Disciples’ Stories

focus02Some stories from visitors to community through Discipleship over the years


I can say that joining the CRC at HOD was one of the best decisions I’ve ever made, and the best time of my life. I would recommend it to anyone who is searching for God in his/her life and doesn’t really know where to go or what to do.

The CRC gave me what I needed – the time. Time to spend with God to ask Him what he wants for me, to get closer to Him, and to build a real relationship with Him.

It was not always easy, and sometimes I struggled a bit. But I found the Lord, I made many great friends, and I also learned English. The House of the Open Door is a blessed place.


CR2008During Focus we went for lots of trips to beautiful places and interesting cities. It was the first time in my life that I went to the seaside: we saw the sunrise, and when it rained, there was a beautiful rainbow from one end of the beach to the other – a sign of God’s peace. The atmosphere was very good – lots of lovely people and we could chat a lot.

Also we had a lot of teachings. So we not only had a physical retreat, but a spiritual experience


The ten weeks I spent at HOD on CRC were a very powerful experience: a taste of community lifestyle, a time of confrontations and of learning to let go and accept others… simply said, it was a school of love. This time brought light to many things (especially through the teachings): the ability to look at my life in “hindsight”; and the experience that it is possible to create a true friendship with someone whose character is so very different to mine. It taught me that such friendships are not only daily opportunities for personal growth, but also bring inner fulfilment and joy from the deep closeness they bring about.



“During my time spent on the CRC I have experienced that God is my real father. He has taught me that I can really trust Him and also trust other people. Thoughts about myself and my future are completely different from before and I am looking forward to God leading my life.”


“A few months spent at HOD on the CRC made a big difference to my life. I got to know much more about myself – my strengths and weaknesses – and also more about God.”


“Being on the CRC really made me look at where I was on my walk with God and helped me learn how to relate to other people.”


“From my time on the CRC I came to realize through the teaching and living with others that the way I had been living my life was so wrong, and I didn’t even know it. My truth changed so much on CRC.”

Sister Theresien

“I spent one month on the CRC in HOD and I experienced the fulfilment of Jesus’ promise, ‘Where two or three meet in My name, I am in the midst of them’. For me, HOD is a place where the presence of the Lord dwells which has the power to change lives.!”