Here’s a summary of some of the testimonies we’ve heard this year at LifeLine Church – just the tip of the iceberg of what’s been happening amongst us. We are thankful to God for his goodness, his faithfulness, and his enduring love towards us both in the good circumstances, and crucially despite the difficult ones!
“Be thankful in all circumstances, for this is God’s will for you who belong to Christ Jesus”. 1 Thessalonians 5:18
Housing & Accommodation
This year several people testified to God’s provision around housing – Chris & Hilary, Miro & Mara, Kudzai, and Matt and Rachel all shared how they have found homes locally that enable them to live close to the church community, despite financial or practical difficulties. Matt & Rachel overcame visa and accommodation hurdles and are now living in their new flat & looking forward to the birth of their first child! After years of struggling to see how purchasing a family home could ever be achieved, Kudzai testified to us about a conversation with a faithful friend who encouraged her to ask God if he had something for her beyond what she expected. After being warned her wait may be up to 15 years, a phone call out of the blue brought news of a purpose built, three bedroom flat for life and gave us a glimpse the plans & purposes God has for her and her family, and this extravagantly generous God of the impossible. Chris & Hilary testified of their new home, “It feels like the house was purposely prepared and tailored for us – in layout and everything”. On the day of the move as Hilary contemplated how to manage the move with a bad back, a friend felt prompted to offer to help in whatever way necessary.
In these testimonies we see evidence not only of God’s provision, generosity and involvement, but we also glimpse the beauty of the church in action. Friends who are stirred to action. Many hands making light work of furnishing a flat – offering furnishings, helping to physically move them in, and offering support in many other practical ways. Families offering to have other families live with them until their accommodation needs are met. Sacrificial giving in financial, but also practical expressions of love. We praise God for the love he stirs up amongst us.
“A new command I give you: Love one another. As I have loved you, so you must love one another. By this everyone will know that you are my disciples, if you love one another.” John 13:35
Healing and Protection
This year as a church community we received the gift of many new babies born to families amongst us. Myles Jones joined us months earlier than expected, and we had opportunity to join together to pray for his health and wellbeing, and that of his family over months of hospital care and health hurdles. We thank God for the miraculous ways we saw His hand over Myles throughout the process & that he is now home with his family. We also heard from Jamie how during a time when William was hospitalised for an unknown illness, at key points following prayer and intercession they saw God’s provision and peace, and William was released to return home. We also gave thanks for a number of children & babies born amongst us, and for a God who equips us as parents and community to care for and contend for the lives of our babies & children – just as we see in the stories of Moses and Jesus.
“When they had gone, an angel of the Lord appeared to Joseph in a dream. “Get up,” he said, “take the child and his mother and escape to Egypt. Stay there until I tell you, for Herod is going to search for the child to kill him.” Matthew 2:13
Eli shared a story of her son praying for her, a prayer that she believes may have saved her life later that same day. Baba shared how he walked away from a motorcycle accident. Rachel & Dennis shared a remarkable testimony of how having a minor car accident lead to the police being able to find them at a later date to ensure Dennis was admitted to hospital for urgent treatment. Rachel testified to how this communicated God’s involvement in their situation to her in a way that allowed her to find peace, despite such worrying circumstances. Dennis testified to an absence of fear throughout his treatment!
A God Who Delights in Us
Sally shared her testimony of an encounter with God after a period of feeling low. She spoke of her revelation of a Father who was laughing, delighting, joyful and pleased just with who she is, rather than a frowning, disapproving God who was disappointed at her lack of consultation on the issues she was facing. We recorded Sally’s testimony here https://vimeo.com/344858119 if you missed it.
“The Lord your God is in your midst, a mighty one who will save; he will rejoice over you with gladness; he will quiet you by his love; he will exult over you with loud singing”. Zephaniah 3:17
Boldness & Expectation
Some amongst us have been experiencing an increase in boldness, in expectation for miraculous signs of God’s love and involvement as they step out to pray or care for strangers, neighbours, family or friends. Tanya shared how she has had several opportunities to use her gift of art, and relating easily to people so they open up, to share the love of God and pray for people. Julie seizes opportunities to pray for people she meets, including praying for healing for neighbours and people she meets in the park. David and Tanya shared how they found countless opportunities to testify of God’s goodness because of the grace and encouragement they found during Tanya’s battle with cancer and fear. We have truly seen God use situations of pain or suffering amongst us to demonstrate more of his love, provision and grace.
“But as for you, you meant evil against me; but God meant it for good, in order to bring it about as it is this day, to save many people alive”. Genesis 50:20
We also heard testimony of cysts disappearing after prayer, money arriving after financial difficulties revealed, visas being granted, funding being awarded for training and employment, favour with Ofsted, disability benefits and employers, the ability to manage workload more peacefully, and much, much more.