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Women of Purpose Ministries

Present Their 12th Annual Conference

Venue

New Jerusalem Church 6 Rocky Lane, Aston Cross Birmingham, B6 5RQ

28th - 30th October 2010 A Ministry of New Jerusalem Apostolic Church where sold ÂŁ2.50


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Conference Scriptures

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come, Thy will be done in earth, as it is in heaven. Matthew 6:10

And I will give unto thee the keys of the of heaven: and whatsoever thou shalt bind on earth shall be bound in heaven: and whatsoever thou shalt loose on earth shall be loosed in heaven. Matthew 16:19

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introduction

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CONTENTS

For the is the LORD’s: and he is the governor among the nations. Psalms 22:28

Conference Scriptures

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Greetings from the Conference Host Pastor Yvonne E. Brooks

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Greetings from Bishop Bishop Melvin A. Brooks - NJAC

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Welcome from the WOP Event Team

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Conference Schedule

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Speaker Profiles

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Article: A Kingdom Harvest by Pastor Yvonne E. Brooks

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Spotlight: Purpose Partners

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Spotlight: Esther’s Academy

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Spotlight: Sister2Sister

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Article: Power of a Single Prayer by Minister Grace Goodridge

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Article: Thy Kingdom Come by Sally Livingstone

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Article: The Kingdom of God and Your Purpose by Dr. John W. Stanko

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Your Notes

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WOP Activities

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Thank You to Our Supporters

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Conference 2011

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Welcome

Pastor Yvonne E. Brooks

from our Bishop

Dear Delegates of Destiny

Dear Delegate

Grace and peace be multiplied to you from God the Father, even the Lord Jesus Christ.

Greetings to you in the wonderful name of Jesus - to all who have previously attended and those who are attending for the first time, especially those who have travelled from overseas.

Welcome to our 12th Annual Women of Purpose Conference!

To our speakers - welcome, we are grateful to God for your presence and your willingness to minister the Word of God.

I am in awe of God – fourteen years ago when He instructed me to hold the first Conference, I never imagined it would still be here today. I am more excited today than I was in the beginning and can acknowledge without hesitation that all of the praise and glory belongs to God. I extend a warm welcome to the awesome speakers whom the Lord has assigned to this conference from abroad and the UK, particularly Pastor Chi Chi Bismark, Pastor Connie Brooks and introducing for the first time Pastor Arlicia Albert. I met Pastor Arlicia Albert two years ago, where she impacted me so much that I wanted her to attend the WOP Conference to also impact you. I feel that on this tenth month of the year, God is being and doing something very strategic. Our theme this year is “Thy Kingdom Come – No Limits”. It’s time for the realisation that the Kingdom of God is here. We simply have to receive it into our lives and thinking and make way for the Kingdom motion. When we make the shift to Kingdom living, it is a quantum leap, for everything changes. There has been a major shift in the atmosphere, a change in emphasis, direction and methodology. This is the time that the scripture has spoken about. This is the time for the manifestation of the thoughts and plans of God towards you, thoughts and plans of peace and not of evil, thoughts to prosper you, to give you a future and a hope. Please position yourselves to receive what the Lord has for you in this Conference. It will be life changing and destiny fulfilling. Yours in His Grip

Pastor Yvonne Brooks

My congratulations go to my wife, Pastor Yvonne and her team – I commend you on hosting your 12th Conference. Your commitment and labour of love in the Lord is not overlooked. This year’s theme – “Thy Kingdom Come – No Limits” – is prophetic because you are declaring that since the Kingdom has come to our lives, there can be no limitation according to God’s will for our lives. People with a Kingdom mentality, normally excel and demonstrate that our success is related to our understanding of the Kingdom mindset. In the present day and time that we are now living in, every believer must understand how critical every decision and choice we make is and so discernment is going to be a major ingredient for Kingdom people. As our choices are crucial, we must discern the times, knowing when to invest, to give, to sow and also when to refrain. Solomon says in Ecclesiastes 11:1-2 “Invest what you have, because after a while you will get a return. Invest what you have in several different businesses, because you don’t know what disasters might happen” (NCV). So therefore, we are to be aware of the time, season and opportunities, knowing when to move, not investing in one thing only as now we need finance quickly to execute the plan of God to enhance the Kingdom. In Matthew 6:33 we are reminded to seek the Kingdom of God and His righteousness first and everything else we need will be added, but this comes about by wisdom and knowledge. In reality everything that we are going to receive from God is already given, but the Word has to be decoded. To do this we need the mind of Christ as indicated in Philipians 2:5. Kingdom believers focus on Kingdom matters with tenacity, faith, conviction and works. The King of the Kingdom business is priority and therefore Kingdom people strive to excel in the things that enhance the Kingdom of God equipping others to do the same and creating the opportunity to access the necessary resources for others as did the Proverbs 31 woman. I believe that this year there is going to be a harvest in finance, spiritual maturity, salvation for the unsaved, deliverance for the bound, revelation, healing for the soul, renewal of friendships and for likeminded people to do the work of the Kingdom. I will conclude by encouraging every one of you to believe all you can, receive all you can, rejoice all you can, learn all you can and apply all you can as we become Kingdom activators. Yours in Christ

Bishop Melvin A. Brooks


Conference Details

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Conference from the Women of Purpose events team

