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November 2008 Vision Newsletter Cooperating with God!....... ___________________________________________________________________________________________________

Food for thought

we look to the Lord and trust in his care our fear will be replaced with peace”.

We must always remember that God is faithful; we can depend on him; He will never let us down.

By Danny In these trying times we can often be overwhelmed by the circumstances of our lives or the events that are happening around us. I believe the Bible holds the truth that can liberate us from anxiety, confusion and fear that we carry and gives us hope, purpose and joy. Proverbs gives clear instructions for us to live successfully in every area of our lives. Chapter 3: 56, says "With all your heart, you must trust the Lord and not your own judgment. Always let Him lead you, and He will clear the road for you to follow." Trust or faith requires that we turn all our problems - all our situations, all our fears, all our anxieties into the hand of the Lord. We must acknowledge that God possess the power to help us out of our crisis. David C. Casland said “In stressful, confusing situations, we might ask a worried, what now? But if “Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not unto your own understanding “ Proverbs 3:5


November 2008 Vision Newsletter Cooperating with God!....... ___________________________________________________________________________________________________ reassurance let us examine the Recession and You natural perspective on the word recession. Broadcasters, journalists, teachers, students, employers, in fact people from all walks of life are using the word recession on a daily basis. Examples of current headlines that paint a picture of this fearful environment are ‘Asia Stocks Drop As Global Recession Fears Fly’, ‘Bank of England Pressed To Cut Interest Rates by Full Point’, ‘Slump Will Hit Britain Hardest’, ‘BT Axes 10,000 Jobs As Crisis Deepens’. FEAR in the economy (the result of millions of people's actions) is the general impact on the society. Despite this the child of God is promised untold blessings and miracles when they plant seed to help preach the gospel of salvation. Malachi 3:10-12 provides one of the conditions for blessings in recessionary times, “Bring ye all the tithes into the storehouse, that there may be meat in mine house, and prove me now herewith, saith the Lord of hosts, if I will not open you the windows of heaven, and pour you out a blessing that there shall not be room enough to receive it. And I will rebuke the devourer for your sakes, and he shall not destroy the fruits of your ground; neither shall your vine cast her fruit before the time in the field, saith the Lord of hosts. And all nations shall call you blessed: for ye shall be a delightsome land, saith the Lord of hosts.” Christians are encouraged to operate on the principle that God has not given us a spirit of fear; but of power, and of love, and a sound mind (2 Timothy 1:7). With that

McConnell and Brue (1993) define recession as “a period of decline in total output, income, employment and trade, lasting six months or longer. This downturn is marked by widespread contractions of business in many sectors of the economy….the price level is likely to fall only if the recession is severe and prolonged – that is if a depression occurs. An old one liner is when your neighbour Provide loses his job transferable it’s a recession; skills that when you they can lose your adapt... job it’s a depression.” different The diagram career jobs in the next column illustrates the downward spiral or recession:

Source: Harris, Tom (2002) ‘How Recessions Work’

(Harris 2008). However, the government and the monetary system (banks etc.) want you to spend money so that the economy can go into the recovery phase and eventually return to growth conditions. The opposite of a recession is the upward spiral as illustrated in the following diagram:

Some of the ways in which a recession can start are via over-production -- a situation in which the supply exceeds the nation's ability to consume. Also, terrorist acts such as September 11th tragedy contributed to a recession as people become fearful of flying. Wars such as World War II and that in Iraq also contribute to a recession. In the current recession, a lot of people who have been laid off are spending as little as possible, and many people who fear they may be laid off are also saving their money

Source: Harris, Tom (2002), ‘How Recessions Work’

Harris (2008) suggests that the key word to a growth is the

“Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not unto your own understanding “ Proverbs 3:5


