You have been a refuge for the poor,
a refuge for the needy in their distress,
a shelter from the storm
and a shade from the heat.
For the breath of the ruthless
is like a storm driving against a wall.
At Real Hope it is our desire that our beloved friends feel the same faith and love we experience from God. What a comfort to know that changes are happening, that God is still at work.
As usual we are fasting and praying on Tuesday mornings for our beloved friends, we are desperate to see changes. We love our beloved friends and we see and hear of terrible incidents week after week, some people are not ready to make the changes needed to live the life God wants of them but that will not stop us doing what we are doing.
As usual we had Bevan Healthcare for medical assistance and advice and we had someone to help us with housing issues for those who are homeless or facing homelessness. We had our clothing people on hand for those needing clothing and someone in the prayer room praying throughout the night.
Last week (20th April) We had Teen Challenge with us and there were 3 people sharing their testimonies on how Jesus has changed their lives, they are now free from years of drink and drug abuse. Some did not want to hear it but others were touched by what was said. 3 people asked for help that night, that’s 3 people who are scared or in pain because of how they live their lives and want to change, they want Jesus to do for them what He has done for so many others. Praise God for those responses.
This week we had our beloved sister in Christ Joy Nicholson speaking. Joy is a member of our church and has a heart for the vision of seeing changed lives (keep a look out tomorrow for Joys testimony on here). Joy spoke of the woman caught in adultery in John 8 1-11.
1 but Jesus went to the Mount of Olives.
2 At dawn he appeared again in the temple courts, where all the people gathered around him, and he sat down to teach them. 3 The teachers of the law and the Pharisees brought in a woman caught in adultery. They made her stand before the group 4 and said to Jesus, “Teacher, this woman was caught in the act of adultery. 5 In the Law Moses commanded us to stone such women. Now what do you say?” 6 They were using this question as a trap, in order to have a basis for accusing him.
But Jesus bent down and started to write on the ground with his finger. 7 When they kept on questioning him, he straightened up and said to them, “Let any one of you who is without sin be the first to throw a stone at her.” 8 Again he stooped down and wrote on the ground.
9 At this, those who heard began to go away one at a time, the older ones first, until only Jesus was left, with the woman still standing there. 10 Jesus straightened up and asked her, “Woman, where are they? Has no one condemned you?”
11 “No one, sir,” she said.
“Then neither do I condemn you,” Jesus declared. “Go now and leave your life of sin.” John 8:1-11.
Joys message was clear that whatever sin this woman had done, Jesus loves her and has forgiven her sin. Same with our beloved friends, they may have made some bad choices but there can still be a good outcome if they come to know Jesus and repent of their sins.
Please keep our beloved friends in your prayers, keep them on your hearts. Also pray for us as a team, pray that we grow stronger, that we see more breakthroughs.
As always we thank you for your continued support in our ministry, your interest in our work, your prayer support, the time you have spent reading this blog.
God Bless you all.
The Real Hope Team.