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ISSUE 62 June / July 2013

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one family

of many nations proclaiming one gospel

through many disciples

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Creation declares the glory of GOD


A word from the SENIOR PASTOR

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discovery of DNA demonstrates a written set of coded instructions contained within each cell, on how to construct the body of the living being from which it comes. In the space of 39 weeks, a fertilised cell can be constructed into a fully-formed human being, with all the wonders of the complexities of the human body. As the Psalmist declared, “I am fearfully and wonderfully made” (Psalm 139:14). The truth is that life can only come from life, and the origin of life is the living and eternal God, who placed the instructions for construction of the body in each cell.

have always been fascinated by the beauty of the natural world. I enjoy attracting all kinds of birds to our garden with food dispensers. I put up a wooden bird box on the side of our house with a tiny camera in it. I watched as, over the weeks, a blue tit made it her home and, day by day, built her nest. Soon there was a large clutch of eggs in it, waiting to hatch and produce a new family. Where do these creatures get the knowledge to do such things? I remember when we lived in Africa, being fascinated by the nest of the weaver birds. They construct these amazing hanging baskets, suspended from branches, woven with such skill and intricacy. It is beyond belief that such knowledge and skills ‘just happened’ by chance. The Bible tells us that the observable wonders of the natural world are a clear and unambiguous testimony to a Creator. “The heavens declare the glory of God; the skies proclaim the works of his hands. Day after day they pour forth speech; night after night they display knowledge. There is no speech or language where their voice is not heard. Their voice goes out to the ends of the world” (Psalm 19:1-4). There are many questions that those, who claim there is no Creator, simply cannot answer. Here are just four: 1. Where did the material that makes up the billions of

Why do people cling to an idea that is demonstrably untrue..? 

galaxies - each containing billions of stars and planets - come from, even supposing there was a ‘big bang’? Either it was always there, or it came out of nothing. Both ideas are impossible. Scientific laws demonstrate that every effect has to have a cause, and things cannot just ‘appear’ from nowhere. As this is the basis upon which all subsequent ideas are built, the evolutionary theory starts without any foundation. 2. Leaving that major problem aside, and given that the universe exists, how did life come from non-life? The explanation I have seen is that lightning hit some chemicals, and somehow a living simple cell appeared from which all other life forms evolved. If it were that easy, the question to be asked is, Why, therefore, cannot modern scientists repeat such a simple experiment in the laboratory, especially since scientific

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3. Leaving this problem aside, and noting that life does exist, how is it the case that in virtually every single one of the hundreds of thousands of species that are alive do we find both male and female? If it took millions or billions of years for a ‘simple’ cell to evolve into fully formed creatures, in all the time it took, how did those creatures reproduce while they were supposedly evolving? It only takes the failure of one generation in this respect, and the species has disappeared. And how did the countless thousands of species all, by chance, happen to end up male and female?

The heavens declare the glory of God; the skies proclaim the work of his hands (Psalm 19:1) knowledge of micro-organisms has leapt forward? The reality is that 150 years ago, in Darwin’s day, the idea of a ‘simple cell’ may have been credible. The problem today however, is that, with the explosion of scientific knowledge, it is clear that a single cell is anything but simple. Though tiny, it is highly complex, containing a colossal amount of information. The

4. Leaving this problem aside, much is made of the fossil record. Darwin himself noted that if the fossil record did not produce transitionary forms, showing one species evolving into another, it would be a fatal flaw to his theory of evolution. He was confident they would be found. The passing of 150 years shows he was wrong, and the complete absence of such fossils, that are


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GOD’S GLORY demonstrably part one species and part another, remains an acute embarrassment to the proponents of evolution. Of the 200 million fossils so far dug up, there is not a single undisputed fossil proven to be conclusively a ‘missing link’. If they ever existed, even a small proportion of 200 million should reveal thousands or millions of such fossils. We have, instead, but a handful of disputed fossils, and some that have been revealed as frauds. Why do people cling to an idea that is demonstrably untrue which, if genuinely subjected to the same rigorous scientific scrutiny as other theories, would never stand up? Quite simply, because the only viable alternative is the belief in a Creator God. And that brings with it accountability. People want to live their own lives, and sin as they choose. God’s Word tells us that they “suppress the truth by their wickedness, since what may be known about God is plain to them, because God has made it plain to them. For, since the creation of the world, God’s invisible qualities – his eternal power and divine nature – have been clearly seen, being understood from what has been made, so that men are without excuse” (Romans 1:18-20). In other words, people deliberately choose to ignore the truth of creation,

People deliberately choose to ignore the truth of creation, and the God behind it that it reveals, because they want to live their lives without God and the God behind it who it reveals, because they want to live their lives without God. If they continue to live like that, they will die in their sins. God will honour their choice, because he does not override our free will. But they will be separated from God, the Fount of all goodness, forever. But that is not God’s desired outcome, which is why Jesus, God’s Son, came into this world. God not only gave us this life, but he wants to give everyone who is willing eternal life as well. It can only come though faith in Jesus Christ, through whom alone is the forgiveness of sins and reconciliation to God the Father, our only Creator. “God has given us eternal life, and this life is in his Son. He who has the Son has life; he who does not have the Son does not have life” (1 John 5:12). To choose Jesus is both a wise and an intelligent decision.

Richard Buxton

n behalf of the family here at Ealing Christian Centre, we would like to take this opportunity to let you know that we are glad to have you worshipping with us today. We hope you will feel at home in our fellowship - whether this is your first time or your umpteenth time with us. May God bless you.

CONTENTS 2 A Word from the Senior Pastor

4 Youth Mission to Cebu by Pastor Mark King 6 Be Fruitful and Multiply by Akinpelu Osuntoki 7 The Vision in Action - Women’s Discipleship 8 Ashley’s Story by Vicky Otu 9 The Greatest Relationship on Earth

by Roy & Wendy McEwen

10 Testimonies from the Revival & Healing meeting by Pastor Rajinder Buxton 12 Prayer Centre Testimonies 3 Two-month Prayer Diary Pull-out 1 1 Sunday Services at a Glance / 2 Forthcoming Events 2 Finance & Attendance statistics / 2 What We Believe 3 Evangelism & Prayer Ministry Calendar 2 4 Fellowship & Congratulations by Sharon Grant 2 25 How to... Do Leadership by Roy McEwen 6 Classifieds 2 2 7 Live by the Spirit by Pastor John Starr 28 Youth Ministries by Pastor Ruth Trbojevic 29 My Miraculous Admission to Christ’s Hospital by Samuel Matthew-Odu 30 Kenya Community Rebuild: The Journey

by Jane Kiguru-Wamae

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YOUTH MISSION TO CEBU PICTURE: The Team: Rosina Game, Gina Sinclair, Reanne Riley, Shannon O’Neil, Victoria Yeo, Priscilla Mesaque, Keziah Joseph, Jon Wauchope, Josh Joseph, Titus Kirkland, Daniel King, Cora King & Pastor Mark

Feeding Programmes The Team organised four feeding programmes, which PCC holds twice a month in four different communities. Approximately 400 children were fed a nourishing rice meal called ‘lugaw’. For some malnourished children, it is sometimes the best meal they have had that week. The Team led games, Bible teaching and songs, in order to feed the children spiritually.

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n 5th April, a team of 11 young people accompanied Pastor Mark and Cora King on a short-term mission trip to Cebu, Philippines. The purpose of the mission was to share Jesus, and to be a blessing to the local church and communities.This was primarily achieved through holding workshops, which included dance, drama, children’s ministry, youth ministries and singing; feeding programmes for children; open-air Gospel outreach; Bible studies, and taking part in the main church services and youth service. For many of the team members, travelling to South East Asia was their first mission trip, an opportunity to experience a different culture, temperature, sights and sounds. In fact, one of the members had never left the shores of the UK before this trip.On reaching Cebu, there was an air of both excitement and apprehension. However, the Team ‘hit-the-ground running’ and entered straight into missionary life. The day after we arrived, the Team attended the church service at Portland Christian Center (PCC), and were amazed by the welcome they received. Keziah Joseph remarked, “We were so welcomed and accepted - despite looking so different and some of us being like giants to them. It really Workshops was like being with family. Everybody was oving and content, despite having so little, The purpose of the workshops was and I met some incredible young people to train the local church leaders in who really inspired me.” the areas they are leading. The Team succeeded in taking many of the PCC leaders on to the next level in their A new church planted ministry. New songs, dramas and dances were learnt, and the children’s ministry It is the vision of PCC to plant churches in teachers were taught activities that they significant areas, as part of their strategy to can now incorporate into their ministry. win the lost for Jesus. The Gospel outreach The youth leaders were encouraged was part of the plan to plant a new church. to look at youth ministry in fresh ways, We thank God that this has now been in order to attract and connect more achieved, as the Sunday after the open-air successfully with local youth. The drum event, the first church service was held in workshops were invaluable, especially for Danao City, where 30 adults and 44 children the upcoming drummers at the church, were in attendance. who have the desire to serve God in the worship ministry.



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YOUTH MISSION TO CEBU Youth night

CHANGED LIVES

On the second week of the mission, the Team ran the youth service, where eighty local and church youth were gathered. Titus gave the message, whilst the ECC team, supported by the PCC team, performed dances, worship songs, dramas and games. Reanne and Shannon gave their testimonies of how they came to Christ. Many people were touched and encouraged by what they heard. Apple Seco, who helps run the youth department at PCC, remarked, “We found the ideas and training from the Team really helpful, and we will certainly be incorporating these into the youth ministry at PCC.”

The intention for any mission team is usually to bless and be a blessing. However, quite often, the reverse happens. These are some comments from team members:

Open-air Gospel Outreach One of the main highlights of the mission was the open-air Gospel outreach. The ECC & PCC teams prepared songs, dramas, testimonies and dances, and put together a two-hour Gospel programme, performed in one of the toughest areas in Cebu - Danao City. Also known as ‘Gun City’, Danao is infamous for the high level of drug and alcohol abuse, prostitution and corruption. The Lord had given us favour in being granted a permit to conduct the outreach. Two days before the event, the intercessory team prayer walked the area. They came up against tremendous demonic attack and opposition, however they continued to pray undeterred. The result was an ‘open heaven’ when the Team came to minister, and over 60 people committed their lives to Jesus, with many people physically healed as the Team prayed for them. Victoria Yeo commented, “I thank God and thank ECC for giving us the opportunity to go to Cebu. We went there with the intention to serve, teach, and help the people there, but they taught us life-lessons without even knowing it. Seeing the 50 people from the city of Cebu receive salvation in our open-stage event was the most touching for me. I will never forget the amazing time we spent with PCC.”

Rosina Game: “Being in Cebu truly changed my life. It was an amazing eye opener to not only the poverty suffered by so many in the small communities, but also to how amazingly happy and humble people can be with just the bare necessities. I am counting down the days to go again.” Reanne Riley: “I went on this mission trip with hardly any confidence and a fear to pray aloud. I was taken out of my comfort zone, and through this I grew, I led kids’ club, led workshops, and shared my testimony. I prayed for people who gave their lives to the Lord in a big city, and for those who just needed a friend to pray with. I now have no fear of praying aloud and love to pray. I saw so many people saved, and saw young people find and flourish in their giftings! This mission changed my life, and I pray I helped to have an impact on those I met. I thank God for this opportunity!” Titus Kirkland: “It {the mission] opened my eyes! I’ve never experienced anything like it! The people’s faith was amazing and their hospitality was unrivalled.” Daniel King: “Returning to the mission field, where I spent five years serving God, was amazing. I was so touched by witnessing how much the church has grown both numerically and spiritually.” Priscilla Mesaque: “Overall, Cebu was an amazing experience. I felt like being there gave me more of a purpose, and my heart was stirred in unexpected ways. It was lovely to see the compassion for God and one another within PCC. The unity within the church is so evident and strong and, despite the language barrier, the Holy Spirit spoke right into my heart. It was an honour to give, and a blessing to receive. I feel as though being in the Philippines has expanded my heart even more for overseas missions. I truly hope to go back to Cebu sometime soon.”

CONCLUSION The mission trip to Cebu was a great success: the local church was encouraged and ministered to; new relationships were formed; communities were impacted; souls were saved; people healed, and a new church planted. God accomplished all this through the Team within ten days! Glory to Him!

