Saturday 12th of March I had the privilege of attending the graduation ceremony of Teen Challenge Ireland that took place in the Open Arms Church in Newbridge, Co. Kildare. Four men from the men’s rehab centre Tiglin and two ladies from the women’s rehab centre Shechem had completed the program and were given their graduation certificates. It was a wonderful evening and I thoroughly enjoyed the worship, the preaching, the fellowship over food and the ceremony. But most of all I enjoyed listening to the testimonies that were given by the graduates. It never ceases to amaze me how God can restore broken lives.
In fact I had real difficulties trying to imagine what the people on the stage used to look like when they were living on the streets, homeless and addicted to drugs. These men and women looked so well, so beautiful and healthy – and yet, just two years ago their lives were in shambles. What a powerful and wonderful God we serve – a God who can transform and restore broken lives, set captives free and make the lame walk and dance again. Returning home that night I felt a deep sense of gratitude and awe towards Jesus Christ. Attending this event was like seeing God at work – live. It had a tremendously encouraging effect on me.
This Saturday, 19th of March, we will have the event REVIVE at our church. Again former addicts will testify to the transforming power of Jesus in their lives. And I look forward to that again. There is something very special about seeing God at work in other people’s lives like that. I just can’t get enough of it.