November 2008 Vision Newsletter Cooperating with God!....... ___________________________________________________________________________________________________ confidence level of the well-being and are scared hosted by Middlesex millions of consumers and of their decisions in these University Business producers in the future of the recessionary times. A School – Hendon campus, economy which leads to recent survey carried out Mr Tom Schmitt the increased investments and by the market research President and CEO of spending. The idea is that you firm Opinion Panel Fedex Global Supply buy stock in a company and Research indicates that Chain Services stated that hold it to resell at a later date one in 12 final-year Fedex hires staff for when it has increased in value. university students regrets attitude first and then their degree choice now skills. The perspective of that recession looks likely this global leader is that There are six key groups (1,041 first year to final where there is low will & within the population that the year students were low skill everyone loses government and the monetary interviewed). but if you have high will systems have to consider in and low skills you can be making policies or strategies trained to become an to control the economic The following employee with high will environment: responses were extracted & high skills. This forms from the survey report: part of their put people 1) Students/youth - future first policy. leaders (receive One student who income from took part said: "It's going parents/carers, grant In an interview with Mr to change everything. I funding and part-time Peter Jones, Assistant was planning on taking work) Vice Principal who is the my time to get a job but 2) employed (receive UCAS Care Guidance & my savings won't go as income from Support leader at far now and I'll have to salary/wages) Paddington Academy on take whatever job is 3) pensioners/retired Tuesday 11th November available, even if it's workers (receive 2008 he stated that “most something like income from pension jobs that we educate kids waitressing." fund) for don’t exist as yet. The 4) unemployed (receive education has to provide Another said: income via benefits transferable skills that "Maybe a module I didn't scheme) they can adapt since the perform particularly well 5) global private average person will have in could become an issue sector/employers 8 – 10 different career when it really shouldn't (business owners jobs in their lifetime.” He be. Employers will be receive income from recommends that students more ruthless when in-store and online visit link looking for new sales and investments employees." 6) shoplifters and atch?v=QeoKQbT8BKs prisoners (receive to view the video on You Fears about the downturn income from Tube entitled ‘Shift are not confined to stealing/crime) Happens’. He also students studying finance. cautions students not to One physiotherapy The banking system facilitates look for what career they student said: "People with the transfer of money from want to do but the subject injuries will decide to not one group to the next. that they are interested in pay to see a as most careers you can physiotherapist and just The actions of all groups have train for postgraduate. It ignore the injury due to an impact on the current is better that you do saving money therefore economic environment. something you enjoy and slowing down business." get a broad education. th i) Students are investing now On 10 November 2008 for their future economic in a distinguished lecture “Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not unto your own understanding “ Proverbs 3:5


November 2008 Vision Newsletter Cooperating with God!....... ___________________________________________________________________________________________________ Also, Mrs Oli Tomlinson, First time buyers quietly and satisfied themselves that the Vice Principal counting their blessings as they are happy with all the Teaching & Learning at Paddington Academy house prices continue to fall contents. (hosts Years 7–13), need to be on their guard when reassures its students that the developmental they do decide to step onto the Mortgage Repossessions program should be property ladder. Brokers are beneficial to them in the It is no surprise to anyone that future because “we have a becoming more desperate, in mortgage repossession orders social enterprise the falling markets and are programme in years 7 and are at a high, indicating that 10 that equips our giving into the temptation of more and more homeowners students with the skills fraud. and attributes to be life are under tremendous long learners. We provide financial strain. As a result of students with There are many instances opportunities to impact this the Civil Justice Council their school and local where mortgage brokers have has issued a new pre-action community in a positive exaggerated borrower’s way. This is further protocol for mortgage developed in the sixth incomes, overtime estimates repossession cases. The form so that at university and invented second jobs so they can be confident protocol sets out clear positive role models that the borrower can get a guidance on the steps that within the new bigger mortgage for a bigger community and well lenders (e.g. Banks) are prepared for working life property which means that the expected to take before with a set of generic broker receives a larger attributes and skills. commencing a claim in the commission. The problem courts. The key provisions of I have benefited from with that for borrowers is as choosing to do a Masters the protocol are as follows: of Business everything becomes more  The lender and Administration (MBA) expensive it is inevitable that which is a universal borrower must act postgraduate degree. My their finances will be stretched fairly and reasonably major was accounting for too thin causing repayment to my undergraduate degree and all but I also had a broad become unmanageable and communications must education and can transfer repossession the ultimate skills in almost any be clear, fair and not working environment. outcome. misleading. There is hope because God has the blue print for  The parties must our lives. His plan cannot So, to prevent being defrauded discuss the reason for be defeated or destroyed. by unscrupulous lenders, the arrears, the borrowers should ensure that Read more on page 10 borrower’s financial they do not sign any mortgage circumstances and the Legal perspective applications or any other borrower’s proposals documents until it is fully on current Issues for repayment. If those completed and they have read First-time buyers beware proposals are to be “Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not unto your own understanding “ Proverbs 3:5


November 2008 Vision Newsletter Cooperating with God!....... ___________________________________________________________________________________________________ rejected then the lender Assembly church organisation. We are very pleased to must give reasons why they are being rejected. 









announce at this juncture, that

practicing every Saturday at the

we won that match by a narrow


margin of 74 to 72. A win








Dalston since 2000. We

commencing repossession proceedings, in which case the borrower must take steps






market the property.