Pastor MARK KING

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MEN’S DISCIPLESHIP

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ately, I am being challenged about the true essence of my faith, and the purpose of my salvation. I have had to ask myself some tough questions: What exactly is my real calling as a Christian, and what is my role in the larger scheme of God’s plans for the world He created? In this article, I reflect openly on the issues raised by this on-going self-assessment and, particularly, about the role of the Church in society at large, and how God has been fanning the passion for the lost in my heart. My hope is that every man will be galvanised for the pressing work of God, as the second coming of Christ moves ever so nearer. Permit me to clarify my definition of the ‘Church’. I subscribe to the fact we, believers, are the Church, and not the buildings made of bricks and mortar that we worship in. The Bible says in 1 Corinthians 6:19a “Do you not know that your bodies are temples of the Holy Spirit, who is in you...?” In talking about the role of the Church, I refer not to the collective, but to the individuals within that collective. In Ephesians 4:11-12, the Bible clarifies that we are



being equipped for the work of ministry. What is this work of ministry? you might ask. I believe that our primary work of ministry is to reach the lost and to ensure a continuous multiplication of the Kingdom of God. The very first command God gave to mankind, in Genesis 1:28, is this: “Be fruitful and multiply.” And before He ascended into Heaven, Christ reiterated this injunction in that oftenquoted Scripture in Matthew 28:19-20a: “Therefore, go and make disciples of all nations, baptising them in the Name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you.” The reason for Christ’s command is simple: mankind had drifted far from God, to the point that it became necessary for Christ to fulfil His sacrifice of reconciliation. The Bible actually makes it clear that God’s judgment will come upon humanity at some point: “All the nations will be gathered before Him, and He will separate the people one from another, as a shepherd separates the sheep from the goats” (Matthew 25:32). But the Bible also makes it clear that it is not the desire of God that any should perish, but that all should come to repentance and into relationship with Him through Jesus Christ (2 Peter 3:9). God is keen, therefore, that all be given the opportunity to hear the Good News and respond to it through making a salvation decision before Christ returns. The ultimate questions, though, are these: How

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would the whole world hear the Gospel? What has this got to do with us as individual Christian males? The answer to these questions can be found in 2 Timothy 2:2, when Paul (first generation) writes to Timothy (second generation): “The things which you have heard from me in the presence of many witnesses, these entrust to faithful men

- assuming the population remains static! However, if Mr Regular Joe only converts 1 person per year, and he and his convert keep doubling their number each year, they would have succeeded in reaching the whole town in 19 years! So, what is my point? Surely you subscribe to the fact that

I believe that our primary work of ministry is to reach the lost and to ensure a continuous multiplication of the Kingdom of God (third generation), who will be able to teach others (fourth generation) also.” (Italics added.) To make this illustration clear, let’s assume that five churches, in a town of 1,000,000 people, have been asked to adopt modern techniques to win the whole town for Christ. Meanwhile, Mr Regular Joe has also been tasked to attempt the same target in another town, also of 1,000,000 people, but to adopt Paul’s strategy above. Who do you think would reach the target quicker? A little arithmetic will suffice: Assuming that the five churches manage to attract an extraordinary 1,000 people each per year, it will take them 200 years to reach the target

you are one of the people Christ has called to go and preach the Good News to unbelievers. If you do, there is a Cell group near you, waiting for you to join other ‘Regular Joes’ in reaching the lost for Christ, one by one! If you are a man, and wish to join Cell, please call the church office (on 020 8840 7508), and ask for me.

Akinpelu OSUNTOKI


Vision

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The vision of the Discipleship Cells includes ‘Fulfilling the Great Commission of Jesus Christ by making, maturing and mobilising the Discipleship Cell members.’ One of the strategies is praying for others in Cell groups, and also for those outside of Cells within the community. Below are some powerful testimonies of Cell members, who have Pastor experienced God’s Holy Spirit working through prayer. If you are not RAJINDER BUXTON a part of a Discipleship Cell group, then aim to join one. Speak to a Women’s Primary Women’s Cell leader or to Pastor Rajinder. Cell Overseer

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A n o t h e r opportunity was given to me recently when, at lunchtime, a colleague from another department entered the room where I was reading. She was not feeling well, and lay down waiting for the ambulance to come and take her to hospital. The Holy Spirit prompted me to ask her what was wrong with her. She explained she had had an I gave her a prayer cloth, according eating disorder for more than to Acts 19:11, and suggested she 26 years, and that she needed put it under her pillow when she to go the hospital for a checkslept. The following day, she told up. I offered to pray for her, me she slept very well as never and it gave me the opportunity before, and the prayer cloth “really to share Jesus’ healing power works!” although she did not know with her. To my surprise, she why. She asked me if I could get told me she even wrote a book her some more! about ‘different religions’ some It gave me the opportunity to talk years ago. I invited her to come about the power of Jesus Christ, to the Revival and Healing and emphasised to her that He meeting. will do even more for her should she agree to totally surrender to I am so encouraged by the Him. She is thinking about this, opportunities God gives us. and keeps asking me questions We just need to grab those every day, wanting to know more. opportunities and trust the I will keep on praying for her, as we Holy Spirit to guide us to share did during our Cell group meeting. Jesus and His love. od has given me the boldness to witness to my colleagues at work on several occasions. He gave me the opportunity to speak to one of my colleagues who is frequently absent from work due to sickness. She had regular demonic attacks every night. I encouraged her to turn to Jesus for help, as she claimed she had tried everything else already, but nothing helped.

LARRISSA

Cell assistant from Yvonne/Bridget’s Cell

had been experiencing lower abdominal pain for some time, which intensified in duration and strength. I made an appointment with my GP, who then made a referral to the Women’s and Children’s Health Directorate at Ealing Hospital. I was examined and given an ultrasound. I was bleeding at the neck of the womb and in the uterus. I was kept in hospital overnight, and discharged home the next day, after having been given some medical prescription. I had a following appointment a few weeks later, with the intention of having another appointment to have the procedure done again. However, following another ultrasound scan, all bleeding ceased and the pain had stopped completely. The doctors had no explanation as to how I got healed, but I believe I was healed by the power of God.

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ne day, the house caught fire and I lost a lot of clothes and other things. My landlord requested all of us to vacate the house, to enable the electric wiring to be carried out for the whole house. I therefore needed alternative accommodation. I asked the Cell members to pray for me and, within a short space of time, I found alternative accommodation within the same area. The rent was also very affordable, and all I needed for moving house was done free of charge.

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just want to thank God for being a hearing, answering God and Father, who always answers our prayers. My sister went for a job interview. There were three of them seeking the same job. I asked my Cell group sisters to pray for my sister. They prayed on the Monday night, and my sister went for the interview on the Wednesday. She got the job on the same day as the interview. Praise God! GRAPEVINE magazine • Issue 62 • JUNE / JULY 2013




TRUE LIFE STORIES

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PICTURE: Ashley as a tod

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t the age of three, my son Ashley was diagnosed with Autistic Syndrome Disorder, or Autism. His behaviour ranged from non-verbal communication to temper tantrums (due to frustration at not being able to be understood) to obsessive behaviour. Understandably, this put a lot of strain on the family, and almost everything had to be planned around Ashley.

PICTURE: Ashley

PICTURE: Vicky

As a teenager, I grew up in Nigeria, where superstition was the order of the day, and things like Autism didn’t just happen, they were ‘sent’ by a person or persons. So, with that belief system, I wanted to find out who or what was behind this and so, during my quest, I sought solutions from unsavoury ‘churches’, faith healers, mystics. I even became a Hindu and had statues and pictures of Hindu deities, because I just wanted my son to be ‘normal’. Ashley was such a beautiful loving child, but very complex; it was heartbreaking, and I was always worried about what his future would hold. I grew up as an Anglican and, for me, that was an alternative to being a Muslim or a Jew, as far as faith was concerned. I’d go to Sunday services, but it really meant nothing more than reading from the service book and socialising at the end of the service. As far as having a relationship with God, I didn’t have one, but I didn’t really know anything about having one. My vision of God was as a punisher, and I suppose that was one of the reasons why I turned to other sources for a solution. By the time Ashley was four, he was attending an excellent school for children with Autistic Spectrum Disorder, and it was while he was there and my older children attended a mainstream school, that I met my very dear friend and sister, Angela Agu. She was a Christian - and a very



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by Vicky Otu

strong one at that - and she was always talking about Jesus, which sometimes did my head in! As far as I was concerned, it was all hype, and I really didn’t want any of it. As I stated earlier, I went to some unsavoury churches, and that had literally put me off churches for life...or so I thought! Then one day, Angela came to my house, and saw a large picture of a Hindu god, and asked me about it. I just fobbed her off with an excuse that it was a gift. Little did I know that from that very day she started praying for me! Then one day, she ‘tricked’ me into coming to the intercessory prayers in the morning. When I entered, I saw people praying in a way I’d never seen before, and before I knew it, my tears just started flowing. Then I asked God that if He was really there, to heal my son, and if He did, I was His for life! That night, at home as I prayed, the Holy Spirit led me to pray in a new way, and I started casting out the spirit of Autism. This I did regularly, and we started noticing dramatic changes in Ashley... and so did the school! Five years after Ashley attended his school, during his review, I was told that Ashley was to attend mainstream school, as he wasn’t showing any signs of Autism! Ashley went on to complete his primary and secondary school in mainstream schools, and is currently studying his second year of Media Studies at Uxbridge College. He is preparing to go to University in September. I GIVE GOD ALL THE GLORY AND THANK JESUS FOR HEALING MY SON!


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t is not good for man to be alone (Genesis 2:18). These words initiated an event that has spanned time, generations, continents, cultures and races, and looks set to be here forever and ever and ever. We’re talking about marriage, where a man will leave his mother and father and be united with his wife (Matthew 19:5). God, the Father of creation, established the joining of two to become one in a way that most of us really don’t understand 100%. Why? Because to begin to understand marriage, we must first understand love, not just eros or physical intimacy, but agapé, ‘covenant’ love - the unconditional type. Ahem!!! I was watching a BBC religious programme recently, and a lady made an interesting comment about when she gets to Heaven, the question she wants to ask God is: Why is the Bible not clearer? Why is it so difficult to understand? She got a rousing round of applause. At first I frowned, but then I realised why she was finding it so difficult - summed as “I can do all things through Him who strengthens me” (Philippians 4:13). Marriage is both the greatest and, at the same time, the most testing relationship on Earth. Testing, because you simply must become less and less like your ‘single’self, until none of your single self exists anymore. What does this mean? Simply, a husband is a man whose life is about making his wife the greatest woman on the Earth. A wife is a woman whose life is about making her husband the greatest man on Earth. In other words, “Husbands, love your wives as Christ loves the Church” (Ephesians 5:25). You

p i h s n o i Relat might say, ‘My wife and I are happily married, thanks, and she doesn’t have to make me the greatest man in the world’. Hmm!

answer is...No. From the outside looking in, a Godcentred marriage can look like a vulnerable place to exist. But growing into one flesh

Marriage can be the greatest relationship in the world, when a man and a woman work in harmony the way God intended. The Word reads, “One can put a thousand to flight and two ten thousand” (Deuteronomy 32:30). A married man and woman - with God the Holy Spirit at the centre - can move mountains.

Marriage can be the greatest relationship in the world, when a man and a woman work in harmony the way God intended

Now, I understand the thinking, we all want the greatness, but you may have 100 legitimate reasons why you think it may not happen in your marriage. Making your wife or husband the

greatest person on Earth requires vulnerability in the flesh and confidence in the Holy Spirit. “But surely it is possible to exist without me having to be that vulnerable to the other person?” you ask. I understand, but the

God, the Father of creation, established the joining of two to become one in a way that most of us really don’t understand 100%

through the Holy Spirit builds confidence that eliminates all vulnerability. You no longer have to look after your own individual interests in the marriage; you are looking after the interests of the other. In the flesh, illogical yes, however in the Spirit... totally logical. So, if you find yourself struggling with the concept of looking after your spouse’s interests over your own, please try relying on the Holy Spirit, and experience a confidence beyond your wildest dreams. Finally, coexisting, with each having their role, has helped many marriages to survive. We were even given this as advice when planning to get married. Nice advice, but I always questioned whether this is the best God wants from us...just performing separate roles. Today, I’m certain He wants more from marriage. Some of Jesus’ final words were, “I have done these things, but you can do greater”

(John 14:12). We can struggle with the concept: by doing greater things, does this make us greater than Jesus? The answer is No, because it’s the

same Holy Spirit who is doing the work through us all. So, what is Jesus communicating? He wants to make us the greatest we can be, through His unconditional love for us. Our relationship with Christ is also referred to as a marriage. So, in the same way, we can show unconditional love to our spouse, to make them the greatest they can be also. In turn, making marriage the greatest relationship on Earth.

