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Only God
Can Change
Ray married Vi in 1971 and the next year the fi rst of their four children was born. The marriage failed and the
couple divorced in 1977 only to get back together a year later. In 1982, Christopher was born and Philip came
a year later.
When someone stole £5 from Ray’s Peckham home he went around to his house to beat him up and did more
than £200 damage to his property. It led to court and Ray had to pay for the damage and was bound over to
keep the peace for a year.
At 5am on New Year’s Day, Ray was returning home from a party and was convicted by the Holy Spirit about his
drinking and its expense. He threw a can of beer away and vowed not to drink again. That was 15 years ago;
he has not had a drink since.
The family moved to Stoneleigh, Surrey, from South London to get away from all the violence and in 1996 Ray
gave his life to Jesus and became a born again Christian. He stopped swearing and his temper cooled.
He got a lot of stick from his family, including Vi, but then she started to like the ‘new’ husband. She attended
an Alpha course and gave her life to Jesus.
A few years later someone had a ‘word from God’ about a wedding and asked Vi what it was about. Vi told her
that they had been intending to marry again but never got round to it.
Ray added: “The ladies in the church got together and on the 28th April, 2001, we were married. For our
honeymoon we went on a mission to the Isle of Wight. What a great week that was! It was great to see Jesus
doing miracles today as He did 2,000 years ago. His wonders never stop. Hallelujah!”
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