Over the next few weeks we will be posting some of the testimonies from the students who were with us last year. They speak for themselves. The first is from Joni…
The School of Supernatural Evangelism has revived me. Before the course I had a long period of time when I had forgotten God. That is not quite the right word. I had forgotten that God and I were involved in a personal, intimate, loving relationship. Instead over time my closeness and expectation that God would speak to me just because we loved each other faded away until it became not even a distant memory and I became …normal. Usual. Functional. My life became about the everyday, the here and now – and mostly being worried, concerned or depressed about the here and now. There was a distinct lack of joy and I felt like I was hemmed into a very small life.
I remember my first experience of SSE was at masterclass last July. Very quickly tears just rolled out of my eyes as I was touched by the Holy Spirit. He was so powerfully in the room and my spirit was awakened. When I heard about the SSE full course in a metaphorical way I ran to it. I was decided. I was doing this. Nothing was going to stop me experiencing more of God. Falling in love with him again. Living a life in a full knowledge that we were living life together. To live life with God is to walk a path of holiness. To me that path is full of light, all love, all joy, all peace – it is a path full of expectation. It is a path where miracles happen. It is a path that not everyone will understand and it is a path where we will become more like Jesus and all that means including service, suffering and intimate relationship with the creator of the universe. I wanted to walk that path again and I saw the SSE as a way of helping me to find it again.
In some ways the SSE is very ‘usual’. We come together in a room, listen to a talk, respond and pray together. In the physical world its very ‘everyday’ for a Christian event. Yet in the Spiritual realm it’s been so very powerful. Getting together with others who have an expectation that God will speak, move and set us free from the stuff that hinders our relationship with him has been a rollercoaster of a journey.
So I come to the graduation day and the start of a new chapter in my life. I have been on a wonderful journey of re-awakening to the wonder of my Lord. And it is exciting. I am full of an awareness of his love for me, my world has opened up with new possibilities. I have a new job starting, We are moving house, I have been asked to preach more at Church I have met some fantastic people who have widened my world, I have definitely been surprised by God and some of the ‘spiritual’ things he has shown me. My life has been coloured in. I am not waiting for an imaginary time for when my life is going to start. Its happening now. I am living a life less ordinary.