Roy & Wendy McEWEN

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TESTIMONIES

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n Matthew 15:30-31, we see a beautiful picture of Jesus sitting on the hillside. His disciples are gathered around Him, and the multitude of many thousands are stretched out before Him on the hillside. Women are seated, with their small children around them, playing. Men are gathered together in small groups.

LEFT: Pastors Richard and Rajinder with Rev Mike Harris, who ministered at our Revival & Healing meeting in May

Having heard of the great and mighty acts Christ has performed throughout the country, they have come to see Him. Many have brought the sick and diseased to be healed. As He looks upon the broken, diseased bodies, Jesus is moved with compassion as He reaches out to heal them. He touches blind eyes and they are opened. He speaks a word to the lame, and they leap to their feet, rejoicing and praising God. He takes little children in His arms, and instantly their twisted bodies are made whole! He speaks healing to the insane, and they are restored to their right minds. The people are filled with wonder as they see the blind see, dumb speak and the crippled walk. They recognise that this is the manifestation of God, and they lift their voices together to praise the Lord for His mighty works. This same Jesus is amongst us today, restoring and transforming lives and bringing healing. If you have personal needs, please come to the monthly Revival and Healing meetings to receive prayers. Alternatively, you can ring our 24/7 Prayer Centre number (020 8799 2199), and a prayer intercessor will be at the other end, waiting to take your call and pray with you.

Pastor RAJINDER BUXTON

Amarita

Healed of fluid in the chest and delivered from fear

Over a year ago, I went to the doctor thinking I had a chest infection, but he told me that fluid was going into my mouth and chest from my nose, and that I should have nose surgery, which may help with this problem. I decided not to have surgery, however, and fluid has been stuck in my chest ever since.

I believed that this word was for me, and I claimed it

Worship creates an atmosphere for miracles, and I felt drawn to go on my knees during worship at a Communion service. I took communion on my knees for part of the song that followed communion. The Pastor felt led in her spirit to break chains that bind people, and to thank the Lord verbally for what He was doing in the meeting. I believed that this word was for me, and I claimed it. I went outside the church, and my miracle took place. I felt fluid coming up my throat and coughed it up into a tissue in the car park. The fluid that had sat on my chest all this time had come out. The Lord had healed me of the fluid on my chest. By Jesus’ wounds I have been healed. I have also been delivered of fearful thoughts relating to physical blindness. I have had eyesight problems since birth, and over two years ago I went for emergency eye surgery, and am now blind in one eye. For months after this surgery, when I was back at work, I found myself struggling daily with a fear of going totally blind. It was during the fasting month of February, when Pastor was led to bind spirits of fear, that I felt a weight lift off my mind, and I have not been troubled in the same way since then. I went to the hospital two weeks ago for a regular clinic appointment for my eyes, and had a peace that only God can give, and was not troubled by any fearful thoughts. There is power in Jesus’ Name, and I now feel free to serve the Lord. Psalm 34:4 says, ‘I sought the Lord and He answered me. He delivered me from all my fears.’

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TESTIMONIES

IVAL & HEALING Emelia

Pearl Healed of ear pain and neck problem

God opened my heart to hear the Good News

I was prayed for by the Ministry Team, and had pain on the right side of my neck. I could not turn my head to the left as it was very painful. I also had pain in my right ear. I did not mention this to the Team, but when they prayed for my neck, I felt a tingling pain going down to my hand, and my neck got healed. I also noticed that at the same time my ear got healed, too. I never suffered with ear problem, and I thought I was having an infection, but my doctor Jesus healed me. I want to thank Jesus for my healing.

Dorothie God blessed me with a baby boy

I was prayed for that I would not have any more miscarriages. I had previously had a miscarriage, and was so worried that I would have another one. But as I was prayed for, I managed to carry my pregnancy to full term, and now I have a healthy baby boy. Glory be to God. I just want to thank Jesus for everything.

Mylène My feet came into alignment

The Ministry Team prayed for my knees and feet. I had injured my ligaments, tendon and cartilages of my knees after a skiing accident when I fell. As I was prayed for, I saw my feet coming into alignment. After testing my knees by squatting down, I noticed the pain in my knees had decreased.

I grew up in a Catholic household, where I attended a Catholic church regularly. I, however, was attending church out of obligation and ritual. I knew that Jesus had died for my salvation, but I thought that being a ‘good Catholic’ - ie. going to church, reciting prayers and going to confession - was all I needed to do to go to Heaven. I was taught that I could pray to different saints to intervene on my behalf. So I did not have any personal relationship with Jesus; I didn’t read the Bible and, outside of standard prayers, I did not pray. I didn’t know anything about the need to be saved or to accept Jesus as my personal Lord and Saviour. I stopped attending the Catholic church, and adopted a ‘no care’ attitude. I went through life trying to depend only on myself. I convinced myself that my sinful actions and behaviour were OK, because everyone else was doing it. Even when I knew that I was sinning against God and His commandments, it didn’t bother me enough to want to change. Deep down, though, I always knew that I wasn’t doing the right things, and that God was not pleased with me. But I tried to suppress these thoughts and feelings. I wasn’t happy and I felt lost. I was full of fear and anxiety, and lacking in any sense of fulfilment or purpose. My fears and anxiety stemmed mostly from the fact that I knew that if anything were to happen to me, I would not be with Jesus but go to hell. The shame of my sins also kept me from church and from knowing God, because I felt hypocritical and embarrassed. I didn’t understand God’s redeeming and healing power. God drew me back to Himself, and I started to attend ECC about two years ago, although not regularly. I say it was God that caused me to start going back to church again, because there was no particular event in my life to trigger this. I liked that ECC was delivering messages directly from God using the Bible, and was not distracted by any flashiness or anything else. I learned that Jesus wanted me to repent of my sins, change my ways, follow Him through His Word, be drawn to Him and have eternal life with Him. This was a message that I had heard before (watching televised services, attending charismatic/revival conferences) but this time, it really sunk into me.

I was taught that I could pray to different saints to intervene on my behalf. So I did not have any personal relationship with Jesus

I thank God for this, because I believe He allowed my heart to be opened to hear the Good News. Whilst attending a Pentecostal church in Ghana (Lighthouse International), I publicly accepted Jesus as my personal Lord and Saviour, and asked Him to come into my life. Afterwards, there was a sense of calm and reassurance that came through me. I also lost the desire for things that I used to do, and all I wanted was to turn away from my old habits and behaviour. I just wanted to learn more about God, His instructions on how to live my life, and wanted to please Him and praise Him. I started to pray and read the Bible, and look forward to hearing His message in church. I wanted to publicly declare my commitment to God by getting baptised. I thank God for His patience with me, and for His love and forgiveness.

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Testimonies from the PRAYER CENTRE

The Prayer Centre operates 24 hours a day, seven days a week, as compassionate prayer partners are waiting to take your prayer requests and to pray for your individual needs over the telephone. Here are some of the amazing answers to prayer, as individuals ring back to share their answers with us.

020 8799 2199 Accusations dropped

Financial provision

Permission granted

Job offer

A sister wanted to thank God for answering her prayers. Her manager and senior staff were sticking together against her, regarding something she hadn’t done but, after prayer, the manager called her into the office, and said that all accusations against her had been dropped.

A lady called the Prayer Centre, because she wanted to attend her son’s wedding in Japan. However, not having enough money to buy the ticket, she was not too sure of making this trip because of the financial implications. She asked for prayer for God’s provision, and God answered her prayers. She was able to get a very cheap ticket with excellent carriers and gives thanks to God.

A sister has been applying to Brent Council for a considerable time for permission to set up a table in Wembley market square for evangelism. After many obstacles and indirect approaches from the decision makers, she persisted with ongoing prayer. Praise God, her request was granted, with the space and the option to evangelise with sufficient resources for the outreach. She was also in contact with the organiser of the Passion Play at Trafalgar Square on Good Friday, and was granted permission to set up her own table for witnessing, which she was able to do with other brethren from other local churches.

After previously calling the Prayer Centre for prayers, a lady phoned back to thank God for the job offer as Chief Operating Nurse.

Improved development A lady’s son is autistic but, over time, she has been calling the Prayer Centre for prayers. She wanted to thank God because there has been serious progress in his development.

Passport received A lady was concerned that her son might not get his passport in time to travel with her. As the time drew near, she rang the Prayer Centre for prayers, and the passport arrived just in time.

Speedy recovery A lady called the Prayer Centre to give thanks to God that her husband’s operation went well, and that he is now recovering quicker than expected. Praise God.

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Successful meeting A gentleman rang the Prayer Centre concerning a meeting he was having later in the afternoon. He called back to give thanks, as everything went well as planned.

No further payments A daughter called the Prayer Centre regarding demands from the council for payment of council tax that her mother was struggling to pay. Praise God, the council resolved the problem, and her mother did not have to pay anything further.

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Hope for accommodation A lady has called the Prayer Centre on several occasions, particularly when she was in hospital, because she was anxious about accommodation after being discharged. A few days after her last call, she was told that she is now in the number one position on the (council’s accommodation) bidding website. Praise be to God for His hand at work.

Journey mercies A lady called the Prayer Centre to thank the Lord for journey mercies to her country abroad. Everything went as well as planned, and her nursery school abroad is also running smoothly.

Inheritance returned A sister is thanking God for justice. Their inheritance of land has been returned to them.

GOD CAN USE

YOU

Amazing testimonies abound at the Prayer Centre, and you can make a difference to someone's life. Are you willing to be used by God in this area? Please contact Rudy or Tom, our Prayer Coordinators, on 020 8799 2199.


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A PEOPLE PREPARED TO SERVE THEIR GOD

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fter their release from Egypt, and miraculous protection and provision in the wilderness, God now prepares his people to become a nation, whose ultimate leader is God himself.

Jethro, Moses’ father-in-law, comes and gives him valuable advice about how to spread the burden of leadership over a wide field. Moses does not have to meet all the people’s needs himself; indeed he is not able to. Instead, others should be appointed in different tiers of leadership and, in this way, Moses will ensure that all the people’s needs are met. So the ministry was to be spread out among many, just as it is to be today. At Sinai, God manifested his presence in fire, and the sight and sound of a holy God is indeed an awesome experience. As the writer to the Hebrews reminds us, “It is a dreadful thing to fall into the hands of the living God” (Hebrews 10:31). Hence our deep gratitude for all Christ has done for us, in transforming us from the kingdom of darkness into his Kingdom of light. Though they had been redeemed by their God, they could not simply and casually come into God’s presence. First, they must consecrate and prepare themselves. God was about to make a Covenant with them that would have major consequences. God then gave to Moses the Ten Commandments - the heart of his Covenant with his people, whom he was now transforming from the twelve tribal family units into the Nation of Israel. This nation was to be a priestly nation, demonstrating to the other nations around them how a holy people lived, and what it was to serve a holy God. The Ten Commandments set the benchmark for how the people of God were to live. Under the new covenant in Christ’s blood, we are also set apart as, “…a chosen people, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, a people belonging to God, that you may declare the praises of him who called you out of darkness into his wonderful light. Once you were not a people, but now you are the people of God” (1 Peter 2:9-10). We, the Church, are likewise called by God to show the world how the people of God live, and to demonstrate the righteousness of the Kingdom in every manner of our lives, as lived out in this fallen world. As we pray through the prayer points this month, we are seeking God to help us know his intimate presence and how to live for him, and to serve him as a witness to the people of the world, with whom we are to share the Good News in both word and example.

1st – Exodus 17:1-4 Handling criticism 1. When we are being criticised, help us to handle it gracefully, O Lord. 2. Enable us to examine ourselves carefully, O God, and to be honest enough to recognise and correct any areas where we may have missed the mark. 3. May our confidence rest in our relationship with you, O Lord, and not in our own abilities alone, so we can stand firm. 4. Give us the strength to fulfil all the duties we need to do - in the church, in the family and in our places of work - even when we are unfairly criticised. 5. Give us the grace not to return criticism with criticism but, instead, to seek to be peacemakers, we pray.

2nd – Exodus 17:5-7 Listening to God 1. At all times, give us ears to hear what the Spirit is saying to us, we pray. 2. As we have to deal with difficult situations and make difficult decisions, give us godly wisdom to know what to do, we pray.