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e would like to welcome you to the Women of Purpose Conference 2010! We are excited that you have made the investment in yourself and taken the time out to experience Thy Kingdom Come! Here at Women of Purpose we have a real heart to see the lives of women everywhere impacted and changed from what we are into what we are supposed to be. We have worked hard with you in mind and hope that this is not just another conference but a holistic, transforming experience that will equip you with tools that will help you to live a life of purpose in the Kingdom. So, as we take the time to collectively declare ‘Thy Kingdom Come’, it is our sincere prayer that you will see the invisible; hear the inaudible; believe the incredible; think the unthinkable; do the impossible; step out of the boat, wade into the water; and take dominion. Ladies we are called to the Kingdom for such a time as this! We anticipate a great time of worship and fellowship with you as we take our places in the Kingdom. You are in the right place at the right time. Should there be anything you need during the conference, please do not hesitate to speak to one of the team and we will be more than happy to assist you in any way we can.

T h u r s d ay 28 t h Octo b e r 19.00

Pre-Service Prayer

19.15

Evening Service

F r i d ay 29 t h Octo b e r 8.30

Registration

9.00 - 9.30

Prayer

9.30 - 10.40

Workshop One The True Worshipper - The Power of Worship in the Kingdom

10.40 - 11.00

Break

11.00 - 11.45

No Limits

11.45 - 13.00

Workshop Two Let This Mind Be In You – The Kingdom Mindset

13.00 - 14.00

Lunch

14.00 - 15.30

General Session Limitless Vision - The Role of the ‘seer’ in the Kingdom

19.00

Pre-Service Prayer

19.15

Evening Service

Sat u r d ay 30 t h Octo b e r

Every Blessing,

WOP Team 2010

Women of Purpose

8.30

Registration

9.00 - 9.30

Prayer

9.30 - 10.40

Workshop One Rules of Engagement- The Kingdom Warrior

10.40 - 11.00

Break

11.00 - 11.45

Behaviours in the Kingdom

11.45 - 13.00

Workshop Two A Call to Order – The Kingdom Messenger

13.00 - 14.00

Lunch

14.00 - 15.30

General Session The Blessings of Living in the Kingdom

18.45

Pre-Service Prayer

19.00

Evening Service

Mailing Address: Women of Purpose Ministries New Jerusalem Apostolic Church 6 Rocky Lane, Aston Cross, Birmingham, B6 5RQ

T: 0121 359 0272 / 07794 432850 E: info@womenofpurposenewj.com W: www.womenofpurposenewj.com

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Speaker Profiles Yvonne Elizabeth Brooks is the founder and Director of Women of Purpose Ministries, a UK based organisation that seeks to spread the gospel to all women and equip them to fulfill their destiny. She has helped many people change the course of their life by delivering the true Word of God in a dynamic and unique way of connecting to the hearts of people.

Pastor

Yvonne Brooks

A qualified Behavioural Consultant, Mental Health Nurse and Registered General Nurse, Yvonne’s passion for seeing people receive deliverance, healing and restoration is evident as she ministers. Yvonne is the First Assistant Pastor at New Jerusalem Apostolic Church, Aston Cross, Birmingham UK, a thriving church that is having a huge impact in its community.

She is also a much sought after speaker, in demand across the United Kingdom, Caribbean and USA. Yvonne regularly hosts “She Matters” on Revelation TV (Sky 581) and also features on radio. Yvonne is a preacher, teacher, counsellor and friend to all who cross her path. Celebrating over 30 years of marriage to Bishop Melvin A. Brooks who is the Senior Pastor at New Jerusalem they have three incredible children; Rebecca, Adam and Matthew and son-in-law Patrick, all who serve in the church ministry. You can visit her website at www.Yvonnebrooks.tv or find her on Facebook and Twitter.

Christ’s kingdom people are not to reflect the world but they are to influence the world; they are to be in it but not of it. John MacArthur

Pastor

Connie Brooks

Pastor Connie Mock-Brooks is a native of the island of Antigua in the West Indies. She is the mother of five: Carlos, Anthony, Brittney, Isabel, Sophia and two grandchildren Jaqlyn and Isaiah. She is the wife of Pastor Neville Brooks of Wolverhampton, England. They are the founders of Jubilee International Ministries Pittsburgh, PA. She holds a degree in Business Administration and over the last 20 years has been a successful cosmetology instructor and entrepreneur. She is the owner of CCB Ministries and C.R.A.V.E. She was recently honored by the 2008 Black Chamber of Commerce for a life time achievement award for business. Pastor Connie when asked what she believes is her assignment responded with, “to be a life coach”. Everyone needs one and women for a long time have taken care of everyone and left themselves without a coach. However, we are in the season that I call the “Cinderella Story”, where women are being launched into such prestigious places and positions, and their coach comes along and dresses them for the occasion and positions them

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in their places of purpose and destiny. There are often times when the door is open and seemingly closes abruptly, but our heavenly Father sent out a decree to say that it is not over, whoever fits this shoe shall come to the kingdom for such a time as this” says Pastor Connie. There are three things she states she is assigned to do: • Empower women who have forgotten or misunderstood who they are • Assist women in reaching their God given purpose and destiny • Help women to reach for and experience the love God has for them Pastor Connie’s heart felt message to every woman is, “no one fits your shoe but you, God will finish what He has started, a place has been made for you. If I can do these things in the life of women I would accomplish my assignment not just spiritually but also financially.” This year she is saying let us; “Repair, Rebuild and Restore” things that are important in our lives.


