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Today many people are having an experience described in the Bible. Jesus called it “baptism in the Spirit”: being drenched, saturated with God’s Spirit, the Holy Spirit. This brings emotional and spiritual release. It can be very powerful. Some describe it as like waves of electricity going through them. Some feel wobbly as if they were drunk. Others speak of a feeling of being powerfully loved or like “floating on air”. Some are so affected they fall to the ground. Others sob out their emotional pain and then laugh uproariously as they are hit by a feeling of overwhelming joy. Many are released to “speak in tongues”, in an unknown language of praise to God. Jesus spoke of this (continued on page 4)

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AFTER FIVE people were shot in south-east London, local church and community leaders organised a torchlight prayer march against gun crime which was supported by more than 2,000 demonstrators. “Drugs and guns are a menace to society,” said Pastor Nims Obunge of ‘Peace Alliance’. “We all need to work together with criminal agencies to help vulnerable young people and keep guns off the street”. After meeting PM Tony Blair, Pastor Obunge agreed with other community leaders that what was needed was not more gun laws but an “exit strategy” to encourage teenagers to give up their guns. Source: BBC

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But in these days of hi-tech, we still have an address and lots of people write in. Jesus Fellowship, FREEPOST, Nether Heyford, Northampton, NN7 3BR Across the UK you are welcome to call one of our local churches if they are near you. There are Jesus Army congregations and groups around the UK. They are not all the same size, they meet in different sorts of premises, but they are all made up of people who love Jesus and are ready to help you on in your faith too.

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THE BODIES of three Christian men – two Turkish converts and a German – have been found at a Bible publishing house in Malatya, south-east Turkey. The murderers had tied the Christians’ feet and cut their throats. Two other Christians were found injured – one with severe head injuries, after jumping from a third-floor balcony to escape. Four men have been arrested. The killers are believed to belong to a militant group who want the mainly Kurdish area to become an Islamic state. The murders follow the recent shootings of a Catholic priest and of the editor of an Armenian Christian newspaper. Sources: The Guardian and The Daily Telegraph

Open door: Piers Young (centre) Coventry Jesus Centre manager “WHEN WE first opened the doors of ‘The Bridge,’ our dropin, just one homeless man came in that day. The next day ten came. Since then we have had more than 70,000 visits by 3,300 different people” says Jesus Centre manager, Piers Young. “More than 60 per cent had no home of their own. We have given away more than 100,000 free cups of tea and coffee.” Coventry Jesus Centre is open seven days a week. It opened in April 2002 and includes The Bridge, a drop-in for the homeless and disadvantaged, a cafe (“The Upper Well”) with three computers for internet access, a medical room for a nurse’s weekly surgery, and the “Gateway Hall” – a large venue available for hire. The Jesus Centre is also home to the local Jesus Army which meets there on Sundays.

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Eighteen months ago, the charitable trust that runs Coventry Jesus Centre started a “bond scheme” to help people into rented accommodation. Over 80 people have been housed so far. Most have stayed settled with ongoing support. The Jesus Centre also runs various training courses – money management to healthy cookery – and various groups like “Mums and Tots”, “Over 50s”, arts and performance groups and “Explorers” for first-time spiritual seekers. One of The Bridge’s visitors said: “The place helps pick you up. The food is very good and when you feel really low there is someone there to talk to. It feels like you’re not alone.” www.jesuscentre.org.uk

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Slave Trade Hell IMAGINE. You’re in the hold of a ship. Lying in a space six foot long and one foot four inches wide. You are chained and manacled. Six hundred others are packed in alongside you. It is suffocatingly hot. The stink of perspiration, human waste, and death is overwhelming, as are the shrieks of your fellow “passengers”. Here you will lie continuously for two to four months, on the infamous “Middle Passage” from Africa to America. If you die, you’ll be thrown overboard. And if you live, you’ll be captive until death. It was to end this slave trade that William Wilberforce, 18th century British statesman, reformer and Christian, campaigned vigorously throughout his life. 2007 marks the 200th anniversary of the trade’s abolition in the British Empire. But has it really ended? (See page 3)

Un-chained: 2007 is the 200th anniversary of the abolition of the slave trade in the British Empire

Love Thy Neighbour? AS NEW house-building mushrooms, good relations with neighbours nose-dive according to the findings of a survey by the Office for National Statistics. Since 1972, our UK population has grown by eight per cent, while households with only one person living in them have risen by 30 per cent – from three to seven million. And last year local authorities logged nearly six million complaints from home-owners cheesed-off because their neighbours were so noisy. Six out of ten local authorities attributed this alarming trend to “selfish attitudes” and “a higher expectation of quiet”. Source: National Statistics