3. Holy Spirit, when you prompt us to say or do unusual things, may we have the spiritual discernment to know it is indeed you, and the courage to act as you direct. 4. Help us to grow increasingly confident and accurate in using all the gifts of the Holy Spirit, we pray. 5. Help us to listen to your voice, Holy Spirit, as we read the Bible and through discerning your Word to our hearts, minds and spirits, we pray.

3rd – Exodus 17:8-13 Overcoming through intercession 1. Open our eyes fully to the need for, and the power of, intercessory prayer, we ask. 2. Help us to pull down every wicked spiritual stronghold through persistent, prevailing, intercessory prayer, O God. 3. Anoint us, as we pray collectively at our prayer meetings, with an anointing power that breaks yokes and bondages, we ask. 4. We take authority in Jesus’ Name over every plan, strategy and attack of the enemy against us as individuals and as a church.

5. Help us not to tire of prevailing in prayer, so that we can always press through to see the victory, O Lord.

Bible Readings and Prayer Points for Individual and Church Spiritual Growth

Exodus Chapters 17 to 20

4th – Exodus 17:14-16 Remember what God has done 1. Cause us to remember all you have done for us in the past, O Lord, so that we will have faith for our future battles. 2. Give us opportunities to naturally share testimonies with unbelievers of all you have done for us, O God, as an act of witness. 3. Cause us to build our faith as we share our testimonies with one another in the church, spurring each other on to greater faith. 4. Each time we have battles to fight, may we be strengthened by the realisation that the Lord is our Banner. 5. Help us to remain watchful at all times, remembering we are in a spiritual battle, so that we do not allow the enemy to get the upper hand over us.

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5th – Exodus 18:1-7 Strong families

8th – Exodus 18:19-20 Teaching God’s ways

11th – Exodus 19:1-3 Speaking the words of the Lord

1. We pray for all the fathers in the church, that you would cause them, O Lord, to be strong spiritually and be good role models to their children. 2. We pray for all the mothers in the church, that you would give them grace and strength in all the areas of responsibility they carry - both within and outside the family. 3. We pray that all the children in the church would grow up to be strong in their walk with you, O God. 4. We pray for a unity and strength among all the members of the extended families in the church, including uncles, aunties, grandparents and in-laws. 5. We pray for the institution of marriage that is under constant attack, that you would make it strong, O Lord.

1. Give us willing hearts to not only hear your instructions, O Lord, but to apply them in all we do. 2. We pray for all those who teach in church, that you would give them wisdom as they instruct children, youth and adults with the Word of God. 3. We pray for all the preaching in the church, that it would be under the anointing and direction of the Holy Spirit at all times. 4. We pray that in all our Discipleship Cells the Word of God would be inspirational and cause the church to be built up. 5. In all our dealing with non-Christians, give us wisdom in how to share the Word of God in a way that will cause them to desire to know Christ, we pray.

1. Give us listening ears to hear what you are saying to us, Holy Spirit, and may we find the time daily for you to be able to speak to us. 2. Whenever we share the Word of God, may we be accurate and faithful to the true meaning of all you say, O Lord. 3. Holy Spirit, help us move in the gift of prophecy, and so be used to build up others. 4. Teach us from the Bible, Holy Spirit, so that we can accurately bring its wisdom to others in all the situations of our everyday life. 5. Cause us to be doers of your Word, O God, and not just listeners.

6th – Exodus 18:8-14 The need for wisdom 1. We pray that the older members of each family in the church would grow in spiritual wisdom, and pass that down to the following generations. 2. Cause us to respect those who are older than we are, and the experience they have acquired, we pray. 3. As we grow older, may we not remain as spiritual infants, but help us to continually mature spiritually, O Lord. 4. Holy Spirit, within the church, give us the gifts of wisdom and discernment, we ask. 5. May we be a people who seek to grow in wisdom by becoming more and more familiar with the Bible, we pray.

7th – Exodus 18:15-18 Working smarter not longer 1. Raise up people among us, who can see things as you see them, O God. 2. Help us to number our days, O Lord, and to learn to use our time wisely and profitably. 3. Help us to get our priorities right, O Lord, so that we can be effective in all we do, for you, for others, and for ourselves. 4. If we are so busy that we have little time for you, O God, impress upon our hearts the need to make serious changes to our lifestyles. 5. Help us to experience the truth that, if we seek first your Kingdom and righteousness, you will add to us all the things we need, and so we will not have to be overwhelmed with other matters.

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9th – Exodus 18:21-23 Shared ministry

12th – Exodus 19:4-5 Carried by God

1. Give each of us willing hearts to prepare for and serve in all the different ministries you have called us to fulfil. 2. We pray for men and women to have the self-confidence and trust in you, O God, to rise up to the challenge of ministry in all its forms. 3. Help each leader to be able to raise up other leaders, so that the work of God can expand and multiply, we pray. 4. For every person who offers themselves for service to you, O Lord, we pray you would equip them with every spiritual gift they need. 5. Cause us to be people like Barnabas, who was always helping and encouraging others to discover and develop their full potential in God.

1. We pray for those amongst us, who are going through difficult times at present, that they may experience you carrying them. 2. Help us to persevere in times of trial, O God, remembering that you will not forsake us or leave us, no matter what. 3. In times of stress through temptations, cause us to remember that you will always provide a way of escape; help us to find it and use it, we pray. 4. Cause us to be people, who are always looking out for those amongst us in need of the help of others who can help them when they are feeling weak or overwhelmed. 5. No matter what our current situations are, Holy Spirit, carry us through every circumstance on eagles’ wings, we ask.

10th – Exodus 18:24-27 Listening to godly advice

13th – Exodus 19:6 A kingdom of priests and a holy nation

1. Give us open ears willing to listen to godly advice, O Lord, even if it means admitting we are currently wrong. 2. Teach us how to walk in humility, O God, so that we can be flexible to achieve our own full potential. 3. Show us ways of doing things for you more effectively and fruitfully, we pray. 4. Raise up within us men and women who have spiritual insight and wisdom to pursue spiritual strategies that are inspired by you, Holy Spirit. 5. May we not bury our talents, O God, but be willing to serve you wholeheartedly.

1. Help us each to realise that we are here on this earth to serve you, O God, with every spiritual sacrifice. 2. Cause us to intercede for the nation we live in, so that many will be saved before your judgment falls. 3. Holy Spirit, as we live in this world, help us to live lives that are consistent with godly standards and not the standards of the world. 4. Keep us from compromise in any form at all, we pray. 5. May our lights so shine before men that they may see our lives and desire to know more of you, O God.


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LEARNING TO TRUST GOD IN ALL CIRCUMSTANCES

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oses had led the children of Israel out of the bondage of Egypt, through the blood of the lamb, into the new experience of freedom. The first requirement by God of the people was that they should be consecrated and make an annual reminder of their redemption, which they were to teach to their children.

The journey from Egypt to the Promised Land began with the realisation that, even though they had been set free from slavery by the miraculous grace of God, the battle did not end there. Their former taskmaster, Pharaoh, who had kept them enslaved, was not content to watch them walk into their God-given freedom. Instead, he wanted to return them to bondage under his control. The next experiences of the people were learning how to trust God against a powerful enemy who was intent on bringing them harm. They learned to follow God’s leading, even when it apparently took them into a dead end: trapped between the Red Sea and the wrath of Pharaoh and his oncoming army. They learned that, when their situation was impossible, the God of the impossible can step in and rescue his people. Their miraculous crossing of the Red Sea and the destruction of the Egyptian army would prove to be a testimony that would travel down through the centuries and be known around the world to this day, to the glory of God. This was a far better outcome than a simple, untroubled journey out of Egypt would have been, because it would inspire faith and confidence in the God of Israel for generations to come the world over. The children of Israel then had to experience how to trust the Lord for all their needs during a difficult journey. Often they failed him, but he never failed them. The parallels are clear to see. As believers, we have been set free from our bondage to sin by the blood of the Lamb, into the glorious freedom as the children of God, who wants us to consecrate ourselves to him and to remind ourselves of our redemption. We do it not by a Passover meal, but by taking communion together. The fact that we are liberated from our bondage to sin and satan, through the miracle of God, in the incarnation, death and resurrection of Jesus the Son of God, does not stop satan from trying once again to enslave us. Life is a testing ground of faith, and a battleground with the enemy of our souls. However, in the midst of great battles, God can demonstrate his power, and we can have amazing testimonies to share that build up our faith and that of others, too. We need to be constantly alert, ensuring that we growth in faith, effectiveness and victories, rather than slipping back into doubt and failure. And, by God’s grace, that is what we will do, as we pray through this month’s prayer points.

1st – Exodus 13:1-2 Consecration 1. Lord, we consecrate to you everything we own. 2. Lord, we consecrate to you all our plans and ambitions. 3. Lord, we consecrate to you every member of our families. 4. Lord, we consecrate to you our jobs and businesses. 5. Lord, we consecrate to you all we are to use for your glory.

2nd – Exodus 13:3-8 Freedom 1. Lord, help us to break free of every hindrance in our lives, and enable each of us to find the full freedom that comes through our relationship through Christ. 2. For any in our midst who are bound by unhelpful or ungodly habits, we pray they may be completely loosed in Jesus’ Name. 3. We pray for all those believers we know, who are bound by fear and self-doubt; set them free to minister in the fullness of

their salvation in Christ. 4. Help us to lead others to the Saviour, who can set them free from every bondage to sin, we pray. 5. Fill us to overflowing, Lord Jesus, with the fullness of the abundant life, which the Spirit came to give us, we pray.

3rd – Exodus 13:9-10 Living out the ways of God 1. Bring to our remembrance daily, O Lord, the wonderful things you have done for us, so that we rejoice to walk in your ways. 2. Like the Psalmist, may your Word be hidden within our hearts, so that we may not sin against you, O God. 3. O Lord, help us to continually draw near to you, so that your ways always become instinctive to us. 4. Teach us to be obedient to you at all times, O Lord, not as a duty but as a joy. 5. Enable us to teach our children the ways of God, so that at an early age they may personally come to know you as their own personal Saviour.

4th – Exodus 13:11-13 Giving to God 1. Since you have been generous to us, O God, may we learn to be generous in our giving to you. 2. Cause us to remember your Word, which reminds us that we will reap what we sow and, as a consequence, may we not withhold anything when it comes to giving. 3. Help us to see meanness in our giving to you for what it is – a lack of faith, which is not pleasing to you, O Lord. 4. Lord, help us to experience the truth of your words, “Give, and it will be given to you. A good measure, pressed down, shaken together and running over will be poured into your lap.” 5. Lord, help us experience the truth of your words, “It is more blessed to give than to receive.”

Bible Readings and Prayer Points for Individual and Church Spiritual Growth

Exodus Chapters 13 to 16

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to share those experiences with others, to bring glory to you. 2. As we walk in faith day by day, give us testimonies of your grace that we can use to build believers up, and also to lead unbelievers to Christ, we pray. 3. Cause us not to hide the light of Christ within us, but to share with others all that you have done for us and mean to us, O Lord. 4. Lead us to those who will be particularly interested in and touched by the personal testimonies we have to share, we pray. 5. Enable our daily lives to be living testimonies to others of your grace and favour on our lives, O God.

6th – Exodus 13:17-18 No turning back 1. Give us the courage and grace, O Lord, never to contemplate turning back from our walk with Christ, no matter how we are provoked. 2. Develop within us the godly characteristic of perseverance, we pray, so that we may endure no matter what life brings our way. 3. Keep us firmly rooted in your Word, O God, so that seeds of doubt sown in our minds will never take hold. 4. Give us a faith that trusts, even when we do not understand what is happening, knowing we are safe and secure in your hands, O Lord. 5. May we always live with the cross before us and the world behind us, O Lord.

7th – Exodus 13:19 Trusting God’s promises 1. Since you are not a man, but are God who does not lie, teach us to trust wholeheartedly in every promise in your Word, we pray. 2. Develop within us the godly characteristic of patience, O Lord, that will trust your promises, even when they are a long time in being fulfilled. 3. Teach us to know your voice when you are truly speaking to us, Holy Spirit, so that we can distinguish it from our own mind, thoughts and wishful desires. 4. For every promise you have made to us as individuals, help us to water it with prayer, until we see it blossom into fulfilment, we pray. 5. May we, O Lord, be able to say with Job, “Though he slay me, yet still will I trust him.”

