Monthly News MAY 2011
Business Men’s Fellowship (UK) PO Box 679 Whitley Bay England United Kingdom NE26 9AX Tel: 0845 519 2473
THE MAYOR COMES DINNER By John Copland
The Wigan Chapter launched out into a new venture of faith for their April Dinner meeting –held on Monday 18th April last. In order to expand their area of influence, it was decided to hold every fourth Dinner meeting in a new area outside of Wigan town. The initial trial run was centred on the Leigh Sports Village Complex, on the outskirt of Leigh, due south from Wigan. The Chapter was venturing into the unknown, so Stuart Jones, the Chapter President, booked the dining facilities of the Stadium, – in faith - for 50 dinners! E-mails flew here, there, and everywhere. The local Leigh Reporter sported an advertisement for the Dinner meeting. Members busied themselves giving invites out. In March of this year, the Wigan Chapter had been invited to take part in the Lord Mayor’s inaugural Prayer Breakfast, planned by Councillor Michael Winstanley, a local churchman. This Prayer Breakfast is believed to be a first, certainly in that area, to be held for members of the local community to attend. The Lord Mayor cordially accepted the Chapter’s invitation to join them at the Dinner Meeting. Councillor Winstanley attended, resplendent in his Mayoral chain of Office. A week before the Dinner, we
only had 23 bookings. Help! Texts messages flew around the Chapter – book now! By the following Thursday, we were up to strength. On Friday morning – disaster! Nine guests dropped out! Text messages and telephone calls for
Blessed is the man That walketh not In the counsel of the ungodly
urgent prayer where sent around the members. “The new facility management are not as forgiving as our regular Hotel venue. Please pray in replacements to make up the numbers! Monday morning – God had done it again! Not only was the full quota met -- we were oversubscribed! And, there’s more! Our own star, home-grown, guest speaker, Paul Fenton, had to cancel his engagement to attend to urgent family sickness on the last minute.
Monday 23rd May
AARON WILDE The Oak Hotel Orchard Street, Wigan,WN1 3SS Contact 01695 623557 or 01942 495316 or 07980 536566 firstname.lastname@example.org
Allan Jones, National Director and Chapter member, kindly stepped in at the last minute. Sam, a local Christian from Wigan, provided the musical background, and ministry in song. As Allan spoke of his conversion to Christ, and of the many miracles of healing and deliverance that God had done through his ministry, the presence of the Holy Spirit could be tangibly felt . Strangely, two of the young waiters kept walking back and forth, picking up a small number of plates and cutlery at a time. Well, it was the only way they could get to be in the meeting, and hear the message! After the appeal, one of the guests made a commitment to follow Christ. Allan received several words of knowledge, which were confirmed by the recipients. Allan prayed for each of them. One lady had a very painful shoulder joint which she could not move. After prayer, she was able to move it freely without pain. When the meeting was over, one of the ‘wandering waiters’ asked for prayer, and gave his heart to the Lord! Some of the guests appealed for more Dinner meetings in the Leigh area. This pilot proved to be a success, and we look forward to holding more meetings in different areas around Wigan, with the Lord’s help and guidance.
Inverclyde Dinner Meeting Monday 9th MAY
DARREN BLACK The Tontine Hotel Ardgowan Sq Union St. Greenock Contact Eddie on 01505-872834 Howard on 01475-726738
BMF Tri–am Golf Competition Carmuirs Golf Club, Falkirk (Scotland) on Monday 30th May. BMF members are invited to bring a friend or two to make up teams of three to play a competition over 18 holes. Lunch at 12.15...tee off 1300. After the game, there will be high tea, prize giving and an incredible story from another golfer. Cost per head will be approximately £30. Speakers : Peter Brown : Diploma in Business Administration Allan Jones : National Director BMF : Worship : George Collins Contact: Richard Barrett 01524 271689 John Woof: 01539 625212 Ron Ainscough : 01539 724960 or email email@example.com
Contact: Fraser Adams, 4 Dunnottar Drive, Stehousemuir. FK5 4TE or 01324 558212
By Stephen Jefferies
BMF Kenya held an over 40’s football tournament on Sunday 24th April in Komothai. The event was organized with the assistance of some government officials from Githunguri and Komothai. 500 hundred men and a few women turned up for the event as well as about 10 government leaders of the area. After the games Ben Thuo (Githunguri), Peter Macharia (Limuru) and Samuel Njogo (Nairobi CBD) gave testimony…200 men responded to the call for salvation. This event has opened a new way of reaching men…plans to invite Christian sportsmen to give testimonies at future sports outreaches ———————————————— For the two men who responded to the salvation call at the Riga (Latvia) Outreach on Wednesday 20th April, 30 present. One man’s hand was immobile, after prayer he was able to shake his fingers; word of knowledge about pains in spinal area given …a man was healed immediately For the seventeen people who acknowledged Jesus as their Saviour at the Perm (Russia) Outreach on Thursday 21st April
For the seventeen people who responded to the salvation call at the BMF Eastern European Convention held in Kiev (Ukraine) on 25th–27th March. A Catholic Priest from Lithuania was heard to say “ I do not really believe in this” and neither did several others that were out for prayer...the meeting was stopped and all were asked to join in a prayer against the spirit of Disbelief. On finishing the prayer all spoke in tongues and the Priest continued till 3 a.m. Contact was made with a Charismatic Bishop from Kiev and it was agreed that BMF will go and speak to many men’s groups in the near future. Men attended from Latvia, Lithuania, Russia, Ukraine and UK attended
The Speakers have been confirmed for the BMF Autumn Conference this tear. The conference will take place earlier this year in September 9th — 11th. Watch out for more news and how to book in upcoming newsletters…………………………….
Allan Jones (Wigan) and David Walker (Coatbridge & Airdrie) BMF Outreach in Kenya 9th – 14th May