Yesterday I got to spend time with some of my beautiful Kingdom Church STL friends. I also got to meet a lot of new friends and hear their stories. Person after person told me about how they’d only come to know Christ (or to sincerely start following Him) over the last few years. In fact, for many of them it was actually 2020 that was the real turning point – the time they radically encountered God’s Spirit at Kingdom Church and started learning to find themselves within His love.
It was so cool to hear how, even in the middle of a tumultuous time in our world, these individuals were experiencing real hope and transformation in their lives for the first time. They were set on a new course and grew to become seemingly entirely different people in just a few short years.
I was especially moved by the story of one precious young couple who had moved to America from a nation where it is illegal to become a Christian. A man from Kingdom Church prayed for the wife’s wounded leg on a college campus. She was immediately healed. The man started mentoring the couple right after that, and they recently joined the community at Kingdom. As they talked to me, they were beaming with joy, excitement and gratitude over how much knowing Christ and His followers has changed everything for them over a period of mere months.
I first went to Kingdom Church myself for their launch service on March 11th of 2018. I went home afterwards and posted a video of the worship on Instagram. The caption read, “I feel like the birth of this congregation is an answer to the prayers of those crying out for a move of God in our city. Something epic was just downloaded from Heaven to earth. I believe the whole Body of Christ in the region will move forward stronger because of the breakthrough this army is carrying. They are STARTING with some DNA and culture that is prototypical of what will one day be recognized as normal spirituality in St. Louis. The enemy has gotta be quivering!”
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