Alex's ResLife Story
Alex Green is one of our members who wrote a stellar letter to churches that support ResLife Church. It's so good, it is worth posting as one of our blogs.
Here's what Alex wrote back in July:
I hope this letter finds you well. My name is Alex Green. I’m a software developer in the Raleigh-Durham, NC area and an active member of Resurrection Life Church. I’m writing to share a little bit about my experiences with ResLife and to say thank you for all of your support. It has been a true blessing!
First, a little bit of background about me: although I grew up in the church, I did not truly come to faith until I was in college. While I was a sophomore at NC State University, a classmate of mine (my friend Nicko) introduced me to a ministry called the Navigators. They needed someone to help them with leading worship and I had been singing and playing the guitar since middle school. I was uncomfortable at first, but I had been really struggling with some fairly serious personal issues at the time, and over the coming weeks, months, and years my life was transformed as I began studying the scriptures with my Navigator friends and mentors and ultimately came to faith.
After I graduated from NC State (in May of 2011) I went through a period of a few years of searching for a home church. I tried several churches, but I never really found one that felt like home. Finally, last year, the same former classmate and now close friend (Nicko strikes again!) invited me to be a part of this new church plant he and his family had found and decided to join. Again, they were looking to make an addition to the worship team.
From the first few meetings (while we were still meeting in homes) it was clear to me that this was where God wanted me. Although it was different from any church I had previously attended, it just felt like how things were supposed to be. I could tell that everyone who was part of the church truly loved each other and was committed to following Christ, guided by prayer and the scriptures. I immediately jumped in and started playing bass with Mark & Nicko and a few others. There have certainly been some challenges in my life since then. In fact, at times I’ve discovered that being part of a church plant is a lot of work, but I wouldn’t trade that experience for anything. It’s amazing how much God changes and sanctifies you through the “out of your comfort zone” moments in life. Over the last year, I’ve experienced some of the best spiritual growth I’ve seen in years, some of the most meaningful community outreach I’ve ever been a part of, and I’ve been delighted to see God at work in my life and the lives of friends, family, and sometimes even complete strangers (who usually don’t remain strangers for long). I’ve also met the love of my life, who happens to be a family member of my friend Nicko (he strikes a third time!), and at the time of Mark’s reading of this to you, I’ll be marrying her in less than a month!
None of this would have been possible without your prayer and support, so thank you! I hope this story is an encouragement that God is hard at work in North
Carolina, and that He is faithful to all who call upon His name. Keep strong in the faith, and please keep us in your prayers!
Peace & love in Christ, Alex Green