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JesusLife #70

three/2005 FREE

Jesus Centre Vision

✚ London March and Festival ✚ Talking to Mike Morris ✚ Multiply European Leaders Conference

A UK JESUS PEOPLE MAGAZINE from the Multiply Network and Jesus lowship/modern JESUS army A UKFelJESUS PEOPLE MAGAZINE from(mJa) the Multiply Network and Jesus Fellowship/modern JESUS army (mJa)

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EATING, DRINKING, PRAYING, MARCHING, LOVING, LIVING J Generation in London

28-29 JESUS AT THE FESTIVALS Isle of Wight & Glastonbury Evangelism

LONDON DAY Welcome to church

MULTIPLY EUROPEAN LEADERS CONFERENCE Europe will once again be the cradle of living christainity

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JESUS CENTRES New movement in Jesus Centres

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THE JESUS FELLOWSHIP CHURCH, which is also known as the Jesus Army and includes the New Creation Christian Community, upholds the historic Christian faith, being reformed, evangelical and charismatic. It practises believer’s baptism and the New Testament reality of Christ’s Church; believing in Almighty God: Father, Son and Holy Spirit; in the full divinity, atoning death and bodily resurrection of the Lord Jesus Christ; in the Bible as God’s word, fully inspired by the Holy Spirit. This Church desires to witness to the Lordship of Jesus Christ over and in His Church; and, by holy character, righteous society and evangelical testimony to declare that Jesus Christ, Son of God, the only Saviour, is the way, the truth and the life, and through Him alone can we find and enter the kingdom of God. This church proclaims free grace, justification by faith in Christ and the sealing and sanctifying baptism in the Holy Spirit. © 2005 Je sus Fel lowship Church, Nether Hey ford, Northamp ton NN7 3LB, UK. Reproduction in any form re quires written per mis sion. The Jesus Fel low ship does not necessarily agree with all the views expressed in ar ticles and in terviews print ed in this mag azine. Pho tographs in this mag azine are cop y right Jesus Fel low ship Church un less otherwise not ed. The Jesus Fellowship is part of Mul tiply Christian Net work. Both the Jesus Fellowship and Multiply Christian Network are members of the Evan geli cal Alliance UK.

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Comments from Noel Stanton and members of the Apostolic Team, Jesus Fellowship UK/mJa

churchALIVE ALIVE jesus centre vision

VISION is vital to any church. Vision comes through the Holy Spirit. He is the Spirit of prophetic sight, the giver of dream and vision. Vision is God’s direction for the church. Vision is life. Vision, with faith, produces action and achievement. We, in Jesus Fellowship Church UK, are gradually

activating that part of the church’s vision which involves the opening of Jesus Centres. In doing this we are helped by our many friends with their prayers and gifts. The vision is to establish Jesus Centres in all those cities and towns where our local church is strong enough to provide for the needs of staff

and finance. So far we have purchased property for adaptation as Jesus Centres in Coventry, Northampton and London. The Coventry and Northampton Jesus Centres are now fully open and London is scheduled to open late in 2006. Jesus Centres provide a place of worship for our local church. They also provide daily welcome and care facilities for those in need, including the homeless, asylum seekers and all people groups suffering abuse and rejection. A main slogan is “The Jesus Centre – where every person is valued.” And part of the vision is that where the property lends itself to this, and planning permission can be obtained, some part will be devoted to residential church community, housing members of

the New Creation Christian Community. This has been possible in London where 21 adults and 6 children are in residence. Jesus Centres will always be places of witness to God’s love in Jesus Christ. We want them to be places through which the light shines into the social, moral and spiritual darkness of our times. Jesus Centres show the gospel, even while they speak it. Our experience is that some of those who come to our Jesus Centres respond readily to the friendship, accept Jesus Christ as their Saviour and are baptised, becoming members of the church. We praise God for Jesus Centres. We have vision to eventually open them in other cities such as Birmingham, Leicester and Sheffield.

bombs and blindness I DON’T tend to scour the daily news for hidden actions of the Holy Spirit. But personal coincidences brought the recent London bombings into my focus. I’d visited our new central London property twice in as many weeks. And in the weekends between, attended our Leeds church meetings in - of all places - Beeston, apparantly connected with the bombers. Bomb scares aren’t anything new. In the past, I’ve evacuated from both offices and shopping centres. This turn of events arrested me. I wondered what God may make of it all. The Psalms express gratitude for deliverance from wild beasts, natural disasters, hostility and violence. Today’s society proves resentful and insecure, not humbled - in the face of such threats. Blind, too, to the spiritual power-play that penetrates our daily affairs. Yes, we joined local groups from Beeston in a gesture of community solidarity. But, our own strongest worship times have centred on lifting up Jesus as Lord of all; and our outreach witness, too. This seems our anointing, and vital contribution; and no coincidence to the Holy Spirit. Ian Callard

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“we are christians”

Steve Calam

HUMANISM tells us one story. Revelation tells us God’s story. There are only two people groups: we either worship Jesus or we worship the image of the beast. Revelation 13 tells us that ALL, the poor and the needy as well as the rich and powerful, if not in Christ, wear the marks of this age. What is easier – for the rich to let go of their wealth, or for the needy to let go of their need? The other people group is symbolised by the 144,000. These have a new mark now – on their heart, on their head, and on their hand,

in their worship, in their thinking and in their actions. These are the whole people of God. If we have the name of Christ, what will our mark then be? That we are healthy? Wealthy? Have knowledge of the Bible? No, that we lay down our life. The mark of Jesus the Lamb is that He is slain. He poured out his blood and purchased many for God. We are not here for self-gain; we are called to give our life. The mark that we must bear must above all things be the mark of love, the mark of the age to come.

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AS I WRITE, we have just completed an excellent Bank Holiday Festival Weekend. God’s presence was powerful and hundreds of people responded. Central to the weekend was the need to recover the name “Christian” originally used as a name of

ridicule by opposers. The name “Christian” is mentioned three times in the New Testament, first when disciples were first called “Christians”, presumably as a word of abuse, then by king Agrippa as he responds to Paul by saying “You persuade me to become

final mix THERE is an increasing momentum to fulfil our 2005 target of 450 new members. Baptisms occur weekly, the Holy Spirit is truly moving. The London Day gave effective testimony to God’s grace in Christ Jesus. It was the time of the terrorist bombings and both the Mayor of London’s staff and the police were keen for us to go ahead, and gave full support. Many people were met, with some wanting to belong to Jesus and us. Our UK Jesus Celebrations in Northampton were anointed events with many receiving

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a Christian?”. And the last reference says that if anyone suffers as a Christian they should not be ashamed but under that name glorify God. The followers of Jesus readily accepted this name and, in our day, we need to give it the importance it deserves.

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Two weeks after the London bomb atrocities, the Jesus Army carried a spirit of joy to London with a lively march and fast moving programme of events in Trafalgar Square

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Two mJa members share their perspective on the 2005 London Jesus Day

many nations ONE CULTURE Doris Kahnes reports on the impact made in London by the varied and colourful expression of ‘Church on the Square’.

love conquers hate Jesus Army brought a message of peace and reconciliation to a troubled capital. John Thomason reports.

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THE Jesus Army march was a happy event with young people dancing, banners waving, and songs of praise to God arising. As it arrived on Trafalgar Square, it was accompanied by a small number of policemen, who looked relaxed and even cheerful. The police quickly dispersed as the Jesus Army gathered around Nelson’s

column to celebrate the victory of Jesus. Exactly 200 years ago Lord Nelson (in his ship Victory) had died commanding the English Navy which had routed the Spanish fleet at the Battle of Trafalgar. As the event drew to a close I left the Square to collect a minibus, which took me down Whitehall. As I walked I saw a white police Transit,

and then another. As I proceeded past the Horseguards Parade, I counted no less than 40 police Transits, each with about seven policemen, gathered along Whitehall and even more along Downing Street and the side roads of Whitehall. Then on the other side of the pavement I saw a group of sad-looking activists carrying a large banner which said “NO

HUMAN RIGHTS FOR TERRORISTS”. ‘What a contrast’ I thought. There’s the Jesus Army, hundreds of them, with banners and cards saying “Make Hatred History”, and not 500 yards away a small group of hatred-mongers, surrounded by some 300 police, 40 Transits and police dogs, doing the opposite. The gospel message of the love of

Jesus overcoming hatred is as powerful as ever. The raw demonstration of forgiveness and reconciliation touches many anxious bystanders. As one policeman said to one of our guys after the march: “Your march has been a pleasure to cover, and there is such a different and better atmosphere to the one we had last week.”

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SOMETHING I really find exciting is getting to know new people, like Helene. She lives in a Christian community which is in some ways very similar to the one I live in – it’s just that mine is right here in the centre of London and hers in a small town near Bern. Jesus has transformed her life of instability, drugs and homelessness into one filled with the love, peace and beauty of God. She now lives to love and help others. It is Saturday 23rd July in the morning and we are on our way to Marble Arch, exchanging thoughts and experiences of our different and yet similar lives. I realise again that through Jesus we are made part of the same culture wherever we are, wherever we come from, or whatever we have been through. This will be the first time Helene joins us for our big march from Hyde Park to Trafalgar Square, where we will have a Jesus Festival. Marble Arch is already buzzing with excitement but in view of the recent bombings in central London I’m aware that some of it might be of a nervous kind. Still, there is a lot of laughing and chatting, and

such an interesting mix of people, banners, flags, instruments and loudspeakers on a funny little trolley. Welcome to Church! Helene spots Prisca who comes from the same place in Switzerland and is part of the Jesus Army. They’re jabbering in Swiss and I haven’t got a clue what they’re saying so I go to say hello to some friends of mine who have come from all over the UK. When the march rolls off, Helene and I get back together. Singing and clapping away she keeps making comments like ‘Super!’, ‘Das ist gut!’ and ‘Jesus!’ The crowd of onlookers look fairly puzzled seeing this happy crew of about 1,000 Jesus people marching down the middle of

Park Lane. Trafalgar Square is not its usual self . There’s a big ‘Jesus Army’ banner stuck to Nelson’s column, and a small stage in front of it where a band is playing praise and worship songs as the train of the march quickly fills the whole Square with excited people. Welcome to Church! We spend a good three hours on the Square being church together. Some go a bit wild dancing on the stage, others engage in conversation with people who are curious about what is going on and some offer prayer. A group performs a stage drama which reflects on how Jesus can bring us out of the monotone ‘robot-like’ life into reality. Helene is taken aback by the fact that people from all different kinds of backgrounds and cultures are together in such unity. This October Helene is moving into my community house to do a ‘Jesus Army Training Year’ – she knows now what she is in for! Welcome to Church! JL

(Top left) Jesus Army members march through London’s West End. (Clockwise from left) A dramatic sketch, prayer and celebration on stage in Trafalgar Square.

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Two mJa members share their perspective on the 2005 London Jesus Day

many nations ONE CULTURE Doris Kahnes reports on the impact made in London by the varied and colourful expression of ‘Church on the Square’.

love conquers hate Jesus Army brought a message of peace and reconciliation to a troubled capital. John Thomason reports.

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THE Jesus Army march was a happy event with young people dancing, banners waving, and songs of praise to God arising. As it arrived on Trafalgar Square, it was accompanied by a small number of policemen, who looked relaxed and even cheerful. The police quickly dispersed as the Jesus Army gathered around Nelson’s

column to celebrate the victory of Jesus. Exactly 200 years ago Lord Nelson (in his ship Victory) had died commanding the English Navy which had routed the Spanish fleet at the Battle of Trafalgar. As the event drew to a close I left the Square to collect a minibus, which took me down Whitehall. As I walked I saw a white police Transit,

and then another. As I proceeded past the Horseguards Parade, I counted no less than 40 police Transits, each with about seven policemen, gathered along Whitehall and even more along Downing Street and the side roads of Whitehall. Then on the other side of the pavement I saw a group of sad-looking activists carrying a large banner which said “NO

HUMAN RIGHTS FOR TERRORISTS”. ‘What a contrast’ I thought. There’s the Jesus Army, hundreds of them, with banners and cards saying “Make Hatred History”, and not 500 yards away a small group of hatred-mongers, surrounded by some 300 police, 40 Transits and police dogs, doing the opposite. The gospel message of the love of

Jesus overcoming hatred is as powerful as ever. The raw demonstration of forgiveness and reconciliation touches many anxious bystanders. As one policeman said to one of our guys after the march: “Your march has been a pleasure to cover, and there is such a different and better atmosphere to the one we had last week.”

