New Palestine, Ind. (WTHR) - A church in New Palestine believes God answers prayer. The congregation has documented proof. A bulletin board in the church lobby is covered with colored cards, each one telling the story of an answered prayer in 2017.
Brookville Road Community Church believes God answered over 10,000 prayers in their congregation last year during a year-long theme at the church called “10,000 Answered Prayers”.
Lead Pastor Kris Sorensen challenged church members last year to grow in their relationship with God through a more consistent prayer life, and to write down the answers they received.
"It wasn't just about, 'Oh, I'm going to get an answer of yes and put the prayer card up, but I'm going to listen for what God says here.' He may not answer yet. It may come later. So maybe an expansion in their faith and understanding that God's inviting us into this personal relationship and it's not just trying to get him to do things for me,” said Sorensen.
Up to 1,000 people attend Brookville Road Community Church each weekend. They turned in cards for 10,581 answered prayers in 2017.
"We had people say, ‘My cancer is gone,’” said Sorensen. “People got jobs when they've been praying for jobs, praying for years. We had people that had been praying for relationships to be restored for years and years finally be restored. All of those are miracles that we attribute to our heavenly Father."
Church member Karen Pieratt turned in about 25 cards for answered prayers including her family selling their home and her son raising money for his first mission trip to Uganda.
"If we try to do everything ourselves, then God doesn't get the glory,” said Pieratt. “So, all the glory goes to him right now, because he did it in my life. I didn't do anything except wait in prayer."
Karen is from India. She prayed in November for the chance to attend her niece's wedding in her homeland. That niece was a flower girl in Karen's wedding 18 years ago. Karen turned in an answered prayer card just a couple weeks ago after friends paid for the airfare.
On December 14, Karen wrote in her prayer journal:
"Oh Lord, how wonderful and awesome you are. Words cannot begin to express how thankful I am right now. My ticket is fully paid for."
Karen leaves January 20th for her trip to India and will be there three weeks. She has not been back to India in 10 years to see most of her family.
Brookville Road Community Church has a new theme for 2018: My Story, His Glory. The church is asking members to share in video testimonies how God has impacted their lives.