Lucy and Chris Armour were added to the church a year ago and Lucy shares her thoughts on their time here:
It has been a year since our first Sunday at Harvester Reformational Church Halifax, so here are some thoughts and highlights from that year. The first highlight was actually over a year ago, when Apostle Jan and Prophet Chantal came to minister to us. This was the weekend when God confirmed to both of us that he wanted to add us to Harvester Church. The teaching was so powerful and clarified so many things in our minds, making us know beyond doubt that we wanted to be pioneers in this reformation.
Our first Sunday meeting was in Duncan and Beverly’s lounge, and I remember feeling overwhelmed with joy to be there – like a piece that had found its proper place in the puzzle!
The worship has been a major highlight for me. The freedom that we have in worship is what I have been searching for for most of my life. I always knew there was more than just the known songs, and loved the short times of spontaneous worship that happened in the church I was brought up in. Ever since then I have been looking for this free, prophetic worship, and I have found it at Harvester! It is never boring, always full of life, and is having a huge effect in building our church and establishing God’s kingdom in our area. One of the major revelations I have had this year is how much our worship is affecting the spiritual atmosphere in our church, the area around it, and everywhere that the body goes!
I have learned so much in this last year through Pastor Duncan and Prophet Beverly’s teaching and ministry, and also through all the people who have visited us from Cape Town, it is almost impossible to put it into words. I think the most important thing is that I have come to know in reality the great joy and peace that comes from knowing I am righteous in Christ. I had read this in the Bible and accepted that it was true, but now I am experiencing the truth of it! Because of this I am more peaceful, and the trials of life don’t shake me as much. I can let things go, hand them over to God and not worry about them. I can’t say that doing that is always easy, but with each test it becomes easier.
Another thing I have learned is the importance of the body all working together in unity, and this was beautifully illustrated at our New Year meetings, when Birmingham Harvester came to us, and everyone just gelled together effortlessly, fitting into their places and functions and operating in them for the good of the whole body. Over this year we have seen God growing people into their ministries, not always the ones they would have expected, and that has been wonderful to see. ‘This is the Lord’s doing, and it is marvellous in our eyes’ (Psalm 118:23)
Another more recent highlight was Apostle Andre’s visit – another thing very difficult to put into words! The teaching was gripping, the stories like something out of the book of Acts, and the ripple effects still ongoing! We are already experiencing the peace that comes from doing the things which we have learned, received, heard and seen (Phil 4:9)
There is so much more, knowing where to stop is difficult. God is doing, and is going to do, great things in this church, and I feel excited and very privileged to be a part of it!