Prayer & Fasting Testimonials

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, […]

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.

Acts 2:42 And they continued steadfastly in the apostles’ doctrine and fellowship, in the breaking of bread, and in prayers.

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.

James 5:16 Confess your trespasses to one another, and pray for one another, that you may be healed. The effective, [b]fervent prayer of a righteous man avails much.

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.

Titus 1:8 but hospitable, a lover of what is good, sober-minded, just, holy, self-controlled,