My name is Neill Hudson. I am a 50 year old Christian who used to work for the Salvation Army. I had just got married, and like most young families we were finding things tough financially. I left the Salvation Army employment and as things became more difficult, the more hours I would work. Eventually I found myself working seven days a week just to keep our heads above water.
A few years came and went and I worked what seemed like incredibly long hours and saw less and less of my family and I missed them as much as I know they missed me. I became incredibly tired and eventually went to see the family doctor who took some blood for tests. I went back to work and the following morning I received a phone call telling me I had late-onset type 1 diabetes.
I was shocked with the diagnosis but not particularly surprised by as all my family were diagnosed with the same condition. At that time I not only walked away from the Lord but I committed one of the worst sins I could, I led my family away from the Lord also. On the 13 September 2017 I was admitted to Cheltenham General Hospital where I was operated on and had my left leg amputated below the knee.
It was 5 days later where I was sat in my wheelchair feeling sorry for myself, packing my belongings away in my locker when I found a New Testament and Psalms. I let it fall open and you hear of people having these wonderful epiphanies but there it was!
Psalm 46, “Be still, and know that I am God.”
What a foolish man I have been. I tried leading my family when all I needed to do was leave it with the Lord. I’ve did that that night in my hospital bed. I rang my wife and we prayed together on the phone and decided to go back to church. Things were still quite tough after but I am excited after rededicating my life to the Lord.
Please feel free to use this witness statement because I will be telling everyone, not as my own glory, but the Lord's.