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We believe that 2012 is the year of the testimony. So, here, with permission from those the stories are about, we will highlight and celebrate the Father's goodness.
Have an incredible story of how God has radically impacted your life? We would love to hear it.
ACCEPTING CHRIST IN A RESTAURANT
I was at lunch with a local student pastor and as we were discussing Jesus and ministry, a woman near us was listening to the conversation. She called the student pastor over to her table when we got up to leave and he sat down to talk to her. I left to go to work and when I got back to work, I received a phone call letting me know the woman just accepted Jesus as her Lord and Savior! The young woman in the booth next to that conversation overheard the Gospel being shared and was crying and praying for the pastor and the woman. The Lord showed up and showed out at Schlotzsky's that day.
SHOWING LOVE IN NICARAGUA
While in Nicaragua we were able to pray over 12 women individually who have been rescued from human trafficking. It was amazing to hear their stories and pour Father's love on them.
TESTIMONY OF BROTHERS
This summer I received a call from my brother, and he informed me he had gall stones. While in the process of removing them, the doctors found that he also has a case of incurable liver cancer. This sent me into prayer mode faster than Superman can fly. My community & I started getting on our faces and praying that Jesus would wither this "fig tree" like He did the one on the road to Jerusalem when He was going to be crucified. The next week we had a conference call prayer meeting asking that Jesus wither this cancer and totally confound and confuse the doctors. Four days later, I spoke to my brother and informed him of all the prayer going out for his complete healing and removal of this sickness. He said that on Tuesday morning he felt like something had left his body but he wasn't sure what it was or what it meant! I asked my brother, a confirmed Buddhist at the time, the only question that means anything, "If today is the last one, where are you going?" This was asked with tears in my eyes. His response was "No worries, I've come back home!" What a relief this was to me! Please be in daily prayer for my brother. He has one more test before chemo starts and I am praying without any doubt that this cancer is already been healed to the glory of our King Jesus.
SHARING THE FAITH
I have had the opportunity to live, work, and share my faith with 10 other students this summer. All of them have varying views of who God is, but it has been such a blessing to see some of them come closer to the Lord through reading the Word and through conversation. Please continue to pray for them!
FREEDOM THROUGH FORGIVENESS
During Pastor Rich's series on prayer and relating to God as a Dad, I realized that in all my seeking I had not experienced this special Father-child relationship with God. I have struggled in my prayer life because I have felt like God is too far away or that he doesn't hear me. Through all that happened to me and that I experienced as a little girl and into my early twenties, one message was repeated to me and burned in my heart, a message that I am of no value and no one sees or hears me. Though I have worked through most of that, the enemy brings it back to me from time to time. For months, I have been struggling with some old and new hurts from my dad. I had no idea that I was also holding these same offenses against my heavenly Father. When Rich had the altar call to have a fresh start with Father, I quickly went up. One of your prayer servants stood quietly behind me with her hand on my back and as Rich began to pray over our hurts I felt her hand and arm begin to shake. She leaned forward and whispered in my ear, "I'm sorry for ignoring you." And moments later, "You deserve better."... "You are WORTHY." She spoke several apologies to me that were specific to my hurts and with each one I doubled over in tears. I was overwhelmed that my Father in heaven wasn't so far away after all, that He actually saw how much I'd been hurting and He wanted to make it right. He told the woman praying with me exactly what to say to me and she walked me through forgiveness. Because of the way God chose to show me He cares, and that I am worthy of his love, I am so FREE! I have enjoyed spending time talking with Him! For the first time in my life I can laugh with Him, cry to Him and just talk sweet simple talks with Him like He's right there holding me in his arms. I just love Him and I love the way he loves us in such special ways.
COMMUNITY HELPS HEAL
Over the past several months my husband and I have been struggling over some pretty serious issues in our marriage. I am blown away by the support we have received from our community at City Church. Breakthrough has come and is continuing first because the Father is faithful, and second because our community is faithful in prayer for us and encouraging us to faithfully persevere. The culture at City Church is one of acceptance and love despite circumstances we have faced. We are blessed to be a part of such a strong body. Staff and friends have been weathering this storm with us and how precious it is to know we are not alone.
OBEDIENCE TO THE HOLY SPIRIT
While getting my morning caffeinated beverage on Pelham Road, I drove past the Boiling Springs Fire Department and I felt the Holy Spirit tell me to go there with a message from Him, that it would be a matter of life or death for someone. He gave me a picture of someone on the battle field down for the count and someone standing beside them offering a hand to help them stand up. I felt a little chicken and called a sister in Christ for encouragement. She prayed for boldness and I went to the Fire Department, walked in and told them that God had sent me with a message of encouragement. There is more to the story but suffice to say it was so cool! The person I ministered to burst into tears and went to the bathroom to recompose. The fireman that walked me out had more words that confirmed that I had heard from God.