Speaker Profiles

Pastor

Chichi Bismark

Pastor Chichi, affectionately known as “Ma” is the wife of Bishop Tudor Bismark. She is the co-founder of Jabula New Life Ministries and co-Senior pastor of New Life Covenant Church, Harare, Zimbabwe. Her sincere heart for people and her desire for the manifestation of the power of the Word of God in the earth have positioned her as a credible minister in her own right.

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“Ma” and Bishop have been married for over twenty-five years and been blessed with four boys. As an avid reader, seeker of information and a possessor of revelation knowledge, Pastor Chichi will minister to your present need, challenge your boundaries and encourage your faith.

Pastor Chichi is an intercessor, a prophet, a teacher and an encourager to the body of Christ globally. Anointed in the areas of sound biblical teaching, healing and kingdom finance, she along with Bishop Bismark have grown their assembly in Harare into a force of faith and power for the Kingdom of God.

If you have not chosen the Kingdom of God first, it will in the end make no difference what you have chosen instead. William Law

Minister

Arlicia R. Albert

God captured Arlicia R. Albert’s heart at a young age. However, it was not until September 11, 2001 that she truly learned to trust God. The Lord allowed her to experience failure to find that He really loves her. Arlicia was scheduled to be in the World Trade Center Building on September 11th for training classes with her previous employer, Morgan Stanley Dean Witter. However, after failing the Series 7 Exam,

her training dates were rescheduled for a later date. While awaiting her newly rescheduled travel date, she witnessed the tragedy of 9-11 that changed the mindset of America forever. Immediately following the attack, the Holy Spirit comforted her spirit with one verse: “For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the Lord, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.” (Jeremiah 29:11) From that day her response to life has been, “According to His Will, According to His Way, and By His Power, I Shall . . . .” An anointed and dynamic minister of the Gospel of Jesus Christ, Minister Arlicia R. Albert brings forth a life changing ministry that is both powerful and enlightening. The Lord is using Arlicia to encourage women, young people, children, and married couples through her preaching and teaching ministry. It has been her privilege to serve at various women’s conferences and retreats, marriage seminars, youth conferences, workshops, college day services, annual day services, revivals, commencement exercises, and bible study groups. The Lord has afforded her the opportunity to minister to the needs of women through a weekly Women’s

Bible Study group that spreads the gospel within the community and abroad. Under the guidance of the Holy Spirit, Arlicia has answered the call to establish “Daughters of Destiny Ministries” to guide women, ages 2 to 102, to love and live according to God’s word. At present, she is writing a Bible Study Series for women entitled, “According To Your Faith”. Minister Arlicia R. Albert is a member of Antioch Missionary Baptist Church, Beaumont, Texas under the Pastoral Leadership of Dr. John R. Adolph. Beginning each day with prayer and “Time Alone With God”, she ministers to the needs of her gifts from God, her husband Deacon Wendell M. Albert, a Major of the United States Army, one handsome son, Joshua, and two beautiful daughters, Lyndsey and Wendy. Most importantly, Arlicia is Saved, a Born-Again, Bible Believing, Spirit-Filled, Resurrection Sharing Believer in the Lord Jesus Christ!

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Article

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verything we do is a seed and the behaviour that we are exhibiting now is the harvest of the seeds that were sown in our yesterdays.

Not only are bad seeds sown but they are cultivated by us – in the sense that when we realise that we have a rough seed or a weed in our plot (that could be behaviour, attitudes and thinking) we still continue in it and speak life into it; “I can’t help it. This is the way I am” Or “I’m known for my temper “ etc. It may be attention-seeking behaviours or it could be other behaviours from our past that need to be checked at the door of our new life. When we are born again we are converted – so whatever we used to run on previously should no longer fuel us. We try to reap a new harvest from the same old crop (I think this is the definition for madness, you know, expecting new results by doing the same old things). We must come to the knowledge that what is sown of the flesh can only reap of the flesh and what is corruption can only ever be corruption. It cannot evolve into something new and life giving. We fail to make the move from the old to the new because we are confident in our flesh and we are comfortable with existing behaviours.

A Harvest by Pastor Yvonne E. Brooks Pastor, Author, Presenter www.yvonnebrooks.tv

To move into and take our place in the Kingdom we must come to the understanding that earthly rules and behaviours are now suspended. We are given the Bible, the word of God, which is a seed. This is the new packet of seeds that we need to sow from. Whatsoever a man soweth is exactly what he is going to reap. Contained in each seed is all the provision necessary for that seed to come to maturity and bring forth fruit for harvesting. If you have ever planted a seed you will know that you never had to add anything to that seed before or subsequent to planting. The ability to mature had been has been written in the DNA of that seed, there is even enough food in the seed to supply it before it develops roots and begins to take nutrition from the soil. The part we play is; (1) To sow good seed, (2) To create the right environment and soil for the seed, knowing that giving care and attention to it will bring you a bumper crop. As a passionate amateur gardener it always amazes me that legitimate plants need so much care for them to survive, yet the weeds grow seemingly without any help. Left to their own devices they will grow up and choke what you have spent money on, planted and tended. How many seeds have you planted that have not produced the expected harvest for you? Have you invested in your children who have now turned against you? Have you spent time and money on friends who are now no-where to be seen in the time when you need help? Have you sown loyalty and fidelity in your marriage, loving against the odds, yet there is no sign of the outcome you expected? I want to encourage you that if you have sown good seed do not give up. Get out your hoe of prayer and begin to weed out the weeds that have robbed and choked your legitimate plants. Water those same seeds with your tears, keep going until your results come. Do not give up, don’t be weary in well doing for after a while you shall reap if you don’t faint. God is the one who sows, you are the seed, your heart is the soil/ground, His word is the water. He expects an increase. As we pray ‘Thy Kingdom come, Thy will be done’ let us realise that this is not just a prayer, it has to become an action and a mind set. As we make the leap from natural into supernatural, let us not be confused. Remember the things which are seen are temporary but the things which are not seen are eternal.

