2018 marks our 27th year of Faith in Christ. To illuminate the power and presence of God throughout our journey (in lead up to our Anniversary celebration happening on the 18th of February) we will be uncovering 27 stories from within our FCF family. These tributes will inspire and empower you in your faith, as they speak of personal encounters to our faithful and loving God. Stay tuned to the following channels.

1. Here on our website:
2. On Instagram: @fcfmacarthur https://www.instagram.com/fcfmacarthur/
3. On Facebook:  @faithinchrist https://www.facebook.com/FaithInChrist/

 

 

“I am grateful for the many things that God has given me, such as my family, our church and my school. I am thankful for a nice home to live in and my good health. I am also thankful for the parents I have and the food and water they provide me with. I am thankful for our church. We are blessed with good pastors and teachers who teach us about Jesus and God. I also enjoy spending time with my good friends in Sunday school. Finally I am thankful for my school. I am grateful that God has given me good friends and has helped me get good grades for my school work. He has helped me to learn and understand the things that my teachers have taught me. I am also grateful that God has helped me be a good Vice Captain and helped me learn to speak in front of large groups of people. Praise God!” -Dominic Haines #HumansOfFCFMacarthur #FCFstories

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“Blessed!! Happy!! Content!! Victorious!! That’s how I would describe my life. I couldn’t ask for more because I have all that I could ask for. But before I had all of this, there was a point in my life when I felt empty and lonely. I am an only child, raised by my Grandparents. Yes, I came from a broken family, but I said to myself, ‘just because I came from a broken family, does not mean I am broken!’ No. My Faith in our God makes me realise that I am not alone because God is with me, and he is bigger than anything else. I thank the Lord for he has surrounded me with the right people—a husband who always supports me and my kids, in-laws who always provide a helping hand, and a workplace where I feel happy to do my job and to share the goodness of our God! And most of all, a church where people always make me feel I am loved. So my prayer is for God to bless me with wisdom, good health and strength so I can continue to do His will and to be a blessing to others. I also pray for my family to see how God has showered me with overflowing blessings to share with them. I also pray that God would continue to guide me, to be a good mother and a good person. Life is not perfect. Problems arise, but I know with my daily walk with God, He will always be with me, and I can face anything because he is within me! So I give back all the glory and praises to Him!” -Ernida Subang #FCFstories #HumansOfFCFMacarthur #LifeWithJesus

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“My name is Andrea and I’m a lifer here at FCF Macarthur. I have been attending our church with my parents since I was 6 years old. In Sunday school, I met my best friends ‘til this day, Abegaile and Rachel. Church was a part of our routine, and all the other members were part of my ‘extended family’. ​ Moving on a few years later, I graduated from Sunday school and started to attend Youth Group. This is where I was saved and started my friendship with my now husband, Darrell. Youth was so much fun with the experience of fellowshipping in the midst of young people all hungry for God. My husband and I now attend a bible study group with the same people we went to youth with, and it’s amazing to still be in the midst of (not so) young people hungry for God. Life is now making a full circle as Darrell and I are expecting a little baby boy, and I’m so excited for him to grow in this family, to experience the fun adventures and find life long friends. This is my home, this is my family and this is my Church.” – Andrea Santos #HumansOfFCFMacarthur #FCFstories

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“There are no words that explain how much God has blessed me everyday of my life. I am grateful for all the achievements God has blessed me with like my placings in my dance exams, grades at school and getting School Captain. When I dance on stage God guides me with every move I make. He helps me perform to the best of my abilities and makes me strong and healthy. Not only has God blessed me with amazing achievements, He’s also blessed me with loving family and friends. My mum has done a lot of things to get me to where I am today like take me places, feed me, shelter me, take care of me and believing in me. I’ve also got amazing friends who support me, help me through tough times and more. This really goes to show how amazing our God is!” -Zoe Prilis #HumansOfFCFMacarthur #FCFstories

