The Testimony Podcast

People of faith telling the stories that matter from their lives

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May 27, 2021 00:44:04
19.The fellowship of suffering with Jim Barnard

19.The fellowship of suffering with Jim Barnard

Episode 19 of the Testimony podcast is a conversation with author and coach Jim Barnard.  When Jim and his wife Alisha met and started dating, there was no real indication that things would go the way they did. In September 2006, they stood in front of their friends, family, and God and made a covenant together for life. The vows promised to love, comfort, and support each other through good and bad, joy and pain, and most importantly... sickness and health. Three months later, Alisha's health took a dramatic turn for the worse and she was ultimately diagnosed with Ehlers-Danlos Syndrome. Countless surgeries, tests, treatments, and therapies failed to solve the rapid downfall she continues to experience. In this episode we talk about the journey of faith that Jim has been on, a journey in which expectation has not lived up to reality, a journey that has involved disappointment, anger, pain, and sorrow.  Now after nearly 15 years of marriage Jim has found a place where he can testify to God’s grace. Reflecting on Jesus’ own experience on Earth he says: "Jesus suffering changed the world, that changed everything. It's a privilege to have my arms held up by others, and to hold up the arms of others." This is Jim's story. ...

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May 11, 2021 00:44:51
18.That which seems impossible God will make possible

18.That which seems impossible God will make possible

My guest for this episode is someone who has spent nearly twenty years faithfully pursuing what seems like an impossible task.  He is following a calling from God to build a piece of public art in England that will be a visible demonstration of God’s answers to prayer. The Eternal Wall of answered prayer, or Eternal Wall as it’s referred to is designed in the shape of a Mobius band, an infinity loop that will stand over 50 metres tall and contain over 1 million bricks. Each of these bricks will represent an answered prayer and visitors to the Eternal Wall will be able to access the story for each prayer, and search for answered prayers on different themes and issues. So who is the guy behind this project, what are the challenges he has had to overcome? How has Jesus been his companion on this journey and what lessons has Jesus taught my guest along the way? These are important questions for a man who believes that the journey we take as we seek God in prayer is actually more important than the answer we receive. That man is the leader of the eternal wall project, his name is Richard Gamble and this is his story. ...

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April 21, 2021 00:47:13
17. God knows the way through, with Dan White

17. God knows the way through, with Dan White

My guest for this episode is someone who describes himself as an ideas man, a dreamer, and a visionary. He is also someone who I’ve known for over thirty years, and who I met when he was a young lad in the church that I was part of with my wife when we were first married.   My guest today is Dan White, who is currently on the leadership team at Lifehouse church in St Thomas Ontario in Canada.   Dan grew up in London England before moving to Canada to study and to serve God. Over the years the Lord has taught him some hard lessons about humility in service, and the challenge of submitting to God and trusting him for the future. One of the most difficult things Dan had to face was the consequence of a concussion injury when he was playing football. What followed was months of recuperation and a real test of faith and trust in the Lord.   But, in Dan’s words, ‘God knows the way through’ and there are blessings that come from obedience and faith in a time of suffering. Dan talks about this and other ways in which God has been present in his life – and this is his story.   ...

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March 24, 2021 00:51:16
16. Do what you are called to do, with Ram Gidoomal CBE

16. Do what you are called to do, with Ram Gidoomal CBE

My guest for this episode is someone who has an abiding memory of what it is to be a refugee. At the age of 16 he had to flee from Kenya and ended up as one of a family of fifteen living in a little corner shop in Shepherd’s Bush in London in 1967. He was brought up in a Hindu family, but was also influenced by the Sikh faith, and he spent a number of years at a Muslim school. But when he was a student at Imperial College in London he encountered some followers of Jesus, and this had a profound influence on his life. Today he can look back on a distinguished career in business and civic life, and he has plenty of stories to tell from it. My guest today is the author, entrepreneur, and former refugee Ram Gidoomal, a man who knows what it is to start with nothing and still build a successful career, and still have time to serve on the boards of a number of public and charitable organisations, and then be awarded a CBE in recognition of that service. This is his story. ...

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March 10, 2021 00:51:17
15. God still cares for me, with Alianore Smith

15. God still cares for me, with Alianore Smith

My guest today grew up in what she calls a 'double clergy family' that is, both her mother and father were priests in the church of England. As a result of this she lived in clergy houses, and the family moved with the requirements of the jobs her parents had. Things were not always easy as she grew up, and she would often get angry with God, sometimes believing that He had stopped caring about her, that He had other more important matters to attend to.  But she eventually discovered that God still cared for her and that, in her words, He always repays.  My guest today is Alianore Smith, theologian, advocate for justice and, like you listening to this, very much a loved and cared for child of God. ...

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February 27, 2021 00:44:21
14. In triumph and in difficulty, with Mark Greene

14. In triumph and in difficulty, with Mark Greene

My guest today grew up in a Jewish family, and came to faith in Jesus as a student at Cambridge. He spent a decade working in advertising, in London and New York, and later spent over 20 years as the head of the London Institute for Contemporary Christianity. He has worked with leaders in the church from around the world, and has written numerous books on discipleship and the Christian life. He was the inspiration behind “The Servant Queen and the King She Serves” a book which chronicles the central role of the Christian faith for Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II. My guest today Mark Greene. Mark has occupied leadership roles across the church for a number of decades but at his heart he has a simple but profound faith, and a fascinating testimony of God’s blessings in times of triumph and difficulty. This is his story. ...

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