Stories of hope ...
On this page, you will find some pictures and very short stories of hope from the lives of real people who are members of Hope Community Church in Longdendale. Although their stories are all very different, they do have one thing in common: they have found a source of joyful, life-giving HOPE in the midst of difficult situations they were facing!
hope for the suffering
My name is Hephzibah (which means “my delight is in her”).
I am 20 years old and for the last 5 years, I have suffered with chronic illness which has left me so exhausted and in such pain that I was very disabled.
But in the pain, God has given me hope, joy, and purpose that cannot be shaken, showing me how he delights in me despite my weakness.
He has shown his goodness in illness, and now he is showing me his goodness by healing me too!
hope for the desperate
My name is JACK. I’m 21 and I’m a student.
Like many people my age, I was searching for meaning and purpose for my life. I turned to drugs to fill the hole that this feeling of meaninglessness produced in me.
But nothing seemed to give me hope until, one desperate day, I picked up a Bible and started to read it. The things I read turned on a light in my dark thoughts!
Since then, I have been discovering that Jesus Christ satisfies me in a way that drugs never did!
hope for the addicted
My name is Michael and I am in my sixties.
I was running out of options: all the future held for me was the sack, prison or death. My desperation for drink led to begging and stealing.
I realised that my only hope was to give God the mess that was my life.
That was some years ago. Now I have a future.
I want to be all that God has called me to be; to learn from my mistakes; to share my faith with family and friends and to end well with God.
hope for the isolated
My name is Ian and I am in my forties.
Until 12 months ago, I was living in complete misery on the streets. Because of a traumatic background, a relationship breakdown, and dependence on substances I had no family, no friends and no hope.
But then, through a phone call with someone at Hope Community Church, I was invited and welcomed into the church and started to hear about everything Jesus has done for people like me.
Now my life has totally changed. I have discovered a family in the church and God is restoring the things I lost. I am so grateful for what he has given me.