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SOMETHING I really find exciting is getting to know new people, like Helene. She lives in a Christian community which is in some ways very similar to the one I live in – it’s just that mine is right here in the centre of London and hers in a small town near Bern. Jesus has transformed her life of instability, drugs and homelessness into one filled with the love, peace and beauty of God. She now lives to love and help others. It is Saturday 23rd July in the morning and we are on our way to Marble Arch, exchanging thoughts and experiences of our different and yet similar lives. I realise again that through Jesus we are made part of the same culture wherever we are, wherever we come from, or whatever we have been through. This will be the first time Helene joins us for our big march from Hyde Park to Trafalgar Square, where we will have a Jesus Festival. Marble Arch is already buzzing with excitement but in view of the recent bombings in central London I’m aware that some of it might be of a nervous kind. Still, there is a lot of laughing and chatting, and

such an interesting mix of people, banners, flags, instruments and loudspeakers on a funny little trolley. Welcome to Church! Helene spots Prisca who comes from the same place in Switzerland and is part of the Jesus Army. They’re jabbering in Swiss and I haven’t got a clue what they’re saying so I go to say hello to some friends of mine who have come from all over the UK. When the march rolls off, Helene and I get back together. Singing and clapping away she keeps making comments like ‘Super!’, ‘Das ist gut!’ and ‘Jesus!’ The crowd of onlookers look fairly puzzled seeing this happy crew of about 1,000 Jesus people marching down the middle of

Park Lane. Trafalgar Square is not its usual self . There’s a big ‘Jesus Army’ banner stuck to Nelson’s column, and a small stage in front of it where a band is playing praise and worship songs as the train of the march quickly fills the whole Square with excited people. Welcome to Church! We spend a good three hours on the Square being church together. Some go a bit wild dancing on the stage, others engage in conversation with people who are curious about what is going on and some offer prayer. A group performs a stage drama which reflects on how Jesus can bring us out of the monotone ‘robot-like’ life into reality. Helene is taken aback by the fact that people from all different kinds of backgrounds and cultures are together in such unity. This October Helene is moving into my community house to do a ‘Jesus Army Training Year’ – she knows now what she is in for! Welcome to Church! JL

(Top left) Jesus Army members march through London’s West End. (Clockwise from left) A dramatic sketch, prayer and celebration on stage in Trafalgar Square.

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I AM IN the middle of a six year sentence. Three weeks after coming to prison I became a Christian. From that time I seem to be struggling with my Christianity and feel that I get very little help or support to mature and grow in my faith.

“I thank the Lord for bringing me here and saving my soul.” I have accepted my sentence now and thank the Lord for bringing me here and saving my soul. I know very little about Christianity on the outside, but what little I know concerns me. Things like, people going to church on Sunday but forgetting about Christ for the rest of the week. Also I believe in the divine inspiration of the Bible as God’s holy word, but I’m not convinced of traditional churches’ rules and regulations, that come from man and not from God. Also, I’m getting fed up with the Christians I’ve met since my new birth, being very similar to secular people I’ve met all my life. i.e. they burn brightly to start with, talk about undying love and eternal friendship. Then they disappear and you never hear from them again.

“...be a Christian 7 days a week, 24 hours a day.” Although I’ve got 18 months left to serve, I’m already thinking about my life after prison. I want to do mission work for the Lord and I also want to be a Christian seven days a week, 24 hours a day.

My old life is dead even if my old self keeps trying to resurface from time to time. My family seem to have given up on me except for my youngest daughter, who seems to have a forgiving heart. So, being a very high maintenance sheep, I would like to find a church with a very real commitment to Christ and a fellowship where I can feel at home. N.F. HM Prison Hull

• For information on the Jesus Fellowship’s Prison Release Programme, write to : Phil Ferris, Jesus Fellowship Central Offices, Nether Heyford, Northants NN7 3LB tel: 01327 344533 or e-mail: info@jesus.org.uk

uk statistics ⊗ 128 state run jails ⊗ Current total jail population: 76,038 ⊗ 11 privately run jails ⊗ Average cost per prisoner per year in state jail: £25,718 ⊗ Average cost in private jail: £31,502 ⊗ It costs more than £2 billion a year to run the Prison Service ⊗ Average age of those going to jail is 27 ⊗ There are 5,420 life sentence prisoners, of whom 26 have been told they will die in jail ⊗ 25% of jail population is from minority ethnic groups

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The first fruits

Baptisms in the new London property and future Jesus Centre

The London Jesus Centre may not be open yet but lives are already being transformed by the love of Jesus in action

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place in the courtyard of the London Jesus Centre. About to enter the water are Ishmael and Pablo, from Spain. Apostolic leader, Steve Calam, describes them as the ‘first fruits’ of the new community house and the type of work its members will undertake in serving the homeless. The ‘baptistry’ had been bought, filled and just over a week

haven’t stopped.” The men were homeless when Edwin met them, and the community has been able to help them out with showers, laundry and keeping bags. “We’ve been a family to them that way,” says Edwin. “It was tempting to bail them out by spoonfeeding them – but we didn’t. Now they’ve found work and are getting sorted.” Since June six more people have been baptised in the courtyard – four Iranians, one English and one Nepalese. “What we’ve done since we’ve been living here has encapsulated what we want to do in the Jesus Centre when it opens,” says Steve. The water’s lovely – come on in!

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IT’S SUNDAY 26 June, in the afternoon, and the chapel bell is ringing in the new Battlecentre in central London. In response to the bell, all around the lightwell windows are flung open and smiling faces appear. Down in the courtyard yet more people are gathering around a children’s paddling pool. They are watching the first baptisms to take

before, on Friday 17 June, the J Gen (aged 15-35) had gathered around it and prayed, asking God to fill it with people. Edwin Jindu first met Ishmael about three weeks after the community moved from Acton. “We were just excited about moving here!” he says. “So I wrote on a board ‘God loves you’, hooked it on my neck – like a sandwich board - and took one of my kid’s skateboards out. People were just amazed. ‘What’s that guy all about?’ they said. One of them was Ishmael and I invited him over. “Ishmael and Pablo were good friends, so next time Pablo came too. Soon they became part of us. They started coming around regularly and

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Channels of God’s power

The Northampton Jesus Centre’s healing prayer group has witnessed some remarkable events. Jesus Life reports.

“HEALING RAYS, the name of the group, comes from Malachi: ‘But for you who fear My name, the sun of righteousness will rise with healing in its wings,’” explains team member Dave Howell. “In a book on healing, I discovered ‘wings’ could also be translated as ‘rays’.” Twenty-nine years ago Dave was told he had the ministry of intercession. “After a while I realised it was my particular ministry, and moved into a healing gift,” he recalls. “The first brother I prayed for, we were amazed to see the pain went!” Every Tuesday morning Dave, together with Ann and Tony, assemble in one of the Jesus Centre’s skills rooms and wait to see who will come through the door. “The three of us work very well as a team,” says Ann. “Tony is very prophetic. Dave brings healing and deliverance. And I have discovered a gift of discernment.” All sorts of people, Christian and non-Christian, come looking for healing for their body, soul or

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spirit. Ann has seen many ‘God happenings’ with the group. “One lady was obviously very distressed. People are usually reticent but she just sat down and started talking. She had grown up knowing God (her dad was a vicar), but had rebelled and delved into the occult and hypnosis. Now she was climbing walls, literally, was about to be prescribed anti-psychotic drugs, and was really scared. ‘Help me please,’ she said to God. “We spent the whole two hours with her. She arrived stooped and sad, and went out glowing! “The next week she was back with a friend who wanted to get herself right with God. We encouraged them in their vision to start healing ministry in their own church. “Another week, two elderly ladies came in. One had severe sciatica. I had a word of knowledge: ‘By this evening you’re not going to have any pain.’ And she didn’t – not that we knew that for some time afterwards! “A young South African was

referred to us by another church member. He had been very badly damaged, first by rejection from his birth mother, then by abuse from a step-parent, and finally, by a very bad trip after eating some magic mushrooms. We did our usual praying bit. Dave led him through a prayer of repentance, he was filled with the Holy Spirit and he started to speak in tongues.” Church members are welcome to join the group too. “One member with HIV has been so much better since he has been receiving regular prayer. His doctor says he’s the healthiest HIV patient he has!” says Ann. “We are just the channels of God’s power,” says Tony, “and as we are obedient to Him, He can do what he wants through us.” “Being an intercessor has given me more empathy for people,” concludes Dave. “And seeing results is a tremendous encouragement to believe for more things to happen. “We just want more people to come along!”

His doctor says he’s the healthiest HIV patient he has!

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For tutor and students the Coventry Jesus Centre literacy class has proved a stepping stone to new things

A lifelong dream fulfilled “IT’S COME together against the odds because God’s been in it” is how tutor Kathryn Guille describes her literacy class. Kathryn had always wanted to teach. “I wanted to help people - to find work, to improve their basic skills, to build their confidence - to reach their potential,” she explains. The dream started small in 2001 with voluntary work on an ESOL course. Then came one-to-one help with reading, writing and spelling, voluntary group work in community centres and an initial certificate in teaching Basic Skills Literacy. Eventually, in September 2003, Kathryn established a course at the Jesus Centre for drop-in clients. The next hurdle was finding a placement for a City and

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Guilds Certificate in FE Teaching: “Normally, you are sent on a course by your employer; I put myself forward. The Jesus Centre was accepted as my placement. So, informal teaching became a formal, externally assessed course.” Then she applied to Coventry City Council for a tutor’s post: “I got it plus they approached me about them becoming providers of the Jesus Centre course. I had prayed a lot about this but did not feel I could raise

it myself. “So the course I set up without a teaching background was taken under the Council’s wing, meaning we have books, tapes, expert advice/monitoring and more at our disposal.” The class includes those at pre-GCSE level, asylum seekers, people with learning difficulties and those with mental health problems. “Catering for differences can be a challenge!” says Kathryn. “You need to get to know people – to find out their motivation and what they want to achieve.” Students can enter for nationally-rec-

ognised qualifications or be awarded Certificates of Achievement at the end of the academic year: “One asylum seeker has entered for City and Guilds Entry Level Reading and Writing. He could hardly read or write at all: now he can read short text and understand local signs. And two students with learning difficulties have gone from not being able to write their name to being able to write a sentence independently.” Kathryn’s manager at Coventry Adult Education presented certificates to the students at the end of the year and commented on the marked improvements she saw.

Of one, she said: “You’ve done wonders with him.” Most class members are affiliated to the church, and two have been baptised. “The course has been a means of drawing people in who would have been on the edges,” explains Kathryn. In the pipeline are a numeracy class and a confidence-building course. The literacy class, which has been an affirmation of Kathryn’s dream to teach, has had a surprise outcome for her too: “I’m finding my personal potential in helping other people reach theirs!” JL

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Channels of God’s power

The Northampton Jesus Centre’s healing prayer group has witnessed some remarkable events. Jesus Life reports.

