Prayer Challenge Stories

On Sunday, February 26, in both the Upstairs Gathering and the Downstairs Gathering, we’ll be making space to hear stories of what’s happened throughout the David series and the Prayer Challenge.  Sharing what God has done, what you’re wrestling with, or other clarity that you’ve gained can be both encouraging for those who hear, but can also do something positive in the storyteller too.

We invite you to think and pray about the following questions.  Perhaps you might have a story to tell that would be a gift to the community…

  • What have you learned about your calling?

  • What do you see is your future wrestle in learning to live out your calling more fully?

If you’d rather not share publicly, why not write out your thoughts and send them in to the office… or print it and give it to one of the pastors on Sunday morning for them to read to the church.  Your story is valuable and we want to make it accessible for you to be heard.

Here’s a little encouraging note from Val Hutt regarding this work that we’ve been doing together, specifically for the past two Sunday mornings:

“The Lord loves us here as individuals and as a group; as a family, his people.  When we are gathered as we are today and doing this work he is greatly pleased.  He is greatly honour.  His power is unleashed – sent forth.  Not power as the world knows that steam rolls over all before it.  But his power that spreads wide and goes deep.  Calling all and filling all.  Amen!”

An Uncommon Bond – a story of forgiveness

This is a story submitted by Katherine Peters.

Ruth and I were good friends. We had a lot in common. We were single parents together. We went to the same church together and mostly we just hung out together with our boys.

I loved Ruth’s vibrant smile, her infectious laugh, and she gave the best hugs. We both dated and later married men who were alcoholics. We supported one another through the good times and the bad times. She loved life and the people in her life.

We didn’t have everything in common. Previously, Ruth had worked the streets in order to support her past drug habit. CFS had stepped in and taken her 5 oldest kids, all boys. When she described her addiction, she told me heroin was the only drug that calls to you in your sleep. She lived with this ongoing struggle to stay clean and keep her youngest son.

Ruth spent the first 5 years of her life at Roseau River Indian Reserve. I don’t know what kind of pain she endured before she went into foster care. But I know she battled every day to rise above her pain and do better.

At some point the pain became too great. She went back to numbing the pain in the old familiar way. Ruth was back on the street to support her habit. But she never stopped trying to rise above it.

A few years later, Ruth and her son came to spend some time with me. She wanted to make a new start. We looked at apartments together. I gave her $1,000 to get her on her feet again. But she never got that apartment. The temptation was too great. She spent my cash on a short-term solution to numb the pain.

Our bond of friendship turned into chains of unforgiveness. She had hurt me. How could she betray me like that? I trusted her! I believed in her! My heart was broken and I was angry.

In 2012, Ruth was found dead on Main street. All her tries had been used up and her battles were over. She finally had peace.

All her sons were all at the funeral. The intertwining of grief, anger and compassion hung heavily in the room as the pastor poured out his heart of love for this lady who had never given up.

There was an opportunity to give a donation for the Vineyard Memorial Path behind the church; a memorial garden to remember the lives of native women who had been taken too soon.

As I took out my cheque book, I wondered how much I would give. A familiar voice whispered, “$1,000.00 is the amount.” As I filled in the cheque, my heart began to change. The pastor’s words echoed in my mind. “We don’t know the pain she experienced in her life. How can we judge? All her life, she struggled to do the right thing.”

Ruth and Katherine

Ruth & Katherine

I signed the cheque and in the memo I wrote, “Paid in full.” Her debt was paid, and the chains fell off me! We were no longer bound by unforgiveness. Not only had Ruth been set free from the war she waged, my heart had been set free from the chains that had weighed me down.

How does that work you ask? You paid out money twice and you call it even?

This is how it works in the kingdom. We owe a huge debt. We can’t possibly pay it back. In all our trying and struggling to do the right thing, it will never cover what we owe. Then Jesus came. He paid for our sins when he died on the cross. He wrote the cheque and forgave us as he did so. He doesn’t have feelings of unforgiveness towards us. Only love.

One day I will be reunited with my friend Ruth. I can’t wait to see her, knowing there are no bad feelings between us.

Jesus is waiting for each one of us. He can’t wait to see us. He doesn’t hold any bad feelings towards us. Only love.

~ Katherine Peters


>> If you have a story you’d like to share, please contact Andy.


Geoff’s Toe – a healing story

Check out what happened in the Upstairs Gathering last Sunday.  Geoff Reimer shares about how God healed his toe.  I checked in with him a few days later and it’s at about 90%.  Don’t you love how God shows up when we ask?  It may not always be how we expect, but he really does love to come and be with his kids.  Do you have a healing story, or another example of how God has shown up for you lately?  Let us know!

Geoff from WCV on Vimeo.