During The Night of Worship Sunday night 2/21/16. I came in with lower back & left leg pain because my sciatica nerve jumped out of place during the first morning worship service.
2 points of reference for this testimony:
- Through the inner healing process I found I had some unforgiveness towards my brother that tied in with my back problem. I blamed my brother for a Car accident when I was 15.
- 2008 I broke my ankle and after surgery my left leg has been about 1/2 in. shorter.
After all unforgiveness addressed during this session was cleared up, Don Mckinley confirmed that my left leg was shorter by 1/2in. The Prayer team, with laying of hands and prayer, prayed a few minutes for my leg to grow back. Don rechecked and said I had 1/8in. to go. My immediate response was, “I did feel something moving downward on my lower left side while they prayed!”
So the team prayed more and my legs then matched up perfectly AND there was no more pain in my lower back or leg!
If you didn’t get to hear the wonderful news a few weeks ago either at the last Soak evening or in the service (one of the last single services), I’ve been healed! At the end of one of the services, Pastor Britt shared that someone said the Lord wants to heal those with left knee pain. I knew that the word was for me (possibly for other people as well – and it turns out it was ;-), but my knee wasn’t painful that day. My mind raced, thinking I didn’t want the Devil to take my chance at a blessing, despite the current situation, so I went ahead and had prayer. Mrs. O’Quinn prayed, having prayed a few times in the previous months for my knee, likewise, Mrs. VanHoorn. I’m of the mentality that God likes us to “keep on knocking,” so I continued to ask for prayer over the years. It was especially nice to have those who know my story to be there praying. Prayer with detailed knowledge is very strong!
My left knee had suffered tremendous pain over the last 6 years or so after a car accident. The hospital staff were sure it would get better over time, that it wasn’t necessary for an x-ray or further treatment. I was too dazed at the time to speak up and in that season, too dazed on the home front to care. I did get to receive chiropractic attention to my ailments after the accident, which helped so much – Shout out to Dr. McKinley! Unfortunately, after Keith lost his job (there’s a Prayer Request, but that’s another story), we weren’t able to pay for that any longer, so I dealt with it year after year. Night after night, my hubby, Keith, would rub my knee to relieve the pain enough to go to sleep. He will tell you, he knows it’s healed too!
I am so grateful for the body of Believers at Hope in the City who obediently share Words of Knowledge. It has meant easier walking and no more worries about how we’re going to be able to pay for knee surgery. We love Hope in the City! Thank you. May the Lord richly bless y’all!
Andy and I just wanted to share as an encouragement our story about how we have been intentional in loving our neighbors around us. We have lived in our house for 11 years now so have had a good amount of time to invest and go deep in relationships.
As we’ve gotten to know our neighbors and spend time with them, we’ve come to realize that we can’t out-nice our neighbors. We have people who aren’t believers living around us who are more compassionate than we are, more selfless than we are, and in a lot of areas nicer than we are. And we don’t really know the answer of how to show them Jesus other than just living it. All we know to do is just to follow Jesus wholeheartedly and then ask Him how to love the people around us and hope that His love is represented well through us.
It’s been a process as we figure out the best way to love our neighbors and friends in the way Jesus would love them. And although we still have many ways that we are still learning, we have learned a few practical things that we can share.
Dinner: We make it a habit as best we can to be intentional about inviting our neighbors over for dinner. And even though it’s something that we like doing and is natural for us, we still have to be intentional about it or it never happens. We also are intentional about going out with our neighbors. I (Sarah) will go to see movies with some of the girls and Andy will do the same or go to lunch or dinner.
Keeping our lives simple: We have made it a point to keep our lives simple so that we can be home more and outside in our front yard. We had our kids in a few activities but decided to take them out because we were gone all of the time. Now we are definitely not against having activities, but for us personally it was something that we decided to let go of so that we could love our neighbors even more.
School: This year we moved our kids to the school our neighborhood is zoned for. We had previously had them transferred for the last 5 years. But we were not able to develop deep relationships with the people in the school they were transferred to because there was a lot of commuting involved to make that happen. So we moved them to be closer in order to keep our lives more simple and to be able to be more involved in the people’s lives that live around us.
I think one of the key ingredients in outreach is intentionality. We have to be intentional or we will just get wrapped up in our daily routines. And we also have to trust God that when we say yes and step out that it won’t be too much for us. He knows what our limits are and as long as we keep turning to Him for the answers it will be good. Not necessarily always easy, but good.