“HEALING RAYS, the name of the group, comes from Malachi: ‘But for you who fear My name, the sun of righteousness will rise with healing in its wings,’” explains team member Dave Howell. “In a book on healing, I discovered ‘wings’ could also be translated as ‘rays’.” Twenty-nine years ago Dave was told he had the ministry of intercession. “After a while I realised it was my particular ministry, and moved into a healing gift,” he recalls. “The first brother I prayed for, we were amazed to see the pain went!” Every Tuesday morning Dave, together with Ann and Tony, assemble in one of the Jesus Centre’s skills rooms and wait to see who will come through the door. “The three of us work very well as a team,” says Ann. “Tony is very prophetic. Dave brings healing and deliverance. And I have discovered a gift of discernment.” All sorts of people, Christian and non-Christian, come looking for healing for their body, soul or

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spirit. Ann has seen many ‘God happenings’ with the group. “One lady was obviously very distressed. People are usually reticent but she just sat down and started talking. She had grown up knowing God (her dad was a vicar), but had rebelled and delved into the occult and hypnosis. Now she was climbing walls, literally, was about to be prescribed anti-psychotic drugs, and was really scared. ‘Help me please,’ she said to God. “We spent the whole two hours with her. She arrived stooped and sad, and went out glowing! “The next week she was back with a friend who wanted to get herself right with God. We encouraged them in their vision to start healing ministry in their own church. “Another week, two elderly ladies came in. One had severe sciatica. I had a word of knowledge: ‘By this evening you’re not going to have any pain.’ And she didn’t – not that we knew that for some time afterwards! “A young South African was

referred to us by another church member. He had been very badly damaged, first by rejection from his birth mother, then by abuse from a step-parent, and finally, by a very bad trip after eating some magic mushrooms. We did our usual praying bit. Dave led him through a prayer of repentance, he was filled with the Holy Spirit and he started to speak in tongues.” Church members are welcome to join the group too. “One member with HIV has been so much better since he has been receiving regular prayer. His doctor says he’s the healthiest HIV patient he has!” says Ann. “We are just the channels of God’s power,” says Tony, “and as we are obedient to Him, He can do what he wants through us.” “Being an intercessor has given me more empathy for people,” concludes Dave. “And seeing results is a tremendous encouragement to believe for more things to happen. “We just want more people to come along!”

His doctor says he’s the healthiest HIV patient he has!

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For tutor and students the Coventry Jesus Centre literacy class has proved a stepping stone to new things

A lifelong dream fulfilled “IT’S COME together against the odds because God’s been in it” is how tutor Kathryn Guille describes her literacy class. Kathryn had always wanted to teach. “I wanted to help people - to find work, to improve their basic skills, to build their confidence - to reach their potential,” she explains. The dream started small in 2001 with voluntary work on an ESOL course. Then came one-to-one help with reading, writing and spelling, voluntary group work in community centres and an initial certificate in teaching Basic Skills Literacy. Eventually, in September 2003, Kathryn established a course at the Jesus Centre for drop-in clients. The next hurdle was finding a placement for a City and

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Guilds Certificate in FE Teaching: “Normally, you are sent on a course by your employer; I put myself forward. The Jesus Centre was accepted as my placement. So, informal teaching became a formal, externally assessed course.” Then she applied to Coventry City Council for a tutor’s post: “I got it plus they approached me about them becoming providers of the Jesus Centre course. I had prayed a lot about this but did not feel I could raise

it myself. “So the course I set up without a teaching background was taken under the Council’s wing, meaning we have books, tapes, expert advice/monitoring and more at our disposal.” The class includes those at pre-GCSE level, asylum seekers, people with learning difficulties and those with mental health problems. “Catering for differences can be a challenge!” says Kathryn. “You need to get to know people – to find out their motivation and what they want to achieve.” Students can enter for nationally-rec-

ognised qualifications or be awarded Certificates of Achievement at the end of the academic year: “One asylum seeker has entered for City and Guilds Entry Level Reading and Writing. He could hardly read or write at all: now he can read short text and understand local signs. And two students with learning difficulties have gone from not being able to write their name to being able to write a sentence independently.” Kathryn’s manager at Coventry Adult Education presented certificates to the students at the end of the year and commented on the marked improvements she saw.

Of one, she said: “You’ve done wonders with him.” Most class members are affiliated to the church, and two have been baptised. “The course has been a means of drawing people in who would have been on the edges,” explains Kathryn. In the pipeline are a numeracy class and a confidence-building course. The literacy class, which has been an affirmation of Kathryn’s dream to teach, has had a surprise outcome for her too: “I’m finding my personal potential in helping other people reach theirs!” JL

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Saved from the dark tunnel! and talking about the occult. I left home and moved into a bed-sit with my girlfriend. We spent all our money on music festivals, LSD, speed, dope and drink and experimented with the supernatural. Some pretty scary things happened. As dark powers got hold of me, the future looked bleak and my whole life seemed to be heading towards despair. “A lot of things happened in a few years

‘As dark powers got hold of me, the future looked bleak’

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TANDING INSIDE the dark railway tunnel, fourteen-year-old Paul Veitch could see and hear the train thundering towards him. It registered somewhere in his brain that there were two choices he could make. He could flatten himself against the wall and the train would miss him. Or he could stay where he was, walking calmly along between the lines, and be smashed to pieces. He’d spent the afternoon sniffing glue. It was evening, now, and by this time he was so high that it seemed irrelevant to him which choice he made. “To this day,” says Paul, “I have no idea why I moved away at the last minute - the glue had made me completely indifferent to what happened to me! “About six of us lads used to get together in the evenings looking for excitement and

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doing silly things. Mucking about on the railway, throwing stones at the trains was the latest buzz. Then we moved on to something else - like stealing motorbikes and burgling houses.” Soon after this, in the summer of 1982, the lads got hold of airguns and went on a midnight rampage, smashing up a school and setting fire to two caravans used for storing equipment. Paul got caught and was locked up for six weeks ‘short, sharp, shock’ in the local Detention Centre, charged with vandalism and burglary. “I think I started to get out of control when Mum and Dad split up when I was about seven. Before this, I’d been a fairly stable, outgoing lad. Our council estate was a rough one but up to this time I’d had simple, harmless interests like kicking a ball about with my mates or making camps with

them in the woods round the seaside town of Hastings where I was born in 1968. “As a child I had bad, unsightly eczema, which got me a lot of teasing at school but I coped OK until Dad moved out. My security and my sense of boundaries seemed to move out with him. Mum did her best, but without a dad I got rapidly out of control and by the early 80s I’d got drawn into the local yob culture.” By the time Paul was sixteen, he’d left school with few qualifications, dropped out of college after a few months studying engineering on the YTS scheme and started to go down a tunnel far darker than the one on the railway - the occult. “I met a man at work who was a witch in a coven. I was drawn to him as I felt he had spiritual power. He became a close friend and we spent hours together smoking pot

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of manic teenage stuff which culminated in me meeting a friend of a friend in the drug scene, who offered me a lot of money doing drug runs for him. “He was a very evil, demonic man and he really oppressed me, holding power over me by saying that he’d hurt my family if I didn’t do what he said. I lost my job and for a few months I saw him most days. Awful things happened. As the demonic, psychological pressure built up, I got withdrawn and paranoid.” By late 1985, Paul was in a different scene. He had a new girlfriend and they planned to drop out of society altogether and travel abroad - Paul had always been interested in experiencing different cultures. One day, when Paul was seventeen, he was crossing Hastings on his way to a club, when he felt drawn to a group from the Jesus Fellowship, talking to people out on the street. “They befriended me and I found out later that some of them began to pray for me in earnest. Two months later, two of the

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team visited me. As they described what the gospel of Jesus meant, the words mysteriously hit home and I felt the whole of my life rocking on its foundations. It was if God revealed Himself to me personally and I knew that Jesus was God. All that searching through the occult I had never found an answer - now I knew I’d discovered reality and the source of life itself! Without any hesitation I gave my life to Jesus. When I went back with them to their community house in Hastings I was bowled over by the love and harmony as I saw people living together for Jesus. I’d just found Jesus. Now I’d found home!” Two months later, Paul moved up to one of Northamptonshire houses and committed himself to Christian community. “I found a wholeness coming into my life

‘I felt the whole of my life rocking on its foundations’ and a deep feeling of coming home. I felt that my life wasn’t for this world any more but I wanted to devote myself to God and His people. Whenever people at church mentioned celibacy my heart leapt for joy and in late 1988 I accepted the gift from God - it just seemed a natural move after finding home and my heart being captured by Jesus and His church!” Nearly twenty years in community have brought many different phases of spiritual life to Paul - and some of them have been like the dark tunnel again. “Healing of any kind takes time - it doesn’t happen overnight. It’s a long process but - if you let Him - God makes it a

Paul has known God’s healing

thorough process. We make many mistakes but God can hold us through them. Some years have felt a bit like God taking me fully apart and I’ve had to pray in faith: ‘Lord put me back together again - a stronger person!’ “I’ve had times of sickness and of backsliding and a time when I’ve had to move out of community for a short time and then make a fresh start - but at such times my vows, my hope in God and my love for the church have held me. “When difficult situations have come up and we can’t see the end of the tunnel, it’s like God takes us to places where we don’t actually want to go and makes us face up to ourselves. We see that God is sovereign and He knows what we are and what we go through and He knows what’s best for us, even though we don’t understand. “I feel I have just come through such a time - and God has put me on my feet again in a new way and given me a job to do at the Northampton Jesus Centre. I’ve always had an empathy with people who have been op-

‘Lord put me back together again - a stronger person!’ pressed or going through hard situations. “It’s good to look back at all the tough times I’ve had and see that nothing is wasted with Him and all my difficult times have helped me to get close to people and offer them genuine hope!” JL

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Just one step from death, Paul had a split second decision to make

Saved from the dark tunnel! and talking about the occult. I left home and moved into a bed-sit with my girlfriend. We spent all our money on music festivals, LSD, speed, dope and drink and experimented with the supernatural. Some pretty scary things happened. As dark powers got hold of me, the future looked bleak and my whole life seemed to be heading towards despair. “A lot of things happened in a few years

‘As dark powers got hold of me, the future looked bleak’

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TANDING INSIDE the dark railway tunnel, fourteen-year-old Paul Veitch could see and hear the train thundering towards him. It registered somewhere in his brain that there were two choices he could make. He could flatten himself against the wall and the train would miss him. Or he could stay where he was, walking calmly along between the lines, and be smashed to pieces. He’d spent the afternoon sniffing glue. It was evening, now, and by this time he was so high that it seemed irrelevant to him which choice he made. “To this day,” says Paul, “I have no idea why I moved away at the last minute - the glue had made me completely indifferent to what happened to me! “About six of us lads used to get together in the evenings looking for excitement and

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doing silly things. Mucking about on the railway, throwing stones at the trains was the latest buzz. Then we moved on to something else - like stealing motorbikes and burgling houses.” Soon after this, in the summer of 1982, the lads got hold of airguns and went on a midnight rampage, smashing up a school and setting fire to two caravans used for storing equipment. Paul got caught and was locked up for six weeks ‘short, sharp, shock’ in the local Detention Centre, charged with vandalism and burglary. “I think I started to get out of control when Mum and Dad split up when I was about seven. Before this, I’d been a fairly stable, outgoing lad. Our council estate was a rough one but up to this time I’d had simple, harmless interests like kicking a ball about with my mates or making camps with

them in the woods round the seaside town of Hastings where I was born in 1968. “As a child I had bad, unsightly eczema, which got me a lot of teasing at school but I coped OK until Dad moved out. My security and my sense of boundaries seemed to move out with him. Mum did her best, but without a dad I got rapidly out of control and by the early 80s I’d got drawn into the local yob culture.” By the time Paul was sixteen, he’d left school with few qualifications, dropped out of college after a few months studying engineering on the YTS scheme and started to go down a tunnel far darker than the one on the railway - the occult. “I met a man at work who was a witch in a coven. I was drawn to him as I felt he had spiritual power. He became a close friend and we spent hours together smoking pot

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of manic teenage stuff which culminated in me meeting a friend of a friend in the drug scene, who offered me a lot of money doing drug runs for him. “He was a very evil, demonic man and he really oppressed me, holding power over me by saying that he’d hurt my family if I didn’t do what he said. I lost my job and for a few months I saw him most days. Awful things happened. As the demonic, psychological pressure built up, I got withdrawn and paranoid.” By late 1985, Paul was in a different scene. He had a new girlfriend and they planned to drop out of society altogether and travel abroad - Paul had always been interested in experiencing different cultures. One day, when Paul was seventeen, he was crossing Hastings on his way to a club, when he felt drawn to a group from the Jesus Fellowship, talking to people out on the street. “They befriended me and I found out later that some of them began to pray for me in earnest. Two months later, two of the

www.jesus.org.uk

team visited me. As they described what the gospel of Jesus meant, the words mysteriously hit home and I felt the whole of my life rocking on its foundations. It was if God revealed Himself to me personally and I knew that Jesus was God. All that searching through the occult I had never found an answer - now I knew I’d discovered reality and the source of life itself! Without any hesitation I gave my life to Jesus. When I went back with them to their community house in Hastings I was bowled over by the love and harmony as I saw people living together for Jesus. I’d just found Jesus. Now I’d found home!” Two months later, Paul moved up to one of Northamptonshire houses and committed himself to Christian community. “I found a wholeness coming into my life

