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Discovering Hope in Jesus

Hear Our Stories of Hope

It doesn’t matter if we are rich or poor, we need hope. It doesn’t matter if we are young or old, we need hope. It doesn’t matter our ethnicity, we need hope.

At Uptown Church we want to share our stories with you to encourage you on your journey of faith. Our lives are a testimony that God is at work today, redeeming and restoring what is broken.

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More Stories of Hope

 

Tiana’s Story

I was seven years old when my parents divorced. I was so angry and wounded by their actions that I decided that I would never let anyone hurt me like that again. I was strong. I was self-reliant. I was bitter. Even though I grew up going to church, I continued to carry that bitterness with me. When I was fourteen, I attended a Bible camp. The first campfire message was on forgiveness. I was very uncomfortable with the thought of forgiving my parents and letting go of my pain. I realized that I couldn't keep being angry with them and the rest of the world. Hope and freedom came when I surrendered to Christ and He became a healer, friend, and ever-present parent.

Terry’s Story

Ten years ago, a bad church experience left me feeling betrayed and let down – so I quit. If church meant rejection and disappointment, then I didn’t want to go any more. Others were hurt too and I just couldn’t accept it. I felt justified in my decision because I cohuld still read my Bible, pray, and talk with Christian friends. The church didn’t need me and I didn’t need the church. Over time, I realized that churches are made up of imperfect people, like myself, who make mistakes. But God doesn’t make mistakes. God brings flawed people together to help one another. Even though we don’t always get it right, God uses the Church to bring love, encouragement, and healing. I need the church and the church needs me.

 
 

Andrea’s Story

Does life have more meaning than just living the American dream? Is life just about getting a job, allowing you to pay the rent, so you can have a place to sleep, so you can get up the next day, to go to work, to make more money, to pay the rent…or is life just a cosmic joke? I felt haunted by these questions yet did nothing but try to ignore them. I used alcohol and unhealthy relationships to try and numb the meaninglessness I felt. Hope came when those questions were answered, but more importantly, hope came when I knew that Jesus wanted to love and care for me. If I didn’t have hope I would be somewhere comfortable living a meaningless life. Jesus’s love was the only answer that made sense in a dark place. Hope is my direction.

Stewart’s Story

Even though I’m joyful and friendly life hasn’t always been easy for me. My family went through struggles and I have had health issues. When my mom had problems we wound up homeless. I met some Christian friends who showed me more about living for God. I was happy following God and doing what was right. I trusted Him and prayed when life was difficult. It was hard but God was always there. My mom is doing much better now. We have a good relationship and our family has a lot of hope. I like to say hi to people on the street, I volunteer at CCO homeless shelter, and I like to help people whenever I can. Sharing hope and joy makes me happy and gives me hope. If you need hope and joy in your life just ask God and pray, He will hear you.

 
 

Elizabeth’s Story

I felt far from God and was questioning my belief in Him. I wondered if He really existed. But God renewed my faith while I was studying abroad in China. I’d been praying for a friend for a long time to become a Christian and I thought it was never going to happen. But it did happen! God answering my prayer reminded me that He is real and does miracles. It gave me hope.I have been encouraged by the fact that in the midst of the suffering and brokenness in the world, Christ is making all things new.

Fred’s Story

I was stuck in a cycle of stealing and doing drugs. I'd been in prison multiple times and I was on a path of self destruction. Hope came in the form of a random stranger who visited me in jail and shared the love of Christ with me. After being released again I was falling into old habits. I realized I couldn't save myself and in desperation I turned to God and started going to church. Only he had the power to save and deliver me.

 
 

Rebecca’s Story

I grew up in a wealthy suburb and went to the best schools, but felt like an outcast. My parents fought constantly and I never fit in anywhere. By the time I was fifteen I was doing drugs, running away, and suicidal. A girl at school invited me to a Bible study at church. Overwhelmed by all the new faces, I went upstairs to the dark sanctuary where the choir was practicing. I got down on my knees and told God if He wanted me, He could have me. Something beautiful happened that night thirty-five years ago. God changed my heart and my life has never been the same. Hope and love are there for the asking.

Tom’s Story

I grew up in a good Christian environment, but never wanted to make the commitment because I wanted to live for myself. By the time I was in college I was pouring myself into pursuing a life of fame and fortune but I found this pursuit to be hollow. I recognized I was making a mess of my life, so I asked Jesus to take over. When I returned to Jesus I went from being self-centered to community-centered, I chose a life focused on service to others. I like who I have become.

 
 

Tammy’s Story

I have struggled with depression since I was a child. When I was 17 I was hospitalized for self-harm and I had given up any hope of peace or happiness. A friend had given me her Bible the day before and it reminded me of my deep need for rescue and for God. The Bible promised God would walk beside me in the darkness and be my light when I had none. He brings Jeremiah 29:11 alive to me every day: “For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the Lord, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.”

No matter the current chapter, the end of your story is not yet written. The stories on this page show God is able to bring new life into any situation. Whatever your story, join us as we allow God to write the next chapter in our lives.

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We currently meet once a month for preview services. We will begin weekly worship in Fall 2018.