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“My name is Elda Nievas. For those who don’t know me, I am part of the pastoral Team here at FCF Macarthur working in the area of Deliverance/Healing Ministry. I am thankful to the Lord because He is merciful. At the lowest point of my life, when I was feeling so disappointed and sad being left alone to raise two children, betrayed by people I’ve trusted, sick with a brain tumor, doctors telling me horrific things about what could happen to me in the future and with no family in Australia for support, a light shone for me. The Lord used another friend of mine to draw me and my children to Him. She invited me to her Water Baptisim, which I went to, and the following week, she invited me to her church. I was in a lot of pain because, at that time, I just had a car crash. So, I went a week later. I received the Lord in my life— that was around year 2000. After that, straight away, I started to work for the Lord in the church. Then, I answered His calling, went to Bible College, graduated, studied many more courses to improve my knowledge in different subjects needed in Counseling people, and here I am today still serving the Lord with all of my heart. The Lord rescued me, healed me, and transformed my life. He gave me peace, and I was able to forgive those who hurt me. The enemy kept attacking my body but my Lord has protected me once more last year as I’ve survived kidney cancer— thanks to His mercy! A word of encouragement: NEVER GIVE UP! That’s my motto. Love you all Ps Elda.” -Pastor Elda Nievas #HumansOfFCFMacarthur #FCFstories #27thAnniversary

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“Isn’t God good? The world’s adage ‘life begins at 40’ applied to me but plus another seven years. I was already 47 when I accepted Jesus as the Lord of my life. That was the beginning of my life, the beauty of it. Moses and the Israelites wandered in the desert for 40 years before finding the Promised Land. I overshadowed them by seven years in terms of endurance, difficulty and living in the dark. My life’s purpose in life then was simply, after school, find a good job, raise a family and live happily ever after, just like in the fairy tales. God and serving were not yet in my agenda, then – not in my overall outlook in life. When FCF Macarthur started in 1990, my family were the very first members (founders). We put our life in it. I practically and totally involved myself in serving (1) Administration (2) Music & Worship (3) Preaching & Teaching (4) Mission field and other day-to-day activities. I was busy but happy. I’m glad that my whole family are all in the business of serving the Lord. Everyone’s stable in life, health issues under control and under His Divine guidance. Ps 128:1 says ‘Happy are those who obey the Lord, who lives by His commands’ (GoodNewsVersion). I’M HAPPY. Isn’t God good?” -Pastor Ray Valenzuela #HumansOfFCFMacarthur #FCFstories #27thanniversary

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“There are so many things I have to thank God for but one of the biggest things I am thankful for is the church, especially the youth, who have really encouraged me to step up in my faith and have helped me develop the growing boldness I have to share God’s Word. I grew up in the church, and so I have always heard and known about Jesus, but it wasn’t until I started youth when I understood what it meant to accept Jesus as my Lord and Saviour and begun a personal relationship with Him. Since then I can surely say that I have changed. If you have known me since I was very young, then you would know that I was always more of a quiet and reserved kid. I disliked having to do any sort of public presentation or speech. Whilst the nervousness remains today, my trust in God is far greater. I have been truly challenged over the years to take up opportunities to share but through them I have learnt that God can really turn weakness into strength. I really thank God for surrounding me with people who encourage me to pursue God and the dreams and desires that He has placed in my heart. I can’t wait for what God has in store for me this year!” -Chloe Angeles #HumansOfFCFMacarthur #FCFstories #27thAnniversary

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“My parents decided on a whim to send me to Australia to pursue further education. It was scary to think that I was going to live 10000 km away from my family. However, my mom always told me that ‘you’re never too far, not when you’re with Jesus.’ So my biggest challenge coming to Australia was to figure out how to continually grow my Faith. Eca is a family friend who I’ve never met but through her life I came across Faith in Christ Fellowship Macarthur where I was welcomed with open arms and with FCF Macarthur my Faith has been growing. I’ve been blessed with wonderful people and it’s amazing to think that these wonderful people, despite being away from family, has managed to make me feel as though I’m home.” -Paul Lipnica #HumansOfFCFMacarthur #FCFstories #27thanniversary

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“FCF Filipino Christian Fellowship is what our church was known as when our family joined the church in 1994. Services were held at Macquarie Fields Public School hall. I remember at the beginning and end of each service, equipment, chairs and stage were set up and put away. Members rallied and helped. That has not changed. We no longer set and dismantle our equipment every week but the spirit of ‘bayanihan’ and fellowship live on. I see now FCF Faith in Christ Fellowship as one family in Christ committed to preserving, enriching and building on the good legacy of old as we continue to mature in our walk with our Lord Jesus Christ”. -Beth Cabrera #HumansOfFCFMacarthur #FCFstories #27thanniversary