‘I felt the whole of my life rocking on its foundations’ and a deep feeling of coming home. I felt that my life wasn’t for this world any more but I wanted to devote myself to God and His people. Whenever people at church mentioned celibacy my heart leapt for joy and in late 1988 I accepted the gift from God - it just seemed a natural move after finding home and my heart being captured by Jesus and His church!” Nearly twenty years in community have brought many different phases of spiritual life to Paul - and some of them have been like the dark tunnel again. “Healing of any kind takes time - it doesn’t happen overnight. It’s a long process but - if you let Him - God makes it a

Paul has known God’s healing

thorough process. We make many mistakes but God can hold us through them. Some years have felt a bit like God taking me fully apart and I’ve had to pray in faith: ‘Lord put me back together again - a stronger person!’ “I’ve had times of sickness and of backsliding and a time when I’ve had to move out of community for a short time and then make a fresh start - but at such times my vows, my hope in God and my love for the church have held me. “When difficult situations have come up and we can’t see the end of the tunnel, it’s like God takes us to places where we don’t actually want to go and makes us face up to ourselves. We see that God is sovereign and He knows what we are and what we go through and He knows what’s best for us, even though we don’t understand. “I feel I have just come through such a time - and God has put me on my feet again in a new way and given me a job to do at the Northampton Jesus Centre. I’ve always had an empathy with people who have been op-

‘Lord put me back together again - a stronger person!’ pressed or going through hard situations. “It’s good to look back at all the tough times I’ve had and see that nothing is wasted with Him and all my difficult times have helped me to get close to people and offer them genuine hope!” JL

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talking to Mike Morris

Following a Master’s Degree from Oxford University, Mike Morris worked for eight years with Youth for Christ, becoming director of strategic planning. He was also one of the founders of Spring Harvest in 1979. This was followed by 12 years providing innovation and leadership in the Evangelical Alliance.

Mike is a trainer, speaker, lecturer and writer. He is married to Katey and lives in Southsea in an extended household exploring realised community. In this interview he talks to Huw Lewis, editor of Jesus Life and part of the Apostolic Team of the Jesus Fellowship.

This was St. Edmund Hall, Oxford, with a group of Jesus Fellowship students around, including myself! Yes! At the coffee evening I was directed to St. Aldates Church, which had an evangelistic cell group for people who weren’t necessarily vicars. Unexpectedly, I went along on my own. The Bishop of Coventry was preaching and I sensed God speaking directly to me. At first I just sat there, embarrassed - I simply couldn’t get out of my seat to

respond. Eventually, I came forward, and that began my journey as I committed my life to Christ. Where did you go from there? I had to do a lot of unlearning as well as a lot of learning! I am grateful to St. Aldates because I got put in a very caring beginners’ group with helpful basic discipleship. We were encouraged to go on a mission, so I got right into evangelism from the start. I remember being told to get on a soap box on a Sunday evening to do preaching. I was soon pulled down because my left wing socialist views got confused with my Christian salvation testimony. I was berating people as though I was a trade union shop steward! After about two years of that I got very dried out, feeling that it was all really hard work – I felt there must be something more. It was at that point that Clive Calver and Graham Kendrick came into town to speak on the baptism of the Spirit. I went forward for prayer, and got com-

representative from the European Parliament, to secure the freedom for evangelical believers to hire buildings to hold their meetings. I just happened to be there after a whole congregation had been released from prison after a week inside. Their level of love, support and the reality of Christianity as a family of relationships was all very humbling.

‘The dominant spirit of the age privatises our salvation’

In 1999, he helped set up Peaceworks, a cross-cultural mediation service.

HUW: What were the key things that shaped your spiritual journey? MIKE: I was a total atheist when I went to Oxford University. Someone from the Christian Union visited me in my room and was able to answer all the many practical questions about university life I asked. He was really helpful! He invited me to a coffee evening and I turned up because he had made a deep impression on me.

I did eight years with them in various guises. We moved every 18 months to different parts of the country. I was on the national staff. We then followed Clive to the Evangelical Alliance. He’d become the director and he asked me to come up with a framework of what the Alliance should be aiming at. I was strongly convinced that the Alliance needed to have a commitment to the ‘social agenda’ - working with the excluded and ensuring that the gospel was clearly and coherently presented to those who are at the margins. Also, I sensed the importance of our responsibility for the persecuted church. We needed to act as a voice for those without a voice, to dialogue with the suffering church so we could find out what level of support they wanted. Prayer was fine but there was also the need to take specific action.

pletely zonked out of my head with the power of God. That was a massive change - I began to find a new reservoir of life. Were you still at college at that stage? Yes. I was saved when I was in my very first term and then I met Katey, now my wife, who wasn’t a Christian and was doing teacher training at Westminster College. I led her to the Lord and we saw a tremendous move of the Holy Spirit there. Where did God take you after university? We went up to Wolverhampton to work with Clive Calver who was heading up Youth for Christ. It was the year before we got married. Katey got a teaching job and we ended up leading a team at ‘Youth for Christ’. We went into schools, preaching the gospel. It was fantastic! So how long were you involved with Youth for Christ?

Where did you go next? I was asked by Clive to set up what was then called the Department of Social and Foreign Affairs. That began to move the Alliance back into engaging with the social and political environment, without trading down on the gospel. The other side was carrying a passion for the suffering church. Eventually, someone else took on the social side and I stayed on the international side, working for the persecuted church. Do you feel that you initiated anything that made a difference in that time? One of the things I was learning was to listen to what the people on the ground were saying. I was deeply moved in Turkey, working with Sir Fred Catherwood, who was there as special

You were also involved in Spring Harvest at that stage. Yes. Clive teamed up with Pete Meadows, who was editor of Buzz magazine, and they needed someone to put the mechanics of a Christian interdenominational training conference together. I’m not too good an administrator, so that was a challenge, and little did I know what I was letting myself in for! But in 1978, we launched the idea and in 1979 the first Spring Harvest took place. I set it up and was the bottle washer and first chief executive for the first two years. I’m a starter and an initiator, but not such a good finisher. After the Evangelical Alliance you changed directions. Two things happened. First of all God said to me to come out of the Alliance. I was stepping into an unknown oblivion. At the same time, Katey was diagnosed with multiple sclerosis. We didn’t know what that would mean, but in the short term it certainly involved being available in the home with her, to pray, dialogue and journey in that experience together. I began to explore and looked at how other traditions had engaged with God. It was a bit of a self-taught crash course in what I call ‘spiritual formation’ - basically how we sustain spiritual life, both personally and corporately. And at what point did you get in-

volved with Revelation Church? When I left Youth for Christ. We moved down to the South Coast, after talking to Roger Ellis, sensing that God was saying that I needed to find a home for me and Katey. We were linked in with the Pioneer Network. Where did the focus on spiritual formation lead you? I began to see the importance of spiritual life being outworked co-operatively and relationally, not just personally and privately. So easily the dominant spirit of the age privatises our salvation. I am deeply dependent upon other people. I’ve hooked into a phrase of Ron Sider’s from his book, ‘Rich Christians in an Age of Hunger’: Total availability to one another, and unlimited liability for one another. That has become a foundational principal of how to steer my life and build people together. You’ve always lived in an extended family situation since you got married. How has that changed you? Six weeks after we were married, we had two people living with us – they came with the house that we bought! We learned some painful lessons, realising that you can’t assert one person’s rule over everybody else’s or it becomes tyranny. We saw the need to have conversation and dialogue, understanding that there have to be certain ground rules to make the whole thing work. Everybody involved has to have a bigger vision than just their own private satisfaction and private needs.

husband, a former leader of the church, had walked out on her. She turned up just for a few weeks to get her head together, and she’s still with us today! I wear my heart on my sleeve and I’m reactive. So if something triggers me the wrong way, I explode outwardly, but a lot of us have different foibles or bad practice that goes on within the privacy of our own homes but it’s never discipled appropriately. I am discipled by the love and commitment of the brethren, and the courage of people to face me up with my own weaknesses. Why hasn’t community been worked through by more Christians? Too often people are looking for something for themselves out of community - it’s more about taking than it is about giving. One of the things we have to agree to together in community is that it’s about discipleship. The second thing is that people are looking for personal advancement. There’s quite a lot of selfishness around. Usually people want community but they also want to retain private wealth, private position and a way out. They want all the benefits of relationship and shared life in Christ together, but at the same time they want to keep their little nest egg or escape route. Why is the monastic

‘Prayer was influence important to you? Firstly, because fine but there of their whole was the need to take commitment to an ordered rhythm of life, specific action’ which has Christ

There was a discipleship element? Totally. I think that discipleship works both ways. Jane came to be with us when she was seven months pregnant and her

at the centre. The other thing I’ve learned is the importance of their vows. These vows emerged out of a desire to give themselves completely over to God and His kingdom purposes, which begins to shape life. Having some sort of compass V V

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talking to Mike Morris

Following a Master’s Degree from Oxford University, Mike Morris worked for eight years with Youth for Christ, becoming director of strategic planning. He was also one of the founders of Spring Harvest in 1979. This was followed by 12 years providing innovation and leadership in the Evangelical Alliance.

Mike is a trainer, speaker, lecturer and writer. He is married to Katey and lives in Southsea in an extended household exploring realised community. In this interview he talks to Huw Lewis, editor of Jesus Life and part of the Apostolic Team of the Jesus Fellowship.

This was St. Edmund Hall, Oxford, with a group of Jesus Fellowship students around, including myself! Yes! At the coffee evening I was directed to St. Aldates Church, which had an evangelistic cell group for people who weren’t necessarily vicars. Unexpectedly, I went along on my own. The Bishop of Coventry was preaching and I sensed God speaking directly to me. At first I just sat there, embarrassed - I simply couldn’t get out of my seat to

respond. Eventually, I came forward, and that began my journey as I committed my life to Christ. Where did you go from there? I had to do a lot of unlearning as well as a lot of learning! I am grateful to St. Aldates because I got put in a very caring beginners’ group with helpful basic discipleship. We were encouraged to go on a mission, so I got right into evangelism from the start. I remember being told to get on a soap box on a Sunday evening to do preaching. I was soon pulled down because my left wing socialist views got confused with my Christian salvation testimony. I was berating people as though I was a trade union shop steward! After about two years of that I got very dried out, feeling that it was all really hard work – I felt there must be something more. It was at that point that Clive Calver and Graham Kendrick came into town to speak on the baptism of the Spirit. I went forward for prayer, and got com-

representative from the European Parliament, to secure the freedom for evangelical believers to hire buildings to hold their meetings. I just happened to be there after a whole congregation had been released from prison after a week inside. Their level of love, support and the reality of Christianity as a family of relationships was all very humbling.

‘The dominant spirit of the age privatises our salvation’

In 1999, he helped set up Peaceworks, a cross-cultural mediation service.

HUW: What were the key things that shaped your spiritual journey? MIKE: I was a total atheist when I went to Oxford University. Someone from the Christian Union visited me in my room and was able to answer all the many practical questions about university life I asked. He was really helpful! He invited me to a coffee evening and I turned up because he had made a deep impression on me.

