Home Mission Stories
God IS at work!
After Regional Minister for Ministry Revd Graham Ensor shared some encouraging stories of how God is at work in our churches, the YBA received a letter of thanks from the minister of one of the Home Mission-supported churches in Yorkshire.
Freedom - not rules!
A member of the Jehovah’s Witnesses arrived at the church with her husband. After a lengthy conversation, they agreed to meet for regular in-depth Bible studies, covering topics such as the Trinity, the humanity and deity of Jesus etc. Three months later, the husband became a Christian after finally grasping the atonement, and both decided to be baptised. What did they appreciate most about the Christian faith? - Freedom not rules!
A place for everyone
When two adults with learning difficulties first visited the church, the church learned how to accommodate them and make them feel at home. Since then they’ve brought along other friends to services and social events.
It's never too late
A conversation with an elderly local resident in the graveyard led to an invitation to a service and soon after a Christianity Explored course. After becoming a Christian, he spoke of an amazing sense of peace and joy like he had never felt before.
For anyone who missed Graham's email, here is an extract:-
"On a personal note I’ve had a great week as I’ve been visiting ministers and churches all around Yorkshire; I have heard many stories of folk who are on exciting spiritual journeys and those who have come to faith in our Lord Jesus Christ.
" In Scarborough I heard of a dancer who turned up at a local church because years earlier he recalled how he’d been given free use of the church hall and now felt he wanted to give something back to the church. Another young girl came to faith, had all her hair cut off for the Little Princess Trust which provides real-hair wigs to children who have lost their own hair through cancer treatment, then she was baptised, and all her de-churched family came along to listen to her story.
"Today I heard of a young man in Sheffield who came to faith just 10 days ago. These are living examples of the way God is at work in our churches; so let’s continue to support and pray for one another in our shared work together."
I hope you find these stories encouraging - and if you have a story to tell, share it! (1 Thessalonians 5:11 NIV: "Therefore encourage one another and build each other up, just as in fact you are doing.") - JOOLZ.