Christ Central : One of many great churches in the great city of Aberdeen
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In response to a prophetic word in July 2014, we have been recording notable Kingdom Life events. We are grateful to the Father for giving us the opportunity to fill these page with stories of His goodness. As we simply go and be amazing for Christ, 'Kingdom on the Streets' stories and 'Kingdom in our meeting' stories are captured. We celebrate and magnify our King....
We've never written about finances in our last 5 years of testimonies, but this is exceptional.....
During the week of the 19-25th February, two donation were received from within ChristCentral. One of £15,000 and another of £5,000.
During the week of 12-18th February another donation was received from within ChristCentral of £25,000
During the first week of January a one-off donation of £3000 was received from within ChristCentral.
During December 2016 something broke in our prayer meeting.
During the first 11 months of 2016 things had dried up financially, but God never had the leadership panic or speak on finance or have any special offerings despite obvious needs in operational and venue costs. People still visited, people still gave their lives to Christ, baptisms still happened and every month there were testimonies of healing and deliverance. Our Social action programme TLC still provided 100's of families across our city with meals. So the ChristCentral family just kept doing the basics well : Pray, preach the Word, pray, host His presence, and pray again. You could say we are definitely a praying church!
Without any indication or inclination to expect it, by the end of December ChristCentral had received an enormous £22,528.56 in additional offerings from within the church. For some, this may not seem like a huge break through but.....
It is important to note that the back-drop to this is that the fellowship was unable to pay the leadership on three of the previous 15 months as recession, pay-cuts, job losses and people moved away causing a shift in our budgets in every area - the fellowship almost halved in number. During this stormy time for Aberdeen we heard of two fellowships who lost almost everyone and closed. We held on (maybe more in desperation than "complete faith").
We are so thankful to God for the faithfulness and loyalty of our leadership team and our members who "sucked it in" as we squeezed through a very very tight 2016.
It was almost laughable when Pastor Rick prophesied "This Is The Year" as we headed into 2017. There's never been a time past when it seemed less likely to be true. But, Isn't that typical of our Loving and lavish Father God! 2017 has seen the start of an incredible change in expectancy and excitement in ChristCentral. Working into communities like Garthdee, we have started a TLC school breakfast club; We have seen people join us; and God-willing, on our 15th Birthday, September 17th - against all odds - we celebrate entering our own premises in Union Square. The wisdom of man looks foolish in the light of God. We have an extraordinary God. We hope you know Him.