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Spotlight: Purpose Partners

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What is a Purpose Partner?

A purpose partner is someone who is committed to working with us on our goals and objectives by supporting the ministry financially, with their time and through continual prayer.

GOALS AND OBJECTIVES

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To continually aspire to win souls for Christ by affirming the gospel and living out the commission of Jesus Christ. To raise funds to respond to the immediate and long term needs of women. To invest in the development of women to promote self sufficiency and purpose. Purpose Partners will operate in an organisational capacity while utilising the talents and expertise of all our workers. To maximise funds raised to ensure that we get best value for money.

Where does the money go?

We commit to use all your donations in the areas where they’re needed most and can make the greatest impact both locally, nationally and internationally. Your donations will support: Kenya Project – We send sanitary wear to young girls in Kenya and India who lose time each month from their education because of lack of sanitary wear. Community Hampers – Each month we support families in need within our communities by providing them with a hamper of essential food items. The Store House (Malachi 5 v 10) – We have established a storehouse where we provide emergency food and clothing for those in need. Community Events – We put on a number of seminars each year that will encourage women from churches and the local community to come together to share and learn from each other.

How can I get involved?

Please take the time to complete the enclosed standing order form, or speak to one of the team if you would like to support the ministry financially by giving or by giving your time to supporting one of the areas of the ministry. You can also make donations of dried food stuffs for the Store House.

Partner with us today

We want to thank you in anticipation for prayerfully considering partnering with us to share the Gospel of Jesus Christ and bring relief to the many who are crying out for help. Help us create a World on Purpose, make a profound difference in other people’s lives.

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Spotlight: esther’s academy

3 Years of Esther’s Academy!

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sther’s Academy is a dynamic seven week programme that focuses on accomplishment, character development, preparation, and grace. The programme has continued to grow from strength to strength since its inception in 2008; we have delivered the programme for three years to seventy-nine women. I would like to take a moment to share the history of Esther’s Academy (EA) and celebrate all the women that have been integral to bringing the programme this far. Pastor Yvonne Brooks shared the vision God gave to her; for a programme to be developed based on Queen Esther of the Bible that would equip, empower and refine women. Pastor Yvonne is passionate about ensuring that every woman understands her purpose in God and wanted Esther’s Academy to propel women into their destiny whilst encouraging them to embrace themselves as beautiful, powerful women of God. Pastor Yvonne was also keen to reinforce biblical principles regarding being ‘a lady’. The vision clear, Pastor Yvonne tasked me with the role of appointing and leading a team of women that would take the vision from conception to birth. Much prayer, fasting and planning ensued and God gave us the structure and content for a seven week programme (seven representing God’s perfect completion) which many of you will recognise as one of the UK’s most powerful and impacting programmes - Esther’s Academy.

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Thank God for the team He appointed who have worked so hard over a period of months to ensure that the delegates experience a first class programme year after year. In particular, congratulations and thanks to JoyceIyn St Juste who led on the women’s programme this year in the midst of a testing season for her. I would also like to acknowledge all the tutor’s that have taught on the programme as they are major contributors to the content and success of Esther’s Academy too. I really do want to celebrate every woman and man that has contributed to making EA such a powerful success. I celebrate every delegate who ‘pushed’ to make it to the seven weeks – a sacrifice indeed. A huge thank you goes to Pastor Yvonne Brooks for her vision, support, direction and teaching on this programme. We are privileged to have a leader like you and thank God for your diligence and example of Godly leadership. Bishop Melvin Brooks our spiritual father and covering, thank you for your ongoing guidance and support. I must also thank my husband, Cyrille for his constant support to me as I have led this programme. Thanks also to Min Karl George who taught workshop 6 in year one, Adam Brooks for all his art and design support and Rosemarie Daley of Rising Star Enterprise for designing the website. A heartfelt thank you goes out to all those who have taught on Esther’s Academy over the three years, we hope that you will support us in the same way in the future.

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I have mentioned you all by name and salute you for your sacrifice and service. Novelette Aldred, Adlet Anderson, Rose Anderson, Trevean Anderson, Pat Bailey, Andrea Baker-Reid, Evang. Michelle Bennett, Jackie Brown, Diane Ellis, Elder Bev Ffrench, Samantha Gardner Zcue, Judy George, Sandie Granville, Min Audrey Harvey, Min Judith Henry, Rachel Hepburn, Min Sharon Hunt, Yvonne Jaddoo, Christine Laukam, Min Marcia Levine, Ileen Mitchell, Min Alison O’Connor, Claudine Reid MBE, Nadine Reid, Pastor Androulla Slaven, Val Taylor, Pastor Sandra Thomas and Sovina Vernon-White. Finally, I extend gratitude and thanks to all members of the Esther’s Academy Planning Team, past and present who have worked so hard with me on this project, many of you have taught also. It hasn’t always been easy but the lessons that we have learned on this journey have been invaluable as we stepped out in faith to ‘birth’ this ministry. God bless you all abundantly. Estelle Anderson, Simone Barnett, Bev Beecher, Andrea Codrington, Sabrina Dennis, Margot Green, Aneta Harvey, Liz Muir, Joycelyn St Juste, Janet Taylor, Sharon Thompson and Santella Woolley. Yours in His Service Julia Regis Esther’s Academy Coordinator


Spotlight: Esther’s Academy

The Birthing continues... During 2008, I heard the Lord speaking to me about extending Esther’s Academy in three areas.

