Monday, April 04, 2011

humble beginnings...

Yesterday we had the honor of worshiping with a group of people who have felt disenfranchised at times, less than and on the fringes.

They have all been hurt in traditional church settings.  Some of them were spiritually abused by the same Christian leader.  One couple's marriage had been put to the test by alcoholism.  One family was concerned about the spiritual development of their children. They came together with the hope of creating a place of healing for the spiritually broken.

We met in a section of a woodworking factory where cabinetry, doors and furniture are made.  It had been scrubbed clean and swept free of sawdust.  Curtains were hung, a carpet was laid down and a pulpit put in place.

Worship was led by a husband and wife team. There was a volunteer to lead the service, a volunteer to give the message and one to teach the children.

Twenty-four people came together, rejoicing in the Lord and encouraging one another toward spiritual wholeness.

We truly felt His presence in that space... and are excited to see what God has in store for this group.


  1. That is so beautiful! My heart is encouraged by what you shared today. I love how God looks straight to our hearts and meets us all where we are at!

  2. Sometimes the smaller congregations can do a so much better job in ministering to people on a personal level. Glad you had such a good experience.

  3. May He bless and grow your new group abundantly... and you know He will!

  4. So now you are church planting! Love it! It sounds like a wonderful place for people to grow together.

  5. That sounds like a place where God is really working!

  6. That sounds like a truly wonderful gathering of worship Alida! I have no doubt God's Presence was in abundance at that place. :-)

    I pray that this group gains the spiritual wholeness (wonderful phrase) that they seek.

    Have a Blessed Day!

  7. Thanks so much for writing back. We have been with WV for 3 years and just moved to Chicago with them (from Seattle.)

    It is good to read of your service yesterday.I look forward to keeping in touch.


  8. That sounds beautiful. It's kismet that I clicked tonight and read that... I've had those same experiences with "church folk." I hope to find a group similar to yours one day soon.

  9. Wow! What a blessing to come together!

  10. God is so faithful. Thank you for visiting my blog and for the sweet comment! I look forward to reading more of your adventures.