Community Church Blog

22nd May 2018

Will Chapman – Allergic Reactions vastly diminish

When Will was 6 months old, we realised he had serious food allergies. Following tests, we found that he was severely allergic to all nuts, eggs and shellfish. He has had to carry epipens with him wherever he goes as his allergies could be fatal.

At the age of 3, his allergic reactions had become worse. The hospitals run something called ‘The Challenge’ - this is when a series of foods are tested during a stay in hospital under close medical supervision. Wills allergic reactions were so severe that they said that he was not even eligible for this test! We were told he would never be able to eat nuts, egg or shellfish. This seriously impacts his & our freedom in every day life.

When Will has had the skin prick test, the circumference of the reactions measures around 13mm. This represents severe anaphylaxis. But this year we, and several others, have been praying for God to breakthrough, and remarkably his reaction measurements have dramatically decreased to the following:
Nuts: 13mm down to 7mm
Egg: 14mm down to 3mm
Shellfish: 10mm down to 2mm.

The doctor (a specialist in allergies) couldn’t believe it and told us that he’d never seen this sort of reduction before. Will recently has had further blood tests and we are now praying that there will be enough medical confidence in his healing that he will be allowed to go through ‘The Challenge” in hospital and begin experiencing much more freedom in his diet.

God can do anything!

Maureen Hopkins

Posted by Maureen Hopkins

3rd May 2018

Stepping out in Faith

I was on my way to church and as I walked up to the Causeway in Bishops Stortford I met 2 ladies and two children. As one of the ladies crossed the road, her ankle suddenly gave way very badly in front of me. She hobbled to the wall and I could tell by her face that she was in a lot of pain. I quickly went over and asked her and her friend if they were OK. I also told them that I was on my way to church and that we believe God heals people. I felt a stirring in my spirit to pray so I asked one of the girls to put her hands on the lady’s ankle over my hand and to repeat after me, “In Jesus’ name be healed!” In an instant she was healed! She could walk without any pain!

But that’s not the end of the story... It turned out that she was on her way to church. I told them that I was on my way to my church too. We parted company. At the end of the service that morning I thought that I would speak to Peter Vincent about what had just happened and it was then that he told me that this same woman turned up at the Charis Centre that morning. Not only had Jesus healed her, but she chose to give her life to Christ that morning! Furthermore, her daughter had said to her Mum, “I didn’t believe in God before, but now I do.” Wow!

One little step of obedience from me & look at what God does!

Jason Devereux

Maureen Hopkins

Posted by Maureen Hopkins

25th April 2018

God speaks to us!

In Church on Sunday I felt the Lord encouraging me to use my artistic skills in my life to a greater degree. I felt Him say; 'I gave you this artistic gift- why on earth would you not use it?' I wrote this down as Peter was preaching. It was like the Lord was perplexed that I was not using my gift, that brings me so much joy and peace. Then there was an alter call for people who were perplexed. I'm mildly and cheerfully curiously perplexed about a few things in my life at the moment (aren't we all?) - but particularly perplexed professionally, and this urge to use my artistic gifts alongside another gifting I believe I have added to the potion. However, I was excited that God had mentioned this to me. 

At the end of the service I wanted to put a 'Gideon's Fleece' over what I felt I had heard- so I went for prayer ministry giving a very basic description of being professionally perplexed and not mentioning art at all. I felt Gods presence immediately as the prayer began. Nearing the end one of the women praying for me said, and she looked a little confused- I feel I need to share this with you. I see Jesus as the carpenter and he is making things with his hands, he is crafting things in his workshop- and I feel the Lord is saying that He will bless the work of your hands, specifically your hands as you craft things.'

What a lovely and humbling assurance that He speaks. He speaks to us. He spoke to where are my pencils?

Maureen Hopkins

Posted by Maureen Hopkins

17th April 2018

God's Provision

Back in the 80’s Maureen and I were struggling financially with two children to support, mortgage to pay etc. all on my single income. I went to some trusted Christian friends for advice and the first thing they asked was “are you tithing?” “What?” I responded, “Our bank account is already overdrawn every month - how can we afford to tithe?” But deep inside I knew they were right.

I set up a standing order to give a tenth of our income and a few days later we went to Kingdom Faith - a week long Christian camp at Peterborough. One seminar there was about finances and budgeting, but we had paid for the camp, bought tapes of meetings etc. so I wondered if we had overspent. However, at the end of that month we were NOT overdrawn for the first time in ages! We hadn’t had time to even start budgeting so I had to check our bank statement several times - there was no extra income and to this day I can’t explain it other than God somehow intervened. 

Through the years since then I’ve had a couple of periods of being out of work, but there has always been food on the table and we’ve never really had to struggle - God has always provided.

Maureen Hopkins

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