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8th – Exodus 13:20-22 God’s guidance 1. As we commit each day into your hands, O Lord, guide us in all the things you want us to do and accomplish today, as we do all as unto you. 2. Help us remain close to you, O God, so that we know and discern your perfect will for our lives, and so fulfil the destiny you have for each of us. 3. Guide us in all the things we say during the course of each day, enabling us to speak at all times with the wisdom of God to both believers and non-believers. 4. We pray for all the families among us, that you would guide and lead husbands, wives, fathers, mothers and children to walk in your ways together. 5. We pray for all those who are single in our midst, that you would guide their lives to accomplish all that you seek to do in and through them.

9th – Exodus 14:1-4 Seeking God’s glory 1. Lord, may we so live, that you are glorified in our lives every day in all we do. 2. Lord, as a church, may we seek to live so close to you that your shekinah glory is manifested amongst us whenever we meet together. 3. Lord, manifest your glory in our midst, by causing us to be a people careful to live out lives of holiness and righteousness. 4. O God, manifest your glory in our midst, by causing many people to turn in repentance and accept Christ as Saviour and Lord. 5. Lord, manifest your glory in our midst, by moving in revival power that changes your Church and causes the world outside to be impacted and changed.

10th – Exodus 14:5-7 Ungodly attitudes 1. We pray for those we live or work with, who have ungodly attitudes; help us to influence them for Christ, we pray. 2. We pray for those around us, who are happyily living an ungodly lifestyle; may our presence and prayers cause their spiritual eyes to be opened and bring change. 3. For those of us who have to endure a workplace hostile to the Gospel and standards of righteousness, give us strength and grace for each day, we pray. 4. Give us all grace to live our daily lives in a world that is, by and large, anti-Christ, and not to be intimidated or overcome by ungodly attitudes, we pray.

5. Help us, by our prayers and witness, to change any ungodly spiritual atmosphere wherever we are, we pray.

11th – Exodus 14:8-9 Hardened hearts 1. So that we may be effective in spiritual warfare, help us to recognise that those hostile to Christ have spiritual eyes that are blinded. 2. We bring before you all our family members, whose hearts are hardened to the Gospel; open their eyes, we pray. 3. We pray for all our work colleagues, who are currently hardened to hearing of salvation in Christ; save them, O Lord. 4. We bring our national leaders before you, O Lord, in Parliament and local councils, and pray you would soften all those with hearts hardened towards you. 5. For all the inhabitants of our land, who have a collective spiritual blindness and hardened hearts, we pray, Holy Spirit, that you would send a major spiritual awakening.

12th – Exodus 14:10-14 Fear not, stand firm 1. Since perfect love casts out all fear, help us, O Lord, to grow deeper in our relationship of love with you, so that we do not fear any adverse experience. 2. In times of adversity, cause us to look to your power, O God, and not to the size of our problem. 3. Deepen our relationship with you daily, O Lord, so that we understand the fullness of your power already within us. 4. As we remember that greater is he who is within us than he who is in the world, cause us to be bold and fearless in all circumstances, we pray. 5. May fear never cause us to shrink back, but rather give us the boldness to press forward in God, despite our anxieties, we pray.

13th – Exodus 14:15-18 The time for action 1. May we never use prayer as an excuse for inaction, but rather, fortified by prayer, cause us to step out in faith in all areas you have called us to minister, O God. 2. We pray for every evangelistic outreach we are involved in - whether personal witnessing or team evangelism - that we may see fruit from our bold actions. 3. Help us, O Lord, to order our daily affairs such that we are not distracted from being the ambassadors and ministers for Christ you have called us to be.


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14th – Exodus 14:19-22 Miracles 1. Give us the daily faith not only to believe in miracles, but to see them happen in our midst, as we live the life of faith. 2. We pray that you would move in greater miracles in our midst, O Lord, as we seek to grow closer to you in every way. 3. Cause us to see healings to a greater degree, we pray. 4. Cause us to see all manner of miracles of provision and supernatural intervention in our lives, O Lord. 5. May the glory for every supernatural manifestation amongst us always be given solely and fully to you, O Lord.

15th – Exodus 14:23-25 God’s protection 1. We thank you for constantly watching over us, O Lord, and we thank you for every time you have protected us from dangers seen and unseen. 2. Keep us close to you, O God, so that we do not allow the devil to get any kind of foothold in our lives to bring us down. 3. As you watch over the church, protect us from every scheme of the enemy to frustrate your plans and purposes for us, O God. 4. We pray for all who are sick amongst us, for them to know complete healing. 5. We pray for all members of our families, that you would protect them from all danger, and for the unsaved to come to know salvation in Christ.

16th – Exodus 14:26-28 God victoriously at work in our midst 1. Help us to trust totally in you, O God, and as a result to see you working decisively. 2. Rise up, O Lord, and let all your enemies be scattered. 3. Move amongst us in revival power, Holy Spirit, overcoming all the destructive plans of the enemy. 4. Help us to pull down every spiritual stronghold that is not of you, O God. 5. As we receive testimonies of your working in our lives, O Lord, may we retell them to

inspire faith in others and bring glory to you.

17th – Exodus 14:29-31 Fear and trust 1. Cause us to live with a righteous and godly fear that causes us to want never to step out of your will, by word, thought or action, we pray. 2. May our righteous fear of the Lord cause us to become more like Jesus in every part of our character, we pray. 3. Help us to be a people who are daily growing in our trust in you, O Lord, as we get to know you more through reading your Word and through experience. 4. Since the fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom, enable us to grow in a wisdom that we can bring to every daily situation, task and circumstance, we pray. 5. Help us, Holy Spirit, to trust you to work through us with signs and wonders.

18th – Exodus 15:1-5 The Lord is a warrior 1. As you are a warrior, O God, help us to be men and women who can use all our spiritual weapons powerfully and effectively to overcome the enemy of our souls. 2. Help us to equip ourselves spiritually through prayer and reading your Word, O Lord, to fight and prevail, and pull down every ungodly, spiritual stronghold. 3. Help us discern the plans of the enemy, so that we can effectively overcome any attack against us, we pray. 4. Lord, help us to exalt you not only in song, but also by the power of our lives changed by your Holy Spirit and on display to the world. 5. Help us to overcome every wicked spirit that seeks to prevent the church growing spiritually and numerically and to prevent many being born again and Spirit-filled.

19th – Exodus 15:6-10 God’s anger 1. Move our hearts with compassion for the lost, O Lord, so that they may come to know you as Saviour rather than meeting you only as righteous Judge. 2. Lord, forgive us for any transgression we have made, and we bring it under the blood of Jesus. 3. When we are badly treated by nonbelievers, help us to remember their future destiny, to forgive them, and to pray for their salvation. 4. As we see your wrath unleashed on the

world in these last days, enable us to help speed the coming of Jesus by sharing the Gospel. 5. Thank you, Lord, that in the cross, your anger at sin is overcome by your love and compassion for the lost; may we never stop thanking you for our eternal salvation.

20th – Exodus 15:11-18 The Lord will guide his people 1. In all the things we have to do this day and this week, Holy Spirit, guide our decisions and plans. 2. For those among us who need to make major decisions regarding jobs and businesses, guide them clearly in your will, O Lord. 3. Lead and guide us in all the paths of righteousness, in each day and in each circumstance of our lives, we pray. 4. As we wait on you, Holy Spirit, show us the God-given plan for our individual lives, so that we may make the right choices to see it accomplished. 5. As we wait on you collectively in prayer as a church, Holy Spirit, may we accomplish everything you are desiring to do in and through us, we pray.

21st – Exodus 15:19-21 Prophetic ministry 1. Distribute the gift of prophecy amongst us, Holy Spirit, so that your people can be encouraged, edified and comforted, we pray. 2. For those prophetic words we have individually already received from you, O Lord, may we wait on them in prayer, waiting patiently for their fulfilment. 3. As we continue to pray for all the prophetic words that have been spoken over the church, help us to pray them into fulfilment, we ask. 4. As we worship together, O Lord, may you quicken within us the gift of prophecy. 5. Cause us to be a people who are quick to sing songs of worship and praise to you, O Lord, out of grateful and thankful hearts.

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4. We pray for ourselves and for all in the church, that we might be people of action and service, always seeking to extend your Kingdom and build up your Church, O Lord. 5. Cause us to wait on you, Holy Spirit, for you to show us the giftings you have given each of us, and then to use them for your glory, we pray.

22nd – Exodus 15:22-27 Listening carefully to the Lord’s voice 1. Give us ears in tune with you, Holy Spirit, so that we do not allow ourselves to be deafened by distractions around us. 2. As we wait on you, speak directly into our minds and spirits, we pray, O Lord. 3. As we read your Word, O Lord, speak to us continually through all we read, and may it constantly be changing us. GRAPEVINE magazine • Issue 62 • JUNE / JULY 2013

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4. Speak to us through sound teaching and preaching that will lead us into all righteousness, we pray. 5. As we talk with those who are spiritually mature, speak to us through wise, godly counsel and use us for the same purpose, we ask.

4. We pray that you would bless us financially and out of which we can help finance the work of the spread of the Gospel. 5. We pray for the provision of all charismatic and practical gifts with which we can fulfil the work of the Great Commission in a fruitful and able manner.

23rd – Exodus 16:1-5 Testing

26th – Exodus 16:13-18 Content with our needs met

1. In times of trial, may we not forget all the blessings we have received in the past, we pray. 2. Help us embrace testing as something that can help us to grow both spiritually and in character, rather than something to cause us to backslide, O God. 3. When we are experiencing times of difficulty, help us to remember that you, O Lord, are faithful, and will not let us be tempted beyond what we can bear. 4. For those amongst us currently experiencing severe trials of faith, help them emerge triumphant over adversity, we pray. 5. Keep our eyes firmly fixed on the finishing tape of life, we pray, so that we are constantly looking forward and upward, and not down.

1. When our situation is not bountiful, O Lord, teach us how to be content whatever our circumstances. 2. Cause us to remember that we can do all things through Christ who gives us strength. 3. You will always provide for our needs, O God, so help us to remember you will meet all our needs, even if not our wants, according to your glorious riches in Christ Jesus. 4. Teach us the secret of being content whether we have much or little, O Lord. 5. May we always seek first your Kingdom and righteousness, O God, since we know all other things will be added unto us.

24th – Exodus 16:6-9 No grumbling at the Lord

1. Teach us that obedience is better than sacrifice, O God. 2. Bring us to the place where we can know your prompting, Holy Spirit, and then act on it immediately. 3. Give us hearts that are pliable, O Lord, and may we allow you to mould us according to your will. 4. Teach us how to obey your will to always respect one another. 5. Show us, Holy Spirit, any areas of our lives that are not yielded to you, and help us to bring them under your control.

1. Whenever we feel disappointed, keep us from grumbling at you, O Lord, for grumbling is not the action of belief. 2. In times of disappointment, bring us to the place where we can say, “Your will not my will be done.” 3. Give us faith in times of discouragement to realise that such times can become your opportunity to do something amazing, if our attitude remains right. 4. Cause us to be a people, O God, who are always joyful, pray continually, and give thanks in all circumstances. 5. Help us as an act of faith to thank you, O Lord, even in times of difficulty, knowing that you will work all things together for the good of those who love you.

25th – Exodus 16:10-12 God’s provision 1. Lord, we pray that you would provide us with an abundance of souls. 2. Lord, we pray that you would provide for us in the provision of jobs and businesses, enabling your people to be in those areas where we can bring a godly influence. 3. We pray that you would provide every godly need concerning relationships, marriage and family.

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27th – Exodus 16:19-20 Disobedience

28th – Exodus 16:21-26 God’s rest 1. Holy Spirit, teach us how not to strive, but to trust you to guide every area of our lives. 2. May we experience more of the peace, which is the fruit of the Spirit, even in times of turmoil. 3. Help us to make gathering together for collective worship on Sundays a priority, and may we each minister to you and be ministered to by you, on each occasion. 4. Teach us how to wrestle earnestly in intercessory prayer, but to rest totally in you, O Lord. 5. Bring us to the place where the peace of God, which passes all understanding,

guards our hearts and minds at all times, we pray.