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Writing up the complete programme in the form of a resource kit so other churches in the UK and across the globe can deliver Esther’s Academy using our content but have their own tutors deliver it. Praise God, this work has finally been completed and the resource kit is finished. However, we are sourcing funds to enable us to produce the kit in a professional manner ready for sale and purchase.

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Adapting the programme for girls aged 10-13 years and delivering it via a 5 day residential. Another victory report! The favour of God has been awesome and under the leadership of Sabrina Dennis, the team developed a 5 day programme, suitably adjusting the seven workshops delivered on the core programme. We took 15 girls away to a retreat in North Wales and literally soaked them in the Word of God. We chose the name ‘Tohorah’ for this programme as it means ‘purity’ in Hebrew which we felt represented well the aim of the programme. The young girls experienced God in a new way and learned how to pray effectively and be ‘strategic and deliberate’ about their walk with God. We emphasized the need for them to understand that God has a precious plan for their life and demonstrated from the Word how God feels about them. Please visit our display stand to see photographs and testimonials from the girls and their parents.

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Again adapting EA for women who are turning their backs on offending and ultimately taking the programme into women’s prisons. Next month we have a pilot programme scheduled - to deliver to a group of former offenders who are working hard to abstain from reoffending. Please pray that this project will go ahead as planned and that the women will be transformed when they hear the Word. Please pray for this ministry as we continue to build for the Kingdom of God. God bless you.

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Team Member & Administrator for Esther’s Academy

Estelle Anderson

I was called to Esther’s Academy planning team three years ago as the programme was just getting off the ground, not really knowing what my purpose was, or where I would fit in within the team. I accepted the call as I knew this was the area God wanted me to work in. My experience of working in the team has been great. We worked hard to put together a life-changing programme based on our core values of excellence, integrity and commitment and I have seen this programme grow from strength to strength. I have grown so much over the three years by working with the Esther’s Academy team. I have grown in confidence and have even stepped out of my comfort zone and delivered the workshop on Etiquette and Deportment. Esther’s Academy has helped me to discover my purpose in God and has equipped me with great transferable leadership skills which have been applied to all areas of my life. Being a part of the Esther’s Academy planning team has made me realise that “I have been called to the Kingdom for such a time as this”.

Team Member

Sharon Thompson

(NTCG The Rock, Birmingham) There’s so much I could say about my experience as a team member of the Esther’s Academy team. Behind the scenes was so different to being a delegate on the programme. I didn’t know what to expect when I joined, but what I witnessed was all the hard work and commitment that goes into the programme to make it the success that it is. The leaders of the team are responsive and open to suggestions. They also create opportunities for team members to work to their strengths and develop their weaknesses, some of which resulted in team members delivering on the programme. Nothing was taken for granted; they kept us on track and in position with the overall vision. Although I’m not a member of New Jerusalem Church, this has not prevented me from serving on the programme, in fact it has helped me develop spiritually especially in the areas of prayer, fasting and love. It’s a great ministry that has exceeded my expectations as a delegate and as a team member. I’m excited about the future.

Delegate Comments

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Esther’s Academy was simply awesome. I knew I was a Queen but I still lacked direction and motivation. I needed to learn how to access all of ‘God in me’. Esther’s Academy did just that and has helped me to become a better person. Debi Miles-Allen Mount Zion CC, Birmingham

Esther’s Academy is life-changing. It might sound like a cliché but it is a brilliant programme which has helped me to mature, grow in confidence and learn wisdom in relation to God’s word. Kirah Harry New Jerusalem Church, Birmingham

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Spotlight: Sister2Sister

SISTER2SISTER

Breakfast Sat 31st July 2010

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fter much planning, prayer and fasting the day of the Sister2Sister’s prayer breakfast had finally arrived. The prayer was scheduled to begin at 7am, but on entering the sanctuary at 6.40am, women were already present and praying. There was a feeling of expectation, anticipation, hope and excitement in the atmosphere. God had promised to show up and it was evident that He was already present, waiting for us as women to bow down and worship with our prayer and praise. The sanctuary was filled with praise and worship melodies and as the women arrived they bowed their hearts in prayer, emptying themselves before their Lord and King.

The room was filled with a sweet aroma as 40+ women lifted up their hearts and voices as they dedicated themselves to God afresh singing “I give myself away, so that you can use me……….”.

Women were acknowledged as being the central point within almost every family and we were encouraged in our next prayer point, that it was now time as women to forget the things which were behind (Philippians 3v13) e.g. the past hurts, betrayals, disappointments etc and to now become radical and pray for our unsaved family and friends, that God would draw them into the fold. We prayed for the safety and protection of our children and young people, that they would remain focused on God and not to be negatively influenced, along with prayer for healing within families, broken homes, children who have lost parents, against divorce and that God’s covenant of marriage would continue to be lifted up. Prayer was also made for single women and single parents.