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“As what Jesus answered and said to Martha, ‘Martha, Martha, you are worried and troubled about many things. But one thing is needed, and Mary has chosen that good part, which will not be taken away from her’ Luke 10:41-42 NKJV. I always considered myself a finisher and a completer of tasks, of lists, of obligations. But I’m learning that I have to be okay with being unfinished and incomplete. Because if I’m always looking for the next thing to do, then I miss the now. I forget to come undone, to open up, and to pause and recognise my need for my Saviour. I don’t want to rush what God is doing to me right now just because I want to be somewhere else to finish another task. This process is mine and only mine. So I believe it’s okay to be undone. I was asked to focus and don’t merely trust the process but trust GOD in the process – and the tension of waiting is where my faith stands and find my God make miracle-defining moments. So, I keep going and let Jesus be my ONE thing now.” -Marianne Manila #HumansOfFCFMacarthur #FCFstories #27thanniversary

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“I used to wish that my past was different. That my parents were still together, that we grew up with the financial benefits that come with a complete household, that I could remove the “dis” in disadvantaged. I couldn’t remove the struggle of my past, but I learned my past was not a determinant of my future, simply a revealer of the strengths that emerged through the fire. One verse woke me up, ‘I can do all things through Christ who strengthened me’ – Philippians 4:13. This became my life verse, the constant reminder when times got tough, and they definitely got tough. I was an emotional and spiritual wreck when my mother passed away in my final year of undergraduate study, broken down to the base layer, where foundations of identity were challenged. I leaned on God’s Word and promises to get me through. My tears were rivers in the desert. My praises were whimpering noises to break up the silence, and to drown out negative thoughts. And day by day, I grew stronger and more determined, then all at once, I became revived. I finished the remainder of my university year with the highest grades against the hardest subjects of the course, coming first in all of them, and then continued to first class honours and came out with the University Medal. I came to a breaking point, and found a Holy God present in my restoration. I can’t attribute all that success to myself, cause I definitely felt I was operating in blessing and favour. In God, there is only advantage.”-Pastor Kenneth Cervantes #HumansOfFCFMacarthur #FCFstories #27thanniversary

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“Growing up in a Hindu household wasn't easy. One day, we learnt about Christ when we went to a summer camp, which turned out to be a Christian Camp, with a dear friend of my mother's. Her name was Rosemary. I remember feeling the presence of God for the very first time and knew it was something that I wanted to share with friends and family. We tried to spread the good news to our cousins, but it was very frowned upon. I remember giving a Bible to my cousin, but she told me that her dad had hidden it, so I gave her another Bible. That one disappeared too. I gave her another Bible, then, we were banned from the house and labeled a ‘bad influence’ by my uncle. My parents were informed about what happened. They were not pleased, especially as my father was the chairman of the temple. But about ten years later, that cousin now serves in a church in the worship ministry. Her mother and her two younger siblings came to accept Christ into their lives too. My uncle however, we are still believing for. I remember, as a young girl, thinking you had to be perfect in order to be a Christian, because every Christian I met seemed to always have their life together! It was only later on in life that I realized that it wasn't about being perfect – it was about worshipping a perfect God.” -Carmel Valenzuela #HumansOfFCFMacarthur #FCFstories #27thanniversary

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“I can honestly say God has been good to Leah and I. He certainly never fails to provide and bless us in unexpected ways. When Leah was made redundant, we prayed for a miracle to happen. For six months we prayed for that miracle, however each passing month got a little more discouraging. Even so, we prayed for a miracle! In April 2016, God answered our prayers in a way that we could only attribute to Him. He gave Leah a job that now gives her opportunity for growth. In 2017, I found myself working longer hours in an environment that was not healthy anymore. I prayed at the beginning of the year for a certain job I had already applied for. I didn’t get it. Six months down the track, another job came up. Applying for the job to getting the job happened within a week. God has now placed me in a team of people who are supportive and also a track for future growth! God is good and we’re praying in 2018 that Family LJC will become a party of three (or more!).” -Pastor Jeffrey Cabrera #HumansOfFCFMacarthur #FCFstories #27thanniversary

