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Previous Challenge Entry (Level 1 – Beginner)
Topic: Fellowship (among believers) (10/11/07)

TITLE: Gathering of Disciples
By Carolyn Kenney
10/11/07


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Gathering of Disciples

For quite a few years, I was a member of a wonderful and inspiring prayer group. It was quite by accident that I happened upon the “Gathering of Disciples.” One week, my friend, Patty, invited me to go to the meeting with her, at which time I became captivated by the friendship, warmth and concern of those present. Soon, I found myself letting nothing come in the way of the weekly meeting of the “Gathering of Disciples.” Every Thursday night, we would gather in the lower hall of a beautiful church, which is a half hour from my home. The hall was always filled with men and women from neighboring parishes who were there to share their faith with one another.

Many times, work would be rather difficult; my boss at the time was critical and overbearing. This was the case one week upon arriving at the prayer group meeting. As I walked down the stairs and into the hall, a woman greeted me saying, “How are you? I am so happy to see you.” I needed to hear those words of warm greeting that particular week. Her generous spirit made my happy I had attended that night; her sincere concern and Christian love enveloped me.

During that time, my faith grew in ways I never thought possible. I went from a believer to more of a participant in my local church. I took part in retreats, trips overseas to holy shrines and began writing a weekly devotional article in my parish bulletin. Becoming involved in your parish, even in a small way, is a necessary part of growing in faith. As we grow, we come to love God more and are eager to share our knowledge and love with others, thereby helping to create a world of peace and love within our communities.


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LauraLee Shaw10/19/07
I loved this testimony. This is the benefit of genuine Christian fellowship: spiritual growth. Nicely communicated....
Carol Shaffron10/19/07
What a lovely picture of felloswhip among believers. Yes, it most definitely empowers us to grow and become who God our Father intends.
Jan Ackerson 10/20/07
Thanks for sharing this! If you ever decide to expand this, tell us about specific times in this group--how they helped you or someone else through a difficult time, perhaps, or some shared joy.
Beckie Stewart10/22/07
I agree with this experience when you are with true believers.
Brenda Welc10/22/07
Thanks for sharing your walk with the Lord. How important are the relationships we build not only in our own churches but with brothers and sisters from other parishes as well. Well done with the topic at hand.
Donna Emery10/22/07
This sounds like a wonderful experience and how fortunate you were to find this group at a time when you clearly needed it. Nice job!
Jacquelyn Horne10/24/07
Informative piece on the value of fellowship.