Since that time, we have trained

scheduled up until March 2009.


See the fixture below.





players (both male & female)

Anyone who wishes to support

some of whom have gone on to

us at any of these matches can

play for their schools or even

contact either of the names listed


below. Financial support is also



universities. Having said that, we

welcome in any amount.

as a team struggled to make any

The court takes the view that





basketball league, due to various circumstances, not least finance,

starting a possession claim

until now...

should be a last resort and should not normally be started

On the 26th October 2008, the NLA

when settlement is still



were in





Metropolitan Basketball League

actively being explored.

Contacts: Stedroy Allen Club-Secretary: 07951958656 or Adisa Jarvis (Assistant Assistant-Coach): 07776146280 or Vondel Allen (Treasurer): 07951958656


Sports Information Here it goes… At the turn of the 21st century, a few men from NLA Dalston were planning an outreach arm for the church using the medium of sports; basketball to be more specific. Bleak though it looked in its initial stages, we pressed on and have been running nearly a



team past

(Division 3) and subsequently

years, and has been dubbed the

played our first official basketball

NLA Saints, identifying ourselves

match on the 9th November 2008

as a part of the New Life

against Middlesex

has developed




“Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not unto your own understanding “ Proverbs 3:5


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Department Notices Sunday



Esthel Daniel Sunday*** 12:00pm – 1:00pm every Sunday. Classes; Beginners and Kindergarten 3-7 yrs, Primaries 8-11yrs, Juniors 12-15 yrs, Teens 16-19 yrs, Young Adults 20-30 yrs and Adults 30+.* *Please be encouraged to attend you will be blessed*

YWFC: - Orlando Maize *** Every other Thursday 7:30pm, alternating with Prayer Meeting. ****Be encouraged by other young people who want God in their daily lives****



- Stedroy Allen *** Every last Friday 7:30pm. Men’s Retreat 2008 is 25th – 27th July. Elections due!!!

Choir: - Jennifer West *** Senior choir meets Tuesdays at 7:30pm except for 4th Tuesday.

God’s Anointed Ministries: - Nicola Browne *** Every Tuesday 6:00pm – 7:30pm. 10-16yrs Junior pantomime group and older Senior pantomime Group

- Philbert Lawrence




*** visiting different nursing homes… every 1st Saturday, Springfield Nursing Home; every 3rd Saturday a month, Aspray House; every 2nd Wednesday, ; and another every 1st Tuesday a month, Acorn Hodge. Also every other Sunday!

Teisha Bradshaw

*** Every 4th Tuesday at 7:30pm. Women’s retreat 2009 registration due 30th Nov, 2008.

*** All musicians, Singers, PA and projector operators… Look out/ listen for practice, times and venue.


*** Meet every last Tuesday a month but can fluctuate. Visiting individuals in their homes or hospital. Assisting / supporting those going into hospital, moving house, taking medication and other family matters. 1 Peter 5:1 Theme for 2008.

- Ishmael Bradshaw *** Mentoring, empowering, supporting and helping young men ages 8 – 20 yrs old. Social & Discussion coming soon. MESH Sunday 14th September.

- WCTS Theresa


Lucinda Hogan

Evangelistic Outreach:


*** Children choir meets every last Friday at 6:30pm – 7:30pm

Women Committed to

Pastoral Care Team: -

Quiz: Peter was walking on water at Jesus’ command, so, what stopped him from reaching?

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Stand still, and see the salvation of the Lord … “Jobless rate at a decade high”, “Housing shortages”, “Credit crisis hits 2012”, “Businesses go bust!”, “Inflated food and fuel prices”, “Rising Homelessness” “Worldwide Panic”, “Starvation on the Rise!” With these headlines and more blasting the airwaves and occupying the front pages of our daily newspapers, even cosmopolitan magazines have included sections that forecast advice to help us safeguard against this impending disaster. The world’s largest, most influential database is bombarded with a plethora of predictions for the current socio-economic situation-The Global Financial Credit Crunch. Additionally, the recent election of America’s first black president has found many in a state of euphoria as they see this bold move as the necessary solution to a heal a nation in crisis and save a world from doom. What amazes me most is that even in this situation humanity still fails to acknowledge the reality of God in His infinite existence and sovereignty. It is in these times we as God’s children are both challenged and encouraged as we see prophesies fulfilled and we know that the coming of our saviour is not far off. Sadly enough, without exception to the general trend many of God’s children are being tossed with the wind. But

