On March 3rd our revolutionary new social media platform, OurWitness, will be launched to the public!
The online Witness movement began in January of 2010 when three friends in Los Angeles had the idea to start a Christian testimony blog. By the grace of God, the Witness 2.0 Network has expanded to four other cities: Hong Kong, Toronto, San Francisco and most recently to Seoul in just three and a half years!
As our network and readership has grown, we have realized that we want to interact with you - our readers - more personally, connect you with more resources, and provide a more powerful one-stop platform for you to be able to read and share stories of how God is moving in cities all around the world. After months of working with a team of designers and developers, we came up with a new platform - OurWitness. We launched a fundraising campaign in August to raise money for the new platform, and due to the generous support of you – our readers – we raised the funds that were needed!
It’s a New Year! Do you have your resolutions in place? Our Editor Al shares this story as an encouragement for you to make the one resolution that is most important.
Recently I was riding to church with a friend, and with New Year’s right around the corner I asked him what his New Year’s resolutions were. His answer was simple yet profound: more of Jesus.
Christmas is full of many joys - gifts, family, food, music and festivities. But it’s also a difficult time for the many who are brokenhearted all around us. We share this story in the hopes that you will share the love of Christ in you to those who are hurting this Christmas.
Almost three years ago, I moved to the Eastside of LA. And just like every time I moved, one of the first things I looked for was a reliable dry cleaner for my work clothes. Thanks to the power of Yelp, I found an amazing dry cleaner in Echo Park.
From the first time I visited, I knew I had found the place. The owners, Chris and Jenny, were literally the nicest people you have ever met - true salt of the earth people, a nice Korean couple in their late 40’s or early 50’s. After each pickup, Jenny would hug and embrace each customer as if they were family or her own children. I had never seen that before, especially in a city like LA.
Our friend Dianna, who is originally from L.A. but now lives in Germany, shares her video testimony of how the Gospel changed her heart when she experienced the warmth and safety of God’s love.
Despite those who mocked her decision to follow Jesus, Dianna needed to know the God who loved her so much that He would die for her, and soon enough those very same mockers became Christians themselves when she took the leap of faith to pray for them and God miraculously healed them from physical pain.
I love those God moments when something happens that you can’t explain any other way. When it literally brings a huge smile across your face that nothing in the world can wipe off.
Today didn’t start out as the kind of day that I would have expected God to move through me. I wasn’t filled with joy and excitement or the Holy Spirit driving to work. In fact, I was tired and burdened. Feeling a bit out of it. I had made the mistake of checking my Blackberry on the way into work and saw that in addition to the usual stressful work emails, there were also ministry emails piling up. Things requiring responses. I could feel everything piling on me, literally weighing on me. My spirit was not at rest.
Part six of a six part video series through the Book of Hosea. A deeply emotional, contemporary portrait of Hosea’s commitment to Gomer and the covenant love of God towards his people that it so powerfully depicts.
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Pat shares with us his story about his parents, childhood and salvation, the romance of finding his wife and the challenges he faced in life including his wife’s miscarriage. This is a story about redemption, new life and love for the next generation.
Introduction and Background
I am Thai; I was born in Bangkok, Thailand. My father was Thai born and raised in Chiang Mai, Thailand. My mother a Thai-Chinese grew up in Hua-Hin, Thailand. Like most Thai families we accepted Buddhism as the family religion. I remember going to the temples when I was a kid and we even had a prayer room in our house full of different idols and Buddha images. Growing up around “religion” sparked my curiosity about why we are here, and who made all of this? As a child I was always curious about the world and who made it all possible. My parents sent me to a Catholic school, not for religious reasons I’m sure but for a better education opportunity. I believe this is where my curiosity about who is the creator started.
In 1978 my parents decided we were going to begin a new life in America. My mom and I went to the US first. It was their idea that we would scope it out first and if my mom thought we could make it in the US then my dad and my little brother would follow. We were in the US for 6 months when my mom decided it was time for my dad and little brother to join us. Not too long after that, we were once again a complete family living now in the “land of dreams”. Both my parents were working and my brother and I were attending public school. Life was good and we were happy in our new land. But life would not be the same again.
We were in the US less than a year when our world turned upside down. One day my dad came out of our little one bedroom apartment with his suitcase in hand. It seem like only yesterday in my mind. My brother and I were playing with our friends in the front courtyard. He told us he had to go on a trip back to Thailand to tie up some loose ends with the house. My dad traveled a lot when we were living in Thailand. He would be gone 2 to 3 weeks at a time just about every month. So we were used to him leaving and not being around. When he said goodbye, little did we know that that would be the last time we would see him.
Written by our voice Kytia, a woman who has remained strong in faith despite suffering a very painful loss, this post is dedicated in honor of the memory of Promise Connor.
The day after I lost my baby was the only day I literally wanted to die. I’ve met other women who suffered a miscarriage before, but they still seemed “normal”, so I didn’t think much of the impact it has on women until it happened to me.
Have you ever felt God leading you to take a step of faith that defied all logic? Our friend Miki continues her previous story “Seattle” in this second part: Trusting.
I quit my job.
And I don’t have a new one. Yet.
We are so blessed here at WitnessLA to receive messages from our readers all around the world. Today we share a message we recently received all the way from South Africa. Please join us praying for Rifumo in His journey with the Lord!
"Hi my name is Rifumo which means Wealth in Tsonga which is a South African language. I live in South Africa Pretoria, I am a teen who is crazy about God but life was never easy as I grew up not knowing my earthly father and still dont know him but I was introduced to church by a friend and experienced Gods love first hand at an encounter camp, God continues to bless me and reveal himself to me daily . The Love of God surpasses all obstacles. Thank You"
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