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Testimonies

Stories of changed lives at New Life City

" I am on my way to living a shame-free life" Testimonies from Creating Connections Class
 
 Jessica Janet welcoming people to church.

Jessica Janet welcoming people to church.

Earlier this year, Jessica Janet led a class on building authentic relationships by studying the book The Gifts of Imperfection by Brene Brown.

Here are a few testimonies from those in the class.

 

Testimonies

"After taking this class I feel closer to more people at NLC. The class gave me freedom to walk up to people from class and engage with them on a Saturday/Sunday."

"Feeling more empowered to be vulnerable with others, and more aware of how often I have tended to 'evaluate' myself or others vs. just being, which led me to decide on an 'evaluation' fast. Also had longings for more 'fun' (play) in my life validated and encouraged, as well as tugs to get back into some more creativity." - Melissa

"The book and class helped me deal with my shame in a healthy way - a way I never knew before. I truly believe I am on my way to living a shame-free life!" -Stephanie

 
 

"The Gifts of Imperfection class is a breath of fresh air in living authentic lives. It's not so much learning more, but lifting off the burdens that weigh us down. Let go of shoulds and oughts and be yourself. Great class!" -Carol

"The class helped me work through some issues of grief in the sharing sessions. I met a lovely young lady I didn't know before and we have bonded as friends. The book helped me in the area of being calm and still. The class taught me to 'embrace who I am' and not who I think I am supposed to be, seeking what the Lord wants for my future."

"I feel more confident in trusting new people. I have the keys to continue living a wholehearted life." -Kayla

"I'm more aware of the fallacy of the shame dumps that have periodically come upon me. I tried Brene's method of immediately calling someone and agree that the shame is disempowered."

"I feel more at peace with who I am as a person. The class and reading the book were a real gift. The author, Brene Brown, is really good at communicating that even though our lives are imperfect, we all have value and are worthy of love and connection. How true! How authentic!" -Greg

 
 

"I'm more open to taking risks. I have accepted parts of me more, and learned a few more tools to go beyond areas that have 'stumped' me."

"I am more open, thoughtful. I've slowed down my pace. I am engaging better."

"As far as my own testimony from teaching the class, it's just been really fun! I loved every person who attended and we all got along well as a group. I enjoyed getting to know everyone in my class and, getting different perspectives, and hearing each person share from their heart. It's difficult to teach on vulnerability without being vulnerable yourself, so the class also helped stretch me in that area as I shared things from my own life each week." - Jessica

 

 
From Depression to Life
 
  Rob and Nicole at New Life City

Rob and Nicole at New Life City

Rob and Nicole joined us in the summer of 2017 and had their lives radically changed for the better. Jesus helped Rob through PTSD, depression, and suicidal thoughts through the testimony of Pastor Alan. They are now Life Group leaders and heavily involved in New Life City.

Read Rob's story of his journey to the desert, freedom from depression, and what he has gained as a Life Group leader.

 

Testimony

Rob

We had moved to New Mexico in October 2014 from North Carolina for our son whom has severe Autism because services were better for him as he gets older. We knew no one, yet still came to a desert experience.

My mother in law attended New Life City for years and told my wife about Jason Upton and that he was going to be at New Life City, so my wife told me about him and we decided to go on July 7th 2017. I was like, Why not? I didn't know what to expect.

That evening wrecked my life.

Pastor Alan’s testimony of depression and how he found help sparked something in me because I was suffering from PTSD, depression, and suicidal thoughts...
— Rob

I saw how Jason worshiped and I loved that. I also saw how the worship team at NLC truly worshiped in a way I had longed to do. I saw people actually worshiping God and enjoying it, and saw the freedom.

Pastor Alan taught, and while he was teaching I leaned over to my wife and said that this is our home church and she agreed.

Pastor Alan's testimony of depression and how he found help sparked something in me because I was suffering from PTSD, depression, and suicidal thoughts and knew it wasn't right but I didn't know how to stop it.

Pastor met with my wife and I and prayed for me and encouraged me to pray in the Spirit as I had done years ago. That moment changed my life, and I was on an upward plane from then on even through turmoil and problems. I kept plugging away at church learning what I could, and when Pastor Chuck mentioned about a worship audition, I tried out for it.

 
 

I wanted to start a life group that I not only lead but would also learn about the church more, but my wife was not so sure about having one in our home.

God is guiding us at mach speed for reasons I still do not know, but it seems like we are learning, expanding, and loving others like we never have before.
— Rob

When Kim Maas recently came, she prophesied to my wife that we had to start a life group so that was confirmation to my wife that we were to start one. That evening we got in contact with Pastor Ben to start one and moved forward to where we are now.

For some reason, God is guiding us at mach speed for reasons I still do not know, but it seems like we are learning, expanding, and loving others like we never have before. I can't wait to see what He has in store for us!

 
 

On Life Groups

What I have gotten out of being a leader in a Life Group is sharing worship with others, encouraging others to step out and use their gifts in worship, praying/interceding for others, and sharing words from God. I have also been blessed by seeing how this group has blessed others. Sure people come to meetings as they can, but the core group really keeps you encouraged.

We try to have our group be like a smaller version of church where we pray and worship with 2 or 3 songs, then we show the clip provided on Pastor's teaching from the previous Sunday. We go over questions based on the teaching where people comment about it or give their personal testimony and open up for everyone to share. We encourage everyone to share something based on what was taught. When we are done, we ask for any prayer needs then pray for them and pray for others not there. Words are given to those that God desires to give, and then we pray and enjoy some fellowship time either jamming out and singing songs or just having some snacks and talking.

