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When The Debt Collector Comes To Call


Faye’s Story

I remember telling the kids not to answer the door or the phone and I was always saying, ‘Have you locked the door? Is the door locked?’ Life was a panic. I was trying to dodge all the callers and hide away all the time. I would shut the curtains in the front room in the middle of the day, which, looking back must have looked very silly. My life was a mess and I was so stressed

‘The bottom line was ... I couldn’t afford to pay.’
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‘The bottom line was ... I couldn’t afford to pay.’
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all the time. I didn’t feel well all the time and I was snappy with my children. The bottom line was, I was in trouble with my bills and couldn’t afford to pay them.

That’s when I phoned CAP and a lady called Jo-Anne came out to see me. We sat in my living room and went over what bills I had and she told me about the charity and explained everything clearly to me. Just sharing my problems with Jo-Anne made me feel loads better and it felt like a weight had been lifted off me.

When Jo-Anne and I had sorted out my bills and things, I asked, ‘What made you become a Christian and when?’ She didn’t mind talking to me about her faith and we chatted for a while about Christianity.

Before Jo-Anne left my house that day, she left me a little booklet about Jesus and I read through it straight away. I liked what I was reading, in fact I LOVED what I was reading!

I felt extremely happy inside and I couldn’t stop smiling to myself.

There was a little prayer in the back of the booklet that you could say to God to become part of His family. I said that prayer straight away. I even said it twice to make sure that God had heard me!

I am now a Christian; a new person with a new life ahead of me. I am calmer and happier, and I feel like I actually have a life instead of just existing.

It’s such an amazing experience to be a child of God and to be part of a lovely church like I am. God walks with me every day and shows me the way. I don’t just talk to God in times of need; I talk to Him about everything I do! God has taken all my worries and burdens from me and given me eternal peace.

Faye

Story by courtesy of ChallengeNewsline

Christians Against Poverty (CAP) is a national debt counselling charity with a network of 112 centres based in local churches. CAP offers hope and a solution to anyone in debt through its unique, in-depth service.

www.capuk.org


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