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Since becoming a Christian in the 1970’s I have always believed that God is on the move and is in the game of changing people’s lives. The problem was that prior to joining the King’s Arms Project, I hadn’t actually seen many lives powerfully transformed. I fought against the culture which said that leopards couldn’t change their spots, with the belief that there was hope, that lives could look different when people encountered Jesus.
Since joining the King’s Arms Project, I have witnessed first-hand God’s unfailing love for His image carriers. The heart of the staff is to serve those on the fringes of our society and to display God’s heart for them in a practical and loving way.
I have watched as some of our clients have become Christians and been added to The Church community. I have witnessed clients obtain jobs who had been struggling with low motivation and low self- esteem. I have seen clients grow massively in self-confidence, from quivering in a corner of a room to being the most vocal in the classroom. The last five years has been an incredible journey and I have enjoyed every day of it!
I am very grateful to God that He opened the door for me to work with the amazing King’s Arms Project. We read in Matthew 25:14-30 how we are all given talents by God which He wants to use to grow His Kingdom. We are called to be salt and light in this dark world, to be culture changers and to influence in a Godly way those we come into contact with in our everyday lives. For those in the scattered community and for those working directly for The Church or Christian charities we are all called to ‘Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind….and to Love your neighbour as yourself.
My favourite story whilst at the Project is about a guy who we worked with for some time. He had many issues which needed resolving which were holding him back. Lots of hours were spent encouraging him and speaking truth into his life but after a short time he just disappeared and we lost contact with him.
Some months later I met him at King’s Arms Church. Something amazing had happened to him. It was tangible and real. He had life in his eyes and lightness about him. I asked him what had happened and he explained to me that he had attended an Alpha course and had become a Christian. It was a beautiful moment which I will never forget. Although we had lost contact with this man God hadn’t and had plans to reveal Himself to him!
We must never forget that we are working for our heavenly Father, that we are His servants/ disciples and sons and daughters and that He doesn’t need us but we need Him. We are partnering with Him to see His Kingdom advance and souls saved.
I am loving being on the journey. It’s a long road but we have a Good Shepherd who loves us and is with us along the way. He cares for his sheep and is dependable.