I did eight years with them in various guises. We moved every 18 months to different parts of the country. I was on the national staff. We then followed Clive to the Evangelical Alliance. He’d become the director and he asked me to come up with a framework of what the Alliance should be aiming at. I was strongly convinced that the Alliance needed to have a commitment to the ‘social agenda’ - working with the excluded and ensuring that the gospel was clearly and coherently presented to those who are at the margins. Also, I sensed the importance of our responsibility for the persecuted church. We needed to act as a voice for those without a voice, to dialogue with the suffering church so we could find out what level of support they wanted. Prayer was fine but there was also the need to take specific action.

pletely zonked out of my head with the power of God. That was a massive change - I began to find a new reservoir of life. Were you still at college at that stage? Yes. I was saved when I was in my very first term and then I met Katey, now my wife, who wasn’t a Christian and was doing teacher training at Westminster College. I led her to the Lord and we saw a tremendous move of the Holy Spirit there. Where did God take you after university? We went up to Wolverhampton to work with Clive Calver who was heading up Youth for Christ. It was the year before we got married. Katey got a teaching job and we ended up leading a team at ‘Youth for Christ’. We went into schools, preaching the gospel. It was fantastic! So how long were you involved with Youth for Christ?

Where did you go next? I was asked by Clive to set up what was then called the Department of Social and Foreign Affairs. That began to move the Alliance back into engaging with the social and political environment, without trading down on the gospel. The other side was carrying a passion for the suffering church. Eventually, someone else took on the social side and I stayed on the international side, working for the persecuted church. Do you feel that you initiated anything that made a difference in that time? One of the things I was learning was to listen to what the people on the ground were saying. I was deeply moved in Turkey, working with Sir Fred Catherwood, who was there as special

You were also involved in Spring Harvest at that stage. Yes. Clive teamed up with Pete Meadows, who was editor of Buzz magazine, and they needed someone to put the mechanics of a Christian interdenominational training conference together. I’m not too good an administrator, so that was a challenge, and little did I know what I was letting myself in for! But in 1978, we launched the idea and in 1979 the first Spring Harvest took place. I set it up and was the bottle washer and first chief executive for the first two years. I’m a starter and an initiator, but not such a good finisher. After the Evangelical Alliance you changed directions. Two things happened. First of all God said to me to come out of the Alliance. I was stepping into an unknown oblivion. At the same time, Katey was diagnosed with multiple sclerosis. We didn’t know what that would mean, but in the short term it certainly involved being available in the home with her, to pray, dialogue and journey in that experience together. I began to explore and looked at how other traditions had engaged with God. It was a bit of a self-taught crash course in what I call ‘spiritual formation’ - basically how we sustain spiritual life, both personally and corporately. And at what point did you get in-

volved with Revelation Church? When I left Youth for Christ. We moved down to the South Coast, after talking to Roger Ellis, sensing that God was saying that I needed to find a home for me and Katey. We were linked in with the Pioneer Network. Where did the focus on spiritual formation lead you? I began to see the importance of spiritual life being outworked co-operatively and relationally, not just personally and privately. So easily the dominant spirit of the age privatises our salvation. I am deeply dependent upon other people. I’ve hooked into a phrase of Ron Sider’s from his book, ‘Rich Christians in an Age of Hunger’: Total availability to one another, and unlimited liability for one another. That has become a foundational principal of how to steer my life and build people together. You’ve always lived in an extended family situation since you got married. How has that changed you? Six weeks after we were married, we had two people living with us – they came with the house that we bought! We learned some painful lessons, realising that you can’t assert one person’s rule over everybody else’s or it becomes tyranny. We saw the need to have conversation and dialogue, understanding that there have to be certain ground rules to make the whole thing work. Everybody involved has to have a bigger vision than just their own private satisfaction and private needs.

husband, a former leader of the church, had walked out on her. She turned up just for a few weeks to get her head together, and she’s still with us today! I wear my heart on my sleeve and I’m reactive. So if something triggers me the wrong way, I explode outwardly, but a lot of us have different foibles or bad practice that goes on within the privacy of our own homes but it’s never discipled appropriately. I am discipled by the love and commitment of the brethren, and the courage of people to face me up with my own weaknesses. Why hasn’t community been worked through by more Christians? Too often people are looking for something for themselves out of community - it’s more about taking than it is about giving. One of the things we have to agree to together in community is that it’s about discipleship. The second thing is that people are looking for personal advancement. There’s quite a lot of selfishness around. Usually people want community but they also want to retain private wealth, private position and a way out. They want all the benefits of relationship and shared life in Christ together, but at the same time they want to keep their little nest egg or escape route. Why is the monastic

‘Prayer was influence important to you? Firstly, because fine but there of their whole was the need to take commitment to an ordered rhythm of life, specific action’ which has Christ

There was a discipleship element? Totally. I think that discipleship works both ways. Jane came to be with us when she was seven months pregnant and her

at the centre. The other thing I’ve learned is the importance of their vows. These vows emerged out of a desire to give themselves completely over to God and His kingdom purposes, which begins to shape life. Having some sort of compass V V

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V V to see us through is crucial. The monastics have inspired me to keep myself accountable and hold others to account as well. What I’m essentially about is contemplating Christ and engaging in mission - those two mean I have to come together with others rather than retreating into a privatised personal ‘faith world.’ Tell us a bit about Peaceworks, and how that all came about and where it’s travelling. It came about principally through two lines – my colleague and friend, Chris Seaton, who was very involved in the whole Identificational Repentance movement. This involved going back into historical roots of sin, seeking to take a stand and find the healing of God in those situations. Also, as I worked in organisations as a consultant, I found that a large percentage of issues weren’t about revamping an organisation but about recognising and helping people deal with relational break downs. I then came across the whole concept of mediation, and talked to Chris about it. We basically trained in mediation skills and that was the birthing of Peaceworks. The gospel is about finding the ‘Prince of Peace’ and working that out in terms of recovering broken relationships. Do you see much progress with the Identificational Repentance movement? I’ve not heard too much about it in the last couple of years. I can give you an illustration. I went with Chris on a trip to Dresden, which you’ll know is one of the cities which was incendiary bombed by the British in the last days of the Second World War. Two situations there stand out – we met with some war widows.

I shared about my own father, who fought all the way through the war, and the heart of God for reconciliation. These were not Christian meetings, but the Spirit of God was there. Spontaneously, people began to get up and come forward tearfully, hug us and have a conversation. Do you feel that the charismatic movement has lost its way? I can remember in earlier days when talking of being baptised in the Spirit was guaranteed to get pulpits closed – there was a price to pay. At the same time there was a tremendous enthusiasm about the reality of God moving through spiritual gifts. The whole charismatic movement re-energised the church. My anxiety is that we have reached the stage where having pioneered, we’ve now colonised and fallen in love with the comforts of life – in other words, we’ve settled. We’ve exchanged the wagon for the homestead. My concern is also that the emerging generation are going to stop pioneering sooner than we had when they saw it didn’t work for us. We need to find some mechanism whereby we cooperate with the Spirit of God to continue the mission that God’s got us on. What is the way of communicating the prophetic vision that takes us into new ground? We’ve critiqued an awful lot on our journey as evangelical charismatics, but we haven’t critiqued the whole economic basis upon which we live as a society. Those following Christ are blunted when they get absorbed or co-opted into the overarching culture. The second point is that we need to make ourselves accountable to others, so that we’re not privately amassing our own

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wealth or pension or property portfolio. Too often, leadership has become separated from the body of Christ and tends towards an exclusive, unaccountable meritocracy.

own ministry? There’s a provocational and prophetic dynamic to my ministry. I can’t let things rest; I’ve got to stir things up. The nurturing of emerging Christians is quite central to my ministry as well. The whole of my life has been facilitating people in different situations, helping spiritual formation, laying foundations, individually and corporately, to sustain something for the longer haul. When I left the Evangelical Alliance one of the things God said to me was: “I want you to be a friend to people”. I thought that was a very wimpy word at the time and I wanted something more dynamic. A year later I was sitting in this room where a well known person was visiting me. I shared the word with this person. There was one of those pregnant silences in the room and he said, “I don’t think I’ve ever really had a friend”. Then all the lights went on.

‘Too often leadership has become separated from the body of Christ’

How will this change the shape of the church? I hope church will become much more a 24/7 church than two hours a week church. This is the way in which the early Christians lived out their committed faith and it’s a whole life faith. Christians have compartmentalised their lives too readily. We’ve not really owned that any decision we take must be submitted to Christ and our brothers and sisters. Can I financially enrich myself at the expense of those who go without? This takes a high level of trust, energy and commitment. Sadly, trust seems to be a commodity that’s in short supply today. Modelling trust in relationships is one of the greatest gifts the church can bring to society.

How do you feel about the future of the Pioneer Network? You’re in a stage of transition. It’s the biggest challenge that we face. It is difficult for leaders to transition appropriately and hand over responsibility so they remain honoured, yet don’t get in the way. There’s a great danger that we’re going to be a one generational movement. Creating a bridge between the patriarchs and the emerging generation is vital so that together there can be co-operation in the vision. We mustn’t confuse the side-shows with the essence. Preaching, for example, holding forth on platforms, is a mechanism, it’s not an essence. The essence is having the message that’s transformational. How do you characterise your

Anything else you feel that God is saying to the church at the moment? In terms of my generation, we’ve got to fall in love with the gospel again and become deeply convinced of our own experience of God. I worry that in this postmodern age, the gospel doesn’t seem to matter. I’d been changed radically by the gospel and it’s my privilege to be able to communicate that to everybody. And we’ve also got to move away from the ‘quick fix’ answer as to how we do church. We’ve got to find out in what ways the gospel truly is good news to the poor, the marginalised. God has entrusted us to go to them, so if we’re not finding our way to them, then there’s something seriously wrong with us, and may God be gracious enough to deal with it! JL www.jesus.org.uk

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Six Leicester mJa members made the Isle

09.06.05 IT’S THURSDAY, and we’re at the Isle of Wight rock festival, seeking to bring Jesus where the people are. We set out together, with guitar, mJa flag and our team mascot ‘Ailes’, the friendly blue plastic alien. In our unity we are a focus of God’s love moving about the campsite; our red cross t-shirts stand out a mile. We chat to people, sing songs to some, and pray with others. One chap really opens up and Caleb prays with him. 10.06.05 Friday’s a slog. Going out in pairs doesn’t carry the same anointing as moving as one body; we’re feeling overwhelmed by the spirit of the world, proving that we, like Ailes, are in this world but not

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of it. We’re glad to get back to our tents for a team meeting. This, and worship, are essential ‘watering holes.’ In the afternoon we erect our nine-foot red cross, intending to take it into the main arena. “I’m absolutely speechless,” was the comment from the security guard on his tower. As we approach the check point, Andy is assailed by seven guards and told he cannot enter with the cross, so we stand on the track as 40,000 festival-goers file past us. The effect is awesome. The presence of God can be felt, the crowds seem to hush, and a conviction seems to settle. Some folk really have a go at us. Others gather round and again the

door is opened to witness to people and pray for some. It was a powerful moment that nobody could ignore, maybe an echo of when Jesus carried his cross along a dusty track 2,000 years ago? 11.06.05 Again, it’s hard going. We feel enveloped by the crowds, the music and the clouds of dope smoke! Andy calls the folks at home to pray for us Saturday evening and we suddenly feel a lot better. We move with a new confidence. One team member overcomes her fears, shares her testimony and prays for a young girl. Both seem blessed by the experience! A girl of eight wants a red cross; she asks Andy to pray for her dad who has been in hos-

pital for over a year; as he does so she kneels in the dust and starts to cry. She is alone at the festival with her 14-year-old friend. 12.06.05 We have our Sunday morning meeting in a field with other festivalgoers. One of our ‘neighbours’ joins us, and we take the bread and wine together. The partying goes on all night, and some folk are only just settling down at 8am. 13.06.05 Our neighbour comes to say goodbye. With our stuff piled high on a trolley we head home. It’s heartwarming to see so many of the red crosses we have given out dotted around the streams of people slowly making their way through the fields.

(Above) barrel! (Top right) (Below) prayer.

What do mud, a girl in a tiger costume and a bunch of Christians have in common? Well all were present at this year’s Glastonbury Festival. Claire Mallon reports.

