I have been prayed for at church a few times for healing. But one situation which happened to me towards the end of 2012 was so astounding and proved to me the presence of God in my life. I had a large lump in my breast and kept thinking it would go away if I ignored it. I did decide to go to the doctors, and on the Sunday beforehand I asked 3 or 4 friends at church to pray for me. One of my friends, Emily, said that she could see the word “fluid” in large letters. I went for a hospital appointment after Christmas but all through the Christmas period I was supported with friends and family calling me every day. At the hospital appointment they discovered a large cyst – filled with fluid! How amazing is that – what an incredible God we have!



Bob now comes to Grace Community Church Upminster and this is his feedback from previously doing the Christianity Explored course:

“For many years I had major doubts about believing in God. One of my major issues was with Dinosaurs and where they featured in the master plan.  I started to attend the Christianity Explored course and found it both enjoyable and enlightening.  An important factor was not feeling threatened.  I raised my questions about Dinosaurs amongst other things and the group helped my concerns to fade.  I became more involved with the course and following Christ in faith.

“Whilst on this course my doubts persisted as I needed proof and a sign. By nature I am very impatient and once I decided I wanted to believe I wanted an immediate acknowledgement from God.  It didn’t come.  I was reminded by my wife Vicky that God’s timing is perfect and something would happen when I was ready.

“I said at the meetings that over the weeks I felt I had walked a long way on this journey, was trying to cross over a bridge and knocking on the door but nobody appeared to be in.  I was attending church regularly and on one of the Sunday sermons, the leader Mick asked about faith being tested and asked if anybody needed prayer.  I felt as if the message was to me and went up to be prayed for.  He did so but I wasn’t ready.  Over the following few weeks I was becoming more frustrated. Things weren’t happening quickly enough for me and doubts were creeping in.  I was still waiting for a sign for me to be able to commit 100% to the Lord.

“A few weeks later I again went to Mick after the sermon and said I was still having problems.  Mick and Allan (a member of the church) both prayed for me.  Allan said he could feel the Holy Spirit coming down.  I felt nothing.  He said don’t try and resist and to hold my palms up as I was praying.  I did so.  I still had doubts, and then it happened – my head started getting hotter and began to burn.  Allan was saying how he could feel the presence of the Holy Spirit working as indeed I could.  My legs gave way and they both caught me.  I would never have believed it of me and I’ve previously seen such scenes on TV which I had dismissed as fake over-excitement.  I could no longer disbelieve or doubt that something special had happened to me.

“It was that day, 29th June 2014, that my life changed.”