Archive for March, 2010

Estelle Blythe

March 1st, 2010

CP: Estelle, tell us a bit about what was going on in your life before Christmas?

EB:Well, towards the end of November I received a phone call from the hospital telling me that they would like to discuss some test results with me. So I went in and they told me that they had found a lump about the size of a conker, and that this particular lump was cancerous. That was a Christmas present I didn’t particularly want!

CP: What did you do in response to this news?

EB:At the time I was going along to the Alpha course in Selly Oak and I knew that there was a particular week dedicated to the topic of healing. I really wanted to go and I went along that week and decided to ask God to heal me, so after the talk I responded and got prayed for.

CP: And did you feel God respond?

EB: Well, it wasn’t done instantly. I did feel God really with me at Alpha, so much so that I nearly fell of my chair! I went in for more tests, the lump was still there and I was still going through the motions of going for appointments and being told about procedures that they were going to do. A few weeks later, just while making a cup of tea in my kitchen I felt a touch on my shoulder and a very gentle male voice say to me “it’s going to be alright.” I turned around and there was no-one there, and it took me a while to weigh up whether that was God speaking to me, or whether I had lost my marbles!

CP: And what has happened since then?

EB: Two weeks later I was shopping, just going through normal life. I got a phone call from the hospital telling me that they were really sorry and the further tests they did after Christmas came back negative and the lump is benign. They thought they’d made a mistake and they didn’t know what’s going on. I knew exactly what was going on! Praise God.

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Lynda Kelly

March 1st, 2010

CP: Lynda, how long have you lived in Birmingham?

LK: I’ve been living in Birmingham since August last year when Jonathon (my husband) and I moved here from Kent. We were both members of the Newfrontiers’ Medway Family Church in Rochester, which is where we met and subsequently married in 2006. I was born and bred in Leicester but after graduating from Brighton Polytechnic, I spent many years living and working in Europe and Africa so it’s rather a novelty to be so close to my roots.

CP: We understand your husband is a bit of a stickler for time?

LK: Well yes… let’s say he’s working on it! After a career in engineering, Jonathon took a big decision to make a change and last September he became a full-time student studying Horology, the study of time, clocks and watches, at BCU in the Jewellery Quarter.

CP: Before joining the CC staff team, how have you been spending your time?

LK: Painting, decorating and generally getting sorted in our new house took up a lot of my time and energy in the first few months of arriving, so it was good to become involved with some Churchcentral events such as Senior Life Group and ‘Time for Tea’. I also became part of a student disability support team at BCU working as a note-taker, which has provided a lot of variety particularly as I’ve been attending all sorts of lectures such as criminal justice, braille and even electronics at the various city campuses.

CP: What do you love doing in any spare time you have?

LK: I love everything to do with growing vegetables and flowers, particularly on allotments. I have been known to get very excited about compost heaps. Last year I was introduced to the art of beekeeping, so who knows what I’ll get up to when I finally get my own allotment!

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