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"Hi, my name is Martha Noemi Prealis, and I was born in Argentina. I came to Australia in 1981. I commenced my nursing career in 1986, and when I was about to set up my final exam at the University of Technology of Sydney, my marriage broke up. However, even in that difficult time I managed to pass. Then after that, I started to work. I started looking in the world for different things to numb my pain and fill my emptiness, but without good results. In 1987 I was involved in a car accident, the car was written off. I should not have been here alive today considering the scale of the accident, but instead I survived the crash without a single scratch. In the year 2000, on the 28th of February, at my best friend Elda's son’s birthday, who is my godson, we were supposed to have a family dinner together, but while I was working that morning, a member of the staff gave me the shocking news: Elda with the two children had a bad car accident. I had such a shock! After that accident, Elda had to use a walking aid to help with her mobility. In the middle of that situation, one of Elda's friends suggested for her to visit a Pentecostal church in the city of Fairfield. Elda invited me to come along, so we both went; that night, when the Pastor prayed for me I fell on the floor; when I got up I felt totally different! There are no words to describe my feelings at that moment. One week later, Elda and I received the Lord Jesus in our hearts, and three months later, Elda, her children and I were baptised. My life changed from that day –180 degrees. When I stop and contemplate about the past and present picture of my life, I realise that the Lord had His hands upon me since the beginning without me knowing it. My best friend Elda had never ceased praying for me from the day we met. Nothing is impossible with the Lord. Having the Lord as a Father means I'm not lacking of love, protection…it means I have identity and assurance in Him. The Lord allows things to happen to turn them into blessings and to reveal His glory. Jeremiah 29:11: ‘For I know the thoughts that I think toward you; say the Lord, thoughts of peace and not to evil , to give you a future and a hope.’ Hallelujah!"

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“My name is Teresita Sioson Santos, currently residing at Ingleburn, NSW. I’ve been a member of FCF Macarthur for almost 15 years. I received the free gift of salvation from the Lord way back in 1980 whilst I was in the Philippines. Since the Holy Spirit lives in my heart, I was changed as a new person. I turned back from the religion I had together with its beliefs. My heart was convicted with a strong desire to be closer with the Lord by attending a Christian church. I started to know the Lord better through the Holy Bible. I got involved in different ministries like teaching in Sunday School, joining the church choir, women’s ministry, home visitation and witnessing about Salvation. What a great joy to serve the Lord! When I migrated to Australia in 1989, I made sure that I continued to practice my Christian faith. The Lord continues to mold me through trials and difficulties, showering me with His love, wisdom and mercy. I praise Him for His goodness! Now that I am retired, I start my day with my Devotion with praises and thanksgiving. I lay before Him my prayers for sick people and those in need. Showing kindness to others is my personal commitment to the Lord. The Lord’s faithfulness to His children will last forever, and I’m so blessed to be one of them!” -Tess Santos #HumansOfFCFMacarthur #FCFstories #27thanniversary

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“I would like to testify to the GREATNESS of HIS Blessings in my life recently. I used to work in a small company for 10 years. When I started, the salary was a lot lower than what I used to get but I thought it's okay as it would be better in the coming years as I live in Ingleburn and the job was in Minto. When I started, I worked in Admin & Accounts but through the years, it was almost as if I was the one running the company as I did almost everything! My boss used to go overseas and left me with his company to run. I asked for pay rise 3-4 times during those 10 years that I’ve worked with them, but his answers were always: ‘Can the Company afford it?’, ‘You think of the positive and negative of working here’…I knew my boss took advantage of me as he knew my family "situations.” He knew that I needed money and a local job. In July 2017 I asked for a pay rise again, and got the same answer! With the influence of my sisters and a few friends I decided to resign at the end of July. I didn't know what I was going to do next, but I knew I had to look for another source of income. With my age— above middle age, it was a very scary…but I really prayed to JESUS, and I asked everyone to pray for me as well. I applied for a lot of jobs, and in mid August someone called me and asked me to come for an interview. The next day, after that 5-minute interview I got the job as an Accounts Payable full time employee in Kingsgrove. The salary is more than what I expected and asked for!!! What amazed me most was that the office moved to Ingleburn 3 weeks after I started working! What an AWESOME and AMAZING GOD! THANK YOU JESUS FOR ALL YOUR BLESSINGS!” Love in Christ, Chandra Hadely #HumansOfFCFMacarthur #FCFstories #27thanniversary

