From Depression to Life
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.