A Sky Sports presenter has told how she turned to God after a relationship break-up and is now a committed Christian.
Julia Immonen, who has raised thousands of pounds for campaigns against human trafficking, grew up in a Christian family but turned her back on her upbringing.
She said: “I grew up in Finland in my early childhood and we moved to the UK when I was six. My dad was actually a youth pastor in Finland, but struggled to get work in the UK. We always struggled with money and there were outbursts of violence from my father. The hypocrisy of that put me off God.
“I went to Christian youth conference Soul Survivor and all the rest of it until I was 15, but because of that tough relationship with my dad, I looked for those kind of boys. I had two long-term relationships and wasn’t living a Christian life at all.
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“When the second relationship ended, I moved home and my sister invited me to a Sunday service at Holy Trinity Brompton. I went because I had nothing better to do.
“I remember Nicky Gumbel saying, ‘If you feel like giving up, come to the front and someone will pray for you.’
“That was exactly how I felt. I didn’t know who I was without these relationships which had defined me for 11 years. That was me returning as a prodigal daughter. I really started exploring Christianity for myself and all the things I knew in my head as a child dropped into my heart.”