Trinity Stories – Andy Howes
My name is Andy and I’m married to Nic who is also a member of Trinity Church. I work in the social housing sector as an accountant, conducting financial appraisals of new build schemes in the Newcastle region. My hobbies include playing guitar and socialising with friends over cake (lots of cake!)
When did you become aware of God?
When I was younger, I always believed that there was a “higher power” controlling my path, but never really called that God. It was only after meeting Nic and attending church together that I really became aware of God doing good things in my life.
In what ways has God made a difference in your life?
Applying for jobs after university was really a key time that I felt God making a real difference. I would look around at other people before interviews looking nervous and really worried about the interview, whereas I was always calm and collected. I suppose this was down to the belief that God has a path for me in life and if this was the job for me, I knew he would give me the right words to say.
What is the thing you find most challenging about following Jesus?
Forgiveness! Unfortunately I struggle to forgive people who I feel have wronged me in any way, but I’m working on it.
Share a part of the bible that is really speaking to you at the moment:
“Since God chose you to be the holy people he loves, you must clothe yourselves with tenderhearted mercy, kindness, humility, gentleness, and patience. Make allowances for each other’s faults, and forgive anyone who offends you. Remember, the Lord forgave you, so you must forgive others. Above all, cloth yourselves with love, which binds us all together in perfect harmony.” – Colossians 3:12-14.
How has being part of Trinity helped you in your faith?
I’ve found some great friends at Trinity and developed a great support network. This I feel I wouldn’t have had if it weren’t for Trinity.
If you could ask God one question face to face, what would it be?
Why is there so much suffering in the world?