Don’t look at the wind, Cooperate with God the word of God holds firm and serves as an encouragement, that in this dispensation we should fear not, and stand still for we shall surely see the salvation of the Lord. It is natural for us to become anxious and even fearful but we must not become immobilised by fear for it is the absence of faith and it repels what faith embraces. Prosperity in times of famine is not a new concept to God for scripture shows us that the very forefathers of our faith; Abraham, Isaac and Jacob, ALL were blessed in times of famine. Isaiah declares “ Behold I will do a new things and it shall spring forth: shall ye not know it? I will even make a way in the wilderness and rivers in the desert.” Job 5:20 also supports that in famine God shall redeem thee from death and in war from the power of the sword. Yahweh is still the God who opens and shuts doors and the dominion that He has given us to replenish, multiply, reign and rule and to subdue in the earth has not been revoked. Therefore we still have the power to command the spirit of lack to flee and decree and declare the will and favour of God to be manifested in our lives, in the name of Jesus! We are covenant people and so great and wondrous are the promises of God for us. Our empowerment lies in knowledge that God watches over His word to perform it (Jeremiah 1:12b). He is not man that He should lie, nor the son of man, that He should change his mind. Does He

speak and not act? Does He promise and not fulfil? (Numbers 23:19). In this era: This book of the law must not depart out of our mouths, but we must meditate therein day and night and observe to do all that is written therein: For then shall we make our way prosperous and we SHALL have good success! This will allow us pursue after the righteousness of God which puts us in line to prosper and we shall be like trees planted by the rivers of water that bringeth forth fruit in due season and our leaves also shall not wither …(Psalm 1:3). Finally, our victory lies in power of God’s word, after all the weapons of our warfare are not carnal (therefore the worldly solutions don’t apply to us) but are MIGHTY through God to the pulling down of strong holds, casting down imaginations and every high thing that exalts itself against the knowledge God and bringing into captivity every thought to the obedience of Christ. Thus we are able to relinquish the spirit of fear and Stand still to see the salvation of our Lord … Power verses Have I not commanded thee? Be strong and of a good courage; be not afraid, neither be thou dismayed: for the Lord thy God is with thee whithersoever thou goest. (Joshua 1:9) The earth is the LORD’S and the fullness thereof, the world, and they that dwell therein. (Psalms 24:1) By Dolly McPherson

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Dates to Remember 30th Nov 08 – Donations collected for Angel Tree Prison Fellowship

30th Nov 08 – Deposit due - Women’s conference 7th Dec 08 – Festival of Praise - Dalston, NLA Jan 2009 - Women’s Conference



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behalf of Angel Tree Brixton, we would like to say thank you for your contribution to the ministry. Many children’s lives are been transformed and family hope restored...

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VisionNLA Newsletter - November Cont’d from page Recession and you


ii) the employed are saving and returning to the system by paying taxes on earnings and assets acquired (mortgages etc.); some find it more beneficial to rent at this time. Their spending can be spread over a larger number of goods and services. Since the bankruptcy of Lehman Brothers bank commuters are bombarded by the Metro newspapers that highlight job cuts. Employees no longer focus on if they will get a bonus as the best bonus is to have any job at all. The unfortunate side of job losses is that some people have lost their homes to repossession and this is likely to continue. Until the final payment is made on a mortgage the home belongs to the bank/financing company. Hence the theory has been put into practice. People are spending less and trying to save more out of fears they will lose their job. If people continue to save the extra funds no change will happen. Hence, the world central banks and the government need to intervene to regulate the economy. The G20 Finance Ministers met this month to discuss strategies and consider increasing aid to poorest countries.

iii) pensioners are using their savings from their working periods. Unfortunately, the rate of inflation has considerably reduced the value of their portfolio. They are constantly appealing to the government for relief in the utility rates as oil prices surge to astronomical heights. iv) the unemployed being cared for by general tax pool employers and employed.

are the of the

v) Businesses are closing down by the day. It is difficult to collect from customers who owe and sales are minimal or nonexistent due to loss of jobs, low income earners etc. The Federal Reserve System, the central bank of the United States was founded in Congress in 1913 to provide the nation with a safer, more flexible, and more stable monetary and financial system; its role in banking and the economy has expanded over the years. The duties include: -


Conducting the nation’s monetary policy by influencing the money and credit conditions in the economy in pursuit of full employment and stable prices. Supervising and regulating banking institutions to ensure the safety and soundness of the nation’s banking and financial system



and to protect the credit right of consumers Maintaining the stability of the financial system and containing systemic risk that may arise in financial markets. Providing certain financial services to the U.S. government, to the public, to financial institutions, and to foreign official institutions, including playing a major role in operating the nation’s payments system.