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For Nepalese Tseten Sherpa, 26, a walk across London changed the direction of his life... for good AS A SMALL boy, Tseten wanted to be a soldier like his dad. Now he has enlisted – but in the Jesus Army! In July 2005 Tseten’s time in London was coming to an end. It hadn’t worked out, so he was off to Hong Kong. “Work wasn’t any fun. I wasn’t enjoying going to clubs any more. I was really fed up,” he says. Tseten grew up in a boarding school in Kathmandu as his dad, a soldier in the British Army, was often abroad. On leaving college, he moved in with his parents as there was no work in Nepal after the 2001 palace massacre.

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Tseten felt lost: “I was going in the wrong direction. I was having fun but it was empty. I was into dope – that really messed my head. I had to ask my parents for money. Every day was the same.” Tseten came to London – but within two years the same things happened. “Dope was a habit,” he says. “Every night, I used to smoke it. Before, it was a bit of fun; now I had to buy it just to chill out. I was losing control.” Even lack of money didn’t stop him; he just got hooked on alcohol which he could get free at his job in a West End restaurant. “I was really frustrated. What was I going to do in my life?” So, when Tseten met a Christian on the streets of London, he created a powerful impression.

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“I thought Jesus was just a prophet for western people,” recalls Tseten. “But Barry explained that He was a Middle-East person – and that Jesus is for everybody.” Tseten stood and listened for half an hour. When he heard Barry say, “Jesus died for you,” he started crying.

He went to Trafalgar Square, sat down and started thinking to himself. “What Barry said about Jesus was so meaningful. He told me, ‘when you are alone, go to your room and ask Jesus into your heart and He will come to you.’ ” So Tseten went home and did just that. And Jesus came in. The following Saturday was Tseten’s first sight of ‘Church’, at the Jesus Army Festival on Trafalgar Square: “The people were so joyful. I could feel Jesus.” Within three weeks Tseten was baptised as a Christian. Drink and drugs are gone – as his friends can see: “I say my life has changed because of Jesus. They believe me because they can see the change in me.”

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EVERY YEAR the Jesus Army celebrates Jesus in London by a “street party” style march from London’s Marble Arch to Trafalgar Square. On the Square there is a festive rally including song, drama, dance and testimony to the life-changing power of Jesus. This year the Jesus Army will be at

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“I find it really blessed to wear the Jesus Army badge,” says Tseten. “It’s an honour and privilege. I just salute Jesus and wait for His commands.” One command he already has is to let people know about life for Tseten Jesus: “Jesus is the life. He loves you. He can change your life, if you want. You don’t have to do anything. Just believe in Him. “Barry said I could accept Jesus alone in my room and I did. You can too!”

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FACT: the slave trade is not over. According to amazingchange.com, there are 27 million modern-day slaves across the world. That’s 27 million men, women and children trapped in bonded labour, forced labour, child labour, early and forced marriage, slavery by descent and trafficking. Half are children, and of these, there

are 300,000 child soldiers involved in over 30 areas of conflict worldwide, some younger than ten years old. The chain continues. How can you break this chain? Like William Wilberforce did, start with yourself, and the things that bind you up inside – sin. Then, like Wilberforce, you’ll be free to really help others.

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The Holy Spirit: He’s God – and His power is on the loose today! FREE SPIRIT (continued from page 1) ...experience of the Holy Spirit as “drinking of living water” or being “clothed with power from on high”. It’s an experience for all who believe in Him. It’s the way to freedom, a release from all kinds of “hangups”. It brings healing from rejection and mental pain, an escape from drug addictions, with freedom to be your new, holy self. To receive this experience and to get a “free spirit” you’ll need to pray to Jesus Christ or get Christians who have had the experience to pray for you and with you. If you want to be filled with the Holy Spirit, pray like this: Lord Jesus, I believe in You and open my life to You as my Saviour from sin. Now I come to You as someone who is thirsty to receive the Holy Spirit and be filled with love, joy and power. You

said that God our Father would be “ready to give the Holy Spirit to anyone who asks” (Luke 11:13). So here I am asking for the Holy Spirit. I also ask for the “gift of tongues” to be the sign that I have received the Holy Spirit just as You said. I want the Holy Spirit to join me to God’s people, the Church, where I shall find love and unity. I now receive the Holy Spirit and speak aloud in new unknown sounds, knowing as I do that the Holy Spirit will make these sounds into a spiritual language of love. Now close your eyes and begin to let the Spirit fill you and begin to “speak in tongues”. Now get in touch with some local Christians who can help you on the next step (or phone the Jesus Army on 0845 123 5550).