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“My name is Admir Adam Karajcic. My exposure to music and instruments have a lot to do with my Christian life. I’ve been musically blessed, and this has allowed me to strengthen my Faith. Faith in Christ Fellowship Macarthur has allowed me the freedom to express my talent for God’s glory by helping bridge worship and the congregation. I remember the day Darrell invited me to join the worship team, I was hesitant because I felt as though my guitar skills were subpar and I felt as though I was too young to be a part of the worship team. I came to a few practices for the probation, but it wasn’t until a few years later that I felt fully comfortable and so I devoted myself and my time into the music ministry as means of presenting God’s words through worship. I finally understood that worship was a lifestyle and that I should never underestimate myself or think that I am too young because God’s calling does not have a restriction.” -Admir Karajcic #HumansOfFCFMacarthur #FCFstories #27thanniversary

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I found a treasure in the wild southwest Sydney at Minto. Hello fellow believers at FCF Macarthur church, my name is Bastin if you don’t know me yet. Taking you down memory lane, as a relatively new migrant I moved to Minto area in early 2002. On a beautiful sunny autumn Saturday morning, I walking down to Boot hill Minto Saturday market, the Lord directed my eyes to find a treasure on a street sign post “Faith in Christ Fellowship”. Spiritually hungry to find a place to worship God in Spirit & in Truth in Minto Area, I decided to follow the signs, and found the church location. Eager to worship God the following day on Sunday, I walked in boldly not knowing anyone in the church, but found a bunch of Filipino people warm & welcoming a stranger, but also worshiping God in the way I was used to. I quickly sensed in my Spirit, that I found this treasure, knowing little that this place would be my spiritual home church since 2002. Over the years, I’ve met a lot of wonderful Christians and made a lot of friends, whom I still hang out and have a pleasure to be with. Little did I realise that I started liking Filipino Christian community. During these many years, the Lord in his own mysterious ways, blessed me immensely, through his spirit nourished my soul and took care of my spiritual needs as well. Happily married to a God fearing woman in Jonah Beth, who is beautiful both outwardly and inwardly. We were blessed with two handsome boys, Jonathan and Jeremiah was icing on the cake as well. God gave us the opportunity to serve the church in many ways, with the Men’s ministry, Leading the old Minto cell group and in the children’s ministry. Our prayers and wishes is that God would continue to make FCF Macarthur church a place for many to find refuge in God, nourish the inner man and prepare his bride for the soon coming King in Jesus our Lord. Once again wishing FCF Macarthur church happy 27th birthday. God Bless us all!” -Bastin Silva

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“Born just after WWII, he experienced a tough upbringing especially from a mum who loved her children in a very tough way (did not spare the rod and everything else). I think he was meant to be a girl, his blonde hair always in a large curl on top of his head. “Oh what a beautiful little girl or angel!” people in the tram would say…it haunted him – he was a boy. They said he was clever at school but his overwhelming shyness made him do the most stupid things. So stupid, in fact, that he was expelled from classical college and sent packing at 15 to Swiss Germany “to teach him a lesson”. Different language, different culture, lousy kitchen and a dirty job… he felt pretty lost and hopeless until he was offered an apprenticeship which he promptly accepted for the sake of not cleaning all day. He still cleaned all day for his 1st year. During this time and up until he was 19 he made serious mistakes, ruining his reputation and causing a deep anger to rise up within. All he wanted then was to join the French Legion (apparently they took anyone but he didn’t know how to go about it). Politically the family had only one goal in mind: free a little area so it became a State (canton) of Switzerland. He fought along with the family taking risks and becoming a hardened rebel – fact is he was rebellious, proud and arrogant from the word “Go”. He ran away after a miserable 4 months of compulsory military service – to NZ – the best 2 years of his life. Hotel School to please dad followed, then failed marriage due to more stupidity – life was a mess. At age 39, he put on his running shoes to run around Australia – ‘seek help,’ a little voice said – he did. Shortly afterwards he lands in the Philippines – gives his life to Jesus – meets and marries a wonderful creature called Cynthia. How good has GOD been to me? Incredibly gracious; I can assure you.” -Pastor Guy Lachat #HumansOfFCFMacarthur #FCFstories #27thanniversary

