Because of the Lord’s great love we are not consumed, for His compassions never fail. They are new every morning; great is Your faithfulness.
Perhaps at no other time of year are we as reminded of God’s faithfulness as we are at Easter. God was faithful in sending His Son, faithful in resurrecting Him, and faithful in His promise of eternal life through Jesus. We see His faithfulness displayed in our lives everyday in a hundred ways, both big and small.
Take a moment to reflect back on the past 12 months and note all the ways God has been faithful. Below are a few stories from within the Charis Fellowship of how God displayed His faithfulness.
Celebrating Decades of Faithful Service
Bud grew up in inner city Philadelphia, and he accepted Jesus as his Savior at the age of seven. His faith was tested one year later when he was hit by a car, an experience he never should have survived. The doctors told his parents he wouldn’t live through the first night; they said if he did, he would never walk again. He spent weeks in the hospital and then months in a full body cast. The doctors said if he was able to walk, it would be with a limp and his body would never progress past the size of an eight-year-old. Ten months after his accident, Bud was not only walking, but back to running and playing soccer.
Read the story of how Bud used his life to serve God and others here.
Over the past five decades, the area around East Side Grace has become a booming metropolis, and the church itself has grown significantly. Beau commented, “The area we are in is changing and growing rapidly. The next years of our church may look different than some of the previous years.” As they adapt to a changing environment and growing population, they hold true to their mission of meeting people where they are and moving them to become fully devoted followers of Jesus Christ.
Read the story of East Side Grace Brethren Church here.
Protection Under Fire
On a normal patrol, squads have both a medic and an M60 machine gun crew; this particular day we had neither. We were told we didn’t have to wear out flak jackets on this patrol. As we started to leave, I heard a voice say, “Don, go get your flak jacket, you’ll need it today.” I looked around and there was no one around me; I knew it was the Lord.
Read the story of how God saved Don’s life in Vietnam here.
A Second Chance at Life
Three years ago when John Contreras, family ministry pastor at Osceola Grace Brethren Church in northern Indiana, learned he needed a new kidney, he had no idea the plan God was orchestrating. A few years prior, God had led Ashely Sipocs to Osceola Grace by a friend’s recommendation. “I didn’t grow up with God in my life. A few years ago I was going through a really dark time and I realized I couldn’t do this by myself; I needed something more.”
Read the whole story about John’s transplant here.