Last year we weren’t in Bethany Community Church, we were part of another church and felt there was always a ceiling to what we could do. We were frustrated, struggling, not doing well and in a difficult place. We felt God call us, through various things, to move to Bethany and we felt we needed to do that. So we stepped out in faith and moved here, left our three-bedroomed house that we got at a large discount, to a tiny one-bedroomed flat, so we had to give away loads of stuff. But we’ve seen God’s blessing through obedience, and there is blessing in obeying. And just being in Bethany is part of that blessing, but also seeing the way Laura and I have grown has been probably the biggest blessing of all. Stepping into the youth work here and seeing the open doors that are already presenting themselves and standing on the work of others has been an incredible blessing. For example, doors opening at local schools for me to go in and share the gospel, which I’ve never had before. It’s been amazing to have the opportunity to preach the gospel to 300 young people that I’d never met before. It’s been an incredible year and I’m so excited to see what God’s going to do in 2019.
John Dutton – Youth Leader at Bethany – Dec 2018