OVER 160,000 people flocked to green fields in Somerset to listen to music and let off steam at the Glastonbury Festival. This year earmarked the 25th anniversary of the Jesus Fellowship Church going to do its alternative Glastonbury thing; to bring the love of Jesus and the Gospel to the festival-goers. This year, however, was tinged with sadness, as Anne, who had looked after the Glastonbury evangelism team in previous years, had passed away. Her daughter took up the mantle and kept an eye on us to make sure that we didn’t get into any mischief! The evangelism team came from various Jesus Fellowship community houses around the UK. All came equipped with the same word about unity and sticking together. We weren’t there for the music, we were there to be church and reflect the beauty of what God had called us into as a people. So we set to work, or rather, the lads set to work, erecting tents and sorting out all the stuff we would need for the next five days. After we set up camp, the lads embarked on a grandiose

scheme, to build a castle! It took them all day but at the end we had a castle with turrets and flags! Emblazoned upon this fortress were the words: “Jesus Centre”. This became the main attraction of our campsite and a landmark for those trundling past on their way to the various music stages. Each evening, people were drawn to the campsite by the glowing red cross that hung in the Jesus Centre, the fire and the warmth of those who sat around, and many received prayer and blessings. A couple of days after we had arrived the rain came and with the rain came the mud. “Cheers God” was the headline that screamed from the front page of the festival newspaper. Stages were damaged as the torrential rain took its toll and the green fields turned into marshland. Folk roamed around, caked in mud, wading through water up to their knees. Wellies became the hottest fashion as people rushed out to purchase them en masse. One guy wandered into our campsite asking if the rain was God’s judgement on the festival and you couldn’t help wonder-

ing if there was some validity to his question…. Later that day, when the rain stopped, a blessing came. Laura appeared, dressed in a tiger suit and was very inquisitive as to what we were up to. She knew something of God but wasn’t committed to Him. Some of the team spoke to her and she gave her life to God. Laura hung out with us a lot over the weekend and this culminated in her baptism in a barrel! An American journalist whose curiosity had got the better of him came over to view the proceedings. “I don’t want to be proselytised,” he sternly said. As he watched the baptism, he was in awe of what was happening and soon after he was being prayed for! He felt privileged to be part of something so unique and special. I guess when God wants to make a point, He does. Glastonbury was an interesting place, full of diverse people, odours and noises. Sometimes it was hard to imagine Jesus there but He was. He stirred up life within us and within the many people who came to receive JL what He had to offer.

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09.06.05 IT’S THURSDAY, and we’re at the Isle of Wight rock festival, seeking to bring Jesus where the people are. We set out together, with guitar, mJa flag and our team mascot ‘Ailes’, the friendly blue plastic alien. In our unity we are a focus of God’s love moving about the campsite; our red cross t-shirts stand out a mile. We chat to people, sing songs to some, and pray with others. One chap really opens up and Caleb prays with him. 10.06.05 Friday’s a slog. Going out in pairs doesn’t carry the same anointing as moving as one body; we’re feeling overwhelmed by the spirit of the world, proving that we, like Ailes, are in this world but not

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of it. We’re glad to get back to our tents for a team meeting. This, and worship, are essential ‘watering holes.’ In the afternoon we erect our nine-foot red cross, intending to take it into the main arena. “I’m absolutely speechless,” was the comment from the security guard on his tower. As we approach the check point, Andy is assailed by seven guards and told he cannot enter with the cross, so we stand on the track as 40,000 festival-goers file past us. The effect is awesome. The presence of God can be felt, the crowds seem to hush, and a conviction seems to settle. Some folk really have a go at us. Others gather round and again the

door is opened to witness to people and pray for some. It was a powerful moment that nobody could ignore, maybe an echo of when Jesus carried his cross along a dusty track 2,000 years ago? 11.06.05 Again, it’s hard going. We feel enveloped by the crowds, the music and the clouds of dope smoke! Andy calls the folks at home to pray for us Saturday evening and we suddenly feel a lot better. We move with a new confidence. One team member overcomes her fears, shares her testimony and prays for a young girl. Both seem blessed by the experience! A girl of eight wants a red cross; she asks Andy to pray for her dad who has been in hos-

pital for over a year; as he does so she kneels in the dust and starts to cry. She is alone at the festival with her 14-year-old friend. 12.06.05 We have our Sunday morning meeting in a field with other festivalgoers. One of our ‘neighbours’ joins us, and we take the bread and wine together. The partying goes on all night, and some folk are only just settling down at 8am. 13.06.05 Our neighbour comes to say goodbye. With our stuff piled high on a trolley we head home. It’s heartwarming to see so many of the red crosses we have given out dotted around the streams of people slowly making their way through the fields.

(Above) barrel! (Top right) (Below) prayer.

What do mud, a girl in a tiger costume and a bunch of Christians have in common? Well all were present at this year’s Glastonbury Festival. Claire Mallon reports.

OVER 160,000 people flocked to green fields in Somerset to listen to music and let off steam at the Glastonbury Festival. This year earmarked the 25th anniversary of the Jesus Fellowship Church going to do its alternative Glastonbury thing; to bring the love of Jesus and the Gospel to the festival-goers. This year, however, was tinged with sadness, as Anne, who had looked after the Glastonbury evangelism team in previous years, had passed away. Her daughter took up the mantle and kept an eye on us to make sure that we didn’t get into any mischief! The evangelism team came from various Jesus Fellowship community houses around the UK. All came equipped with the same word about unity and sticking together. We weren’t there for the music, we were there to be church and reflect the beauty of what God had called us into as a people. So we set to work, or rather, the lads set to work, erecting tents and sorting out all the stuff we would need for the next five days. After we set up camp, the lads embarked on a grandiose

scheme, to build a castle! It took them all day but at the end we had a castle with turrets and flags! Emblazoned upon this fortress were the words: “Jesus Centre”. This became the main attraction of our campsite and a landmark for those trundling past on their way to the various music stages. Each evening, people were drawn to the campsite by the glowing red cross that hung in the Jesus Centre, the fire and the warmth of those who sat around, and many received prayer and blessings. A couple of days after we had arrived the rain came and with the rain came the mud. “Cheers God” was the headline that screamed from the front page of the festival newspaper. Stages were damaged as the torrential rain took its toll and the green fields turned into marshland. Folk roamed around, caked in mud, wading through water up to their knees. Wellies became the hottest fashion as people rushed out to purchase them en masse. One guy wandered into our campsite asking if the rain was God’s judgement on the festival and you couldn’t help wonder-

ing if there was some validity to his question…. Later that day, when the rain stopped, a blessing came. Laura appeared, dressed in a tiger suit and was very inquisitive as to what we were up to. She knew something of God but wasn’t committed to Him. Some of the team spoke to her and she gave her life to God. Laura hung out with us a lot over the weekend and this culminated in her baptism in a barrel! An American journalist whose curiosity had got the better of him came over to view the proceedings. “I don’t want to be proselytised,” he sternly said. As he watched the baptism, he was in awe of what was happening and soon after he was being prayed for! He felt privileged to be part of something so unique and special. I guess when God wants to make a point, He does. Glastonbury was an interesting place, full of diverse people, odours and noises. Sometimes it was hard to imagine Jesus there but He was. He stirred up life within us and within the many people who came to receive JL what He had to offer.

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Multipy European Conference June 2005

Europe will once again be the cradle of living Christianity The first Multiply European Leaders Conference took place at the Northampton Jesus Centre on 18 June 2005. Emma Merry reports.

Europeans can now travel freely to the UK, and the European Union will include 27 countries when Romania and Bulgaria are added in 2007. “It’s a wonderful mission field,” said Jesus Fellowship senior pastor, Noel Stanton. “It’s spiritually dead. But something is beginning to move. Europe will again be the cradle of living Christianity.” Delegates from 19 nations gathered to hear how the Multiply Network aims to tap this rich seam of potential disciples. “We must recover the meaning of the

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word ‘radical’,” said Multiply director, Huw Lewis. “Jesus called us to be radicals. He was opposed because His spirit was an opposing spirit. We’ve got to speak against the system, whether it’s capitalism or communism.” The afternoon’s seminars tackled how to be radical in our daily lives, with advice ranging from ‘don’t skirt round suffering, go for it’ to ‘restore table fellowship’ – 15 million people in the UK don’t have a dining table, and those who do make the TV their focus instead. “Your calling must be your number one objective,” said apostolic leader Mick Haines. “When you discover God’s call on your life, you don’t want to be anywhere else.” The call is personal. It’s progressive. And it’s sacrificial. Paul didn’t see starvation or sleepless nights as pressure; he saw it as part of the calling. Hypocrisy can have no place. Noel laid out a four-point reality check: “Get back

into Holy Spirit life. Because you’ve done that, know you’ve got energy within you. Awaken the spiritual gifts. And recognise the fruits you’re producing.” Huw had introduced the day by saying: “Multiply is a growing stream of friendship – one family of nations in Jesus.” Video and testimony showed how key apostolic leaders are already ‘sparking some fires to spread the vision’ in the east, west and south of Africa, before focusing on delegates from Europe. Romanian Valentine Ion said simply: “There is no greater joy than to be with the family of God.” Earlier we had sung an old Salvation Army hymn: Into the regions of despair, into the realms of want and care, for dying souls to do and dare, Lord send us there! As the day drew to a close, we knew that as we dare to hear the call, to obey and to go, a ‘leaner, fitter and more effective’ people, we will surely live to see what the Holy Spirit will birth in the cradle of Europe.

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Delegates share their vision and impressions from the conference. HEAVEN ON EARTH Rovigo, ITALY

Miriam D’Addeo, Rovigo Baptist Church

ROVIGO Baptist Church, in north-east Italy, has been a member of the Multiply Network since 2000. This was the first Multiply conference for Miriam, an elder, and for Fiorella, a member of the church council. “We see our church as a ‘little piece of heaven on earth’,” say both. “People feel at home. To

see Russians and Africans hold and integration.” About 120/ 150 people, including Asiatics, Africans, East Europeans, South Americans and, of course, Italians, attend Rovigo Baptist Church. Services are held in Italian and English, and once a month members come together to share a meal, followed by a Bible study. The cross-fertilisation of cultures makes for an enjoyable learning experience. “Africans have helped us to be more open, they make a joyful noise to the Lord and we have learned to do that too!” explains Fiorella. It is for similar reasons that they enjoy being part of the Multiply Network. “The good thing about Multiply is that we can exchange different experiences,” says Miriam. “It is good to stay open. If you close yourself off you will die.” Like many others, Rovigo Baptist Church is striving to communicate to the world at

large the true gospel of ‘a radical Christianity, not religious’. Members tackle this by working together, meeting together and praying together. The future is alive with possibilities. “My vision is to see the church full of new people with real conversions, healings, miracles, wonders and the spiritual walls of our town shattered!” says Miriam. “I want the Lord to take possession of Rovigo.” “I also want to see real spiritual growth in our church,” adds Fiorella. “I want there to be a strong communion between us so that people will see the love that binds us.” For both women, attending the first Multiply European Leaders Conference has been a great blessing. “We felt God’s presence in a very deep way,” concludes Miriam. “We came expecting a blessing and we are receiving much more than we were expecting!”

“Put yourself in a situation where you don’t feel comfortable and challenge yourself to express Jesus’ love.” Nathan White

“It’s more important to strengthen a brother’s spirit and heart than to shout at the devil. Our work is down here. God will look after the powers of the air.” Piers Denholm-Young

“We can’t reverse-engineer God. He has created male and female in His image. From me came two girls - but I’m still not a mother.” Len Kroon

AGAINST THE FLOW Warsaw, POLAND

Stanisław Solanikow, Evangelical Christian Church

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STANISŁAW lives in Warsaw, works as a full-time evangelist for Bible League International and belongs to the Evangelical Christian Church. The church has about 30 branches in Poland. The city of Warsaw is divided in two by the great Vistula River. Most days Stanislaw can be seen walking the streets of the built-up area on the right side of the river, a district renowned for its poverty and high incidence of alcoholism. It is from here that the prostitutes cross the river to the richer parts of town to earn a living. Stanisław’s great longing, car-

ried in his heart for many years now, is to see a church planted here. He stops and talks to people, giving out leaflets and often bumps into old friends. Everywhere, he talks of Jesus. Evangelism and church planting can be very rewarding and yet hard work at other times. Many Poles are steeped in religion and see no need to find a living relationship with Jesus for themselves. The hard years of communist rule are now giving way to an ever-increasing materialism, flooding in from Western Europe.

