Christians Against Poverty

Nobody wants to be poor but poverty seems to be a rising problem in the UK. An organisation called CAP is doing something practical about it with amazing results! CAP was founded in 1996 and is making a tremendous impact on people across the country. Dozens of families go debt free each week.  A local centre was recently set up in Highworth, Wiltshire and we interviewed the new manager, Kathryn Ford, to find out more.  You can watch the seven minute interview at this link: http://youtu.be/dtXr0C3bjac

CAP offers its services completely free of charge and receives no government funding. People are visited in their homes and CAP takes over all responsibility for their debts and works with them to become debt free. Debt causes stress, depression, health problems, domestic strife and all sorts of other issues: it can destroy lives.  The organisation is founded on prayer and run by committed Christians but the service is for anyone and there is no pressure to convert or go to church.  Jesus came to preach good news to the poor and that is certainly what these people are doing.  Check out their website, get involved, support them, and recommend them to others. It’s a worthwhile cause!

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Power to Bless

Many of us say “Bless you” to people without really thinking about it, but there is tremendous power in blessing when we speak it with faith.  The Bible says “death and life are in the power of the tongue”.  Contrary to the old saying, “sticks and stones may break my bones but words will never hurt me”, we can in fact hurt people even more with our words than with our fists. We’ve all said things in anger and haste to those around us and then regretted it later. Some of us have been permanently affected by something someone said to us; we remember it for years. We are all responsible for what comes out of our mouths; we have the power to bless and the power to curse.

Ffald-y-Brenin (Sheepfold of the King) Christian Retreat Centre in Wales teaches people how to start Local Houses of Prayer. Typically commencing in a home with 2-3 people they adopt a small local area for Jesus, worship, bless and pray for the breaking in of the Kingdom of God. Dozens of these have sprung up all over the country in the last few years with some amazing results.  God is moving! The church is being mobilised at grass roots level to take up the authority God has given.  The good news is you don’t have to be an ordained minister or a priest. This is something anyone can do. We can bring change to the world around us by following these simple principles.

To find out more, follow this link: http://youtu.be/gXeyXKBxa8Q

“The Lord bless you and keep you, the Lord make His face to shine upon you and be gracious to you, the Lord lift up His countenance upon you and give you peace”

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Mission Accomplished!

Thank you very much for praying for Phillip during his trip to Kenya.Without your support we are sure he would never have been able to achieve what he did. It was an enormous amount of work. He sensed the effect of your prayers.

In the two weeks he completed an 8 minute promo documentary of the Disciples of Mercy ministry. This will be shown in churches around the USA when the Director goes on tour there next month. He also completed an 18 minute documentary of the impact of the Association of Faith Churches and Ministers DVD Bible College in Kenya, particularly in prisons. This will be shown at an international AFCM Conference in the USA next month. These programmes will be available to view on our You Tube channel in July.

We give thanks to God for: Being kept in good health;  All equipment kept safe and working properly;  Provision of a tripod; Strength; Wisdom; Good relationship and communication with ministry; Safe travel

To God be all the Glory!

 

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Kenya Mission trip

Phillip is going to Kisumu, Kenya on Sunday, 27th April to make a documentary and promo video for a ministry called Disciples of Mercy (www.disciplesofmercy.org.au) He will be there for two weeks during which time he hopes to do all the filming, editing and production on site. We would very much appreciate it if you could pray along the following lines:
Remember everything needed to take
Safe and smooth travel
Good health
Protection of self and luggage
Strength and stamina
Anointing, inspiration and skill
Good communication with the Ministry
Equipment to function properly
Divine guidance and blessing
(Me on my own at home!)
and anything else as the Lord leads.
We are so grateful for your support.
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You Shall Be My Witnesses

Some Christians took to the streets on a dry but chilly Saturday morning last weekend to share the message of God’s love and to proclaim their faith in the death and resurrection of Jesus. Around 150 people from all the churches of the town, young and old, joined in the march.  During the procession there were two pauses to re-enact significant events that took place as Jesus made His way to Calvary. .  Drama is such a powerful way of communicating the message: it was done very effectively.  The people watching could not fail to be moved by this faithful re-enactment of the Gospel account. It’s not very often that traffic is held up and roads blocked off so that people can walk along them! The police were very helpful in guiding and protecting the crowd. Most of the drivers, although inconvenienced for a while, were patient and co-operative. The crowd gathered at the podium in the market square to hear scripture readings and sing songs. Wouldn’t it be great if this happened in a town near you next year?! Why not start planning for it now?  Here in the UK we have the freedom to publicly proclaim our faith. Christians in many countries do not have that freedom. Let’s make the most of it!  Easter March