EVER WONDERED how God manages to answer all those prayers at once? How does He manage to stop His heavenly switchboard from becoming jammed? The fact is that God can be anywhere He wants to be and hear anyone He wants

I will send the Spirit to you” (John 16:7). Jesus did wonderful things when He walked the earth – healed, taught, loved – yet He could only be in one place at a time. But the Holy Spirit can be anywhere and everywhere. And He is! He’s on the move today and millions of people are experiencing His life-changing touch. Christians believe that God

experience, here and now, because the Holy Spirit comes and fills them with love and peace and power. Jesus called the Holy Spirit “the Helper”. He comes to help people to find faith in Jesus. He helps them to live a new life. He heals and restores them – inside and out. He fills them with the sparkling, exhilarating, intoxicating life of God. When the Holy Spirit filled

is a “trinity”: three persons – the Father, the Son (Jesus) and the Holy Spirit – but just one God.

the first Christians, two thousand years ago, they were so full of bubbling joy that some onlookers thought they were drunk! They spoke in new languages, supernaturally – the “gift of tongues”. They were filled with love for each other and “shared everything they had”. Such eruptions of holy life have happened millions of times since to Christians in every corner of the planet. That’s the Spirit!

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to hear – all at once. That’s because God is Spirit: an ever-present, all-knowing, loving, powerful Spirit. In the Bible, the Spirit of God is called the “Holy Spirit”. Holy means perfectly pure, untainted, good. “Holy” is God’s personality. Jesus promised that after He returned to heaven He would send the Holy Spirit: “The Holy Spirit cannot come to help you until I leave. But after I am gone,

God experience They believe this because it is what Jesus taught, but also because it is what they have experienced. The Father loves and forgives them. They know it because His Son became a man, Jesus, and died to pay the death penalty for their sins. And it all becomes their actual

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Brothers In Arms War zone refugee, Sri Lankan Luke Ranga, 25, and South African clubber Daryl Coy, 23,

had very different beginnings. But now the Holy Spirit has made them into brothers LUKE HAD never seen guns before. Now machine-guns were being piled up in the 11-yearold’s bedroom.

Government soldiers had taken over all but one room of the family dwelling. Life had been peaceful for Luke and his family before they were caught up in civil war. His father was a fisherman and Luke enjoyed living by the sea in northern Sri Lanka. But closeness to the sea became a huge problem for the family: their home was at an important strategic location. It became the site of a fierce tug of war between gov-

ernment navy forces and the “Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam” (LTTE) – known around the world as the “Tamil Tigers”. Luke and his family were forced to live in one room while soldiers used the rest of the building as a base. It was a terrifying time. To help him sleep, Luke’s mother taught him to pray “Jesus, have mercy on me” – which he did every night. Luke fled for safety to the UK in 1999. In England he was no longer afraid for his life. But 9,000 kilometres away from home, he got mixed up with the wrong people. Demoralized and often drunk, Luke knew that his life was on the wrong track. “Jesus, have mercy on me” he prayed, after another alcohol-drenched night. Meeting the Jesus Army, Luke found himself among friends who talked with him and prayed for him. Soon after, Luke had his first experience of God’s Spirit, which came to him in the middle of the night. His whole body shook as what felt like a strong electric current ran through him.

– back to what He originally had planned for me!” Daryl never saw that man again, but soon after that he went to a Jesus Army meeting. Someone spoke out what they sensed God saying: “It’s going to be your way or God’s way of brotherhood life.” Daryl decided there and then to accept Jesus.

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Now he knows that he’s been restored by God: “I have experienced God’s Spirit burning the old stuff away, cleansing me of what I got into when I was away from Him.” Luke adds: “I could have been a Tamil Tiger, but God wanted me to fight in His army of love with my brothers – like Daryl and others – around me. I'm so happy about that.” (Luke’s name has been changed)

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15-year-old Daryl’s Christian faith was running into trouble. Daryl had got drunker than he’d ever been before – and after that dived headlong into the club scene. But he still woke up every day thinking “What am I doing?” In search of fulfilment, Daryl came over to the UK, but still couldn’t find satisfaction. “Hello my friend! Do you know what this means?” Daryl turned to the stranger on the bus who had spoken to him – and who was pointing to a passage in the Bible he was holding: “I will restore to you the years that the locust has eaten.” Daryl was amazed: “Yes! I do know what it means! God will restore to me the years that I have messed up

