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 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

1st February 2018

God provides

I was enjoying a cheapo summer holiday in Cyprus and I made the mistake of looking at my work emails. Two emails came in on the same morning cancelling lucrative potential work. It felt like the last straw as my company profits were plummeting and I had just forgone a comfortable income from local politics. I knelt down and handed it over to God saying I’ve given it my best shot God, now it’s over to you. I marked the occasion by taking a photo of the floor where I knelt to pray.

On my first day back at work I received a phone call from a competitor in Harlow asking to meet. Jason wanted to dispose of his printing company. I had no money to offer for a sale but a deal was struck whereby I pay a commission on turnover for the next 3 years. This addition to my company has lifted us out of the red and rescued us in a time when printing businesses are closing all around.

There is a whole lot more to the story but this is a clear answer to a heartfelt prayer.
John Barfoot

Maureen Hopkins

Posted by Maureen Hopkins

18th March 2017

Burdens replaced with peace

In Matthew 11:28-30, Jesus invites us to give Him our burdens and He'll give us rest. Here's the testimony of one of our members who experienced this recently:

"After Charlotte's excellent preach on 'Joy' on 26th Feb, people were invited to come forward for prayer. I had been feeling very burdened about some tough life circumstances and although I'd been praying, I was feeling robbed of joy and peace. I went forward and received prayer.

A few days later I realised that I had been living with much greater peace since that Sunday morning. The circumstances of life that had been resting so heavily on my mind had not changed, but something inside me had!

I am now living with confidence that God is in control.

He is good!"

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Dave Piek
Maureen Hopkins
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