Stanisław knows he must keep going. He says the Holy Spirit reminds him to love people and not to give up when life gets difficult. Everything is possible with Christ! His dream – a church of living disciples on the right-hand side of the river.

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GERMANY “CHATTING with celibates is very important to me,” says Daniel Schelker, pastor of Junger Jesu, a house church in Efringen-Kirchen, south-west Germany. “We are a family-oriented church so it’s great being with people who aren’t married!”

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SIMPLY JESUS FRANCE Ahidje Caddy, Mission Ensemble pour Christ

“I HAVE discovered another manner of living out the love of Jesus,” says Ahidje Caddy, pastor of Mission Ensemble France. “Joy showed on everyone’s faces. It was all, quite simply, Jesus.”

“Your choices reveal what sort of character you are.” Victor Shefford

“Initiative is creative disobedience” Ian Callard

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Tirgu Jiu, ROMANIA

Mihai Riosu, Mihela Pratascu and Alina Pratrascu, Maranata Church

MIHELA Pratascu met the Jesus Fellowship through the Jesus Centre when she came to Northampton on an educational programme. She invited her father and sister to the conference. Maranata Church, in the little town of Tirgu Jiu in Southern Romania, has a congregation of about 100 people. The church is Baptist. Many young people have left to find work abroad so the congregation is mainly

made up of old people at the moment. Mihai longs to see the church grow and for people to become ‘real Christians, not just religious’. He wants ‘to see the living waters flow’ in the church. “When I go back home,” he said, “I will not be the same. I will be more faithful.” Through his stay in the UK Mihai realised fellowship is essential for church-building. “When we encourage each other we get stronger and stronger,” he said. Alina said she had gained liberty to follow Jesus from the conference. She was particularly struck by the film of the J Gen march in London. “Nothing like that could have happened in Romania,” she said. “We still do not have the freedom to do that.” www.multiply.org.uk

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Thanks for an excellent website. I am researching revivals in preparation for the 150th anniversary of the Great North East Scotland Revival of 1859-60. I note that you have no note of it on your site. I have posted the contents of a book written on the 50th anniversary in 1909 to my church’s website www.leadside.cc. Feel free to take any quotes for your site. Meanwhile I am continuing to research the spiritual, social, moral and economic climate which prevailed in Scotland in general and especially Aberdeen and Peterhead at that time, before and after the revival.

When you join community do you still have contact with your secular family? I feel strongly drawn to the common purse way of life and would like nothing more than to devote the rest of my life to serving God through expressing His tremendous love and grace in practical every day ways, caring for the people the world seems not to see.

I very much like reading the testimonies written in Jesus Life magazine where I find personal and spiritual experiences of lives teaching us every moment how effective was the blood of Jesus sprinkled on the cross a long time ago. I need your prayers for my life because I would like to find more of the will of God and to be a great helper in His Kingdom. God really is calling and training a powerful army to fight against all dark places.

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I don’t know if you remember praying for my daughter, Brittany, she was arrested because a girl she was with stole a lady’s purse. Well, the case just ended and I wanted to thank you for your prayers. The Lord heard and answered and in the end she was only charged with one crime, and received probation. It was such a joy and blessing to me to know that there were so many of the Lord’s people praying.

KOREAN NEW START I have been in London for over two years. During this time I saw your work of preaching the gospel down town. I am now in Korea but I cannot stand life in my country. I am a student at a graduate school, but I do not like my subject. I desire to run away from my life. As I have no time to read the Bible, so now I am looking for a way to be with God’s people. I desire to change my life for the kingdom of Jesus. S.J Yoo, SOUTH KOREA

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HEN YOU’RE a well-brought up, middle-class “Christian” girl with family values of upright living and caring for others, it’s strangely easy to avoid being genuinely converted to becoming a disciple of Jesus Christ! This was Ann Hawker’s experience. “As a child, I’d always dutifully tried to do the right things – but without any experience of doing them from love, inside me. At my first secondary school – a Catholic one in Croydon - I remember loving the mystery of the ‘Stations of the Cross’ but all that did was to lean me towards religiosity. At Crusaders’ Camp I first became aware you were supposed to make some kind of personal commitment to Jesus – which I dutifully tried to do, without any idea what it meant!

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“In 1969, when I was 13, we moved to Northamptonshire and I joined a Church of England school. A year later, I agreed to be confirmed and I remember distinctly being very disappointed that it didn’t mean more, as I had an awareness that confirmation should have meant that I ‘found the Holy Spirit’ – though nobody could tell me how or why.” Most of Ann’s peers at her new school had chosen their friends before she arrived and Ann’s identity became fixed as the friend that all the friendless used to hang around with. “Because these weren’t two-way relationships, I became quite lonely and this led, in my late teens, to me getting into more drinking and sexual behaviour than my conscience felt happy about. I would still have called myself a Christian and sang in the choir but

gradually church got squeezed out of my life by music, boys and going out drinking.” By the early 1970s, the charismatic revival came to Britain and, just before Ann’s 18th birthday, her elder brother, Dave, announced that he’d become a Christian. “He really provoked me by saying: ‘Ann, if you say you’re a Christian, how come you don’t know the Holy Spirit?’ I got very cross. I did not want my cage rattled at all!” When Dave went off to university, he left the house littered with charismatic books like Run Baby Run and Nine O’clock in the Morning. In spite of herself, Ann read them all avidly. They sparked a realisation that you could actually know a living, miracle-working God today, through experiencing something the books called ‘Holy Spirit baptism’.

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o God nt me to be! Ann (right) in the early days of community living.

“When Dave came home for Christmas, 1973, he asked if he could take me to Bugbrooke Chapel. I don’t actually recall saying yes but somehow there I was, surrounded by the gifts of the Holy Spirit and seeing with my own eyes the things I’d been reading about in Dave’s books! That night he asked if he could pray for me and I was filled with the Holy Spirit and, later, spoke in tongues – without knowing much of repentance or deep conversion! “The overwhelming sensation I felt was that now I knew God. I’d met Him for the first time. My spirit had come alive. I went around with a massive grin and got cheekache through smiling so much! At school, people asked if I had a new boyfriend – I was so happy something must have happened. That Spring, I was baptised in water and became a member of the Jesus Fellowship.” At this time, the church began to set up the New Creation Christian Community and purchased the first houses. Soon, pioneer groups of church members were getting to grips with the realities of an all-things-in common lifestyle, as described in Acts 2 and 4. Ann, meantime, had enrolled for a threeyear university course in Social Sciences at Leicester and found it hard to have to wait for weekends before she could be with the church again. “At last, in 1978, my graduation day came and I was free to join them. My first community house was Living Stones in Flore, a few miles from Bugbrooke Chapel. I felt an overwhelming sense of ‘coming home’ and I was very happy and fulfilled. I count the three

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years I lived there as my spiritual adolescence and the thirteen years at my second house, Highway House in Weedon, as the spiritual training ground for my ministry of spiritual motherhood. “In 1994, I moved to my present home at Promise House, Coventry and you could say that this was the house where I felt my life of ministry really began. Over the last eleven years I’ve moved from being secretary to our architect’s practice to being the property trustee responsible for all the eighty Jesus Fellowship community houses.

“My spirit had come alive. I went around with a massive grin and got cheek-ache through smiling so much!” “Following years of outreach, I had a growing vision for church to be more accessible to all during the daytime and this vision was finally realised when we began the Coventry Jesus Centre project. I became project manager and am now the part-time services manager. Both during the setting up and now with the ongoing running, my testimony, again and again, is that God provides – whether through the amazing provision of suitable chairs at a bargain price or through volunteers suddenly appearing when there has been a gap we had no idea how to fill!” One day, during her time at Living Stones, Ann gave a friend a lift to work. As she got out of the car, the friend joked: “Only thirty-five more years of journeys to work!”

As Ann waved goodbye to her she thought: “Well, that won’t ever be me – be cause I’m going to get married!” Immediately, she heard God’s inner voice say: “Are you sure about that!? “Yes I am!” Over the next weeks, Ann knew she needed to ask God what He thought about her future. “I experienced a great tussle with God. Eventually, I agreed that I would ask Him. In gentle steps, He talked to me about receiving His gift of celibacy. “At Living Stones we had a tree called ‘The Tree of Heaven’ and one day, under this tree, I made my vow to stay single for His service. “I believe this was the most decisive decision of my life - very much part of God’s plan for me and it all fits together in the way He wanted it to – releasing me to be free for my service to the church. “Twenty-five years on, I’ve experienced lots of heartache and loneliness at times and the occasional emotional entanglement – but never any regrets. “Spiritual motherhood has demanded of me all that I am and my work as property trustee and at the Jesus Centre means lots of stress and slog – like juggling many plates in the air! But it’s true to say that it’s at the very point of finding myself completely at an end of my own resources that I’ve found God most faithful, holding me up in the midst of it all. “I am who I’m meant to be, doing what God wants me to do – and that’s a very precious JL thing to be able to say!”

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Every month a different mJa team takes the gospel out onto the streets of London for three days. Laurence Cooper reports on the J Generation’s (aged 15-35) turn. A SATURDAY in June 2005, at 4am. The sky over north London is light. It is going to be a bright summer morning. Twelve 20-somethings are gathered round a wooden table in a house in Acton. There is a freshly picked rose on the table. The rest of the space is covered in plates, pans, knives and

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forks. Sausages, bacon, eggs; it’s like a “greasy spoon” café. We’re all laughing, all half-awake & buzzing. It’s quite surreal, in fact; because none of us slept last night. We’ve just had a fryup, and a few hours ago we were part of a chanting, dancing mob making our way through Soho, singing of the Jesus Revolution. It’s the end of the J Generation (15s to 35s) EDP - Eat, Drink and Pray Campaign - of late night evangelism in London. It has been a wild ride. Three days of adventure in central London. Talking to people. Praying with people. Loving the poor. Feeding the street people (that’s where the “eating” and “drinking” comes in), leading some to faith in Jesus. Up through the night. Real fellowship; disciples together, loving it, taking risks - just like the New Testament

in fact! Finally, a big march through the West End with people from all round the country joining in. The crowds watching, all amazed at the colour and the life on display. One of the EDP team appears in the video footage from the march. Once he asked God to spare him the embarrassment of people knowing that he was a Christian. Look at the way he’s dancing now! Ever seen the “Crazy Frog”? He’s boinging up and

down like a pogo stick! He doesn’t care who sees his passion for God! The freedom on the street is amazing, liberated worship in a red-light district! Earlier in the week the owner of a sex shop, talking to one of the evangelists, confessed that he had a faith in Jesus Christ. “Did he not think that God might want him to get another job?” asked one of the team. After thinking about it for a while, the owner agreed. God was speaking; he joined us on the march and has since closed shop! Being all out for Jesus on the streets

of London was an exhilarating experience. Not only for the several hundred people who joined in the march, but - in a particular way - for the team who came together for the duration of the EDP campaign. Jesus has truly given us a great commission, and on the campaign we experienced more of the greatness of it, the glory of it, the sense that we were making an eternal impact. We were joined in Jesus and His cause! Loving all the people! Unashamed of the gospel! ...and all before breakfast! JL

(Far left) Jesus Army members marching through Soho. (Above) Scenes on the streets of the West End of London. Jesus Life Three/2005 Page 29

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Every month a different mJa team takes the gospel out onto the streets of London for three days. Laurence Cooper reports on the J Generation’s (aged 15-35) turn. A SATURDAY in June 2005, at 4am. The sky over north London is light. It is going to be a bright summer morning. Twelve 20-somethings are gathered round a wooden table in a house in Acton. There is a freshly picked rose on the table. The rest of the space is covered in plates, pans, knives and