LUKE AND DARYL now live in the same Christian community house as brothers. About a quarter of the members of the Jesus Army live together like this in about sixty Christian community houses around the UK. They aim to be like the first Christian Church written about in the book of Acts in the Bible. After the Holy Spirit filled them they “shared everything they had” (Acts 2:44). For info on this community lifestyle check out www. newcreation.org.uk or email streetpaper@jesus.org.uk


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Free! (and still very, very precious)

IF SOMETHING is free, it must be useless and old, right? Not in the case of GRACE – God’s free gift of undeserved kindness to us. There’s a song about this amazing “freebie”. It’s been performed by artists from Ray Charles to Bono. It’s been played on bagpipes and the saxophone. It’s been sung all over the world, and an instrumental version remains the best-selling instrumental single of all time in Britain. It is, of course, Amazing Grace. Its writer, John Newton, was a reformed slave-trader: “Only God’s amazing grace could and would take a rude, profane, slave-trading sailor and transform him into a child of God.” He wrote Amazing Grace after becoming a Christian in 1748 and abandoning the slave trade. The Bible says: “All of us have sinned and fallen short of God's glory” (Romans 3:23). But this is not a reason to despair. The Bible goes straight on to say: “But God treats us much better than we deserve, and because of Christ Jesus, He freely accepts us and sets us free from our sins” (Romans 3:24). 250 years after Amazing Grace was written grace is still freely available to anyone who is willing to admit their true state before God. Jesus is the way back to God if we trust in Him. So ditch your pride, cry out to Him. Then you’ll be able to sing sincerely: “Amazing grace, how sweet the sound that saved a wretch like me.”

Healed from Hep C   A JESUS ARMY member in Northampton has been healed from Hepatitis C. Dennis Mulholland, 44, was diagnosed with the virus in 2001 and was due to start a lengthy treatment plan with bad side effects. He and his friends in the Jesus Army prayed. “I’m a born-again Christian” Dennis told the nurse. “My friends are praying. Can you do one more check before starting the treatment?” The nurse insisted that the virus would still be there and only the treatment would change that. But the check took place. Following this, the hospital wrote to him saying that after a recent test they could find no trace of the disease.

Lovin’ Manchester Puppy dog eyes: did you know anti-slavery champion, Wilberforce, founded the RSPCA? WILBERFORCE had two great aims: the abolition of the slave trade and the “reformation of manners”. On 16 June 1824, he was one of the founders of the Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (RSPCA). The Soci-

ety was set up to help enforce a new law to prevent cruelty to cattle, sheep and horses. But it had a much broader mission – “to alter the moral feelings of the country”. His other good works included prison reform, fair care for

prisoners of war, improving hospitals and the lot of the poor, and reforms around the world. “Faith without works is dead,” says the Bible – but it also says that works without faith are “dead” too. You can’t chalk up credit with God through trying

hard – none of us are up to such an awesome standard of goodness. But when we put our faith in Jesus Christ, God gives us His Spirit – who changes us and helps us live different lives – lives that please Him.

THE YOUTH of the Jesus Army – about 150 eager teens and twenties – flash mobbed Manchester recently. A colourful carnival of prayer paraded through the city’s Canal Street district on a lively Friday night. There was soft-hearted evangelism as hundreds of packets of “I Love You” “Love Heart” sweets were given out to crowds of clubbers. The message that Jesus and Christians love all people went down very well.

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ASBO Nan Finds Freedom Not many grandmas are given a five year ASBO and banned from every pub in town. But Ann Brown, 55, just isn’t “many grandmas” “HE WAS DRUNK. He knocked me to the floor and started stomping on my head and chest.” It was 2005 and Ann and her partner were having a blazing row which had just turned violent. “By the time he finished I was virtually unrecognisable, coughing up blood from a punctured lung, with broken ribs and fingers, burst ear-drums and one eye squeezed out of its socket. “My upbringing couldn’t have been further from the world of drugs and violence that my life became,” Ann explains. “Nan and Mum belonged to the Salvation Army.” By 1970, Ann, now married with three children, had started living a double life. Neighbours knew her as “a bit of a hippy but a good mum who took her children to horse shows and walked miles with her dogs”. But by night she became a different person. “Gradually the parties I went to got wilder and more violent. I had a brown belt in judo and karate and in my forties I took up kickboxing. I enjoyed excite-

