One of the members of the church I pastor gave a great testimony in the service not long ago. She had just had surgery on her jaw, and had been laid up with a lot of pain. She wasn’t able to go to the store to purchase things she needed, so she called on one of the other members to help.
Her testimony was about how much of a comfort it is to be in a congregation where you can call on fellow members in your time of need, without feeling that you are imposing on them. She talked about being comfortable in asking for help, because she had built relationships with other members.
This was great to hear, because that’s what a church should be like. Nobody wants to feel that they are imposing on other people, but when you know that the people around you love you and are happy to go out of their way to help you, that gives a sense of comfort that money can’t buy.
The other thing I, as her pastor, really liked about this member’s testimony, which she gave standing at a microphone in front of the congregation, was that I knew she was doing something way out of her comfort zone. But even though she is by nature pretty shy about speaking in public, and although it still gave her pain to have to speak, she wanted the church to know how blessed she felt by her fellow member’s willingness to give help when she needed it.
So, not only did she bless the congregation by her testimony, she herself grew a little bit more in the process.