

But – This was not the cry that a 15 year old boy should let out. This was a the cry of a toddler in a toy store with a present he couldn’t take home!

You know the kind of cry i’m talking about? Where every bit of fluid in your body decides to exit through your face.

Tears running down my cheeks, snot coming out of my nose, mouth, ears and all. It wasn’t pretty.

My mate Graham put his arm around me – I wiped some snot on my sleeve, then on my other sleeve…..then his sleeve….

I couldn’t have explained why I cried that day. It wasn’t tears of pain or anything like that, but I look back and think that at 15 years of age, I was simply overwhelmed by a tangible presence of God in that moment.

The God of all things, who made heaven and earth, chose to meet with me that day.
God met me in my un showered, unclean state and he was simply present with me.

Whoever you are. God wants to meet with you. Why don’t you ask him?

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About laughingwithtom

Tom Elliott is a Christian Communicator who is passionate about introducing people to Jesus. Tom is also a credible and experienced Comedian, Magician, Speaker and writer, with a heart to use his gifts for the extension of Gods Kingdom. He has travelled extensively throughout the UK and abroad, whilst also being on the leadership team of his home church in Gloucestershire. Tom has been mentored by some of the UK’s most influential evangelists including J.John, Steve Legg, Mark Greenwood, Mark Ritchie, Matt Summerfield, Barry Woodward and more. Through his acclaimed show, Tom captures the attention of non believers through quality entertainment and as a result has been able to share his faith on TV, Radio, Online, in schools, churches & theatres reaching thousands of people with the Gospel. Tom has also taken his work to many large scale events and Festivals such as ‘New Wine’, ‘Detling,’ ‘Gorsley’, ‘Greenbelt’ and ‘Spring Harvest’ Tom is honoured to be an Ambassador for the international Christian charity ‘Compassion’ who work to change lives in over 26 countries that suffer extreme poverty. Toms desire is to see all people take hold of Jesus’ promise of life to the full. On stage and off stage, Tom’s passion for this fulfilment of life is contagious. Tom has been personally trained by expert entertainers and in 2013, Tom contributed to a book titled ‘Does God LOL’ alongside some of the biggest names in comedy, to raise money for national charity, ‘Mary’s Meals’. This book is now available in many good book stores. www.laughingwithtom.co.uk
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