ment and prided myself I could handle anything.” In 1976, Ann struck up a friendship with Cyril and Phyllis from the Jesus Army. She remembers Cyril saying “Ann, one day you’ll reach a point when you’ll cry out to God – because He wants you and He’s not going to give up on you!” “I loved and respected them,” says Ann “but I wasn’t ready, then, to give up the only life I knew.” The next years of Ann’s life sound like a paperback thriller blurb. Home grown pot. Arrested for possession. Holloway prison. Arrested for violence. Banned from the county. Eight years on the run. Then one evening in 2005 – thirty years after Cyril’s words – his prophecy came true when Ann’s partner violently attacked her. “I’d probably have suffocated in my own blood but fortunately he was so drunk that he passed out. I was able to drag myself out of the house. A neighbour dialled 999. My partner was arrested and later sent to prison. I was taken to intensive care. “It was a horrible experience. But God used it to bring me to my senses. As

soon as I got out of hospital, friends from the Jesus Army came and prayed for me. That night I had such an amazing experience of God’s love that I shook all over! I knew Jesus died for me and He’d forgiven all my many sins. Soon after, I got baptised and joined the Church.” Ann’s dramatic conversion became the talk of the town. “I have to be honest and say that bits of my lifestyle are taking a while to change. I was in a pub recently talking to people about Jesus when somebody picked a fight. I got right in the middle of it. I ended up in handcuffs. The police knew about my temper and my kickboxing so I got cuffs on my ankles as well. “I must be one of the few grandmothers to be given a five-year ASBO and banned from every pub in town. “But God is changing me. I really am a new person. The best thing is that the new life that God’s given me is a million times more exciting that my old one!”

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Medallions and wristbands: getting the message across BACK IN the 1700s, Josiah Wedgwood was very concerned with reforming British Society, and put his craft and his conscience to work in creating the anti-slavery medallion (above), “Am I not a man and a brother?” It caught on: “Ladies wore them in bracelets, and others had them fitted up in an ornamental manner as

pins for their hair.” Something you wore could show where you stood. What do your clothes say about you? In the Jesus Army today lots of us wear bright red crosses. They show that we are unashamed to be Christians; they also symbolise the blood of Jesus which He shed on the Cross to save us.

Some also wear a blue wristband for “New Creation Christian Community”. It says we dare to be different. We want to create equality, live justice, be free to be the men and women God created us to be. Ditch your iPods, your “consumer gods”, and come and see. (Check out www.newcreation.org.uk for more about Christian community.)

Ann: from kickboxer to Christian


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THE JESUS ARMY is a “Church of the poor”. Those at the “bottom of the pile” are welcomed and find their place. Those with the “advantages” of wealth, talent or education humble themselves. Money and possessions are shared. Talents and skills are given to serving others.

The usual system of things is turned on its head, upended. It’s always meant to be like this with Christians. Jesus said a lot of things about it, like: “In God's kingdom, the ones who are now least important will be the most important, and those who are now most important will be least important” (Luke 13:29-30). God’s kingdom is bottom up – “head over heels in love,” you could say. The Jesus Army has taken this seriously. Some members of the Church even live together in Christian community houses so that they can share more fully. And the Jesus Army has opened Jesus Centres in Coventry and Northampton, with a third due to open in Central London this year. Jesus Centres are places “where the love of Jesus is expressed daily in worship, friendship and help for every type of person”. Visit www.jesuscentre. org.uk to find out what’s happening near you and how you can help. Jesus is a revolutionary. He turns the world upside down. Forget the rich and famous having it all – Jesus upsets all that and takes the rejected, the outcasts, the poor and saves them, gives them significance and purpose – forever.

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JESUS SAID: “God will bless

you people who

are poor. His kingdom belongs to you!.. But you rich people are in for trouble. You have already

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had an easy life!” Luke 6:20, 24, The Bible

Money money money: What price life? IN 1740, a slave was seen as worth about £60. How much is your life worth? God thinks any human life – including yours – was worth His only Son’s death. That’s how much He loves you. “God loved the people of this world so much that He gave His only Son, so that everyone who has faith in Him will have eternal life and never really die.” (John 3:16) “Redeemed.” The word means “paying the ransom price for a slave”. All of us are born slaves to selfishness. The price to “buy” us back to God was the blood of Jesus. God gave, Jesus paid. Now, if we trust in Him, we can be redeemed, come to know God, experience His power and be made new. Pray (talk to Him) like this: Jesus, I admit I’m powerless to change myself. I need You to come into my life, to pour in Your love, Your forgiveness and Your amazing grace. Please save and heal me. I freely choose to follow You for the rest of my life. If you prayed like this, get in touch with some local Christians who can help you on the next step (or phone the Jesus Army on 0845 123 5550).

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http://www.jesus.org.uk/sites/default/files/media/documents/publications/sp80.pdf

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