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

3rd April 2018

God Heals!

I recently suffered a nasty tear in my knee ligaments on a mountain in the Lake District. It was a type 2 strain, and was causing me some significant pain. A few weeks a go we had some church members over for lunch, one of our guests asked if I would like prayer, so after lunch we sat down on the sofa and he laid hands on me. I instantly felt strong warmth and my knee was improved hugely. The problem did not go away completely, but if the pain and lack of movement was an 8- it instantly dropped to a 3.

Last week my wife prayed for my knee again. The heat was incredible in my knee she prayed - I could feel something happening and it really improved again. I feel I want to share this testimony in faith that God may not always obliterate whatever we are praying for, but I can say for sure God heals. I'm continuing to receive prayer for my knee and believe that God will heal it completely, and remain grateful for the prayer that boosted my hope and took away a whole heap of discomfort.

Maureen Hopkins

Posted by Maureen Hopkins

16th November 2017

Nikki's Testimony

Leading up to the meeting on Sunday 15th October, I had been experiencing terrible pain in my right side for quite some time. I thought that perhaps it was a very bad kidney infection. I couldn't sleep on that side as the pain was so bad.

I had been praying, drinking water and cranberry juice - doing all that I could to find relief - but the pain got very intense leading up to that weekend, and I really didn't want to go have to go to the doctor.

At church that Sunday, the Supergang children were invited to pray for anyone who was sick. I went forward for prayer and one little girl came up to me and asked what the problem was. I told her about the pain and that I didn't want to go to the doctor. She immediately turned round called over 2 other children, giving them some firm instructions… "You, come here, and you, come here. You touch her here and you touch her there. She doesn't want to go to the doctor, she is afraid.” This little girl had such confidence & authority!

They prayed simple but powerful prayers and the pain totally left my body later that day and has not returned. I am healed! I have no pain in my right side. I can sleep with ease again.

Thank you Jesus!!

Maureen Hopkins

Posted by Maureen Hopkins








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