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Prayer Trip to Israel

I was privileged to take part in the 12th IRI Prayer Summit during the last week of March.  For eight days 58 people from 12 nations across the world travelled around Israel to pray, worship and intercede for the nation. Though many of us had never met before, there was a wonderful unity as we stood together with one focus and one purpose – to be Intercessors for the Restoration of Israel. The call to be a “watchman on the wall” was fulfilled as we visited locations such as the Mount of Olives, the Pavilion Prayer Tower in Jerusalem, the Western Wall, the Knesset (Parliament), Ancient Shiloh where the Tabernacle stood for over 300 hundred years, Judea and Samaria, Galilee, Mount Carmel, the Lebanon border, Golan Heights and the Syrian border. We did not go to sightsee, but to pray and cry out to God to “Save His People” according to our theme song “Ana Adonai Hoshiana”.  The Lord is indeed restoring the land and the people and He will not rest till it is complete.

IRI 2014

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Voice for Justice UK

You may have already seen our VfJ advert and a talk given by Lynda Rose on “Empowerment or Exploitation?”  Here at last is an interview with Lynda, the Director of Voice for Justice, explaining the vision, values and aims of this worthy organisation:  http://youtu.be/7wJXOyW9COs

Increasingly in our society we are seeing freedoms eroded, individuals abused, the right to speak curtailed and religious liberty under threat. VfJUK has been formed to defend the voiceless, speak truth to power and uphold justice, standing on the original articles of the 1948 Declaration of Human Rights. They take a particular interest in trafficking – a fast growing form of modern day slavery, but are also concerned for the defence of the unborn and the protection of elderly. They are motivated by a love and respect for every individual and fight for all who are marginalised, vulnerable, or exploited.  They work with the government and advise on new legislation. Their biblical worldview underpins everything they do and can be summed up in Amos 5:24 “… let justice flow like a river and righteousness as an ever-flowing stream…” Righteousness, justice and truth are indeed the bedrock of society – if we lose them, the foundations begin to disintegrate. To find out more go to www.vfjuk.org

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Jewish Roots

At last October’s Feast of Tabernacles in London, the guest speaker, Myles Munroe brought a powerful message on unity and reconciliation. God’s plan is to bring Jew and Gentile together.  Abraham was never told by God to start a religion but to found a nation. What God wants is for His kingdom to come on the earth.  The root of the church was Jewish and the gospel began to be preached from Jerusalem on the day of Pentecost.  However, within a few hundred years, the root was moved from Jerusalem to Rome… God wants to restore His church to the root. This is Good News that we all need to hear! See our clip at http://youtu.be/tfL4Iuelrs4  You can order the full set of DVDs through www.josephstorehouse.co.uk

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Do things God’s Way

Women often feel that they have to go out to work for financial reasons but they find it difficult and stressful as they are also trying to manage the home and look after the children.  Many say there is no alternative. Listen to this testimony of stepping out in faith to do things God’s way. http://youtu.be/F3wfcSafkNg  Everything that is written in the Bible is still for today and it does work if we follow it in faith.  This is good news for many women who really feel they want to devote their time and energies to their home and children. You can be set free to enjoy what God has called you to do. If you trust the Lord He will honour you and help you.

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Video book

Dernier Publishing

Our latest venture has been to produce a video book. It was a great pleasure to work with Janet Wilson, director of Dernier Publishing together with Denise Hayward, the author of Deepest Darkness, on her adventure story set in Canada written for 8 – 11 year olds. We spent a day filming and recording Denise reading the whole book and then a few more days editing and producing the video. You can see a short clip of it here: http://youtu.be/mTJYqPcHAPs We believe this will be a blessing to children who find reading difficult. God has such a variety of ways for us to communicate and the medium of video, using both sound and vision is particularly effective. We were also able to produce an audio book on three CDs. All the books Dernier publishes are excellent, fun relevant fiction to encourage and inspire 8-16 year olds in their faith. Take a look at their website www.dernierpublishing.com

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