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Isolated from friends, I feared for my faith

Sara Radke struggled to find community when she moved cross-country until she connected with a church online group

With our grown children out of the house, the cross-country move to Washington State was going to be a huge promotion for my husband and an improvement to our quality of life.

But I was anxious about interrupting the progress I had made in my faith.

I had made a decision to trust Jesus with my life at a church retreat when I was a teenager, but up until we started attending NewSpring Greenville in 2009, church was more of a routine than anything.

It was at NewSpring I realized that my faith in Jesus needed to guide my life.

Without my community, I would be miserable.

Growth In Confidence

I learned so much about the Bible and learning how to pray. I felt more confident in my faith, especially feeling forgiven and accepted by God.

As I kept coming to NewSpring, my faith just grew stronger and stronger. I always felt like the messages hit home.

When I was diagnosed with breast cancer in 2011, Jesus was there every step of way. I knew there was a purpose for this in spite of my circumstances.

I recently celebrated five years cancer free. Without that faith and my community of friends in Greenville, I would never have gotten through it.

Right now, I consider the group my church.

A Difficult Move

So when we moved to Moses Lake in Washington State in 2015, a small town of 22,000 people, we were very leery.

We had trouble finding a church there. My job as an urgent care nurse meant I couldn’t make it to services every Sunday either.

Then NewSpring Church Online helped me connect to a group leader whose group was meeting every week right in Moses Lake. “I said, ‘Are you kidding me? This is such a God thing.’”

My group was like an instant friendship, and it’s such a positive aspect of living here now.

A  Welcome Surprise

Right now, I consider the group my church. We follow the weekly messages and do Bible study.

Living in a small town, after living in a large city, it’s hard to start fresh. The group has been nothing but welcoming. It was like an instant friendship, and it’s such a positive aspect of living here now.

I have a bunch of friends who are there for me. We go on outings together. We share a lot of things about our lives.

Without my community, I would be miserable. I spend a lot of time just thanking God and saying, “How can this be happening to me!”

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