We were encouraged to reflect on women in the Bible such as Deborah, Esther, Ruth, Mary, Elizabeth and many others who dedicated themselves in service to God and others. The focus of our prayer point from this aspect was that as women, it was time for us to come together as ONE in Christ and form real and genuine relationships, where trust, transparency

The manifestation of this prayer became evident after one of our sisters had arrived feeling unwell with the possibility of having to go to the hospital. The angels of God were hovering low, God’s presence was high and tangible and as we as women circled around our sister and began to call on Jehovah Rapha our healer, the spirit of healing was so tangible in the sanctuary

The theme for the prayer was “It’s Time” taken from Ephesians 4v4. It was time for us as women to arise and stand in our positions, time to establish ourselves in our God given purpose, time to let go and let God! It was now time for us to give ourselves completely to God so that He could use us for His honour and glory and more so to establish His kingdom here on earth.

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and honesty could be found among us. We were to pray to become women full of integrity, who continuously sought after God in our daily lives and to become each others keepers. Unity, love and acceptance among us as women in the community and internationally was to be one of our desires in establishing the kingdom of God. In order to demonstrate the unity that was needed amongst us locally, nationally and internationally, a circle was formed as the women brought their petitions before God on behalf of themselves, women in the community and also on an international level.

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that anyone who was sick and had not openly declared it could have stepped into the healing water of faith and immediately have been made whole (Acts 3:1-10). The praise, worship and thanksgiving was explosive as the women magnified and exalted God for his gift of healing towards our sister and others. The presence of God, his love and the sweet fellowship of sisterhood was evident on the faces of each women present, and as we continued to hold each others hands in the prayer circle, with tears flowing we sang “Bind us together Lord, bind us together with cords that cannot be broken”. A strong cord of love was wrapped around each and every one of us present and with this we were able to give each of our sisters a gift of love. The gift of love was to declare into each other’s lives one thing that we wished for them e.g. love, peace, happiness, prosperity etc and then pray that wish into existence in their lives. This was powerful as many women testified that the gift of love that was given and prayed for was what they needed and was right on time! The prayer ended with a hearty English and Caribbean breakfast composed of ackee and salt fish, fried dumplings, eggs, plantains, beans ………………. and a goody bag to take home. Since the prayer breakfast we have repeatedly been asked “When is the next one?” both from women within the church and externally. Watch this space because God has begun a work and He will not stop until it is completed! Minister Audrey Harvey Sister2Sister Co-ordinator




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of my future which caused me fear and anxiety. After months of crying and searching everywhere, but in God, for the solace that I needed, I turned back to my ‘first love’, fasted and fell on my face, weak before God in prayer. Daniel too fasted and prayed, but it was not until the 24th day of his fast, that he received a reply. An angel appeared to him and said; “Do not be afraid, Daniel, for from the first day that you set your heart on understanding this and on humbling yourself before your God, your words were heard, and I have come in response to your words.” I had asked God to bring back my adulterous husband for I could not face the idea of being on my own. As Daniel, I waited expecting an immediate answer from God, which did not come. Daniel’s answer had been dispatched immediately, but the Prince of Persia (enemy of our soul) had blocked it (for a while). When I got no reply from God my thought was “God doesn’t care,” I believed that I was undesirable. My husband had left me, why not God also? My favorite modern invention of all time is the fax machine! Why you may ask? I have always been fascinated by the idea that one can place a piece of paper into a telephone (of sorts), press a few numbers and instantly receive (the same) paper on the other end of a telephone line. To me this is a miracle in practical form. It speaks to me of the connection which we have with our heavenly father. He hears our prayers immediately, but as in the case of Daniel, we may not receive the answer straight away.

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ave you ever prayed and wondered if there is a concrete ceiling between you and heaven? This may seem like a senseless question to some; but as many a child of God and Single woman will know, there are so many times when we are faced with trials and challenges in our daily lives, and it would seem that God takes (too) long to respond. I am fairly sure that this is how it may have seemed to Daniel, a young man living a single life, torn away from his family and religious connections by a King, bent on manipulating him for his own purpose. In Daniel 10 we read of his plight; whilst in mourning and fasting (v 3) he speaks of seeing a vision and being left alone. He then goes on to describe how strength left his body and that his comeliness (attractiveness) had turned into corruption. I too can identify with Daniel’s pain. I would compare it to my own feelings following the desertion of my husband ten years ago. I was left alone, with two children to raise, very little income and a mountain of debts. I saw a vision

Returning to my opening question: What blocks our answers? Rather like that fax machine, we press the send button on our prayers, but we can then block the answer by occupying the line. If your phone line is connected to a credit card terminal or used as a printer and telephone, you will need to clear the line in order to receive the reply. So too our communication with the Lord; I prayed to God so many times, but when the answer was not sent immediately, I made every effort to meet my own needs; needless to say I caused myself a great deal of anguish in the process. There is no sense in praying for God to help in times of trouble, and becoming so preoccupied in doing it for ourselves that we fail to stand by for His response. We either trust God, or we don’t. The Lord has brought me ‘a mighty long way’ over the last ten years; it has not all been smooth sailing. I am still raising a child on my own; but I am not alone anymore. I have had to learn to trust the Lord, and to lean wholly upon Him. Does this make me a weak and insecure woman? No! It means that I recognize just how small and insignificant I am in the face of the ‘curve balls’ of life, and I realize that ‘His strength is perfected in my weakness.’ There is no need for me to struggle and worry, I just need to pray and then to trust the creator of the Universe. Isaiah 40:31 “But they that wait upon the LORD shall renew their strength; they shall mount up with wings as EAGLES they shall run, and not be weary; and they shall walk, and not faint.” The answer may not come when you want it, but it will come on time. Just pray, trust God, and (most difficult of all), WAIT. •

Minister Grace Goodridge is the Director of Singles & Single Parent Ministry with the Greater Ft. Lauderdale COG. A well sort after conference speaker, Grace is also the founder of SecretPlace91Ministry.

