Telling the stories of God’s faithfulness
Our family would not be at Trinity College Bristol today, where Justin has been teaching Christian doctrine for eight years and I’ve helped with the college’s communications work for five, apart from the faithfulness of God. As I’ve watched the world shift under all our feet, it helps me to remember that.
In Joshua 4, God tells the Israelites to set up twelve stones in the place where he delivered them through the Jordan River—the stones would keep them from forgetting what God had done for them, and would prompt them to tell that story to their children.
I’m hoping we in the wider Trinity community (alumni, students, staff, and faculty) can take a moment to share with one another quick stories of God’s faithfulness to us, whether now or in the past, as encouragement to continue to trust him with today’s uncertainties. You can share a story by emailing email@example.com or through a Twitter/Facebook DM, and I’ll be sharing them through Trinity’s social media in the weeks to come.
Here is a story from us: The world of our family shifted in 2015, when we were unexpectedly nearly deported from the UK, an effect of the government’s decision to decrease the number of immigrants in the country in our visa category. It seemed we would in one blow lose our home, our jobs, our children would lose their schools and friends, and we would be moved back to a country where we hadn’t lived for a decade without an option to return. We had never felt so powerless—but here we still are. In 2017, when we had to reapply again, this time for Leave to Remain, we were already carrying thousands of pounds of debt from our previous unsuccessful and then successful visa applications, and now needed £15,000 to cover the cost of our family’s applications—a huge amount of money from the perspective of our annual finances—overwhelming! But God held us steady again. He provided all of that money through friends, family, and strangers—so many of those gifts came from former and current Trinity students.
The current unknowns loom large in my mind. Although I can’t know what God will ask of us now, how he will direct us, where there might be difficulty or pain, he has been sufficient for our needs in the past and I must remind myself he will be sufficient for us today. He is faithful.
We will be looking forward to hearing any stories you’d like to tell.
—Melissa Stratis, Communications and Publicity Officer
Stories shared so far:
God is faithful to provide (Melissa and Justin Stratis)
God is faithful: even as our churches meet virtually (Revd Matt Smith)
God is faithful through adoption (Revd Emma Swarbrick)
God is faithful through prison chaplaincy (Revd Cliff McClelland)
God is faithful in the midst of depression (Revd Prof Steve Walton)
God is faithful to use churches during the lockdown (Revd Jema Ball)God is faithful through change (Anjali Kanagaratnam)