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Have you ever experienced the unique pain of unrequited love? Was there ever a point in a relationship where it became clear you were far more invested than the other party? You want to chat more than they do; try to initiate interactions and meet ups far more often, or with more enthusiasm, than they seem to. You are quicker to forgive, laugh at their jokes or give away compliments than them. If this sounds familiar, chances are, the relationship is a little unrequited. There

I have a lovely friend that I miss greatly. The reason I miss her is because recently her and her family moved out to the Middle East to start a Christian church. She is one brave lady. Sadly I cannot give away who she is or where they have planted a church because this could out her and her family at risk. In some ways I'm sure this is how she would prefer it as all the glory and honor goes to Jesus who

I had a plan of how my life would be, I trained as a physiotherapist because I was going to go overseas and work with children in orphanages, the lost and forgotten ones, written off because of their disabilities. I was going to be surrounded by the slender arms of loving children who I’d fixed and mended, I was going to see the lame walk because of my skills and dedication. I would be fluent in at least two languages and send photos home

To begin to document my journey to joining the East Hull Church Plant I have to go back 15 years. I began working at a school on Preston Road estate (East Hull) as a Teaching Assistant in September 2000. The school was in special measures and facing closure. It was in one of the poorest areas in Britain, and had the nickname ‘Little Beirut’ (some bits really did resemble a war zone) and one morning some children were excited because the estate had featured

If there’s one message God’s been teaching the River City Church so far, it’s that he cannot be boxed in or limited. The part we play is to simply show up, step out and see what God will do.  Ever since Jubilee announced its church plant would be in the East of Hull, we (my husband, Luke, and I, Nicky) both felt we would be part of it. Although East Hull gets a lot of ‘bad press’, Luke and I had, for a number of

"I do not need safety as much as I need Jesus." This is fast becoming my 'mantra'. I find myself repeating this lyric from a Rend Collective song rather more often than I would like. For a long time I have lived a rather comfortable middle class existence. I have taken my safety and the safety of my family for granted. However, having moved to a more challenging neighbourhood I am having to remind myself that safety isn't as important as being obedient to Jesus. The first day

God spoke to us about moving to start a new church in August last year. Since then it has been a painful but exciting journey of transition. We are now living in East Hull and will soon transfer our children to new schools. In only a few months we will begin to meet together on a Sunday morning as River City Church. I wanted to share a number of incredible things that have happened over the last few months, mostly to record them so we

[stag_intro]2016 will be an exciting year for our family. Also a little frightening![/stag_intro] This year we will leave behind our neighbourhood, schools, house, predictable employment and valuable friendships to start a church in another part of the city. Whilst it's not like moving to another country (like our friends are doing) for us it feels costly. We are setting out without knowing where we are going, simply because we believe we have heard God speak to us. Right now as it stands - we have sold

When you were in your twenties what did you hope your life would amount to? A flash apartment in the capital? Posh car? Award winning career? I did. But then, at the age of 20, I became a Christian and a lot of that changed. I still wanted all those things but something new began to grow in me, a nagging feeling that there was something greater to invest my life in than just career; money; stuff. Beginning to believe there was a God and an

Not only a great name for a blog but also my life's ambition. Having been a Christian for a long time I know that God has a plan for me. The bible tells me so in Jeremiah 29:11. But my life drastically changed when I learned to TRUST that this was true. I was a typical rebellious teen. Having grown up in a Christian home I had seen my parents grapple with their faith and get lots of things right and also a lot wrong.