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ur Father who art in heaven hallowed be Thy name, Thy Kingdom COME, Thy WILL be done on earth as it IS in Heaven. You know we can pray these words parrot fashion until the cows come home, and it won’t make an iota of a difference unless we put some meaning behind them and action into our words. When we first come to Christ many of us have come from a sinful life. Or shall we say, a worldly life. We thought worldly, behaved worldly, spoke worldly, dressed worldly for worldly, in all fairness, was all we knew. Just like this fallen generation, which has no respect for its parents, or elders or superiors. A selfish, self seeking, self centred, rotten to the core, sinful rebellious people seeking thrills of the flesh, drunk on the wines of their foul play and adulteries and sexual immoralities. Many, finding they are not being fulfilled in their journey through life, seeking knowledge of our existence and a reason for our being. In fact the very reason and point to it all. Whatever happens, there comes a point when we turn to GOD. We acknowledge His existence and accept Him into our hearts as Lord of our lives. Most of us are tired of the old way and are seeking a new encounter, a new experience and Holy Spirit fulfillment. So we joyfully settle down to our new way of living, reading the Word & allowing ourselves to be discipled as Children of God, by people we admire and respect… those that the Lord has placed to rule over us. Now we know that once we leave the old life behind then its full steam ahead to embrace the new way of life and pure way of living. Yet some of us in-spite of all we know the good book says, do not surrender all. We hold back in some area or another. We sell Christ short. We are not prepared to go even half the way for Him, even though Jesus went all the way for us. Half measures avail us nothing. What did Our Lord say, of the neither hot or cold. He would vomit them out. Our problem is, we want to be Christians on a Sunday but from Monday to Saturday what are we really like? We want to walk with Christ, yet we want to hold on to worldly ideas and old behaviours.

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How can we do this and be a true follower of the Lord? I came from a very colourful back ground. I knew how to flirt, how to dress to entice men, how to move and captivate them with my seductive spirit. I knew how to get what I wanted, but I never found the peace and fulfillment I was looking for, in the world or in any man. Then I met with Jesus and laid down my rebellious behaviours, for I was seeking a true encounter with Christ. In my walk I found that when I put down my old ideas, and followed the path of God in all things, life became so much better. I didn’t feel so lonely or in need of my mind being consumed with finding my so called Christian husband. I was asked to lay down my life, pick up my cross and follow Him. So off with the seedy glad rags, delivered of the spirit of lust, and an even more beautiful Sally than I could ever imagine emerged from robes of righteousness. When the word said seek and you shall find. It was not telling me to seek a husband and I will find one. It was telling me to seek Him, my Lord, with all my heart, all my mind and all my being. I feel so sad today when I see some of my sisters half naked in the house of God. Short skirts, revealing tops, see though, or tight jeans ... In-short, dressing provocatively. Behaving in seductive manners. Dancing before the men of God like harlots. Seductively looking at them with their tantalizing come to bed eyes and lustful half smiles. And, in the House of God. Oh yes, men are like this too, but I am only speaking to my sisters. I am not judging you. I am merely pointing this out because many deceitful, cunning people are entering our Churches and are coming in looking for all the wrong things. Truth is, a powerful true man of God will not look twice at a women if she behaves in such a manner. He will run a 1000 miles from us just as Elijah ran from Jezebel. These men of God are looking for true women of God. A woman of virtue and righteousness. A woman who is stable in all her ways. Wife material. And God says ‘He who finds a wife is blessed for he has found a good thing.’

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Ladies you are looking for love in all the wrong places. Seek ye the Kingdom first and all else will be added upon to you. Dress becomingly. You are no longer beings of the world, but the daughters of a King. As a child of God, you crawl before no person. As the daughter of a King, they bow before you. “Lead us not into temptation and deliver us from evil “ Sometimes we have been so used to behaving like this we can’t see the harm in it. What is OK for the world, is not OK for the Kingdom. We must be Kingdom minded people, we have gone onto a whole new level, become an hierarchy on earth. With this comes responsibility and accountability. We gain a dignity, a self respect, self worth. We begin to see ourselves as Jesus sees us; as beautiful within our own right. Precious in his sight. We learn to love ourselves as Jesus loves us. We come to know a peace and contentment within, beyond anything we have ever experienced. You see, when we take a good look within and are willing to say, I have defects that are holding me back and I will not be afraid to approach a lady pastor for help and deliverance. I am going to walk the walk and not just talk the talk. I am willing and ready to change. Then and only then we are free and whom the Son sets free is free indeed. So do not say, “Why shouldn’t I be this way! Why shouldn’t I dress this way if I want to. The Men should control their lustful spirits.” No sister, you need to put aside your pride and deal with the temptress that hides within. Accept responsibility for your actions. Be not like Eve in the garden of Eden, tempting Adam to eat of the fruit because she so desired it and was tempted. So look to your Heavenly Father and savour each word as you pray: Our Father who art in heaven Hallowed be Thy name Thy Kingdom come Thy will be done on earth as it is in heaven Give us this day our daily bread and forgive us our trespasses, as we forgive those who trespass against us. And lead us not into temptation but DELIVER us from Evil For Thine is the kingdom the Power and the Glory for ever and ever.




