A church member shares her story of how God guided her....
After the abuse I suffered at a previous church, I almost gave up and decided not to attend any church.
For over a year and a half, I was praying to God, asking him to guide me to a church that I could attend with my children. During this season, I continued to ask God for direction. At one point, I had a dream:
In this dream I was walking around, in search of a particular place. As I was walking, I realised that I couldn't find the place I was looking for. All of a sudden, I saw a man who asked me where I was going. I told him that I have an appointment but I don't know where the exact location is. He pointed to a building in the distance, so I followed the direction. In front of the building, I saw a large banner at the entrance saying in bold, 'Liberation of the Children of God'. At the sight of this I was instantly relieved and I could feel the presence of God. As I was standing there, I heard the voice of the Holy Spirit saying that everyone who enters into this building will be set free, burdens will be lifted, and yokes will be broken. I soon woke up.
To my surprise, I saw the same person who was in my dream, about a week later. I narrated the dream to him. After I narrated it, he asked me where I go to church. I told him I was currently looking for a church to fellowship. The person wrote 'The Charis Centre, Bishop's Stortford' on a piece of paper. He told me to pray about the church and to find more information about it on the internet. As a result of my previous experience however, I did not have a great desire to visit a new church and lost the paper. A year passed and I forgot about it. I was looking for something and coincidentally found the piece of paper that was given to me a year ago. When I found it, I said to my children that I believe that this is the time for us to start going to church again. I looked up the address of the church. I prayed about it again and told my children that we would visit the church. This was before my children were due to return to university. As we were about to enter the church, I said to my children, this is exactly the building I saw in my dream. On the first day, I felt the presence of God there and the worship and the atmosphere was marvellous. I felt so calm in my spirit.