Archive for February, 2013

February 26, 2013

Declaring God’s Goodness (Sabrina)

Thanks to Sabrina for sharing her story of how God has been good to her family.

Hi Everyone!

I want to declare God’s goodness toward me and my sons Kevin and Kameron. They both have autism and it is a struggle, but God is giving me continued grace to deal with their different spectrum levels. I love how God sets things in motion in order to take care of us. Kevin was recently complaining of chest pains and Kameron was bitten by one of his classmates. God blessed for me to get them to see a doctor without having to go to the emergency room; both turned out fine and I just want to give God the glory for that. Continue to hold us up in prayer as I’m looking for God to do more miraculous things for us!

– Sabrina

February 21, 2013

Feedback from Ministry Trip to Central Church (Waterloo, ON, Canada) – Feb 8-10, 2013

CITC has enjoyed a great partnership with Central Church in Waterloo Ontario over the past 6 years or so, initially thru Debs and my friendship with Fred & Katherine (the couple who lead the eldership team) but since then also thru relationships that Nate & Jamie and David & Kathy have made with the church and leaders. Both Central and CITC partner with the Eph-4 ministry team New Covenant Ministries International (see WHO ARE THESE GUYS for more info on NCMI).
Debs & I, David, and Nate & Jamie traveled there last weekend to minister in the church and help in various areas of need such as a college ministry, worship, leadership training and preaching at their Sunday gathering. But the greatest impact during ministry trips like this often comes across the dinner table sharing a meal or coffee. Relationship is the basis on which effective ministry and Kingdom building can take place. Below is some feedback from a few of the CITC team.
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Debs:

Steve and I have been going to Waterloo for some time now and have often left feeling heart sore for Fred and Catherine as they have come up against their fair share of obstacles and have been discouraged. This time was different. The atmosphere was full of hope and vision for their future at Central Church. As the events of the weekend unfolded, it became clear that they are in a season of changing gears and being released into impact! I had the opportunity of going with Catherine to a gathering of pastors wives and women in ministry breakfast where I heard Catherine speak and share her powerful testimony of being healed from stage-4 cancer. She has a powerful ministry and is eager to be used by God in this area. I heard later from her that doors are opening more and more after years of waiting on God. On Sunday morning God broke in and His presence was thick as the church heard the word on our purpose in HIS kingdom and then as the church gathered around Fred and Catherine During the ministry time, God’s power was evident as people wept and cried out for more of God as a unified body with single purpose. We left so encouraged for our journey home! We felt full after a weekend ministering as friends with purpose – knowing God is at work.

Nate: 

Last weekend’s trip to Waterloo was a really great time of relationship and ministry with Central Church.  A few things that stood out to me:

1.) Our starting point was with established relationships — It was great to come into an environment that we already knew and people who we have built with before.  The relationships between our team and Central Church were obvious and genuine, and I feel this gave a “weight” and trust to the things taught, conversed, and ministered.  They are truly a “peer” church where it really feels like we are walking alongside each other.  The established relationships seem to pick up where they left off, and bring with them experiences and growth since we last partnered.

2.) The weekend was a team effort — It was great to have Steve teaching several times at the main meetings, but it was also great that each of us got to contribute in various ways and in ways we are gifted.  From the college-age group on Friday night, to the women’s lunch on Sat, to the Sat all-church gathering, to the worship team training on Sat pm, to the worship & teaching at the Sunday gathering — all of us — Steve, Debs, Dave, Jamie, and Nate — got to contribute in one-on-one and group settings and lead in areas of gifting and passion.  It is awesome to work in team and to see that outwork in practical ways with Central Church.

3.) There was evidence of growth and God’s work — Both in the sense that have seen growth and change since our previous times there, as well as in the sense that we saw response and people being built up while we were there.  There was a great relational sense of mutual encouragement and co-laboring.

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David:

I definitely enjoyed our weekend in Waterloo. Although the drive there was long 11.5hours, due to the snow storm, the atmosphere in the car was expectant, and we were all excited about being with this church again. It was my second trip there, and knowing some of the people and the leaders was quite helpful. Everything we did there as a team felt like we were partnering with the church. From the first night where Nate preached with the young adult group, to the sessions Steve did sat afternoon, to the worship training Saturday night.  It really did feel like building with Central Church. Sunday morning was so encouraging, worship felt like it was in a really good place with people very hungry for God.  The sermon and ministry was very well received and again felt like we were building n top of what they were doing. I noticed that the meeting place was very full, I would even say at capacity. I really look forward to our continued partnership with Waterloo, and think there may be a really special bond between our two churches into the future.

February 8, 2013

God Rescues (Brianna)

Thanks Brianna for sharing this great story of God’s protection (from Jan 20th)

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I want to share how God intervened for me in the midst of a frightening and difficult experience. I had lain down to take a nap before leaving for the CITC worship night in January. As I slept I had a nightmare that felt incredibly real. Within the nightmare I woke up in my bed only to hear strange voices and seemed to feel trapped physically. I was terrified so I prayed and kept asking Jesus to come. The sounds would flee but then I would wake up within that dream to find myself in another nightmare (still in my bed, exactly as I’d fallen asleep) hearing voices and feeling terrified. So it continued, every time I thought I was awake something strange and unreal would happen that paralyzed me with fear. After this repeated 8 or 9 times I woke up, trembling all over. I got myself together and left with my friends for the service, still a little afraid I was dreaming.

So…that was really horrible, as I’m sure you can imagine. I think what made it worse was that while it was happening, I was praying and asking Jesus to come…but I half-believed he wouldn’t and I would be taken over or hurt or whatever. But each time after I called out to him the voices or dreams or spirits, whatever they were, would leave and I would wake up.

I was still a little shaken up, because I didn’t know if it had just been a horrible dream or if I was being spiritually attacked. But when we got to 1040, after we started singing I realized that God had rescued me each time. I was alive and safe and he was sheltering me…and during each song he just brought so much comfort and joy and courage to my heart. After the third song I was laughing in the face of the enemy’s pride and boldness, laughing at my own fear and doubt. The Holy Spirit moved me to intercede for anyone under any attack, whether it was from themselves or the enemy that night.

So, that’s it. I was incredibly encouraged…and shown the immense grace and care that God has for his children, that he is quick to rescue and mighty to save. Nearly every song we sang seemed to focus on God’s light in the face of darkness, and I felt that my experience was aligned with that. I feel like those armies in the old testament…who have been saved through a great battle by God’s intervention. Praise God.

Brianna
February 1, 2013

Healed (Marie)

Listen to this great story of God’s miraculous healing shared by Marie:

Recorded Sunday, January 27th, 2013 at Church in the City