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from Wycliffe headquarters. After much debate, prayer and research, they decided to translate the “kingdom of God” into the Aztec equivalent of “the government of God.” That meaning has always stuck with me, and whenever I see the word “kingdom,” I substitute the word “government.” Many believers refer to themselves and others as “kingdom people.” They mean to say that they are under the rule of King Jesus in their lives and work, and they also identify with those who are waiting for the full expression of the Kingdom of God on earth. In my experience, I have found that Kingdom people should also be “purpose people,” for purpose is your assigned work from the King. If the King assigns your purpose, then your purpose is Kingdom work. Your purpose and spiritual gifts are sovereign choices. God assigns them to you without any consultation with you. He makes one a dancer, another an administrator and still another a preacher. He assigns one to work in the business sphere, another to work in the Church and still another to work in the military. When you find and function in purpose, you are extending the Kingdom of God wherever God chooses to place you. You are saying, “This is where I am to represent and extend the government of God. I do so by being the person the King created me to be and by doing the work He assigned me to do.”

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he kingdom of God. Many refer to it, there are varying interpretations of what it is, but you cannot escape the fact that the Kingdom is what John and Jesus preached about publicly and what Jesus prepared His disciples for privately. In those days John the Baptist came, preaching in the Desert of Judea and saying, “Repent, for the kingdom of heaven is near” (Matthew 3:1-2). Jesus went throughout Galilee, teaching in their synagogues, preaching the good news of the kingdom, and healing every disease and sickness among the people” Matthew 4:23. His disciples asked him what this parable meant. He said, “The knowledge of the secrets of the kingdom of God has been given to you, but to others I speak in parables, so that,,” ‘though seeing, they may not see; though hearing, they may not understand” (Luke 8:9-10) I had a seminary professor who worked one time as a Wycliffe Bible translator. He worked among the Aztecs for many years and was commissioned to translate the Scriptures into the Aztec language. The interesting thing is that he and his team had to develop an alphabet for Aztec, since one did not exist! As they were moving through the Greek to translate, they hit a snag when they came to the phrase “kingdom of God.” They had trouble coming up with an Aztec equivalent for that term and were so stymied that they had to call in help

What are some of the implications for your being a person of purpose as well as a Kingdom dweller? 1. You do not choose purpose. The King chooses it for you. 2. You cannot avoid or procrastinate where purpose is concerned. 3. You can fulfill your purpose in or outside of the Church. God determines your sphere or spheres of influence. When you think of purpose, think of Mary, the mother of Jesus. Why was she chosen as Jesus’ mother? We don’t know. God had His own reasons and He did not apologize to Mary for what He did. He declared that she was highly favored and then told her a sword would pierce her heart! Mary was a Kingdom person, for she accepted her purpose with only one question of how it could be possible. Then the angel answered that the Holy Spirit would do it, she responded: “I am the Lord’s servant,” Mary answered. “May it be to me as you have said.” Then the angel left her (Luke 1:38). How will you fulfill your purpose? You will do so the same way Mary did hers: Through the power and help of the Spirit. You will accept your purpose because it is the King’s will for you and you will embrace your sphere of influence because God has chosen you to extend His government or rule to some particular area of his creation. So the next time you hear or even say the phrase “kingdom person,” I want you to ask yourself “Am I under the authority of God’s government? One way you will know that you are is that you identified, accepted and are actively fulfilling your God-given purpose in whatever area of life and/or the globe that God has ordained for you. There is no greater expression of Kingdom submission than to say like Mary, “Be it done unto me as you have said.” I hope and pray that this is your response to the Kingdom purpose God has for you. if I can help you clarify that purpose in any way, please don’t hesitate to contact me. •

Who Is John Stanko? Since 1991, John Stanko has been involved as a teacher, consultant and coach in the purpose revolution that is sweeping the world. He has written books and developed resources to help people everywhere clarify their purpose and order their world. He has met with and coached thousands, working to help each person be more focused and productive in their life’s work. www.purposequest.com • www.johnstanko.us • www.stankomondaymemo.com

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Before we can pray, “Lord, Thy Kingdom come,” we must be willing to pray, “My Kingdom go.” Alan Redpath WOP Conference 2010 / Thy Kingdom Come

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WOP Activities

Events Esther’s Academy Annual Prayer and Brunch ‘Adorned’ Prepared for the Kingdom Mandate (for past delegates) Saturday 13th November 2010 @ New Jerualem Apostolic Church, Aston Cross

Sister2Sister Community Workshop 26th February 2011 @ New Jerualem Apostolic Church, Aston Cross

So You Want To Get Married? - Workshop 24th September 2011 @ New Jerualem Apostolic Church, Aston Cross

Women of Purpose 2011 27th - 29th October 2011

Schedule 7am prayer sessions are held at NJAC, Aston Cross

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