The Scottish Borders Centre of Mission helps men battling addictions, disease, low self-esteem and difficult life circumstances through outdoor activities such as walking football, hill-walking and cycling.
When I was in my late forties, I was diagnosed with Parkinson’s disease. It’s a disease that’s different from day to day. It causes me a lot of pain and discomfort and I struggle to sleep. It’s important not to give into it and end up just sitting in front of the telly, feeling sorry for myself.
I had to give up my job as an electrical tester because of Parkinson’s and eventually I couldn’t drive my car anymore. Paul (Church Army Evangelist) has been such a blessing to me. He got me a trike so that I could get around more. I also take part in the walking football he organises. I’ve made good friends with the guys who go there, including three other guys who suffer from Parkinson’s. It’s nice to enjoy a coffee or pizza together after the game.
Paul comes to visit me at home and we do lots lot of ‘laddy’ things, like watching football games together. I can also talk to him openly about matters of faith. I’ve given my life to the Lord and I worship at Refresh Community Church in Newcastleton.
God is my anchor and he helps me through the storms of life. I find his constancy so reassuring – he is the same yesterday, today and forever.
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