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forks. Sausages, bacon, eggs; it’s like a “greasy spoon” café. We’re all laughing, all half-awake & buzzing. It’s quite surreal, in fact; because none of us slept last night. We’ve just had a fryup, and a few hours ago we were part of a chanting, dancing mob making our way through Soho, singing of the Jesus Revolution. It’s the end of the J Generation (15s to 35s) EDP - Eat, Drink and Pray Campaign - of late night evangelism in London. It has been a wild ride. Three days of adventure in central London. Talking to people. Praying with people. Loving the poor. Feeding the street people (that’s where the “eating” and “drinking” comes in), leading some to faith in Jesus. Up through the night. Real fellowship; disciples together, loving it, taking risks - just like the New Testament

in fact! Finally, a big march through the West End with people from all round the country joining in. The crowds watching, all amazed at the colour and the life on display. One of the EDP team appears in the video footage from the march. Once he asked God to spare him the embarrassment of people knowing that he was a Christian. Look at the way he’s dancing now! Ever seen the “Crazy Frog”? He’s boinging up and

down like a pogo stick! He doesn’t care who sees his passion for God! The freedom on the street is amazing, liberated worship in a red-light district! Earlier in the week the owner of a sex shop, talking to one of the evangelists, confessed that he had a faith in Jesus Christ. “Did he not think that God might want him to get another job?” asked one of the team. After thinking about it for a while, the owner agreed. God was speaking; he joined us on the march and has since closed shop! Being all out for Jesus on the streets

of London was an exhilarating experience. Not only for the several hundred people who joined in the march, but - in a particular way - for the team who came together for the duration of the EDP campaign. Jesus has truly given us a great commission, and on the campaign we experienced more of the greatness of it, the glory of it, the sense that we were making an eternal impact. We were joined in Jesus and His cause! Loving all the people! Unashamed of the gospel! ...and all before breakfast! JL

(Far left) Jesus Army members marching through Soho. (Above) Scenes on the streets of the West End of London. Jesus Life Three/2005 Page 29

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WHEN A COMPLETE stranger in Amsterdam rushed at Peter Pap with a syringe, shouting “This needle is infected with HIV and I’m going to kill you with it!” all Peter’s cynical opinions about Christianity flew out of his head. He found himself crying out, “Jesus, help me!” To Peter’s astonishment he heard a voice inside saying “Kiss him!” and – even more astonishing – found himself putting his arms round the man and kissing him on the cheek. Instead of plunging the syringe into Peter, the man ran away, shaking, as if an electric shock had connected with his body! “I’d come over to Holland from my home in Hungary,” explains Peter, “to experience life in other countries. I’d been brought up an atheist, but by this time - 1992 - I’d seen there must be more to life than what we can touch and see. I’d spent a long period exploring New Age and made up my own religion. For two weeks after the incident, Peter was so troubled he couldn’t communicate

with anyone and slept out in the park by himself. “One night it poured with rain. I chose a tree to shelter under and found myself saying: ‘God, I don’t know You. But if You know me, reveal Yourself!’ Peace came over me – peace was something I hadn’t experienced for a long time! “Some Christians had given me a Bible. I’d decided to give it back to them next day. But as I lay peacefully under the tree, I thought I’d give it one last look. The Bible opened at the passage where Nathaniel asks Jesus how He knew him and Jesus answers with a supernatural word of knowledge: ‘I saw you under a tree.’ “I lay, shocked, under my tree and I thought ‘well, you can’t misinterpret that, can you!?’ I started to be vividly aware of my sins – especially at having blasphemed Christians as idiots.” Over the next four months, Peter’s new faith grew fast. He was hungry for more and one day, during a visit to England, a friend

suggested going to the Jesus Army’s Festival in Trafalgar Square. “I loved it and was filled with the Holy Spirit. Afterwards, in the meeting at Battersea Park, I heard the words ‘who wants to be baptised?’ and was first to run on stage. The following week, I hitchhiked to Northampton to stay in community with them for the remaining five months of my visa. God really proved Himself to me during that visit!” Over the next five years, Peter visited Northampton many times. His vision was to learn how to set up a similar community in Hungary. But all three attempts failed. “To set up community is not hard but to endure is another issue! The first attempt lasted a year. The second was a precious time – but only lasted four months. During the third attempt, in 2004, I learnt that I wasn’t mature enough spiritually to recognise that you have to train people. It’s easy to mistake a nice, soul agreement for real Holy Spirit unity!” During these important years of spiritual training, Peter worked at Taszar military base and, in 1997, he met Szilvia from Kaposvar, who worked in the base laundry. “How I found Jesus is a very sad story,” explains Szilvia. “Dad was Catholic, Mum Protestant but neither went to church. Sometimes Grandma took me, but I thought the Jesus story was a fairy tale.

“At 17, I wanted to know what was the point of being on earth but neither family, friends nor teachers could tell me. I discovered lies were a great way to manipulate people and put on a happy, cynical, witty image, which made me very popular. But no one knew the real Szilvia. It seemed interesting to do forbidden things and I felt cool leading a double life with a married man. After two years of the affair I became pregnant and he became angry and persuaded me to have an abortion. Suddenly my ‘cool’ life became a total mess. I was sad and ashamed and hated myself and wanted to commit suicide. “One day on the base, I met Peter. Even my closest friends didn’t know about the abortion but Peter told me that he saw such sadness in my eyes and wanted me to know that, whatever it was about, Jesus could heal me. We began to pray together and, gradually, I found faith, peace and healing.” “Szilvia and I were two miserable souls with broken hearts,” adds Peter. “We agreed ‘neither of us is ever going to get married.’ As we got to know each other, this changed! One day I found myself saying: ‘Szilvia, do you want to marry me and be the third in my life – my first is God and my second is the church of Jesus!?’ Szilvia caught and understood my vision and in March 1998 we married. A year later, Benjamin was born. When he was a few months old, we came over to England to make covenant as long-distance members of Jesus Army. Two years later, Lili was born, then Ephraim, in 2002.”

“Do you want to marry me and be the third in my life?”

By May 2004, when Hungary joined the European Union, Peter had decided that his vision of setting up community in Hungary wasn’t going to work. There were many tears on both sides as the young couple said goodbye to their friends in the church. “The friendships were real and deep,” explains Peter, “but our visions were different. We wanted to find real justice and equality in practice, not just in theory - nothing is worth living for, except Jesus and His church. If He is the only one, why not live your life in a radical way? We brought the family over to Northampton to live in community. “Our first community year has been hard at times – especially when, like us, you come from a different culture. But it is possible and that’s a big testimony to the power of the Holy Spirit! There can be quite touchy issues – even the food is different. Reconciling and finding unity is important. Instead of allowing yourselves to get isolated when difficulties come, it’s important to hold onto the fact that, whatever the issues, they are not the central issue of life and you need to look above the clouds to the sun! Community has given us so much scope for our ministries. I am a motivator and Szilvia brings a lot of joy and stability – she’s unshakeable!” It’s been an eventful year for Szilvia – especially with the birth of Larissa, their fourth child. “Brotherhood is a great treasure. For me, one of the secrets of living together is to realise that some things we class as ‘important principles’ are actually just personal taste. Certain things we need to let go of and others we need to stick to – and we need wisdom to discern which is which! As for the children – if parents are on the right track with Jesus and lead the family in loving authority, giving themselves to love and spend time with the children – the rest will follow!” JL

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WHEN A COMPLETE stranger in Amsterdam rushed at Peter Pap with a syringe, shouting “This needle is infected with HIV and I’m going to kill you with it!” all Peter’s cynical opinions about Christianity flew out of his head. He found himself crying out, “Jesus, help me!” To Peter’s astonishment he heard a voice inside saying “Kiss him!” and – even more astonishing – found himself putting his arms round the man and kissing him on the cheek. Instead of plunging the syringe into Peter, the man ran away, shaking, as if an electric shock had connected with his body! “I’d come over to Holland from my home in Hungary,” explains Peter, “to experience life in other countries. I’d been brought up an atheist, but by this time - 1992 - I’d seen there must be more to life than what we can touch and see. I’d spent a long period exploring New Age and made up my own religion. For two weeks after the incident, Peter was so troubled he couldn’t communicate

with anyone and slept out in the park by himself. “One night it poured with rain. I chose a tree to shelter under and found myself saying: ‘God, I don’t know You. But if You know me, reveal Yourself!’ Peace came over me – peace was something I hadn’t experienced for a long time! “Some Christians had given me a Bible. I’d decided to give it back to them next day. But as I lay peacefully under the tree, I thought I’d give it one last look. The Bible opened at the passage where Nathaniel asks Jesus how He knew him and Jesus answers with a supernatural word of knowledge: ‘I saw you under a tree.’ “I lay, shocked, under my tree and I thought ‘well, you can’t misinterpret that, can you!?’ I started to be vividly aware of my sins – especially at having blasphemed Christians as idiots.” Over the next four months, Peter’s new faith grew fast. He was hungry for more and one day, during a visit to England, a friend

suggested going to the Jesus Army’s Festival in Trafalgar Square. “I loved it and was filled with the Holy Spirit. Afterwards, in the meeting at Battersea Park, I heard the words ‘who wants to be baptised?’ and was first to run on stage. The following week, I hitchhiked to Northampton to stay in community with them for the remaining five months of my visa. God really proved Himself to me during that visit!” Over the next five years, Peter visited Northampton many times. His vision was to learn how to set up a similar community in Hungary. But all three attempts failed. “To set up community is not hard but to endure is another issue! The first attempt lasted a year. The second was a precious time – but only lasted four months. During the third attempt, in 2004, I learnt that I wasn’t mature enough spiritually to recognise that you have to train people. It’s easy to mistake a nice, soul agreement for real Holy Spirit unity!” During these important years of spiritual training, Peter worked at Taszar military base and, in 1997, he met Szilvia from Kaposvar, who worked in the base laundry. “How I found Jesus is a very sad story,” explains Szilvia. “Dad was Catholic, Mum Protestant but neither went to church. Sometimes Grandma took me, but I thought the Jesus story was a fairy tale.

“At 17, I wanted to know what was the point of being on earth but neither family, friends nor teachers could tell me. I discovered lies were a great way to manipulate people and put on a happy, cynical, witty image, which made me very popular. But no one knew the real Szilvia. It seemed interesting to do forbidden things and I felt cool leading a double life with a married man. After two years of the affair I became pregnant and he became angry and persuaded me to have an abortion. Suddenly my ‘cool’ life became a total mess. I was sad and ashamed and hated myself and wanted to commit suicide. “One day on the base, I met Peter. Even my closest friends didn’t know about the abortion but Peter told me that he saw such sadness in my eyes and wanted me to know that, whatever it was about, Jesus could heal me. We began to pray together and, gradually, I found faith, peace and healing.” “Szilvia and I were two miserable souls with broken hearts,” adds Peter. “We agreed ‘neither of us is ever going to get married.’ As we got to know each other, this changed! One day I found myself saying: ‘Szilvia, do you want to marry me and be the third in my life – my first is God and my second is the church of Jesus!?’ Szilvia caught and understood my vision and in March 1998 we married. A year later, Benjamin was born. When he was a few months old, we came over to England to make covenant as long-distance members of Jesus Army. Two years later, Lili was born, then Ephraim, in 2002.”

“Do you want to marry me and be the third in my life?”

By May 2004, when Hungary joined the European Union, Peter had decided that his vision of setting up community in Hungary wasn’t going to work. There were many tears on both sides as the young couple said goodbye to their friends in the church. “The friendships were real and deep,” explains Peter, “but our visions were different. We wanted to find real justice and equality in practice, not just in theory - nothing is worth living for, except Jesus and His church. If He is the only one, why not live your life in a radical way? We brought the family over to Northampton to live in community. “Our first community year has been hard at times – especially when, like us, you come from a different culture. But it is possible and that’s a big testimony to the power of the Holy Spirit! There can be quite touchy issues – even the food is different. Reconciling and finding unity is important. Instead of allowing yourselves to get isolated when difficulties come, it’s important to hold onto the fact that, whatever the issues, they are not the central issue of life and you need to look above the clouds to the sun! Community has given us so much scope for our ministries. I am a motivator and Szilvia brings a lot of joy and stability – she’s unshakeable!” It’s been an eventful year for Szilvia – especially with the birth of Larissa, their fourth child. “Brotherhood is a great treasure. For me, one of the secrets of living together is to realise that some things we class as ‘important principles’ are actually just personal taste. Certain things we need to let go of and others we need to stick to – and we need wisdom to discern which is which! As for the children – if parents are on the right track with Jesus and lead the family in loving authority, giving themselves to love and spend time with the children – the rest will follow!” JL

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