From humble beginnings in a living room to our current site and everything between, Praise Church has experienced several major moves over the years. We are outgrowing our current space and God has placed it on our hearts to make room for the stories yet to be told by building a new facility on the 10 acres behind our current building. It is through God’s faithfulness in our past and the vision we believe He has for our future that we prepare for our next Major Move.
STORIES BEING TOLD
“Ten years ago I was buried under a mountain of spiritual oppression, believing God’s approval of me was based on my performance. Since I could never measure up, self-condemnation and hopelessness were my mental defaults.
In the Fall of 2007, God freed me from that spiritual stronghold and began teaching me who He really is and what He wants from me. One precious gift He gave me was leading me to Praise Church where I could worship in freedom. I grew a lot in my relationship with God over the next several years; however, I was still carrying a weight of wrong beliefs and character defects. God was getting ready to teach me the importance of being in active community with fellow believers.
Two years ago, I found myself at a crisis point in my personal life. I was completely miserable and my closest relationships were in shambles. That breaking point forced me out of my isolation. God led me to a Christian counselor who helped me peel away all the wrong beliefs and bad coping techniques I had been holding onto. God also strengthened me to reach out to other women with whom I could share life and grow.
Through my journey of the last ten years, the greatest lessons I’ve learned are: 1) God is faithful and He truly is working all things for my good; and 2) being connected to the local body of Christ (with friends who speak truth to us) is a vital way we receive the “abundant life” Jesus promised.”
3 feet across the table from me, as though He were standing slightly above the table – I couldn’t see him, but I heard him calmly and clearly say: “Mary, find a church.” four words that changed my life. It was in that moment that I went from the blackest death to overwhelming joy. I swiveled around in my kitchen chair and grabbed the phone book and began the process of writing down churches, service times and addresses. One minute earlier the thought of being in a room with another human was terrifying – now I was overjoyed at the thought of walking into churches full of strangers! Never once did I say “what just happened?!!!! I just rolled with it, as though it were the most natural thing in the world. And it progressed from there. I visited 7 or 8 churches, welcomed lovingly like a lost family member at every church (God was so there!!), discovering what the bible is, getting to know who and what Jesus is – it has been a wonderful amazing miraculous journey. All I can think is that God finally said “girl, it doesn’t look like you’re ever going to try to find me without some major help, so here you go”. I can’t think of any four words Jesus could have said that would have achieved the same thing, but then, God is perfect in every way – I’ve noticed since then how economical He is with His words and the magnificent outcomes he achieves. From Satan’s stronghold to the glory of God, Yes. I am the most grateful person in the world, and it keeps getting better and better.
PS. I went into treatment again for Hep C about a year ago and have remained virus free since then. But you know what? That’s not even important to me anymore. Nothing matters except staying close to Jesus.
I would never have believed this testimony from another – maybe we just have to experience it to believe it. Praise God!”
As we continue hearing stories of life change, we know that God is working in the lives of those who call Praise home. Your generosity toward our Major Move campaign will provide new space and greater opportunity to reach our community. With a new auditorium and children’s facilities, additional parking, and a more prominent location off of Major Drive, Praise Church will be able to reach our community in even more creative, practical, and relevant ways. Every contribution matters and giving online is simple and secure. Please join us as we make room for the stories yet to be told!
Our major move is making progress towards creating more space for stories of life change and growth. Here are our current stats: