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’God’s word has the power to transform lives’

Jackie Macadam learns about the faith journey of ministry student Kaye Gardiner

“NOT long after I was called to ministry God took me back to a day when I was about five years old. I was skidding in the burn at the bottom of one of Dad’s fields, and God was smiling with the love of the father as he watched over me as I played. God knew me and loved me, even when I didn’t acknowledge him. It was an amazing blessing to be able to see that, throughout my entire life, God had watched over me waiting until the time was right to reveal his purpose for me.”

Kaye Gardiner is entering her third year of ministry studies and has offered some insight into what it takes to become a minister and how the experiences she has had have changed her and impacted on her call.

“I was born in Lanark. My dad is a farmer and so was his father and grandfather before him. I loved being brought up on the farm, I always felt secure and loved. I enjoyed the freedom of being outdoors and was very content playing on my own.

“Like many youngsters, I was baptised as a baby and attended Sunday school not because I wanted too but because mum expected me to go. I never heard a word that was said in church and spent the time daydreaming or gazing at the stained glass windows,” she says.

Kaye worked hard through school and passed her exams but was never ‘top of the class’. She struggled with English.

“I always found exams traumatic,” she says. “I never had any ambition to go to university and was happy to enrol in college to study beauty therapy.” She planned to bring her skills to her mum’s hairdressing salon.

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