29th – Exodus 16:27-30 Not trusting God’s words 1. Teach us to trust you fully in all circumstances, O God. 2. When we lapse into unbelief, forgive us, O Lord, and cause us to learn to trust you better. 3. Help us develop a faith that can move mountains, Holy Spirit, we ask. 4. Holy Spirit, as we read your Word and understand more of the infinite greatness of our God and of our relationship with you, cause our trust in you to grow ever deeper. 5. If we have made mistakes in not trusting you, O Lord, help us to pick ourselves up, start again, and go on to do much better next time.

30th – Exodus 16: 31-36 Remembering all God has done 1. Cause us to remember your works of revival in our nation in years past, O Lord, so we remain motivated to pray urgently for another move of the Holy Spirit. 2. Encourage us to share our testimonies of all you have done in our lives, O Lord, and may those testimonies change the lives of those we share them with. 3. When we are in times of trial or difficulty, help us to remember all you have done in our lives in the past, so we can believe for a positive change in the future. 4. Each time we take communion together, cause us to come with hearts prepared, with a forgiving spirit, remembering all you have done for us on the cross, Lord Jesus. 5. Lord, we thank you for all you have done in our lives, all you are doing now, and all that you will do in the future.

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14th – Exodus 19:7-8 Full obedience

15th – Exodus 19:9 God’s presence 1. Cause us to draw near to you, O Lord, so that you may draw near to us. 2. Whenever we meet together, may your presence be so evident that those who do not yet know you, desire to do so, O God. 3. May your presence be amongst us at all times, so that healings, miracles, signs and wonders abound, we pray. 4. Cause us not to grieve the Holy Spirit, so that we may know the nearness of your presence at all times, O Lord. 5. May we learn to recognise your presence and your voice to us in all the various ways you speak to us, Holy Spirit, and act upon what you say.

16th – Exodus 19:10-13 Consecrate yourselves 1. Lord, we consecrate our lips to you, so that, in any and every situation, we may only speak that which pleases you. 2. Lord, we consecrate our feet and hands to you, so that we may only go and do what is pleasing in your sight. 3. Lord, we consecrate our thoughts, plans and ambitions to you, so that we may be led in life through every situation that you have planned for us. 4. Lord, we consecrate the church to you, and pray that together we would always fulfil the full extent of your purposes through us. 5. Here we are, Lord, send each of us out in the power of your Holy Spirit to bring change and the hope of the Gospel to those in the world we mix with.

17th – Exodus 19:14-19 Preparing to meet with God 1. Help us to live a lifestyle where we are always ready to enter into the intimacy of your presence, O God.

18th – Exodus 19:20-22 The mountaintop experience 1. Lead us into the intimacy of your presence, O Lord. 2. Cause our worship to be a gateway into your very presence, we pray. 3. In our times of prayer, cause us to be able to come so close to you, O God, that we know the intimacy of your presence. 4. May we experience the fullness of the joy as part of the fruit of the Spirit, so that we know the blessings of the sense of God within us and all around us. 5. When we have had mountaintop experiences of joy with you, O Lord, give us the grace we need when going through the valleys also.

19th – Exodus 19:23-25 Set apart 1. Teach us how to live in the world and so make an impact for Christ and, at the same time, how to live as one who is not of this world and influenced by its ungodly ways. 2. Holy Spirit, show us in every part of our daily lives how we can live as ones set apart from sin and set apart for our God. 3. As we grow in our spiritual lives, O Lord, help us to grow in holiness. 4. May our homes be places where you are the foundation stone, O Lord, and where each family member gives you the honour due your Name. 5. Lord, may every part of our lives always be willingly offered to be set apart for you.

20th – Exodus 20:1-3 No other gods 1. Lord, we pray for all the Hindus and Buddhists we know, that you would enable us to lead them to the one true God. 2. We pray for every Muslim that we know, that you would help us to lead them to Christ as their only Saviour.

3. We pray for every Sikh we know, that you would enable us to show them the way of salvation. 4. We pray for all atheists we know, that you would give us wisdom to explain that man is not his own god. 5. We pray for all those we know, who are engaged in some form of occult activity, that you would enable us to show them they are dealing with demons, not God.

21st – Exodus 20:4-6 No idols 1. Lord, help us to love you before any other person or thing. 2. Help us to love you with all our heart, soul, mind and will at all times, we pray. 3. If there are any habits we have formed that take our focus off you as our first love, O God, help us to break free from them. 4. If there are any ‘Isaacs’ in our lives, O God, may our love for you be such that we can let them go if you call us to do so. 5. Keep us focused on a life pursuing you, O Lord, so that we are not easily waylaid by things that would cause us to become distracted.

22nd – Exodus 20:7 Do not misuse God’s Name 1. Help us to guard our lips from dishonouring your Name, O God. 2. Keep our mouths from speaking blasphemies or obscenities, no matter how much pressure we come under. 3. Each time we use your Name, O God, may it always be in a context that honours you. 4. Help us to correctly use the authority of the Name of Jesus to heal the sick, we pray. 5. Anoint us to use the power of the Name of Jesus in intercessory prayer, to break down spiritual strongholds and overcome the power of the enemy, we pray.

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1. Make us a people fully obedient to you at all times and in all ways, O Lord. 2. Holy Spirit, keep us from backsliding, but to always walk in the full integrity of God. 3. Keep us always in the fear of God, so that we never contemplate the path of disobedience, however small it may seem. 4. Help us to hide your Word in our hearts, O Lord, so that we might not sin against you. 5. Teach us always to be able to say, “Your will not mine be done, O God.”

2. Cause our minds to be open, so that you are able to speak to us at any moment of the day about anything you would have us do, we pray. 3. Help us to grow daily, O Lord, so that we are learning and knowing more and more about you and our relationship with you. 4. Whenever we come to spend time in your presence, O Lord, may we prepare our hearts and minds so we can receive anything from you that you want to impart to us. 5. As we come into your presence, speak to us right now, O God, we ask.

23rd – Exodus 20:8-11 Worship as a lifestyle 1. Help us at all times to worship you in Spirit and in truth, O God. 2. May we always honour you with lifestyles that are godly in all aspects of our daily lives, we pray. 3. Cause us to honour you, O God, with our time, so that we follow godly priorities that give you the place you deserve in our lives. 4. May we honour you with our financial giving, O Lord, not holding back what we can give to you.

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5. May we honour you by being able to honestly say to others, “Follow my example as I follow the example of Christ.”

24th – Exodus 20:12 Honour your parents 1. Help us to honour our parents, O Lord. 2. We pray for those in the church whose parents are unsaved; help them to honour their parents by showing a Christlike example and by praying for their salvation. 3. We pray for our children, that they would grow up following the ways of the Lord even when they have left home. 4. Help the parents in the church to raise their children in all fairness, giving them no cause to become exasperated. 5. We pray that godly discipline in the home will be directed in love and not anger, so children understand the value of boundaries.

25th – Exodus 20:13 No murder 1. Teach us how to love people with your agapé love, O Lord. 2. Keep us from all thoughts of revenge, even when we have been treated badly, and not to respond in the same way. 3. Enable us to forgive and release from our hearts all those who have wronged us, so that we may remain free from that bondage. 4. Teach us how to pray for those who act towards us in a way that is unpleasant, O God. 5. May we always come to you with clean hands and a pure heart, O Lord.

26th – Exodus 20:14 No adultery 1. In an impure world, guard us from all sexual temptation, we pray. 2. We pray for every marriage in the church, that you would strengthen the ties between each husband and wife as they build their marriage on you, O Lord. 3. We pray for all the unmarried people in the church, who would like to be married, that you would lead them to one another for that purpose, O God. 4. For any in the church, who are caught up in pornography, we pray that they would seek help to have that yoke broken. 5. Keep your people from fornication, O Lord, but instead to walk in integrity at all times.

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27th – Exodus 20:15 Do not steal

30th – Exodus 20:18-21 Fear God and do not sin

1. May we be honest in all the small things in life, as well as the big things, we pray. 2. Cause us always to be known for our integrity, especially in the world where we are a witness for Jesus in all we do. 3. As employees at our places of work, cause us not to steal time from our employers by arriving late or leaving early. 4. Teach us not to steal from you, O Lord, in the time and service that we should rightfully give you. 5. May we not steal from you by not honouring you with our giving, O God.

1. Make us to be a people who so reverence you, O God, that we are afraid to sin. 2. Cause us to cultivate the habit of examining ourselves, so we can see when we have fallen short of your standards, and so ask your forgiveness and help, O Lord. 3. As we walk in the fear of the Lord, may your anointing upon us increase as individuals and as a church, and may we see you accomplishing amazing things through us. 4. Teach us to follow in the path of holiness, O God, no matter what circumstances would seek to prevent us from doing so. 5. Send revival in us, O Lord, in the church, and out to the communities we live and work in.

28th – Exodus 20:16 No lies 1. Cause truthfulness in all details to be a habit that we follow, even without thinking, we pray. 2. Keep our lips from exaggerating the truth to make us look better since, in reality, exaggerating is not telling the whole truth. 3. Help us to guard our lips against any form of slander or gossip, we pray. 4. Enable us to cultivate the habit of using our words to build up, exhort and comfort people, rather than seeking to bring them down, we pray. 5. Cause our trust in you to be such, O Lord, that we know you will stand by us, even when telling the truth puts us in a difficult position.

29th – Exodus 20:17 No coveting 1. Keep us from the lust of the eyes for the things of this world, O Lord, since we know such things are but temporary. 2. Help us to rest content and secure in our relationship with you, O God, so that we never feel threatened by those who have more than we do. 3. Help us to learn the secret of being content in every situation, whether we have much or little, we pray. 4. When we are tempted to covet, may we be able to pray with the writer of the Proverbs, “Give me neither poverty nor riches, but give me only my daily bread.” 5. May the only thing we covet be the gifts of the Holy Spirit, which you tell us to “covet earnestly” O Lord, and may we receive and use them for your glory.

31st – Exodus 20:22-25 God’s blessing 1. Lord, we pray for your blessing upon our homes, families, jobs and businesses. 2. Lord, we pray for your blessing upon the church as a place where the hopeless can find hope, and the unsaved find salvation in Christ. 3. Lord, we pray for your blessing on every ministry we are involved in, so that we may be fruitful and effective in our service for you. 4. Lord, we pray for your blessing on all areas of overseas missions, that they would be places of great fruitfulness, impacting the nations for Christ. 5. Lord, we pray for your blessing on our youth and children’s ministries, and on all our Discipleship Cells, that we all may continue to grow stronger in Christ.

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Children Children ATTENDANCE 9.00am 9.00am 11.15am 11.15am 6.30pm FINANCE MAR APR 03 Mar 2013 247 24 430 111 70 Tithes & 10 Mar 2013 271 43 489 86 112 Offerings £57,607.09 £40,684.24 17 Mar 2013 252 38 411 90 103 24 Mar 2013 239 30 445 93 78 Building 31 Mar 2013 254 34 588 94 210 Fund £88.00 £240.00 07 Apr 2013 223 33 485 72 141 14 Apr 2013 248 37 490 111 154 Standing 21 Apr 2013 298 35 436 88 395 Orders £12,482.57 £15,503.02 28 Apr 2013 291 45 423 89 189 GIFT AID RECEIVED FOR THE PERIOD SEPT 2012 TO DEC 2012 WAS £30,360.21

THANK YOU ALL FOR YOUR GIVING TOWARDS KINGDOM WORK!!!

A NOTE from the Treasurer - The Widow’s Offering Mark 12:41-44 Jesus sat down opposite the place where the offerings were put, and watched the crowd putting their money into the temple treasury. Many rich people threw in large amounts. But a poor widow came, and put in two very small copper coins, worth only a fraction of a penny. Calling His disciples to Him, Jesus said, “I tell you the truth, this poor widow has put more into the treasury than all the others. They all gave out of their wealth, but she, out of her poverty, put in everything — all she had to live on.” There are three important things about giving in this story of the widow’s offering: 1. God values our offerings differently than men do. In God’s eyes, the value of the offering is not determined by the amount of

the offering. The text says that the wealthy gave large amounts, but the widow’s offering was of much higher value, because she gave all that she had. It was a costly sacrifice.

leaders of that day. But Jesus did not mention anywhere in this story that the widow should not have given to the temple.

2. Our attitude to giving is what is most important to God. The text says Jesus ‘watched the crowd putting their money into the temple treasury’. Jesus observed the people as they gave their offerings, and He watches us today as we give. If we give to be seen by men or with a stingy heart toward God, our offering loses its value. Jesus is more interested and impressed by how we give than what we give.

