Mark was sitting in his car one day when he heard God speaking to him. This led Mark to give his life to Jesus. He wondered how he would tell people what had happened to him. Mark then felt God encouraging him to start going to church. Mark walked round Ventnor looking for something to tell him which church building to enter. When he reached Pier Street, Mark saw a glass case on a kerb above the height of the pavement. Inside was a Bible. Mark read the verse which says “do not worry about what to say or how to say it. At that time you will be given what to say“. This was the church for him. He joined, was baptised and began to serve the Lord.
Mark has moved now – all the way to East Cowes (that’s a long way by Isle of Wight standards). But he is still serving the Lord, now through ‘Open The Book’. This is a nationwide initiative, approved by Ofsted. Teams of Christians from different churches take assemblies in various primary schools. Our team includes members of Grace Church, Castlehold and Ventnor Baptist, which is how we found out about Mark and the Bible. During each assembly a story from the Bible is acted out, often with children taking part. Here is Mark as the Pharaoh of Egypt. Children from the school dressed up as 10 of Joseph’s brothers. How fascinating that the person who paid for the Bible to be displayed outside the church was also called Joseph.