Most developed countries have a central bank whose functions are broadly similar to those of the Federal Reserve. The Bank of England has existed since the end of the seventeenth century. Napolean I established the Banque de France in 1800, and the bank of Canada began operations in 1935. The German central bank was reestablished after World War II and is loosely modelled on the Federal Reserve. With the election of Barak Obama as the first black president of the United States, the optimism has restored some confidence in the global economic markets. The G20 ministers of finance are confident that they control or run things but the word of God indicates that there will be a transfer of wealth if we look not at the wind because Isaac sowed seed during famine, an unnatural thing to do and received a hundredfold harvest within months, i.e. in the same year. Isaac was so blessed the Philistines envied him for he had possession of flocks, and

VisionNLA Newsletter - November possession of herds, and great store of servants (Gen 26:14). God says he knows every hair that we have on our head and that he cares for us. I encourage you to cast all your cares upon him and sow seed into the kingdom of God. Myles Munroe often says that an ambassador for a kingdom pays no bills. It is the kingdom that has responsibility for that. Hence if you are working for the Lord he will take care of you by providing a job, business, contracts, favour, whatever is required to ensure that you represent him well. If you buy a washing machine and it does not work it is returned to the manufacturer. In the same way when something is not working in our lives we can go back (return) to our creator as Jabez did and pray “O that thou wouldest bless me indeed, and enlarge my coast, and that thine hand might be with me, and that thou wouldest keep me from evil, that it may not grieve me! And God granted him that which he requested.” (1 Chronicles 4:10) Let us who are called by His name humbly call on Him in prayer for he promises to hear from heaven and heal our land. Doannelda Dublin, BSc (High Honour), MBA

© London 2008

Talk 2 Me Cory: Hey Thie, I haven’t seen you for ages what’ve you been up to? Cynthie: Hey Cor Hey Rach! I’ve been around, working and stuff. You know how it is Rachel: I tried calling you lots of times but didn’t get

Don’t look at the wind, Cooperate with God you and you haven’t called back. Cynthie: Well I’ve been busy. Sorry and to be frank Rach, don’t take this the wrong way but… You’re just calling to tell me that you haven’t seen me in church. Lots of people keep telling me that. In the world that I live in I have to work on Sundays. I’m not in some cushy job where I get to pick all my hours. Rachel: I understand Thie but every Sunday? Well what about Wednesday and Friday night. Cynthie: You know what Rach I can’t be asked Bye. Cor I’ll catch you later Cynthie walks away Rachel: I should have just left her. Cory: She knows it’s because you care. Rachel: Last week I sat down and thought about us, The inseparable three. Remember when Sis Bernard tried to split us up in Sunday school and Thie complained to Pastor that we were just trying to encourage each other in the Lord. Cory: ha-ha I remember, then she went on to talk about Christian persecution and that splitting up the saints was a tactic used to make them weaker so that they would later deny Christ and their Christian believes. Ha. Pastor just promoted us to the next class to shut us up and get us out of Sis. Bernard’s hair.

Rachel: Yeah and it was in that new class that we started to learn about the foundations of Christianity and we decided to follow the Lord in water baptism. It was such a good experience being baptised with my two best friends. It’s so hard not to see her with us whilst we’re worshiping. Cory: Yeah I know… Don’t worry about it I’ll try and talk to her. Later that night Cory rings Cynthie Cory: Hey Thie are you OK Cynthie: Yeah I’m sorry about earlier. I know I’ve been a bit distant lately. To be honest I don’t feel the same. Something’s not right, my life’s confused. I feel like I’m a plant in a garden and there’s a hurricane and everything else has blown away. I’m trying to hold on but it’s hard Corey: It’s good that you shared this with me Thie. Rach and I are here for you. We love you and are willing to help you not judge you. We won’t just let you get blown away in the wind. Youths, let your voice be heard! Send in your poems, articles on highlights of the year that had an effect on you, your friends and community. Send your articles and suggestions to: Or give it to Yo-Mono or Teisha

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Quiz Questions: (Find the account in the bible, write your answer and scripture reference in the space below). 1. Peter walked on water at Jesus’ command, what stopped him from continuing?

2. Job wife knew her husband’s faith in God was strong and she experienced good times with him before, what cause her to say, “...curse God and die”?

3. The children of Israel watched the hand of God through Moses as the red sea was parted; they walked through it, so then after all that, what caused them to murmur and curse Moses?

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