Although we should do what we can to ensure that the churches and ministries we give to are good stewards of God’s money, we should not be overly burdened with this concern, nor should we use this as an excuse not to give. It’s important for us to find a good church that is wisely managing its financial resources for God’s glory and for the growth of God’s Kingdom. But once we give to God, we don’t need to worry about what happens to the money. This is God’s problem to resolve. If a church leader or ministry misuses its funds, God knows how to deal with it.

3. God doesn’t want us to be overly concerned with how our offering is spent. At the time Jesus observed this widow’s offering, the temple treasury was no doubt being managed by the corrupt religious

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WHAT WE BELIEVE - Elim Pentecostal Churches 1. THE BIBLE: We believe the Bible, as originally given, to be without error,

the fully inspired and infallible Word of God and the supreme and final authority in all matters of faith and conduct. 2. THE TRINITY: We believe that the Godhead exists co-equally and coeternally in three Persons, Father, Son and Holy Spirit and that these Three are one God, sovereign in creation, providence and redemption. 3. THE SAVIOUR: We believe in the true and proper deity of our Lord Jesus Christ, in His virgin birth, in His real and complete humanity, in His sinless life, in His authoritative teaching, in His substitutionary and atoning sacrifice through His shed blood, in His bodily resurrection, in His ascension to the right hand of the Father, in His heavenly intercession and His second advent to receive His Church. 4. THE HOLY SPIRIT: We believe in the deity of the Holy Spirit Who proceeds from the Father and the Son and the necessity of His work in conviction of sin, repentance, regeneration and sanctification, and that the believer is also promised an enduement of power as the gift of Christ through the baptism in the Holy Spirit with signs following. Through this enduement the believer is empowered for fuller participation in the ministry of the Church, its worship, evangelism and service. 5. MANKIND: We believe in the universal sinfulness of all mankind since the Fall, rendering man subject to God's wrath and condemnation. 6. SALVATION: We believe in the necessity for salvation of repentance towards God and faith in the Lord Jesus Christ by which the sinner is pardoned

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and accepted as righteous in God's sight. This justification is imputed by the grace of God because of the atoning work of Christ, is received by faith alone and is evidenced by the Fruit of the Spirit and a holy life. 7. THE CHURCH: We believe in the spiritual unity and the priesthood of all believers in Christ and that these comprise the universal Church, the Body of Christ. 8. THE MINISTRY: We believe in the ministries that Christ has set in His Church, namely, apostles, prophets, evangelists, pastors and teachers, and in the present operation of the manifold Gifts of the Holy Spirit according to the New Testament. 9. THE ORDINANCES: We believe in the baptism of believers in water in obedience to the command of Christ and the commemoration of Christ's death by the observance of the Lord's Supper until His return. 10. THE COMMISSION: We believe that the Gospel embraces the needs of the whole man and that the Church is therefore commissioned to preach the Gospel to the world and to fulfil a ministry of healing and deliverance to the spiritual and physical needs of mankind. 11. THE COMING KING: We believe in the personal, physical and visible return of the Lord Jesus Christ to reign in power and glory. 12. THE FUTURE STATE: We believe in the resurrection of the dead and in the final judgment of the world, the eternal conscious bliss of the righteous and the eternal conscious punishment of the wicked.


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Saturday 15th June Saturday 20th July

ALL ARE WELCOME TO JOIN THE TEAM

POLISH FELLOWSHIP Elim Springs Every Sunday @ 2:30pm in the Auditorium (Please use side entrance)

Monday to Friday

Morning meetings 10.00am to 11.00am - Annexe Room 2*

(*on the main street to the left of ECC's main doors and can be accessed directly from the street)

EVENing meetings 6.00pm to 7.00pm - Foyer

WEEKLY TUESDAY NIGHT PRAYER EXPLOSION 7.30pm to 9.15pm - Foyer

MONTHLY ALL-NIGHT PRAYER MEETING Last Friday of every month 10.00pm to 5.00am A night of intercession, celebration, thanksgiving and praise Friday 28th June Friday 26th July

DELIVERANCE MEETINGS

ECC Japanese Fellowship Every Sunday @ 2:30pm in the Foyer For details, please contact AOGU & CHISATO TATEYAMA

info@eccj.org.uk

For ECC attenders: Before coming for deliverance for the first time, please make an appointment to speak to Pastor Rajinder NO DELIVERANCE MEETING IN JUNE Saturday 20th July For non-ECC attenders: Please contact ELLEL MINISTRIES on 01252 794060

PRAYER & HEALING MEETINGS Second Sunday evening of every month 6.30pm Sunday 9th June Sunday 14th July Receive personal prayer and hear powerful testimonies of God’s provision and healing

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FELLOWSHIP & CONGRATULATIONS If you would like to share your good news (eg. births, marriages, graduations, etc) in Grapevine magazine, please contact Sharon Grant at the church office

EALING SOUP KITCHEN The next date for the ECC Team is Saturday 22nd June Start at 2pm

WEDNESDAY AFTERNOON FELLOWSHIP

Please contact Sharon or Sherine (Office: 020 8840 7508) in advance if you are able to join the Team.

Meetings start @ 2pm JUNE

5th Christine Walker 12th Merle Aqui 19th Prayer and Praise 26th Merle Aqui

JULY

3rd 10th 17th 24th 31st

Jane Kiguru-Wamae Merle Aqui Prayer and Praise Merle Aqui Outreach

MONDAYS 12.00pm to 1.00pm

KEEP FIT CORNER

STAY ACTIVE 4 LIFE

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with fun, fitness and flexibility ONLY £2.50 - at ECC THURSDAYS 12.00pm to 1.00pm

LOW IMPACT AEROBICS

Inspirational moves and grooves (please bring a mat) ONLY £2.50 - at ECC

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EVERGREENS MONDAY 10th JUNE LUNCH AT HARVESTER 1.30pm - Meet at Boston Manor Cost will be according to menu choice Please confirm attendance with Sharon asap MONDAY 8th JULY DAY TRIP TO SOUTHEND ON SEA 10am to 6.00pm Bring packed lunch or buy fish n chips by the sea Cost £21 (Deposit £11.00) Spaces are limited NO MEETING IN AUGUST

SHARON GRANT is the Pastoral Care Assistant and can be contacted at the ECC office on 020 8840 7508 if you require further details on any of the following fellowship groups and/or ministries: Ealing Soup Kitchen Evergreens Little Stars Babies & Toddlers Group Wednesday Afternoon Fellowship


PRACTICAL TRUTHS How to...

DO LEADERSHIP when you’re not in leadership

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n “How to … Do Leadership Every Day For Better Results” (Dec/Jan issue 59), we looked at ten skills, and how they can help us achieve better results. In Part 2, let’s look at leadership for people who are not in leadership positions. Yes, leadership for those NOT in leadership positions. You may work within teams - big and small - but you’ve never been promoted as ‘leader/ manager’. In fact, you may love what you’re doing so much that you’re happy to continue without the title. In other words, you do not lead your Cell group or ministry; you don’t manage a team at work; don’t captain the football or netball team; you’re not the worship leader, nor the Stewarding Supervisor… You’re one of the team. Keep reading! How can I lead without being the ‘leader’? Conventional wisdom tells us, leaders lead and followers follow. Well, spiritually, this is completely different. When led by the Spirit, you will accomplish things that conventional wisdom will not comprehend. Let’s look at a few ways in which we can lead without being the leader.

Be an Example of Achievement (Matthew 5:16)

Now, this is totally different to boasting. Remember the phrase, ‘Do all things as unto God’? Well, this is the same as the saying, ‘Let your light shine before men that they may see your good works and glorify your Father in Heaven’. This is the highest level of competence!

Would you agree? Imagine...How you live among brothers and sisters, and with those in the world, will make them glorify our Father in Heaven! This is not about preaching, Bible bashing or scaring people into Heaven. This is about being so competent at your ‘works’, being an example (leader) that many will happily follow. The world is obsessed with role models (leaders). Anyone who achieves any form of ‘celebrity’ is now a role model to others, for no other reason than they are in the public eye. When we complete tasks based on 100% faith in God, we will stand out. And people will see that Jesus is alive and can only glorify God. However, if you only follow orders (in other words, just do things because you’ve

by the Holy Spirit. The status quo is about maintaining things as they’ve always been, or in a manner that’s acceptable to leadership or that will not ruffle feathers. Spiritual integrity requires selfless faith - faith to be completely open-minded to God, and about what He wants to accomplish through your life. As an example, read Exodus

We feel things and sense things, which many believe ‘must be true’ because they feel it. The reality is, our feelings or what we sense are not facts....Sorry! I attend loads of meetings - at work, at church,

When we complete tasks based on 100% faith in God, we will stand out 17:6 and Numbers 20:6-12, about Moses, the rock, the rod, about speaking and water. God wanted to bring about the same result - water - by two completely different methods. First, Moses had to strike the rock, then he was instructed to speak to the rock. As we can see, it’s vitally important to keep an open mind about God’s

Work by being led by the Holy Spirit in every little thing - no matter how insignificant and no matter how well you think you know what should be done been asked), then you really shouldn’t expect a medal or any special acknowledgement. Why? Simply because you’ve done what’s been asked of you, nothing more. The light needs to shine! There is nothing wrong with doing exactly what’s been asked, however, it’s questionable whether those works will ‘shine’ before men that they may glorify your Father in Heaven. So, when following orders, engage the Holy Spirit and let your achievement shine, so that many will glorify your Father - the ultimate role model and leader. Lead.

ways. Same experience, same results, different approach. God’s view on the matter was that Moses and Aaron didn’t trust Him; they trusted the ‘previous method’ over God’s present instructions.

Integrity

We cannot avoid disputes. Fact. No matter how circumspectly you live, disputes and issues and problems will arise, and they require sorting out immediately. Saying nothing

You can maintain two things: (1) spiritual integrity, or (2) the status quo. Spiritual integrity is about doing all things as guided

can be as hurtful to the other person as saying something hurtful. How many times have you heard, “All he/she had to do was to say something”?

Work by being led by the Holy Spirit in every little thing - no matter how insignificant and no matter how well you think you know what should be done. Then your light will shine before men. Lead.

Sort It Out...According to God’s Instructions

in the community - and I never cease to be amazed at how people believe their feelings and ‘sensing’ are ‘fact’. They discuss feelings at meetings, which is bizarre and, worse yet, make decisions based on those feelings. Hmmm. Silence is a good dispute-buster, but it’s no good at resolving the dispute. To resolve disputes, you need to use words - kind words, forgiving words, understanding words, uplifting words. Having to say something pleasant after a dispute is hard. Pride kicks in - ‘It wasn’t my fault’. But be the one to put the Holy Spirit resolution on the table. Be the one to make peace, because ‘Blessed are the peacemakers, for theirs is the Kingdom of Heaven’. Silence cannot make peace; words of peace make peace. Lead. So, leadership for those not in leadership is about being outstanding in everything you do, through the power of the Holy Spirit, who is in you. No one can fill your shoes on the Earth. No one! That means you are here for a purpose to lead in that area. “For I know the plans I have for YOU” says the Lord. Now, go lead.

ROY McEWEN

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PASTOR JOHN

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id you belong to another church before your present church? Over your life, how many churches have you belonged to? London has a very mobile population, and church attendance can reflect this. The average length of stay in any one place can be reckoned as short as two to three years. This does not mean that people leave London, but they seek a change, whether it is a change of job or a change of church. How many churches grow at the expense of other churches? We can justify people’s change of allegiance to another church, and rejoice in the growth of such churches, but we need to see things in a truer perspective. Much of church growth in Western

The Spirit is a rushing wind. There are no still winds, and no still Holy Spirit. He is always active.