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“God answers every prayer. Before I knew Jesus, I felt stressed, worried and overwhelmed most of the time. The huge workload at school and university was too much to bear. I had no wisdom. I looked to others for wisdom, love and fulfilment, and relied on my feelings to make decisions. I made some sensible and not so sensible decisions. I tried lots of things but could not find peace, just temporary distractions. I thought I knew all about God, and that he expected me to be perfect, but I did not know what God was really like. When I listened to some Bible teaching and read the Bible myself, I found that God just loved me the way I was, and I did not need to earn his love. I decided to do things God’s way and trust Him. I let go of the things He did not want me to do, and felt so much peace and joy that I knew I would never go back to the way things were. God has proven his love and faithfulness time and time again. He healed my broken arm as soon as someone prayed for me as a child, and my doctor was so baffled, he showed all of the doctors in the surgery that day. When I asked Him to help me deal with past abuse, He restored me and comforted me, and helped me to completely move on. When I found out I had thyroid cancer, I asked him to miraculously heal me so I did not have to go through a scary operation. I did need to have the operation, but He was with me through it all, and I am now cancer free and medication free. My niece was only 9 months old, in the hospital, and was vomiting feces. She had been in severe pain on and off for months with many sleepless nights. Our family asked God to heal her. The nurses were talking about her case at the nurses’ station. That day, a doctor who just happens to specialise in Appendicitis walked by and said he was sure she had Appendicitis. The test was done and my niece was accurately diagnosed and treated for Appendicitis. She is in pain no more. Thank you Jesus for paying the price for my sin, so that I could enjoy a relationship with God. Thank you God for always being there, for putting my life in order and for answering every prayer.” -Kanella Mendigorin #HumansOfFCFMacarthur #FCFstories #27thanniversary

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“‘Upon this Rock I will build My Church and the gates of hell will not prevail against it.’ (Matthew 16:18) Jesus is the Rock and He is building His church on Himself. My family and I are thankful to God for calling us to FCF Macarthur since 25 December 2014. At first we did not know where and how God will use us. With prayer and fasting by God’s mercy and grace, Pastor Nomer and Pastor Carol and the leadership team accepted and blessed us to be a part of the Foursquare family. We got excited to be maximised to start an outreach church in Sutherland Shire and St George. But our excitement ran low as we struggled the first year. Tempted to quit and be mediocre but God’s Word and the Holy Spirit, Sunday after Sunday brought us to our knees. Repentant we became sensitive to the divine appointments and interruptions. Crying out to Jesus for us to remain faithful, patient, and persevering in prayer. Two years of praying and trusting, the Lord opened our eyes to see, He really moves and works in our midst. We started as a family of four, then the outreach became 6, 8 and 12 who regularly attends. Then flow of people stopped for a while we almost got worried but we know better, this is Jesus’ church not ours, then He surprised us. Now, we are awed, 30 to 40 people regularly attends FCF Sutherland, with three Bible study groups and Wednesdays and monthly corporate prayer meetings. Recently, Pastor Nomer and myself baptised 11 people. I am grateful to FCF Macarthur for their faithfulness to God in prayer, modelling and support. We are humbled and privileged to be invited to join Jesus in His Kingdom building promise. To God be all the glory because Jesus is indeed our Rock!” -Pastor Rommel Insigne #HumansOfFCFMacarthur #FCFstories #27thanniversary

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“Seventeen and a half years of marriage with two beautiful boys and supportive families are wonderful blessings and is God’s way of showing His unconditional love to us. Through the grace of God, we have passed all the trials and through these trials, we have seen His amazing love. Four years ago, one of our sons was diagnosed with near-total-blindness and we didn’t know of how fast his eyesight was deteriorating as he has not had an eye check for a while and there has never been a sign of his poor eye sight and/or he’s never complained about it. After asking so many questions on that day, God has later revealed to us that all the years that our son has been blind, God has been performing miracles in his life – that he could see beyond his blindness, that he could do things that only people who has good vision could do; he has seen his strengths rather than his weakness. And in all these trials, rather than seeing the disabilities, we have seen his gifts. God has given us an enormous amount of wisdom and provided us the resources to find the fix for his condition. He has revealed to us that all these strengths are not ours, but it was all God’s. And as we grow in faith, God has taught us to praise Him in every situation!” -Jenalou Velasco #HumansOfFCFMacarthur #FCFstories #27thanniversary

