Read Our Stories
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.
Muchas veces tenemos la impresión que la vida ha sido dura e injusta con nosotros, que estamos solos en un circulo de desesperanza y que no existe nadie que pueda ayudar a levantarnos. En mi caso, como emigrante, puedo decirte que para mí lo más difícil no es estar lejos de casa, sino desconocer que puede suceder mañana con mis seres queridos. Esta historia puede ser similar a la tuya, sin embargo quiero que sepas que no estás solo. Durante éste camino lejos de mi país he descubierto que Dios ha estado conmigo en cada paso. A pesar que el futuro siempre es incierto, tengo la certeza que los planes de Dios son de bendición para mi familia. Cada historia de vida es distinta, sin embargo, te invito a que descubras el propósito por el cual Él te permite estar vivo hoy. La verdad siempre trae esperanza. Hoy Dios nos recuerda que “No envió a su Hijo al mundo para condenar al mundo, sino para que el mundo sea salvo por él.”
I was a Christian when I was young, but in my early 20s, I began pushing God away. I always thought that I would deal with “religion” someday, but it seemed easier doing things on my own. Several years later, I became sick with many frightening and painful symptoms. The doctors couldn’t determine what was wrong and I felt overwhelmed and terrified in the uncertainty. I felt very alone at night, unable to sleep, often feeling intense fear and despair. I remember during an MRI, lying inside that white tube, trying not to panic, I started reciting the 23rd Psalm to myself. I began to feel God’s peace. I started talking to God, asking Him to calm my mind and give me strength. I still felt scared, but I also felt an overwhelming assurance that all this was a part of God’s big plan for my life. As I began to trust God, I knew that I would be okay because God was taking care of me.
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 could 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.
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.
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.
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.
We meet every Sunday at 10:30 a.m. for weekly worship.
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