Prayer & Fasting Testimonials

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Encourage Someone

When I started attending church at Merced New Life, a friendship began to develop between myself and a mature and faithful saint.  As I continued on my journey towards Christ, this person was always encouraging me and teaching me about the ways of God.  In addition, this God-fearing individual was continually telling me that I was intelligent, capable and a great example for others.  At first, the accolades were difficult to accept.  I thought that maybe I really had this person fooled, but as time passed, I started acting on the words of this saint.  Little by little these words became a self-fulfilling prophesy as my conduct, habits, and life began to change for the better.  I started doing the work that was required to develop my skillsets in relation to communication, interpersonal relationships, and leadership.

This saint has helped me to believe in myself and the abilities that God had already given me.  Sometimes, all it takes is one person to believe in you and encourage you.  With the support of others, we can overcome any obstacle and even move mountains.

As we begin this 2018 Prayer and Fasting Journey, please take the time to encourage someone in their pursuit of holiness, seperation, development and growth.  You will be blessed by it.

Proverbs 11:25 The liberal soul shall be made fat: and he that watereth shall be watered also himself.

Philippians 2:4  Look not every man on his own things, but every man also on the things of others.


They Opened Up Their Homes

When I became a new Christian, there were so many biblical concepts that I didn’t understand.  There were so many things about God’s word that I didn’t know and that I needed to learn.  I wouldn’t have made it through the conversion process had it not been for God’s loving people welcoming me with open arms.

I remember after church on Sundays, after joining a friendship group, we’d meet at different homes and talk about God; learning about all the great things He has done.  On any particular week, we’d have lunch at a designated home.  As we broke bread together, I recall having great discussions.  People shared their testimonies and took the time to get to know me.  As coffee was served, the facilitator would begin the friendship group lesson.  The talks lasted for an hour or more, but the time would fly by.  The group members shared their successes and their missteps.  While sharing their thoughts, it would bring some to tears, and we’d pray for them.  The meetings always ended with prayer.  I remember holding hands with the others, and we’d pray for one another.   They taught me how to pray.  Friendship group provided a loving, healing environment, and I thank God for it.

Those moments of fellowship were critical to my spiritual growth, and they still are.  It’s so important that we open up our homes to people.  It’s so vital that we give our time and that we show ourselves friendly.  I owe my brothers and sisters in Christ so much!  I’m grateful for what they did for me!  They poured themselves out to me, and I don’t think I could ever repay them.  The only thing I can do moving forward is to open up my home to others, and hopefully, they can have a similar experience.  I’m honestly blessed to have met such beautiful people.