FEAR REMOVED & PRAYER LANGUAGE RECEIVED
I went to the prayer rooms for the first time this Monday night during HHP and I told them I needed prayer for fear I had about receiving a prayer language. Through conversation with these three people, I realized there were some characteristics of my earthly Father that I was trying to attach to my heavenly father and I caught myself saying that I knew I wasn't receiving gifts from Him because I wasn't seeking hard enough. One of the prayer servants saw an image of a father looking down with admiration for His child and it was the next day that I put together that I was still trying to achieve His love and receive gifts through my own abilities. The next night I felt like the enemy was messing with my mind...All I had to say was NO and immediately following this declaration I felt the Lord give me a three word statement so clearly for my prayer language. I could feel the fire of the Holy Spirit in my heart and I cherished it until I went to sleep. Over the past week I've been embracing this new gifting more and more and I have gotten rid of a lot of the orphan mindset that I have about my earthly father and am choosing to turn to my heavenly Father more and more. Thank you for praying for this step I knew the Lord was wanting me to embrace. They also brought up jobs-which I'm trying to relocate to Greenville from Rock Hill. Their prayers definitely had an impact on my interview the next day.
A girl visiting from France accepted Jesus as her Savior during HHP.
JAW PAIN GONE
All jaw pain left in a woman after a word of knowledge was given in HHP about TMJ.
SHOULDER PAIN FREE
A man's shoulder is pain free and mobile after prayer.
ITCHY EYES HEALED
A child with itchy eyes says that her eyes do not hurt or itch after receiving prayer; she feels all better.
A woman received prayer for her teeth & left saying the pain was completely gone.
FOOT PAIN GONE
A woman with foot pain says her foot is better after prayer at HHP.
HEALING IN CHURCH
HOME FOUND IN CITY CHURCH
MIRACLE FROM A MOTORCYCLE ACCIDENT
LADY SET FREE
A lady suffering for 2 years from Insomnia testifies to being healed through a Word of Knowledge at City Church. Her Dr. has removed her from her medication!
GROWTH THROUGH COMMUNITY
A man has grown expotentially since being a part of a City Church men's group for over a year. Abba is now real to him.
HEALING AT HHP
A lady's back was healed at HHP
At HHP this last week, a left shoulder was healed of a torn labrum!
WORDS OF KNOWLEDGE
A lady who had come to church for the first time in 4 years received multiple words of knowledge during ministry time and was blown away by the kindness of the Father.
CARPAL TUNNEL HEALED
A lady is set free from Carpal Tunnel in her wrist after receiving prayer on a Sunday morning.
Many Clemson students are touched by the Holy Spirit and healed during a recent Encounter Clemson service.
VELOCITY SERVE DAY
Over 140 people serve our 6 Community Partners in the City of Greenville during Velocity Serve Day 2012.
PAIN OF LUPUS GONE
A North Greenville student was set free from the pain of Lupus after being prayed for by other students.
12 new believers are baptized at City Church Simpsonville on April 22.
On Easter Sunday we had 7 children in the K5 class pray to receive salvation!
SOW INTO THE CITY AMOUNT
We are happy to announce that after our Sow Into the City Offering, each of our 6 community partners who faithfully serve our city in Jesus name will each begin to receive $946.00 monthly in support from City Church. Praise the Lord! Thank you City Church for your generosity!
City Church pastor, Steve Keyes, went to Pakistan to train 75 pastors to be better Bible teachers. He also got the opportunity to speak to over 6000 Muslim/Pakistani people and over 1000 responded at the invitation to receive Jesus Christ as their Lord and Savior!
MIRACLE HILL THANKS CITY CHURCH
On behalf of Miracle Hill, Shepherds Gate and the many we serve each day here in the Upstate, I want to say a big thanks to the body at City Church for your partnership and for sowing into the city. Thanks also for letting me be a part of the celebration Sunday morning. What a blessing! Each year the part that gets me the most is when the kids parade in and give their offering. I can't help but to picture the smile on God's face. My daughter Morgan (age 9) remembered the kids doing this last year and without my knowledge brought some money with her to church just in case they did it again. Thank you for allowing my daughter an opportunity to worship through giving. I look forward to seeing how God will continue to use City Church in sharing the light of Christ to the dark places of Greenville and beyond. - Greg Hynds from Miracle Hill
FULLY SURRENDERED DAUGHTER
My daughter has been "away from the Lord" for a while. She is a single mom with 2 kids. She came to the City Church Easter service, then went with a friend to Redemption the following week and fully surrendered her life back to God. Her whole countenance and life has changed - she's started tithing and God blessed her with a much needed car. Praise the Lord!