Spirit Europe is by ‘transfer’ and not ‘conversion’. Where transfer growth predominates, we are not seeing much real growth of new believers added to the Church. The overall church population of a city or town is not increasing much: some churches grow as believers transfer and empty other churches. Churches will rejoice when their numbers are boosted by the birth of members’ children. However, this ‘natural’ growth can be reduced by the numbers of others transferring out. The Kingdom of God truly expands when new believers are added to the Body of Christ. This is the primary intention of God giving the Holy Spirit to His children: to receive powerful anointing in order to reach the unsaved. The supreme work of the Holy Spirit is salvation. It has been estimated that, in the time of the Apostles, there were 300 million people living on Earth. The Apostles needed the Holy Spirit. Today, there are almost 7,000 million people living on Earth, and most of them are unevangelised. The Apostles needed the Holy Spirit, and so do we! It was said of the first Christians that they “turned the world upside down”! (Or

was it “right side up”?) When the Holy Spirit first came, everything changed. He brought a supernatural Gospel with revolutionary effects. We need to do what the Apostles did. If we do, God will give us what He gave them. Smith Wigglesworth said the Acts of the Apostles was written because the Apostles acted. The Holy Spirit has not changed, and neither has people’s need for the Spirit of the living God. The Spirit is a rushing wind. There are no still winds, and no still Holy Spirit. He is always active. “The wind blows where it wills… So it is with everyone born of the Spirit” (John 3:8). “Those who are led by the Spirit of God are sons of God” (Romans 8:14). “We live by the Spirit” (Galatians 5:25). If we claim to have the Spirit, we shall be active with Him. Everything that God does outside of Heaven is by His Spirit. The basic Bible truth is that God makes Himself known by action. The Holy Spirit is action. He acts through the Body of Christ, just as He did through the hands, feet and mouth of Jesus during His earthly ministry. The Spirit is the wind of heaven blowing through the Church.

Smith Wigglesworth said the Acts of the Apostles was written because the Apostles acted. Where there is faith, He finds His natural environment. The Christian life cannot be lived without the Holy Spirit’s anointing. We live in a pluralistic society, where many conflicting voices seek to claim people’s allegiance. Different religions and atheist philosophies, as well as Christianity, claim to have ‘the truth’. Which one is right? Are any of them right? In this confusing world, which voice are people to listen to? Words, words, words! Words come easy. People look for more than just words. “How am I meant to know which god is the true one?” As in Elijah’s day: the One who answers by fire! Like the rest of history, people today need to see a demonstration, not just a proclamation. Like Elijah, we are all called to pick up Elijah’s mantle, but our Elijah is Someone greater - our Lord Jesus Christ.

Pastor JOHN STARR

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CHILDREN’S MINISTRIES MY MIRACULOUS ADMISSION INTO

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give God all the glory because He has blessed me and changed my life forever. I previously sat the 11+ Exam in October 2012 and, through the Lord’s mercy, I successfully proceeded to the second stage of the Exam. This stage was a two-day assessment. At that time, I was nervous and found it hard to believe that God could get me through, given the calibre of students sitting the second stage. I was encouraged by my parents, their Cell group members, and even my five-year-old sister that there is nothing God cannot do when we ask through prayer and thanksgiving. By the end of January, I was invited for the last stage, which was scheduled for 1st February and, if you remember, it was the first day of our church annual fasting and prayer, and my parents encouraged me to join in. My father and I

(11-year-old Sunday School Student) which I did immediately. I was prayed for, and the lady asked me to ring back when my prayer is answered. My family also continued in prayer for a miracle concerning my admission, and I steadily started to believe in my heart that it would come to pass. During the wait for the final letter to arrive, my family prayed and thanked God for what He had done for me already, and for what He was going to do. Finally, “Let us hold unswervingly to the hope we profess, on 26th March 2013, my parents received a secured for He who promised is faithful” admission offer letter into Hebrews 10:23 Year 7 at Christ’s Hospital went on that 180-minute very well and that they would School for September 2013. journey to the school (in like to have me in their I was overjoyed, and West Sussex), during which school, but they were unable blessed the Lord even he encouraged me to hold to offer me a place, as they more than I thought I could! on firmly to God’s promise, had limited vacancies for Afterwards, I called the because He will always boarding students. However, Prayer Centre to help me give honour His Word, and he they would keep me on thanks to God for answering encouraged me to dwell on the waiting list, if anyone my prayer. Hebrews 10:23. who had received an offer My parents received turned it down. At this time, a letter later in February, my mother encouraged me stating that I had performed to call the Prayer Centre,

A word from one of our Sunday School Supervisors... “He decreed statutes for Jacob, and established the law for Israel which He commanded our ancestors to teach their children, so that the next generation would tell their children.” Psalm 78

I have been teaching for a number of years now, here at Ealing Christian Centre, and presently serve as one of the Children’s Sunday School Supervisors. As it states in Ephesians 6:4, ‘Fathers, do not exasperate your children; instead, bring them up in the training and instruction of the Lord’. I firmly believe that teaching the children about the Lord has a great reward and it comes with a promise. It gives me great joy to take part in the Children’s Ministry to help impact the lives of our children, as they are the next generation of leaders, pastors, evangelists, etc. God has blessed me to see His blessing and His purpose on the children who come to church on Sundays.

CHARLENE MORRISON

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FEATURE

KENYAN COMMUNITY REBUILD: The Sister Jane Kiguru-Wamae shares about the mandate given to her by God to gather the Kenyan Community. Together with a dedicated team of people, she has started the journey towards rebuilding the walls, and her obedience has already opened amazing doors for her...

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n 2010, ECC decided to extend the New Year’s Eve celebrations into an all-night prayer vigil. I remember telling God how I desired nothing but more of Him through the New Year. My prayer was that God would have His way in my life more than ever before. I got home next morning, thankful for the privilege of ushering in another year, excited but wondering what God had in store. Little did I know that God was about to give directions and demand obedience to a mandate He had given me in 2008, for which I had spent time giving excuses and running away from. What I encountered that morning was awesome, nowhere near any experiences I have ever had since giving my life to the Lord in 1984. The only way to summarise the encounter is that His voice was clear and unmistakeable. The mandate had not changed

since He first spoke about it: “Gather the Kenyan community; call them and the nation to repent and come back to Me; advocate for healing, unity, reconciliation and

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refocusing. When that happens, then start to rebuild the broken walls within the community.” The only addition to previous instructions was that God was commanding me to “Arise now”, and even gave the date of the first meeting as 19th March 2011. I have to be honest that having a set date was frightening and

overwhelming. I had two and a half months, and did not know where to start or what to pray next. My first port of call was to plan and meet with Pastor Richard. As a person who strongly believes in authority, and being accountable to the same, I wanted him as my spiritual authority to test/weigh what I was saying and, if it was God’s idea, to give me his blessings and support me in the journey. I had many questions for him; questions like, ‘Have you ever seen or heard of something like this?’, ‘Would God ever focus on just one community?’, ‘Why me?’, ‘Do you think I can do it?’ and ‘How?’ More importantly, ‘Is there a witness in your spirit that this is God speaking?’ Pastor Richard was very

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encouraging, and took time to explain different things and give directions on necessary steps. He took time to pray with me, and gave his blessings and reminded me that I can do it, as we are all called to be ministers for Christ. I had been so preoccupied with thoughts of what to do and what was needed that I had not stopped to think on what day of the week 19th March fell, until when Pastor Richard asked. I felt some relief when we realised it would be a Saturday. Leaving that office, I felt a great sense of relief, but wondered, What next? It was not long before God comforted me that “Everything you need, I have already provided.” That’s when I stepped out and started informing every Kenyan I knew that there would be a great Kenyan gathering on 19th March 2011. God must have been waiting for me to open my mouth and speak for, as soon as I did, the news spread like bush fire. I started receiving calls from all over the UK, Europe, USA and even Kenya. Everyone expressed interest and wanted to know. The Kenyan High Commissioner in Britain and his staff were also willing to attend. God was so faithful, in that He provided everything that was needed for the event to take place as scheduled in His diary. The

people were willing and ready; many called, offering different types of support and ideas. On the other hand, I had others who felt it could not be done, and criticised the idea all the way until they saw it happen. The first event had over 500 people in attendance, excluding the youth and the children. One person gave their life to the Lord, and God gave me the grace and boldness to declare what He had asked me to.


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Journey - by Jane Kiguru-Wamae That first meeting opened the door to many other meetings and invitations to hold similar gatherings all over the UK. We also had invitations by the Kenyan Diaspora outside the UK to hold similar events in Israel, Sweden, Germany, USA and Ireland. It has been two years since

the ‘Kenya Community Rebuild’ journey began. So far, gatherings have taken place in cities like Luton,

Watford, Manchester, Coventry, Bristol, Swindon, East London, Bedford, Nottingham, and Oxford, with London holding eight meetings so far. In the next few months, we have invitations to Northampton, York and Glasgow. Workshops on social issues like immigration, HIV/AIDS, employment matters and social etiquette have also taken place. Several special events aimed at bringing the Kenyan clergy together have also taken place with much success. A youth outreach was launched in 2012, with over 150 youths in attendance. Within that time, we’ve also had humbling invitations to the House of Commons to discuss youth matters within the ethnic minority in Britain. The Royal African Society also invited us to their event aimed at discussing the role of spiritual organisations in developing countries. Last year, our invitation to meet the President of Kenya, the Hon. Mwai Kibaki was honoured, leading to a Diaspora Conference in which I had the privilege to address the President. We were also requested to organise prayer meetings for the Olympic teams coming from Kenya. As a team, we went on to start dialogue with the government and the community on the plight of children born with special needs in Kenya. God opened a

door for us to be involved in the drafting of a new mental health policy for Kenya, which is inclusive and is awaiting final clearance by the new government. Our aim was to ensure that those born with special needs are recognised, supported, and that structures/ resources are put in place for their wellbeing. Besides that, we launched a charity wing that has been reaching out to these children by providing incontinence pads, school fees and partly supporting a monthly feeding programme, which caters for 20 families. It is my prayer that this work will grow and reach many; address stigma-related issues; offer community

In 2011, it received the Special Recognition Award by the Kenya High Commission; in 2012, the Unsung Heroes Award by the UK Kenyan Achievers and, in 2013, has been nominated for the Germanbased Award by African Women in Europe. The journey has been challenging as well as uplifting. We have seen

many saved, prayers answered, lives changed, and many continue to run

“Everything you need, I have already provided.” education and, in the long term, establish centres where those in need can be supported.

The Organisation operates from four pillars: spiritual, social, economic and political (but non-partisan).

with the vision. Despite all that has taken place so far, it feels like much of what has been happening is just ‘ploughing the ground’, but I am convinced that He who began the good work will continue to lead and bring it to completion in His time. The support and prayers from the leadership team at ECC has been a pillar to this work. I am grateful to our Senior Pastor, who has been very supportive and a great source of encouragement. And yes, we are all ministers of Christ, so ARISE and play your part.

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ASIAN EVENING 2013

Weekly MEETINGS Sundays 09.00 09.30 09.30 09.30 11.15 11.45 11.45 14.30 14.30 18.30 20.00

FIRST MORNING SERVICE Little Seekers (Age 2-5yrs) Finders (Age 6-10yrs) Teens Talk (School years 7-11) - single gender classes SECOND MORNING SERVICE Crèche (18mths-3yrs) Adventurers (Nursery 3-4 yrs) Discoverers (Age 5 yrs) Explorers (School years 1&2) Investigators (School years 3&4) Pioneers (School years 5&6) Nu Talk (School years 7&8) Talkin' God (School years 9,10&11) - single gender classes Polish Church Service Japanese Church Service SUNDAY NIGHTS AT THE CENTRE (see page 21 for details) Refreshments in Coffee Lounge

Mondays

10.00-12.00 Daily Prayer Meeting 18.00-19.00 Daily Prayer Meeting

Tuesdays

10.00-12.00 Daily Prayer Meeting 19.30-21.15 Tuesday Night

Prayer Explosion

Wednesdays

10.00-12.00 Daily Prayer Meeting 14.00 Wednesday Afternoon

Fellowship

18.00-19.00 Daily Prayer Meeting

Thursdays

10.00-12.00 Daily Prayer Meeting 19.00-21.30 EITC - Bible College

Registration required

18.00-19.00 Daily Prayer Meeting

Fridays

10.00-12.00 Daily Prayer Meeting 18.00-19.00 Daily Prayer Meeting 19.00-21.30 EITC - Bible College

Registration required

(Last Friday of every month)

22.00-05.00 All-Night Prayer Meeting

Saturdays

11.00-13.00 Street Evangelism

Evangelism & Missions • Fellowship for all Ages • Praise & Worship • Prayer • Teaching BOROUGH-WIDE EVANGELISM | LIGHTHOUSE EVANGELISM | EVANGELISM EXPLOSION Discipleship Cells | Children’S ministries | Youth Ministries | Evergreens (Ministry for the Retired) DAILY PRAYER MEETINGS | WEEKLY PRAYER EXPLOSIONS | ALL-NIGHT PRAYER MEETINGS | Deliverance EQUIPPERS INTERNATIONAL TRAINING CENTRE (teaching ministry) | REVIVAL & HEALING MEETINGS

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