He gives us stories /// hand in hand

Jesus immediately reached out his hand and took hold of him...
— Matthew 14:31

an open mind

When I first met my wife, I started going to church weekly. I was open minded, but initially I was purely attending to accompany and support her in this priority. After we moved to Newlands in July 2017, we started attending Refuge church every Sunday morning. I found it easier to relate and interact with people of a similar age, mindset and stage in life.

As the weeks and months went by my knowledge and interest in this whole Christianity thing that my wife had been banging on about increased. We began praying at home together, and at this time my wife was going though her own struggles. It was time to step up and I even prayed OUT LOUD—crazy I know...!

my prayers are heard

Jokes aside, it was during one of these prayers when I asked for a sign from God to confirm my prayers were being heard. Moments later while Marianne was praying, I felt like what can only be described as My Sign—while sitting with my hands clasped, the room began to expand, and my left hand felt much bigger than my right—it was as if I were a child holding onto my Father’s hand.

This was a well-timed sign of encouragement—this was the sort of sign I’d asked and hoped for. Since then I have continued to be encouraged and I’m excited to see what the future holds.


Thank you for following along with our Advent series, He Gives Us Stories.

  • Our prayer is that you have been encouraged as you've read of the exciting and amazingly varied ways God is at work in our church family

  • Attached you will find our 2018 Update, which includes our vision moving forward and ways that you can invest in this kingdom work. Will you join us in 2019 as we seek to be a church family that loves God and loves people?

  • We want to personally invite you to be a part of the continuing story of Refuge Church in Glasgow, Scotland. Would you consider linking arms with us through prayer or financial support?
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