So, in the last few years we have had Carl Tuttle visit our church a couple of times. For those that don't know, he worked very closely with John Wimber right at the beginning of the Vinyard movement having some amazing experiences with God, as you can imagine. He then took over from Wimber as Lead Pastor. Sadly this was the start of a difficult time in Carl's life, but God has turned this around and he is now back ministering and leading worship. When he came to our church the first time it was his first ministry trip abroad in years and was as a result of a word from God and many confirmations! It is pretty clear that God has big plans for his future, as he continues to minister, speak and travel to share the Gospel.
Carl sent me this video this week which shares some of his testimony. It shows such raw honesty about what he has been through and how Jesus has shaped his life that I really wanted to share it (I have asked his permission!).
It is so humbling to see someone that has been revered and held up in high esteem in Christian Ministry, fall from favour and yet still love and honour Jesus in all he does. There are others who have been in his position, who have fallen, or who have made wrong choices and lost favour, others who just needed help and yet so often they get discarded, left by the wayside to struggle without help. In this testimony Carl says that within all that he learned that all he needed was Jesus, which is such an amazing place to be. But at the same time it's so important to recognise that our Christian leaders need support. And if they fall, they need help, support and love, not condemnation and rejection...
For info, Carl is planning to come back to the UK in October/November if you are interested in hearing him speak. You can also find out more about him at his website. Hope you enjoy the video.