Attending a life group takes what we learned in church to a more personal level because that is where we encourage each other, love each other and help each other on the journey back to Eden.
— Rob

We try to purposely make our group like a small church because people love church but want a deeper level of connecting with others and sharing things that they wouldn't in front of a huge crowd. This connection, in addition to really knowing that others are going to have their back in prayer in good times and in bad, always encourages everyone. That's the model that was shared with us and we see that it works.

What we want for our group is to know and feel God's love, know the plans that God has for each of us, and for each of us to trust God to allow Him to change us from the inside out.

We want walls broken down, hearts and minds healed, things that oppress to be broken from each of us, for healing to change peoples lives, and for each to know God the Father, Jesus His Son, and the Holy Spirit on a deeper level.

Within a small group, you can really get down to a personal level and share things that you have gone through to help others. Attending a life group takes what we learned in church to a more personal level because that is where we encourage each other, love each other and help each other on the journey back to Eden.

 

 
Jesus Gives Peace and Transforms Lives
 

Watch this testimony of Loretta and her sons sharing how Jesus changed their lives at New Life City.

 

Loretta and her sons have been coming to New Life City for a year and have gotten involved quickly. The love of Jesus and the power of the Holy Spirit overwhelmed them and led to their changed lives. We celebrate with them and are proud they are part of our family. Their testimony proves the loving-kindness of God is life-changing. Watch the video above or read the transcript below to hear their story.

Do you have people in your life that share the same circumstances as Loretta and her boys once did? Are you going through your own struggles? Get in touch with us. We'd love to see how we can help and pray for you. 

 

Testimony

Loretta

It's been a rough road. It was a normal life, but my normal is a lot different from other people's normal. My mother was shot when I was eight years old, and she committed suicide when I was ten. I had three kids and was in an abusive relationship for about 11 years. We moved to California for about five years and then moved back to Albuquerque. 

I have just gained so much healing that through that healing it’s brought other family members to serving God and seeking him...
— Loretta

When we moved back, my son Matthew had graduated high school so he was only 18. About six months after being back in Albuquerque, Matthew and my first husband got shot. My husband was killed and died right in front of me. Matthew almost died but God saved him. That's when I started spiraling out of control. I drank a lot. I drank before that, but then it was even worse. I was diagnosed with Complex PTSD and I was on a lot of medication, medical marijuana. I had a nervous breakdown, I would say. During that time I did remarry. About three or four years into that marriage and the breakdown, God came back into my life and he delivered me from the PTSD, the medication, and the alcoholism.

About a year ago, I found New Life City. With New Life City, I found inner healing where I've gone back and revisited the death of my first husband and even the death of my mother. I have gained so much healing that through that healing it has brought other family members to serving God and seeking him. It's been a year of unbelievable changes.

 
 

Michael

My life was all about partying and hanging out with friends. I had an addiction to drinking. I would drink uncontrollably. I really didn't realize how much it was hurting my family. I would go home drunk and be fighting with my wife. I wasn't a dad to my kids. The only thing on my mind was when I was going to get another drink and when I was going to be able to get high again. It started controlling me and taking over.

I just gave it all to him. He took it that very moment. I didn’t have the urge to drink no more. I was just set free.
— Michael

Finally, my mom invited me to church one day. I was like, "Yeah, yeah. I'll go. Whatever." Of course I was drunk and I probably had some smoke in my pocket. I was sitting in there smelling like alcohol and marijuana. One day I went back to the church she invited me to and I felt God calling me. I gave it all to him. I was tired of it already. I was tired of being drunk, tired of not being there and seeing the hurt in my wife and not being there for my kids. I wasn't being a dad like I was supposed to, or the one God created me to be. He opened my eyes to that. I just gave it all to him. He took it that very moment. I didn't have the urge to drink no more. I was just set free. It felt like weight was lifted off me and I can breath. It was just amazing.

Ever since that seed was birthed in me, I just been running at it full force just trying to get more God and growing and learning. It's been amazing now, and I owe it all to God and Jesus, very grateful.

 
 

Matthew

Living with my mom was tough. She had her husband...I never liked him at first. It was really tough. He would try to go pick us up from baseball practice and I would throw rocks at his car. He had no direction in his life, no parents. He grew up in the streets, in a gang, so he really didn't know how to be a father. He tried his best. He loved us; I know he did. He got shot; I got shot. He died and I lived. I blamed myself for living and him dying. I got really bad in my depression.

I was smiling in the jail after giving up on my life. I was walking around looking at people and being like,  ‘Hey, have your read this Bible?’
— Matthew

I was diagnosed with PTSD, using medical marijuana, pills, and it only got worse from there. Drugs really just took control of my life. I ended up going to jail. That's when I really found God. While I was in jail, I called my mom one day on the phone and she was at a service. It was a prayer service at New Life City. I was just crying, broke down. I was done with life, didn't want to live anymore. A member of the church prayed for me on the phone, and I don't know what it was. The next day I woke up, I was at peace. I felt everything was going to be okay. I wasn't worried anymore. Got into reading the Bible, got into reading scriptures. I really dug in praying to God, and was asking him for more peace. It was awesome. I was smiling in the jail after giving up on my life. I was walking around looking at people and being like,  "Hey, have your read this Bible?"

 

Michael

I just believe if you cry out and you're serious and you really want to be set free from whatever you're going through or battling, I know 100% Jesus can get you through it. He's a good father. If you've never had one, and you need one, Jesus is there.