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“I can't even begin to express the awesome goodness of God in my life. If I look back in my younger years, my parents were my inspiration and encouragement in my Christian walk. It was the Lord who transformed me for where I am today. He blessed me with a loving family, a wife and three children including my two children in-laws. In my christian walk there are challenges. I faced trials and difficulties. I have had near death experiences in the past because of poor health and nearly gave up, but God is good. On that time that I surrendered everything to Him, I felt something. I had been lifted up from my body and instant healing flowed through me. I thank God for His miraculous healing power. He is faithful. He is my strength and my joy. His love endures forever. His promises will never depart from me. The God I knew and served is the same God yesterday, today and forever. All the glory belongs to Him.” -Gauvin Calica #HumansOfFCFMacarthur #FCFstories #27thanniversary

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“My spiritual journey was probably nothing different to many Christians. It was a journey like a roller coaster ride. After buckling up on my "saved seat", the ride took me to a super glide of heavenly swings. It did not take long then the downhill slide of testings and trials, which at times were more exhilarating. I also brought with me unnecessary baggage that made the ride difficult because of the drag. I have had many ups walking with the Lord but there were lots of downs as well. I realised that the single most unstable platform I've had my feet on was when I am standing on place where the focus is ME. God lovingly guided my steps back to Him whenever I was making a wrong turn. He patiently trained me to lead my family as he modelled to me how to lead by being a servant, leading is serving, to give more and take less. He taught me how invest my time, sorry, His time, His treasure and His talent to things that are heaven bound. He told me to never be lacking in zeal but keep my spiritual fervour serving Him, to be joyful in hope, patient in affliction and faithful in prayer.” -Ramon Cabrera #HumansOfFCFMacarthur #27thanniversary #FCFstories

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“It started as a craving for something bigger than my own body, and at that time in my life I didn’t even consider that the ‘something’ I craved for was God. See, I was born Hindu, but I grew up an atheist. And so I believed in the ungodly; negativity, bad spirits, ghosts if you will. So much so that it consumed my life, and further my actions. For a long time my faith in myself wavered; my purpose hidden, such that all I felt was lost and inadequate. But in these last four years of finding rest in Christ, I’ve realised that we have to understand that God was the one who got us out of this; that He stepped in when He needed to. My heart was restless until it rested in Him. The understanding that there is a force so much greater than we can comprehend; His grace. Because grace is about us, and grace found my heart when all else wasn’t enough. Grace showed up and watched me tirelessly study and submit assignments; grace held my hand through the exams. Grace enveloped me in warmth and safety when the walls surrounding my home were infected with demons. How great is our God, that his love holds higher and stronger than anything I’ve done or encountered prior. And I can be nothing but grateful for His unmerited favour, and the salvation my soul received through, for by grace we are saved through faith. My faith has to be a gift from God, for the change in me from the point of meeting Him is incomparable to any worldly force.” -Kajol Kumar #HumansOfFCFMacarthur #FCFstories #27thanniversary

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“But he said to me ‘My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness.’ Therefore I will boast all the more gladly about my weakness, so that Christ’s power may rest on me.” 2 Corinthians 12:9 If you know me and have had the chance to work with me, you’d know I’m somewhat of a perfectionist. Not by choice but really out of my fear to be wrong, not be in control and not have the answer. Feeling great responsibility to make the most of every opportunity and resource that I have within the platforms I am graced with sometimes comes with the danger of feeling ‘not enough’ – not educated, not confident, not organised, not mature, not godly etc. I used to pray for more confidence, to be more smart, to be more organised – for every insecurity I had I prayed for the alternative – but it was through God’s revelation through the many examples of ordinary people in the bible, he used to do extraordinary things that created a mind shift which allowed me to live in a new freedom. There has always been something about striving for perfection when God always invited us with a ‘come as you are’. That’s why embracing my weaknesses became the greatest testimony to allow God’s glory to shine because I know without a doubt that every success that has come has been with complete reliance on God.” -Katrina Manila #HumansOfFCFMacarthur #FCFstories #27thanniversary

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