I've spent my life looking for the perfect Church. I always had people say, "The Church is perfect, the people aren't." But I had not found Truth, and I knew I hadn't. There was always something missing. When there is nothing on which to build that is solid, only "God told me" leaders that are starting new churches every day, it was hard to believe anything. I have been incredibly blessed, God has granted great Mercy to me by revealing to me what the Church was to be like. I've looked for five years after being given this revelation. When I found it, I knew it was Truth. Almost immediately, I began to go through terrible things, some of the worst physical and spiritual abuse I've ever experienced in my life -- and these were Orthodox people! But I KNEW, still, that the Church is Perfect and True. I didn't quit. I even had a priest tell me he was amazed that I was still hanging in here, after what I was put through. But now that I know that I am Home, there is no where to go, and I have no desire to go.
Worshiping God in Spirit AND and Truth is above and beyond anything I ever could have imagined, which is what the scriptures tell us. I am now becoming part of the Church that is concretely affixed on earth as well as in Heaven, the one that Christ said "the gates of hell will not prevail against it". I've met some of the most amazing people, and am in awe of the depth of commitment I see.
It is a relief to know that I don't have to be rich, have perfect health, and fit the stereotype of what some of so-called christianity insists is "evidence of real faith" today.
My joy is so deep because now I know I have spiritual leadership, a spiritual father, True Worship, a way of life to lead me to be one with Body of Christ, with God.
To sum it up, I've already been slam-dunked by "imperfect people" in the Perfect Church. And I'm still going strong. I'm grateful to have found the Church -- in fact, the thought sometimes is so overwhelming --- I can't explain it, I can't put it into words. It is beyond words.