It is with joy and thankfulness that I am reporting on the conclusion of our 2015-16 Living Waters Program at the end of March. Living Waters is an in-depth healing and discipleship group for any Christian seeking healing in areas of sexual and relational brokenness. Living Waters is for EVERYONE! Each one of us is a good gift from God; most of us are broken in our ability to love others well. Living Waters lays a biblical foundation for sexual and relational wholeness in our lives.
After 21 weeks of intense worship, teaching and small group prayer, our participants testified to the change that had taken place as a result of the work of the Holy Spirit in their lives. With their permission, here are their testimonies:
Through Living Waters, God showed me that at a deep level I had, in my woundedness, despised and rejected my gender and therefore, myself. I learned so much through the truths expressed in the beautifully articulated, biblical and comprehensive Living Waters textbook about how Christ’s work on the cross can bring deep healing. Through the teachings aided by the caring ministry and prayers of others, God’s Spirit gently enabled me to begin to accept the self that He made me to be. This ‘real me’ was then able to begin to receive His love and perfect parenting in new ways, and turn from many broken ways. I notice a new contentedness and growing joy in accepting who I am in Him.
Living Waters brought healing to my spirit especially from an abusive relationship with my ex-boyfriend. By dealing with past wounds and traumas, I received healing!
I came to Living Waters confused and scared. I’m leaving with hope for my marriage!
I came to Living Waters feeling so broken. I had just come out of a relationship where the man was very godly and good to me but I could not receive his love. The more he tried to love me, the more I pushed him away. Throughout Living Waters, the idea that God made me to be a good gift continually ministered to my heart. For so many years after being in an abusive relationship, I believed that I was the problem and I had carried a huge yoke of shame. Through the ‘cross time’, the Holy Spirit has been restoring my sense of worth and that I actually have much to give!
It started out with me coming because a friend invited me, but I got so much more out of it than I thought possible! I’ve always had issues with anxiety, self-hatred and mild depression. I didn’t think Living Waters was going to be able to help me with that, but it DID! I was able to uncover things that I never thought were issues, things I thought were buried in the past and long forgotten. I never knew my revulsion toward the feminine and my desire to be a boy when I was younger God used Living Waters greatly in my life. God showed me so much about my identity in Him instead of my sins of the past. I’ve also grown much closer to God in my intimacy with Him.
I initially came because my wife required me to seek some kind of counseling. I wanted to change but had been let down by so many counselors and groups that went nowhere that I was skeptical Living Waters would be any different. In the end, I’m glad I came. Small group was a highlight and removed my skepticism that groups can experience change and actually bond vs. being strangers stuck in a rut. Seeing others who had overcome the same sins and struggles that had plagued me for years was very encouraging. Becoming that person thanks to Living Waters and my church is incredibly edifying.
Living Waters has made me realize my need for community and also the importance of being in authentic relationships with others.
This has been the most beneficial course I have ever experienced regarding sexual issues and their root causes. I have been able to walk with less shame and more transparency. I now see my need is not so much to flee sexual sin as it is to turn away from idolatry of God’s creation while seeking and worshiping my loving Heavenly Father. My past had isolated me in my sin, but now I see the value and ability to have real and deeply Christ-ministering relationships with other men.
The 2016-17 Living Waters Program will be starting in October 2016 and will run through March 2017. We are now accepting applications! Applications are available on our Living Waters page. Sign up early to ensure a place in the program, as space is limited. Tell your friends to come! They will be glad you referred them!